Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Eastlakes Public School 75th birthday party

Ron Hoenig MP with Principal Anthia Tsantoulis with students, P&C President

I was delighted to attend the 75th Birthday celebrations of Eastlakes Public School. 75 years provides for much history, and I am proud to say that I am a part of it. Half a century ago I was a student at Eastlakes Public School attending from Kindergarten to Year 2. Then Eastlakes Public School was only an infant school.

I have fond memories of riding a bike around the old Rosebery Racecourse, walking home from school and knowing nearly everyone in the houses in all the streets. I suppose with the generous support I have always received from the Eastlakes community some might think nothing has changed. 

Arriving at Eastlakes Public School  I saw the school coloured with decorations, a jumping castle, lots of cakes and goodies and face painting. This scene must be a lot different from the school's establishment in 1938.

Ron Hoenig MP with Principal Mrs Anthia Tsantoulis 
Mrs Anthia Tsantoulis School Principal related the history of the school and the changing community. In the 1980’s Eastlakes became a diverse and multicultural suburb. The school adapted then to the ever changing needs of the community with the appointment of specialist language teachers. Eastlakes Public School continues to be a multicultural school with 25 different languages spoken by children at home. 90% of students are from a non-English speaking background. It is this I think that  gives the school its charm, character and unique community feel.

I agree with Mrs Tsantoulis who said that “Eastlakes Public School provides quality education and a solid foundation for learning and it is wonderful to see the students grow in learning and creativity and that they will grow into the fine young men and women we know you will be”.

And I am proud that Eastlakes Public School falls within my electorate, for the school will always have a special place in my heart.

Happy 75th Birthday Eastlakes Public School!

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