Head back to Rockbank Primary School

By Sumeyya Ilanbey

Geoffrey Harrison remembers the earlier days of Rockbank Primary School, when it was on a block of land off the Western Highway.

He was part of a second generation of Harrisons attending the school. His children have been and gone through the same school doors, and now his grandchildren are attending.

Mr Harrison’s youngest grandchild will start prep at Rockbank Primary School, now at Wescott Parade, next year.

The school will be celebrating its 150th anniversary later this year, and principal Darryl Spiteri is calling on alumni to join the festivities.

There will be a photo display and opportunities to rekindle and catch up with old friends and teachers. A 25-year-old time capsule will also be opened.

“I can tell you about some things that are static and haven’t changed,” Mr Spiteri said, when asked about the changes over the years.

“The Harrisons have at least four generations of family members who came through the school … and we’ve also had a teacher – Sue Mundie – who’s been here for 25 years.”

Mr Spiteri said one of the biggest changes at the school – other than the shift from Western Highway to Wescott Parade – was the demographic.

“It’s become very multicultural and diverse in recent years,” he said.

The celebrations will run from 11am-4pm on Saturday, November 17.