School life a family affair for Wilson resident


Anna Verkerk with her great-grandchildren Kayla Bongers (11), Riley Blennerhassett (12), Tristan Blok (12) and Nathalia |Kappert (12), who are in the same Year 7 class at Rehoboth |Christian College.
School life a family affair for Wilson resident
Anna Verkerk with her great-grandchildren Kayla Bongers (11), Riley Blennerhassett (12), Tristan Blok (12) and Nathalia |Kappert (12), who are in the same Year 7 class at Rehoboth |Christian College.

WILSON resident Anna Verkerk (89) set a trend in 1968 when she enrolled two of her children into Rehoboth Christian College.

Mrs Verkerk was a foundation parent of the school that started in Wilson in 1966 with just two teachers and 23 students and has since expanded to Kenwick.

This year, 12 of Mrs Verkerk’s great-grandchildren attend the school, with four in the same Year 7 class.

“It’s changed a lot, but it still has the same Christian principles,” she said.

“It is fantastic; I am very happy they are at the school.

“My granddaughter Monique Blok teaches flute at both the Wilson and Kenwick campuses and another granddaughter works in the school’s administration.”

Mrs Verkerk migrated to Australia from Holland with her late husband on November 13, 1954. She raised her family in Riverton and operated a drapery business in Riverton and Lynwood.

Now retired, she has 22 grandchildren, 48 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren.

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