Local school needs your help

Local school needs your help

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Neerigen Brook Primary principal Lesley Barrett and teacher Liz Mauer who has been at the school since 1996. Photograph – Aaron Van Rongen.

When Neerigen Brook Primary first opened its doors in 1970, it was a very different time. 

Computers didn’t exist, colour televisions were yet to grace local lounge rooms and Armadale was an emerging city centre. 

Fast-forward to today and the Armadale-based primary school now has 369 students and 69 staff who spend each day learning and exploring at the same Seventh Road site. 

The school is currently in the process of planning a series of celebrations for its milestone 50th year in 2020. 

Principal Lesley Barrett said the school is hoping to connect to those who attended Neerigen Brook Primary in the past to document their memories and gather memorabilia and photographs of yesteryear. 

“There was a fire at the school in 1983 that, thankfully, only destroyed the library, unfortunately this was where we stored all our records and memorabilia,” she said. 

“We would greatly appreciate and strongly encourage our community to dig into the old albums and pull out those old pictures of the school, events celebrated in the school and the people who worked or were enrolled here.” 

Although no plans have been set in stone as yet for next year’s celebrations, Mrs Barrett said the events will involve the local community and will include a nostalgic walk into the past and a vision of where the school is headed in the future. 

If you have any old photographs or memories, call the school on 9399 3422 or drop them in to the front office.