West Morley Primary prepares for 50th anniversary celebrations

L-R Sue Pedrotti, Val Russell (sitting) and Emma Pedrotti. Picture: Andrew Ritchie
L-R Tomas Knuckey (y6), Sue Pedrotti, Val Russell (sitting) and Emma Pedrotti and Sienna Chapman (y6). West Morley PS will celebrate its 50th anniversary at an Open Day picnic event on September 23. A profile story on three generations of teachers at the school, featuring current teacher Emma Pedrotti. Her grandfather Graham (deceased) was also a principal of the school. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au   d473247
L-R Sue Pedrotti, Val Russell (sitting) and Emma Pedrotti. Picture: Andrew Ritchie L-R Tomas Knuckey (y6), Sue Pedrotti, Val Russell (sitting) and Emma Pedrotti and Sienna Chapman (y6). West Morley PS will celebrate its 50th anniversary at an Open Day picnic event on September 23. A profile story on three generations of teachers at the school, featuring current teacher Emma Pedrotti. Her grandfather Graham (deceased) was also a principal of the school. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d473247

THREE generations of West Morley Primary School teachers says the school has a special place in their lives, ahead of a 50th anniversary event on September 23.

Current teacher Emma Pedrotti started West Morley in 2011, while her mother Sue was a language support teacher in 1981 and her grandmother Valma Russell was a teacher from 1968 to 1970.

Emma’s late grandfather Graham was a former principal in the late 1970s.

Decades after leaving the school, Ms Russell said everything about the school had changed, with more buildings and upgraded classrooms.

“From the outside, you would not know what was the school that I came to,” she said.

“To me, it is almost like a different place altogether but there is always an atmosphere to the school.”

Sue said teaching was in her family’s blood, as teaching ran in the family.

Emma said she never looked at other career routes other than being a teacher.

“For me it is very exciting because granny was here towards the start of the establishment of the school, mum towards the middle and now I am here – so it is quite special to me,” she said.

“I grew up with two teachers as parents and I loved that we could all go away every holidays – we just had a blessed childhood.”

Principal Peter Harty said there had been “dramatic improvements” to the facilities in the last six years.

Mr Harty said he hoped the wider school community could attend the picnic event.

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