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Celebrating Palmyra Primary School's Centenary in 2013

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Discount centenary books this Sunday.

Hello everyone, you haven’t heard from us in awhile, but just to let you all know that Centenary books will be on sale at a special price of $30 at the Sunday Farmer’s markets tomorrow at the school, from 8.30 till midday.

Plus you can always pick up a copy at this rate from the school office if you have correct money.



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Gary Carter’s memories

Apologies to Gary Carter for missing his blog submission, it came through in the few days before the centenary celebration and slipped through the cracks.

Other family members and friends who attended (and years if known): Sisters Vicki and Julie.
Wife Marilyn Corish (1958 and 1965)
Daughter Tory in 1983

Years attended Palmyra: 1957 – 1963

We lived up the Stock Road end of Tamar Street. My Mum still lives there. I remember the street to the school was one lane and lined both sides with white limestone rocks. For at least Grade 1 in 1957 the road ran straight through the schoolgrounds.
I thought I was real special in Grade 1 because I was always the first name read out when they called the roll every morning. Then after a few weeks I was moved to a different Grade 1 class, and all of a sudden this wa***r called Graham Bell got called out first!  By about Grade 4 I finally had the ah-ha moment when the intricacies of the alphabet dawned on me. Years later Graham Bell became pretty well my best mate!
A lady on this site mentioned doing Grade 4 with Mr Kanganis down the Church at the Canning Highway end of McKimmie Street. I was there too! We played cricket at what the teachers called “the cow patch” on the corner of McKimmie and Solomon, where the kindy is. It is all nice and grassy today, back then it was all black sand and pretty well hopeless for playing cricket on.

I loved footy but was pretty  hopeless at it. Somehow they made me captain of the School “B” team. We had these really dodgy hand-sewn gurnseys. I guess some lades went to a lot of trouble knitting them, but I really envied the lads in the “A” team who had proper jumpers. I barracked for East Perth and always went to footy training in my East Perth jumper (boy I took a lot of stick for that!) It was a proper jumper and I wanted the number 15 on it because that was my favourite player. But instead of buying and sewing on a couple of proper numbers my poor old mother went to the trouble of hand sewing it on on her old Singer. Unfortunately whilst she did a serviceable enough job on the 1, the 5 looked like an “S”. That Russel Christensen never shut up about it – “and it’s Number Is for East Perth…”.  Bastard.

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Books now available at Chemmart Palmyra

chemmartIf you are looking to pick up a few of the Centenary books for Christmas presents and don’t want to pay postage, then Chemmart Palmyra have kindly offered to sell them at the recommended price of $45.

They are located at 267 Canning Hwy, just across the carpark from Stammers Woolworths.

Thanks to Chemmart Palmyra for helping us out!


What a wonderful day!

Thousands came and it was just so lovely. We were blown away! The chatting and catching up just didn’t stop the whole time, from the Legacy Poppy cafe  at the start to the band and dancing in evening.

It was hot! But under an awning of Pally bunting, and classrooms full of wonderful memorabilia, everyone came and celebrated.

The committee and the school volunteers worked just so hard, producing a wonderful book and thinking through everything in the lead up  and  producing a really special day.

I was proud to be involved in helping write some of the book, manage the blog and email and work at the book stall on the day. ( I was exhausted but happily by the end  of it !).

We would love to hear if any of our blog followers came and  enjoyed their time.

These are Tomaz’  photos from the day…. for those that couldn’t make it.

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Kicking off from 3pm, Saturday 9th November

We’re all very excited here that the day is nearly upon us! The school is buzzing, helped by the fact that we won the interschool athletics carnival for the first time in 18 years

Opening Ceremony on school oval stage

  • CAFÉ WITH COMPLIMENTARY TEA, COFFEE, CAKE (Donations to Legacy appreciated)

4 – 5pm
School, Pally Patch and Classrooms open

  • Play games of yester-year, memory lane photos, reunite with class mates, make damper in the Pally Patch, view history-themed class room displays, skipping demonstration by Pally kids AND SO MUCH MORE!!

5 – 5.30pm
Presentation by Mayor and Student performances on school oval stage

  • BAR OPENS 5.30pm

6 – 7pm
Band plays first set

7 – 7.30pm
VJ Zoo photo/light projection display

7.30 – 8.30pm
Band plays second set

‘Our Pally’ Centenary Book

Don’t miss the official launch of our centenary book at the opening ceremony, 3.30pm Saturday 9th November!


Contrary to advice in the previous school newsletter, we are encouraging everyone to collect their pre-ordered books on the day*

How could you possibly wait any longer???!

A collection point will be operating alongside the tea/coffee/cake stand at the main entrance to the Art/Music Building, following the Opening Ceremony.
*This is unless you have arranged otherwise with Hollie Cavanagh, /0407307462 or will not be attending and will be picking up directly from the school.


So, if you haven’t yet ordered your copy, come and grab one (or more!) – it’s the most perfect Christmas present, for family and friends and the best possible memento of our beautiful school.



Vicki Ebert’s (Carter) memories 1960 – 66

 I have some vivid memories of primary school, and then some of them have just gone!! I remember my first day, my teacher was Miss Harwood, and I had taken all my new crayons ( leviathons) – she tried to get me to use old ones in the class room but I was determined!! We Only went half days in primary school for the first 2 weeks I think.

Mr Hancock in Grade 4 but some of them must have not too memorable!!

Mr Italiano in Grade 5 was a whizz at throwing the duster at the naughty boys! Miss Yelland in Grade 6 was my favorite. I think both the girls and the boys had a crush on her. I thought she was so old, but when I look back she was only in her twenties. I was part of a Callisthenics team of girls that she coached to an interschool competition, and we won!! I have photos of us in our leotards with crepe paper!! Such a thrill.

In Grade 7 I had Mr Lacey and Miss Tupper – boy was she a scary lady!! I used to have to go to piano lessons in South Fremantle twice a week, and it was pretty crucial that I got out of school on time, scooted up the hill and was on the next bus so I could get to my lesson on time. I think Miss T used to deliberately ignore me, and I used to be stressed out before I even got to my lesson! Mr Lacey was just gorgeous, and I think everyone loved him! I do remember Michael Jez was particularly annoying, and used to run over the top of the desks pretending to be a monkey! My Mum thought he was lovely because when he walked home past our house, he used to say ” hello Mrs Carter”.

We lived at the Stock Rd end of Tamar St, so used to ride our bikes or walk to school. Every lunch time we went home apart from Friday, which was very exciting as it was tuck shop day. There was the shop on the corner near the school, or the other one that we called the “Top Shop”. The boys all came in bare feet – winter or summer. We had that nasty shiny paper in the toilets!

 Mr Mawson used to coach the girls netball team – I was short so never got a go!! The first time I played netball again I was in my 30’s. Very unfair I thought!

We used to play skippy with a rope, hopscotch, and we used to juggle a lot against the brick walls with tennis balls.I also remember the playground with the monkey bars and the bar where all the girls would put their leg over, grasp it below,and go round and round. Pity none of this is there now – too unsafe. ( Apparently)