Lesson in longevity from Padbury Community Kindergarten in Perth’s north

Teacher Cathy Witney and Education assistant Lisa Hall with kindergarten kids.
Teacher Cathy Witney and Education assistant Lisa Hall with kindergarten kids.

PADBURY Community Kindergarten is inviting past students, families and staff to attend its 40th anniversary celebrations this Saturday.

The event will be held from 10am to 2pm on November 21 at the Caley Road early learning centre.

The kindergarten opened in 1975 after local families fundraised to establish one in the community.

It has since catered for pre-primary and kindergarten aged children and has seen a huge range of attendance numbers over the years.

This year it has a group of 11 students but teachers remember a time when they had four kindy groups of about 80 children attending during the week.

Padbury Community’s enrolment numbers dwindled and it began to look like it might even close when local primary schools began enrolling kindergarten classes.

But families rallied once again to support the centre.

Current teachers Cathy Witney and Lorraine Quayle have taught at the school for more than 20 years.

“It is the lovely children and their families that make coming to work at Padbury community kindy so enjoyable,” Mrs Witney said.

“There have been many changes to the education and expectations put upon young children, but it is that essence of community spirit that has endured to make this kindy a special place for young children to start their education journey.”

Mrs Quayle said past students would have fond memories of their time at the kindy.

“They will remember the large shaded playground with its huge, very old tuart tree,” she said.

“Then of course there are the old wooden forts and wooden boat that have since been removed, as well as the trees to climb, the bikes and bike track.

“Inside there are the favourites of the home corner and block corner and of course those very tricky jigsaw puzzles.”

She said everyone was welcome to attend the upcoming celebration.

“We are especially hoping for past students, their families, previous staff and principals to come along and reminisce about their time at Padbury Community Kindergarten,” she said.

“There will be a display of old photos and memorabilia.

“We will be happy for people to drop off their old photos so we can endeavour to include them in our displays.”

People will be able to enjoy a sausage sizzle, cake stall, entertainment and even a puzzle challenge on the day.

Visit padburykindy.wa.edu.au.