ROBERT Vinden has been teaching at Rossmoyne Senior High School for so long he may as well be part of the furniture.
From his first day back in January 1983 to now, the former manual arts teacher said the school had seen great change over the years.
“When I joined the school the office staff still used typewriters and worksheets were hand written and given to the staff to type. Now every staff has a computer and most students can Google from their phone,’’ he said.
While many aspects have changed including new infrastructure and technology, Mr Vinden joked if past students visited their old woodwork room, they would find the same old bench and the same old teacher walking around it.
This year not only marks Mr Vinden’s 36th year at the school, but also Rossmoyne Senior High School’s 50th anniversary.
Last week the school community gathered to acknowledge the major milestone with the cutting of an anniversary cake.
“We have fantastic students and staff at Rossmoyne so there was never and still isn’t any desire to leave,’’ he said.
Mr Vinden recently stepped down from position of Teacher in Charge of Technology to go back into the classroom full time.
“I wanted to spend more time with the students, all of whom seem to be getting younger. Or perhaps that is just from my perspective,’’ he said.
Principal Milanna Heberle said the school had an exciting year of events scheduled to commemorate its 50th anniversary.
Visit www.rossmoyne.wa.edu.au/50years for more.