The Jolimont resident started at the school as a 12-year-old in 1962, when it was known as St Mary’s Church of England Girls School, in West Perth, the same year it was granted land in Karrinyup.
Mrs Malone said back then it was a high school with about 300 students with two classes in each year.
‘Between 1966 and 1970, when the school shifted from West Perth to Karrinyup, the school was just three blocks of classrooms built on a sand pile,’ she said. ‘Today it is a magnificent array of classrooms and first class facilities.
‘The opportunities of today are a far cry from the limited offerings of yester-year.’
Mrs Malone said she was very happy with her school days at St Mary’s and returned 10 years after graduating in 1966 as a parent and later as a staff member.
‘I have been involved with St Mary’s for over 40 years and it will always be a part of my life,’ she said.
‘I can’t imagine waking up and not coming to work.
‘I will miss the friends I have made, the stimulating conversations of my colleagues and the hundreds of girls who have passed through my care.’