Lathlain PS 60th anniversary: three generations of same family attend school


Sarah McLachlan, who went to Lathlain Primary School, with two of her three children Byron (glasses, 10) and Jarrad (5), and Solomon Lindsay (12, at left) and Will Turner (12, back). Picture: Marie Nirme
Sarah McLachlan, who went to Lathlain Primary School, with two of her three children Byron (glasses, 10) and Jarrad (5), and Solomon Lindsay (12, at left) and Will Turner (12, back). Picture: Marie Nirme

FOR Sarah McLachlan, it was a no-brainer where her children would attend primary school.

Not only is Lathlain Primary School walking distance from her house, but also it was the school of her father Clifford Phillips and the school she attended.

With the school celebrating its 60th anniversary with a Grand Fete on November 5, Mrs McLachlan reflected on what made the school special.

“The school means a lot to my family, not only the sense of local community but knowing what to expect from the teaching system,” she said.

“Although the school has changed over the years, there is still a community feeling.”

Mr Phillips said he saw many changes in his time at the school, including the introduction of the decimal currency in 1966.

“The beauty of our schooling is that we had the benefit of learning the imperial system of measurement of feet and inches, then metric system of measurement,” he said.

“Plus we learnt our currency in pounds, shillings and pence, before the forced introduction of the decimal system in 1966,” he said.

“If there were not enough boys for the square dancing at school, we were often called off the sports field to balance the numbers out. It was something that we all loathed, as we wanted to play sport.”

“I’ve seen many changes at the school but the tall poplar tree out the front of the school still heralds the changing seasons for each generation,” he said.

What: Lathlain Primary School Grand Fete

Why: Celebrating the school’s 60th birthday

When: 11am-4pm on November 5

Where: 120 Howick Street, Lathlain