80 years celebrated

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When the Wanneroo Road school opened in 1935, it had three classrooms and was staffed by the Sisters of Mercy who travelled by bus every day from St Mary’s in West Perth.

The school recovered from a fire in 1985 that destroyed much of it. In 2000 it relocated from the old St Anthony’s church on Wanneroo Road to Servite Terrace next to the new church building. The school now accommodates about 475 students from three-year-olds to Year 6.

Principal, and former student Mark Marando said many students, families, staff and principals had walked the school halls.

‘Some children are currently at the same school that their parents and grandparents attended which carries on the sense of tradition in generations. Many of the students’ family names, past and present, are engraved on pavers in the school preserving its long history and association with local families.’

Former students with memorabilia can donate or lend the items to the school to promote the anniversary.