Rossmoyne Community Kindergarten celebrates 50th anniversary

(Back, L-R) Rahim Zonai, Lucy and Kelsey Smith (Front, L-R) Ari Teo, Amari Kosick and Joanne Kim. Picture: Matt Jelonek. d492661
(Back, L-R) Rahim Zonai, Lucy and Kelsey Smith (Front, L-R) Ari Teo, Amari Kosick and Joanne Kim. Picture: Matt Jelonek. d492661

WHILE there may be a dearth of community kindys, Rossmoyne Community Kindergarten continues to go from strength to strength.

The kindergarten is set to celebrate its 50th anniversary this week, having accommodated about 2000 children over the course of its half-century of existence.

Parent committee president Amanda Teo said the kindy was one of just 17 community kindergartens left in WA.

“This is due to the fact we have a fantastic connection to the wider community and the continued relationships with children and families after they finish their kindergarten year,” she said.

The Rossmoyne kindy usually has a waiting list or has to turn families away due to enrolments exceeding 40, the maximum number community kindys are permitted.

Ms Teo said the kindergarten’s natural surroundings created an atmosphere which had helped it thrive.

“(Kindergarten teacher) Mrs Hamley and her husband are orphaned joey carers and often the joeys come to school and hop around the yard to stretch their legs,” she said.

“One year, a joey was so well known by the children that he was in the class photo.”

Ms Teo said the kindy had undergone significant changes in the past five years to keep it up to standard and ensure its long-term stability.

“We converted a large portion of our playground into a nature play area and underwent a significant renovation on our building,” she said.

“Thanks to Lotterywest and City of Canning, just under $500,000 was spent upgrading the building and bringing it up to compliance.”

The kindergarten will host an open day with entertainment on Saturday from 10am to 4pm to commemorate its milestone.