Our Lady’s Assumption in Dianella celebrates 50 years


Principal Therese Bandy with original student Bernie Durkin and current students Maddison Gangemi and Rafferty Dunn (8). Picture: Andrew Ritchie  d472576
Principal Therese Bandy with original student Bernie Durkin and current students Maddison Gangemi and Rafferty Dunn (8). Picture: Andrew Ritchie d472576

OUR Lady’s Assumption (OLA) School in Dianella will celebrate 50 years this week.

When the school opened its doors in 1967, and fees were $1 per week, Bernie Durkin was one of the 60 original students.

His ties with the school remain today.

“Both my children went to school there and now my wife teaches there,” he said. “I made lifelong friends there, friends I still see today.”

Mr Durkin reminisced about the school when it was new and noted significant changes.

“It was originally built on the cheap and with volunteers but the whole place has been rebuilt since,” he said.

“The school population is much larger now; back then it started with one class of each Year 1, 2 and 3.

“It was a great community spirit then, with dads helping out with projects on weekends.”

Principal Therese Bandy said she hoped to see more former students and staff join the celebrations.

“We are so proud to be celebrating this impressive milestone and hope to see many familiar faces at our mass and morning tea,” she said.

The school now has 500 enrolled students.

Celebrations will take place from 10am on Thursday, August 17 at the school.