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CARMEL (HEIDELBERG) PRIMARY SCHOOL    UPDATED AUGUST 2017

Research by Gordon Freegard

 

The information and details listed here have been gathered from many sources in the hope of retaining and keeping the heritage of the Carmel Primary School available for all to remember, learn and enjoy. Thanks go the many people that offered to share their stories, photos and memories. Particular thanks to Mrs. Sylvia Sala Tenna and Team that put together the original booklet "Carmel Primary School 1904 - 1979" and the Carmel P. & C. Association headed by Mrs. Jeanette Helm, who put together the updated version "Carmel Primary School 1904 - 1989" from which much information was gleamed. This is not a complete record, so if you can add, correct or supply further details, we would be happy and thankful to hear from you.

The Carmel Primary School, originally called Heidelberg School, has a special place in the memories of lots of former students that still reside in the district today. Opened in July 1904 it very quickly became a social centre for the local community. Besides being the school it also provided a place for the Methodist Church to meet and a venue for many fund raising concerts and socials. It provided facilities for the developing interests in tennis and cricket. It remained a "one-teacher" school for most of its life, which developed a very close and in many cases, an affectionate bond between the teacher, the children and the parents. After a long and colourful fight to keep it operating, the school was finally closed in 1990. It was a very sad and emotional day for the district.

HERITAGE LISTING

The Building was permanently listed on the Register of Heritage places by the Heritage Council of Western Australia, on 5th November 1999. The statement of significance described the building as follows:
"Carmel Primary School (fmr), a timber-framed, weatherboard and corrugated iron single-roomed school building (1904) and associated timber and corrugated iron shelter shed (1923) in a native bushland setting, has cultural heritage significance for the following reasons:
    the place is a rare example of a single roomed timber school building, located on its original site and in its original bushland setting, in the metropolitan area;
    the landscape setting of the place and the simplicity of the exterior of the original timber school building makes a positive contribution to the Carmel streetscape;
    the place is representative of timber-framed, weatherboard clad one-teacher school buildings constructed by the Public Works Department in both metropolitan     and rural Western Australia in the early decades of the twentieth century; and,
    the place reflects the educational policies that were in operation during the early part of the twentieth century, where the Government provided educational     facilities for small communities.
The shed (1966) and toilet block to the rear of the school building are considered to have little cultural heritage significance.

 

GENERAL HISTORY

Moves for a school at Carmel (then known as Green's Siding and later Heidleberg, date back to September 1896, when a petition was received from the local residents asking that the Education Department of Western Australia reserve 5 acres of land for a school and other public purposes.
The spokesman for the residents was Mr. G. H. Palmateer. He wrote to the Education Department on 3rd December, 1896 - quote "the land is rapidly being selected and it is in the interest of the residents that a piece of land be reserved in the locality before all the most suitable sites are taken"' although no school was required at that particular time.
On November 11th, 1897 an application was received by the Education Department from Mr. Arthur L. Gibbs on behalf of certain settlers between Canning Mills and Gooseberry Hill for the establishment of a school. After much discussion and arguing, a portion of land was finally set aside immediately east of the Canning Jarrah Timber Company Railway for school purposes.
The first moves for an actual school (as distinct from securing the site for a school were made in January, 1903. A petition was received from residents noting that the nearest school was more than four miles away and that the Canning train service was so irregular as to be useless for children attending. It was also pointed out that even the older children could not walk through the dense forest to the two nearest schools at Gooseberry Hill or Canning Mills.

 

ASHCROFT FAMILY'S HOUSE 1892c   #47

 

On Wednesday, 18th February, 1903 the General Inspector, Mr. J. H. Collins, visited the district to meet Mr. H. Reed of Gooseberry Hill and other residents and did a tour of the district as well as inspecting the proposed site for the school.
At this meeting a number of residents proposed that a different site would be more central than the site reserved in 1897. In fact, on 19th February, 1903 Mr. A.C.R. Loaring, Mr. G. Palmateer and Mr. Ashcroft wrote to the Minister for Education complaining that the site chosen was unsuitable for their children. In a memo dated 26th February, 1903 the Inspector noted that he had informed the residents that as far as he knew, the Department would not grant a school until applicants had a least agreed to a suitable site.
in March, 1903 further meetings were held to try and settle the differences between the residents as to the choice of a school site. Finally, in April, 1903 a new petition was signed by most of the residents asking that a school be built on a site near Green's Landing on the Gooseberry Hill, Canning Mills Road, south West of the original school reserve. Finally, in April, 1093, Surveyer Mr. Terry was authorised to survey a site for a school.

 

"A" SUGGESTED SITE ON GOOD LAND.
"B" SUGGESTED SITE OFFERED BY REED. #1

 

On October 18th, 1903 Mr. C. Ashcroft wrote to the Secretary of Education, requesting further information on the siting of a school at Heidelberg. He stated that some children between the years of 7 and 11 had received practically no schooling and he was afraid that the children would be forced into child labour instead of being allowed sufficient time for educational purposes.
There was further correspondence from Mr. A.C. Loaring on November 10th, 1903, requesting the establishment of a school and finally in a move intended as a compromise between the old and the new site, a site was selected about a quarter of a mile east of Green's Landing. This is the present site of the Carmel School and was reserved as a school site on 15th December, 1903. The area is approximately 5 acres.
On 22nd January, 1904 another petition was received at the Education Department for the establishment of a school. Finally. in March, 1904, the Works Department was instructed to call for tenders for a school and quarters and on 13th April, 1904 a contract was let to Fred W. Box for 300 pounds (600 dollars), with an estimated completion date of 13th June, 1904. Work progressed rapidly and on 2nd May, 1904 Mr. Box requested that the school desks be delivered by 7th June, as the school was nearing completion.

 

On June 3rd a letter from the Stores Clerk was sent to Mr. Box saying that four packages of timber and four packages of iron standards comprising 4 desks for the Heidelberg School were dispatched by rail to Green's Landing.
Finally on 2nd July 1904, a letter was sent to Mrs. H. Reed informing her that Mr. G. H. Mason had been appointed as the first teacher and the new Heidelberg School was to be officially opened on the next Wednesday morning. The school was no sooner opened than Mr. G. Mason found it necessary to write to the Education Department requesting more desks due to an increase in numbers. The desks and a table were subsequently dispatched to Green's Landing.
Winter set in and with it the first of many problems. By August 5th of that year it was necessary to have the Inspector General - Mr. Cecil Andrews- inspect the school. It was noted that the roof of the Teacher's Quarters leaked so badly that it was impossible for him to get a fire going in the dining area.
Recent strong winds also had blown several trees over and rendered other dangerous. These were not removed however until 23rd December.

 

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In 1905 Mr. G. Mason was replaced by Mr. C. G. Brown as teacher and it is interesting to note that the attendance had increased rapidly. There were 46 children on the roll and at times there was as many as 40 in attendance on one day. It seemed likely that the school would maintain an average enrollment of 30 and so it was decided to ask for more room. As a result if was agreed that the partition between the Teacher's Quarters and the Schoolroom be removed so as to allow the whole building to be used as the school room.

 

ORIGINAL CARMEL SCHOOL HOUSE, 1905   #3

 

Thus in May, 1905 the then delegate to the Guildford District Board of Education, Mr. C. Ashcroft wrote to the Department requesting the building of a school house. Finally in June, 1905 plans and estimates for new teacher's quarters were prepared and a contract for 256 pounds (312 dollars) to erect these quarters was let to Mr. M. Mackesy on 5th October, 1905.
During the early years of the school it seems that teachers and pupils had to contend with many discomforts.
Leaking roofs were prevalent and even with repairs, they continued to leak. Apparently shoddy workmanship is not only a disease of these times, as some would have us believe. In fact after repeated repairs the then teacher - Mr. R. C. Brown - wrote this letter to the Inspector General of Schools on July 5th, 1905:-

"Sir,
      I beg to report that the rain is finding its way through the roof into the school room. It seems to drift under one of the sheets of iron on the roof and soak through the plaster of the ceiling.

I have the honor to be, Sir,

                                         Your obedient servant,
 
                                                    R. C. G. Brown "

Another instance was noted in January, 1907 when a memo was sent to the chief architect reporting that the hearth in the teacher's quarters was breaking up badly and had been worn into holes, and repairs to it were requested. Later there developed a leakage over the chimney and the lavatory floor and cloakroom floor had to be removed.
As early as 1908 the Inspector visited the school and noted that the inside school walls needed to be kalsomined and the cracks in the plaster be filled up with plaster of paris. He also suggested that if the verandah were to be closed-in and a door put in the entrance, the verandah could be used for storing materials. This was eventually done.

In 1912 the teacher of the day, Mr. F. B. Millar, requested a wash-house or a portable copper and in 1913 a request was made for an extra blackboard cloth.
1914 saw the appointment of Mr. A. E. Jackson as Headmaster of the school. His family consisted of himself, his wife, 3 children and a house help, and as accommodation consisted of a kitchen, a dining room, one bedroom, a small bathroom and a small store-room or cupboard at one end of the verandah, it was evident to him - to him at least - that he needed some extra living space.
He wrote to the Education Department on several occasions requesting extensions to the school house and finally in 1916 he had some work done to the school house.
Overcrowding at the school had been a problem and finally in November, 1922, Mr. E. A. Jackson wrote to Mr. R. S. Simpson, the Colonial Secretary, explaining and requesting a new classroom, as also did the Parents & Citizens Association of the day, in the form of Mr. W. Fox, Mrs Oliver Owen, A. E. Annetts and W. Roberts.
Later in November a plea was also made by Mr. R. S. Simpson to Hon. H. P. Colebatch - the then Minister for Education _ adding his support for a new classroom to be built at Carmel, but to no avail. Further requests were made over the years, but Carmel has always remained a one-teacher school.
By 1925 Mr. Jackson's family had further increased and he was urgently in need of further extensions to the school house. For four years he wrote and re-wrote to the Department on the matter but to no avail, and finally late in 1929 he wrote  one more letter:-

The Director,
Education Department,
PERTH.

Sir,
I beg leave to remind you that I have not received a reply to my application for additions to School quarters at Carmel.
Four years ago my claim for extra accommodation was acknowledged by the District Inspector as a reasonable one and additions were recommended. Realising that there were more urgent cases, since then I have contended myself by yearly referring the matter to my District Inspector, until last November when I wrote requesting that additions in the form of Sleeping-out accommodation be provided for this winter. This application was not acknowledged nor have I received a reply to my application of May.
It is quite possible that many of the colds and much of minor ailments among my family are due to lack of good sleeping accommodation as may also to some extent the present illness through which my daughter is off duty.
I again beg to apply for additions to the Quarters, - verandah on the South and East sides with sleeping-out accommodations, and for repairs, with new gates to the school fence which is in a very bad state of repair. During the past ten years I have done much patching and straightening of wire, straightening posts, and mending gates. The large entrance gate is now falling to pieces and is beyond repair.

I am, Sir,
Yours faithfully,

E. A. JACKSON.

As a result the Department of Works and Labour was finally authorised to draw up plans for additional extensions to the school house to the value of 100 pounds (200 dollars). The plans were sent to Mr. Jackson but unfortunately his problem was still far from solved as the first contractor he approached to do the job was not very keen to oblige. However, with perseverance, Mr. Jackson finally got his additions completed.
White ants were always a big problem in the buildings. It seems that the teacher in residence at the different times was always writing to the Department on this matter.
Finally, in 1950, the school had one of its biggest repair jobs done. During the May vacation the interior lining of the school was pulled down and replaced. However, when school resumed on May 15th the school was still being renovated so it was necessary for the children to have their lessons in the church hall. The head teacher of Pickering Brook School kindly lent the Carmel School some blackboards so that classes could be conducted as near to classroom conditions as possible.
On July 14th, after about 9 weeks of renovations, the children moved back into the school. On August 25th a social function was held at the school to celebrate the re-opening of the renovated classroom and about 40 people attended. The opening address was given by Mr. R. C. Owen, M.L.A., an ex-scholar of the school.
In 1968 the Education Department decided to send the upper primary children to the Walliston School. As a result Carmel became an infant school, having only Grades 1, 2 and 3 attending.
By the early 1970's the state of the schoolroom was such that rather than do any extensive repairs to it, the Department decided to close the school and arrange for the children to attend Walliston School. A petition and deputation was made to the Minister for Education, Mr. McKinnon, by Mr. Ian Thompson, M.L.A. on behalf of the parents, and at the last minute the school was granted a reprieve. Government policy of the day was for the establishment of as many pre-primary centres as possible so in 1977 Carmel was given 500 pounds (I,000 dollars) worth of equipment and an aide was appointed to help the teacher, Mrs. M. Cooke, to establish Carmel's first pre-primary centre. Later that year a demountable room was erected on the school property, thus allowing the pre-primary children to use the old school building while the grades 1, 2 and 3 moved into the new room, with all children making joint use of the old school room for general activities.

 

CHANGE OF NAME

The problems of maintaining, repairing and renovating the school and the quarters were forgotten temporarily during World War 1 when some of the local residents objected to the school being known as Heidelberg and made several requests for a change of name. Finally it was decided to call the school "Carmel".

 

WATER

The main problem that had to be contended with in the early days was that of an adequate water supply. As early as 1907 additional water tanks were being requested and for the next 30 years or so, it continued to be a real problem.
In 1919 water was bought for 8 shilling (80 cents) per 400 gallons.
In March, 1924 Mr. Littley of Carmel was contracted to cart water to the school at the cost of 3 shillings (30 cents) per 100 gallons. In that year also the Carmel P. & C. Association wrote to the Director of Education requesting permission to sink a well and buy a hand pump so that the problem of getting water could be eased, but this request was refused.
By 1925 water cost 4 shillings (40 cents) per 100 gallons. In this matter, as in many other instances, the Education Department wasn't exactly a big spender for in 1926 when the Head Teacher, Mr. A. E. Jackson, requested a further supply of water for his family, he was asked to explain. He wrote to the Department, apologising for the request but hastened to add that an extra 500 gallons of water would last his family of 8 a fortnight!
Apart from needing Department permission to buy the water, the teacher often had problems getting someone to cart the water for him. In 1926 there was no official water carter near the school and only one person within miles who even had a tank suitable for water cartage. Further, as he was an orchardist, he was usually too busy attending to his fruit to cart water in the summer.
In 1929 Mr. G. Putland of Bickley was contracted to cart water to the school, but as he was not very impressed with the Department's slow payment for services rendered, he soon gave the job away.
Often water had to be hand-drawn from a well 20foot deep and understandably there weren't many who relished the idea of doing this. By 1934 the school and quarters had 5 water tanks, but still the problem of insufficient water remained. Water then cost 25 shillings (50 dollars) per 100 gallons and Mr. H. Flanders was one of the first official water contractors to do this on a regular basis. During the '40's and '50's tanks were repaired and replaced at an alarming rate. No one year went past without a leak or two appearing in the tanks, which resulted in a loss of water and further request for extra water. Finally, in November, 1962 the P. & C. of the day decided to write and ask the Agricultural Department of W.A. to ascertain whether water was available underground. The Education Department had notified the school previously that it was willing to install a septic system if water discovered underground allowed 6 gallons per child per day.
At the annual Christmas break-up party the local member, Mr. K. Dunne, told the parents that he would endeavour to have a bore put down at the school as soon as possible so as to allow the construction of septic sewerage.
In 1963 T. Mattaboni & Son were contracted to put down a bore at the cost of 70 pounds (140 dollars) and soon after the Public Works Department fitted a motor and pump on it. By 1964 the school had some reticulation laid and the new septic toilets were built. It was indeed a memorable year for the school. No longer was water the problem it had been in the past
In the meantime, the Department of Public Works informed the Shire that Carmel would pass to the control of the Metropolitan Water Supply, Sewerage and Drainage Department, and as a result the Under Secretary could give no guarantee that any loan moneys would be provided for the water supply extensions in the area, but that consideration would be given to the matter later in the year when the programme for 1964 was being prepared. However, a petition with 140 signatures was presented to the local member of Parliment, Mr. Ray Owen, M.L.A., requesting that scheme water be extended into the area.
Finally in 1963 the water came through although it was not connected to the school or quarters until a much later date.
In Spring, 1977-78 water restrictions were imposed throughout the major part of the State of Western Australia, with the result that schools were requested not to use scheme water for irrigation lawns. As the Carmel P. & C. had been responsible for the planting of a lawn a few years previously, they decided to write to the P.W.D. requesting a check of their bore, pump and motor which resulted in some maintenance work being done early in 1978. Further, as the old water tanks had rusted through the school was issued with a new water tank, thus by February 1978 the school lawn and gardens were once again being reticulated by the school bore.

 

SCHOOL CREST AND MOTTO

In 1974 a local newspaper began featuring a weekly item on the schools in the Kalamunda Shire. They gave a description of the schools, their crest and the school's motto.

The Carmel School did not have a crest or motto, so it was decided at a P. & C. Meeting to ask Mr. Leon Williams - father of one of the students - to design a crest for the school. Finally in 1975 the final sketch was put to the parents who unanimously accepted it. The motto "Walk Tall' was also put forward and accepted at the same meeting.

The crest shows a fruit tree in the background - because at the time fruit growing in the Carmel area was a major feature. In fact an orchard in Carmel was the first and largest exporter of Golden Queen Peaches to Singapore. In the foreground there is a boy and girl holding hands - symbolising friendship, equality and togetherness.

The motto "Walk Tall" speaks for itself - that it is more important for people, starting from childhood, to be ever proud of their deeds, no matter how small or menial and that they should always try to do their best, and never do anything that they would be ashamed of. They should at all times endeavour to do unto others as they would have others do unto them.

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1904          Teacher   Mr. G. H. Mason
24 Children enrolled.
March  - The Works Department called for tenders for a school and quarters.
April 13th - A contract was let to Fred W. Box for 300 pounds (600 dollars) for the building of a school and quarters.
July - The school of Heidelberg (now Carmel) was officially opened with Mr. Mason being appointed the first Head Teacher.

Children known to have attended:   GWENDOLINE OWEN, EMILY WALLIS

 

Extract from an Article by Mrs. Emily Florence Halleen (nee Wallis).

Emily Florence Halleen (nee Wallis) was born on September 7th, 1897 at "Orange Dale". She was the youngest child of John & Emma Wallis, who had 7 other children - 5 sons and 3 daughters in all. John and Emma were the first people to take up land in the area in 1883 and hence the name Walliston. Prior to taking up land, John Wallis was a wheelwright and carpenter working at Victoria Reservoir. Emily Halleen is the only surviving member of the family (1989) and now resides in Pomeroy Road, Walliston
Emily was "One of the "tinies" who enrolled on the very first day of Heidelberg School's existence. She recalls that she really hated school for the first two days and spent most of the time crying, but later she began to enjoy going to school and eventually had deep regrets when she finally reached school leaving age.

For the first few days Emily's mother drove her in the family buckboard, across a bush track, there being no made road in that part of the Road Board area. Her father had prepared the track through scrub and forest by "rolling" and by axework. He led a work-horse, chained to a heavy log, to cut a swathe from home to school.
Emily calculates that this distance, and that walked by the Gilchrist children, (whose home was near the intersection of the present Pomeroy and Welshpool Roads) would home was near the intersection of the present Pomeroy and Welshpool Roads) would be the longest journey to and from Heidelberg School at the time.
Desks were built to hold 5 or 6 children - simply a long form with no support for ones back, and a long, sloping table attached in front, pen grooves and inkwell holes, the only convenience.
Her first teacher was Mr. Mason and he was followed by Mr. Brown and then Mr. Millar. Emily recalls that Mr. Millar did a good deal of work in the sports field. He was responsible for making of a tennis court and a cricket pitch."

 

EMILY FLORENCE & EMMA WALLIS   #49

 

HEIDELBERG SCHOOL (Later called CARMEL), 1904,
 Children known to have attended:   GWENDOLINE OWEN, EMILY WALLIS   TEACHER Mr. G. H. MASON    #5

 

1905           Teacher   Mr. R. C. G. Brown

46 Children enrolled.

Children known to have attended: GWENDOLINE OWEN, LES OWEN, EMILY WALLIS

 

1906? (Date Unknown)  #6

Second Row; 2nd from left FLORA HEWISON?

Sitting Row; 3rd from right MARTY WALLIS

 

1906           Teacher   Mr. R. C. G. Brown

School House built by Mr. M. Mackesy for 256 pounds (512 dollars).

Children known to have attended: GWENDOLINE OWEN, LES OWEN, EMILY WALLIS

 

1907           Teacher   Mr. R. C. G. Brown

Children known to have attended: GWENDOLINE OWEN, LES OWEN, EMILY WALLIS

 

1908           Teacher   Mr. R. C. G. Brown

Children known to have attended: GWENDOLINE OWEN, LES OWEN, EMILY WALLIS

 

1909           Teacher   Mr. R. C. G. Brown

Children known to have attended: EVA (DOREEN) OWEN,  GWENDOLINE OWEN, LES OWEN, EMILY WALLIS

 

Some children travelled all the way the Perth to learn music. Shown here is a Certificate issued to Emily Wallis by her music teatcher Miss Agnes Tait in December 1909.

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1910           Teacher   Mr. R. C. G. Brown

Children known to have attended: EVA (DOREEN) OWEN,  GWENDOLINE OWEN, LES OWEN, EMILY WALLIS

 

1911           Teacher   Mr. R. C. G. Brown
 
                 Teacher   Mr. Tom B. Millar

Children known to have attended:  EVA (DOREEN) OWEN,  GWENDOLINE OWEN, LES OWEN, OLIVE OWEN, RAY OWEN, EMILY WALLIS

 

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1912           Teacher   Mr. Tom B. Millar

Miss Helen Precious Mead, for the Mead family at Kalamunda, used to teach sewing during the time that Mr. Dick Brown and Mr. Tom Miller were teachers. She used to ride a grey horse side saddle out from Kalamunda and back again

Article Reported in the "Western Mail" Saturday 31st August 1912
Heidelberg

"On Saturday week a concert was given by the children attending the Heidelberg State School. Captain Tait presided, and practically every resident of the district was present at this the first concert of its kind held here. An attractive programme was submitted by the scholars and many and varied were the expressions of delight by parents and others. Among the many items which gained the applause of the audiences several were of outstanding merit. Of these perhaps the best was a exhibition of figure marching and drill by the boys. A humorous sketch entitled "The Schoolmaster" was also very successful, as was another "The Raw Recruits", Master Martin acting with great spirit the part of a pompous sergeant-major. Miss V. Mason sang "Flowers in May" very sweetly. Master Gilchrist created great amusement by his song "The Policeman", and was encored. Two boys dressed as minstrels sang a couple of coon songs with good effect."

Children known to have attended:   GILCHRIST, MARTIN, BEVERLEY MASON, HERBET MASON, VERA MASON, EVA (DOREEN) OWEN, GWENDOLINE OWEN, LES OWEN, OLIVE OWEN, RAY OWEN, EMILY WALLIS

 

1912 CARMEL SCHOOL BOYS CRICKET TEAM

Back Row (l - R):                              ,                              , HERBET ERNEST MASON,                              ,                               ,                                   ,                               .
 Front Row (l - R): BEVERLEY JOHN MASON,                              , Teacher TOM B. MILLAR,                                     ,                                          .

 

1913           Teacher   Mr. Tom B. Millar

Mr.Tom Miller was a bachelor and his sister lived with him in the school house. Upon taking up residence Mr. Millar requested a wash house or a portable copper be supplied. Later he suffered badly with TB and was in hospital for some time and Nell Ward had apparently nursed him there and they got friendly and eventually married. She came up to Carmel and at sometime may have conducted sewing lessons for the girls. A year or so after he married, Tom Miller was transferred to East Cannington, and then down to Dwellingup, and eventually came back to Kalamunda where he stayed for many, many years.
Mr. Millar and helpers began to dig a well but gave up after 6 feet (2 metres).

Mr. TOM. B. MILLER #48

 

THE GAMES PLAYED AT SCHOOL remembered by Ray Owen.
Prior to Mr. Miller coming here as a teacher, old Dick Brown wasn't keen on sports. He prided himself as a bit of an axeman. Anyway he cut down most of the trees and the local people made a rough tennis court. The tree stumps, logs and bits and pieces were lying around everywhere. So one of the teachers with the help of the kids built an eight sided summer house with seat all round, in which we had lunch. The tennis court was pretty rough and it didn't have adequate back fences, so the ball used to go out into the bush.
When Tom Miller came to the school, he was rather keen on sports. We didn't have much land cleared so he and the senior boys, particularly the two elder Fawkes boys, cleared an area in which to play cricket. Sand was carted from a sandpit over near Grove Road and the concrete was mixed and laid in the formed up area for the pitch. And of course, muggins ..... I suppose for some reason or other, I lingered around until most of the others had gone. Anyway not realising that wet concrete left marks, I walked across it. By the next day it had pretty well set and the question was asked, "Who done it?". Yes, my boots matched the imprints. I was reprimanded.
After the cricket pitch was finish we would gobble our lunch down quickly so we could rush out and play cricket. We had some fairly good cricketers. The Robinson family, brothers Wilfred, Harold and Les were all good cricketers. Eddy Littlely was a good fast bowler. The Gilchrists were reasonably good. Jack Craig was a bit of a dour sort of chappy but he played a fair game.
Other games played were Red Rover All Over, Rounders, Stealing Eggs which were all quite active games played by both the boys and girls

DISCIPLINE remembered by Ray Owen.
We got disciplined with the cane. Mr. Tom Miller was a fairly strict disciplinarian but the elder Fawkes boys, although strictly disciplined at home, tended to let loose a bit at school. Morrie Fawkes was one of those that couldn't whisper quietly, and on several occasions Mr. Miller had corrected him and told him he wasn't to talk. Anyway he did not take heed of the warnings and on a couple of occasions he got the "cuts" (cane).Mr. Miller would call him out in front of the class and lay it on him pretty heavy. Sometimes six on the hands and a couple over the rump - bend down touch your toes - whack! The girls sometimes got the cane also but were asked to hold out their hand and they got a sort of a pat with the cane.

Children known to have attended:  MORRIE FAWKES,   GILCHRIST, HAROLD LOARING, BILL LOARING, VERA MASON, EVA (DOREEN) OWEN, GWENDOLINE OWEN, LES OWEN, OLIVE OWEN, RAY OWEN, EMILY WALLIS

 

1913? (Date Unknown)
 Heidelberg School Cricket Match   
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1914           Teacher              Mr. Edward Alexander Jackson
                    Sewing Mistress   Mrs Marion Jackson

SOCIAL EVENTS remembered by Ray Owen.
Quite a few socials were held each year - to bring the families together and to raise money for the Red Cross and various other things. These were organised by the Methodist Church or the School. During the period of Mr. Miller and Mr. Jackson as teachers, these social evenings and concerts were very popular. Mrs. Jackson was quite a big woman and had good very strong singing voice. She used to conduct the singing lessons. I can remember the old war songs - "Australia Will Be There" and  "Australia ..... there's a land I'd like to tell you all about".
The Methodist Church used to hold their meetings in the school building until about 1914 when they built there own church building. The resident minister was a chap by the name of Jimmy Elms. He had come straight out from England and had a rather harsh rough voice. He camped in a tent while the block was being cleared and the church built. We had a severe cyclone storm in February 1915 and this weatherboard building got blown over at a thirty degree angle. They had to get a tree puller in to straighten it up and put in heavier stays.    

Children known to have attended:    GILCHRIST, VERA MASON, EVA (DOREEN) OWEN, GWENDOLINE OWEN, LES OWEN, OLIVE OWEN, RAY OWEN

 

1915           Teacher              Mr. Edward Alexander Jackson
                    Sewing Mistress   Mrs Marion Jackson

Children known to have attended:   GILCHRIST, VERA MASON, EVA (DOREEN) OWEN, LES OWEN, OLIVE OWEN, RAY OWEN

 

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1916           Teacher              Mr. Edward Alexander Jackson
                    Sewing Mistress   Mrs Marion Jackson

This year saw the first extensions to the school house at a cost of 195 pounds (390 dollars).
January 26th - School changed the name to Carmel School

Children known to have attended:  WALLY ANNETTS, ARTHUR FAWKES, GEORGE FAWKES, RUTH FAWKES , EDIE FOX, FLORRIE FOX, GLADYS FOX, CHARLIE FULGRABE, EVA FULGRABE, LEN GILCHRIST, LES GILCHRIST, RUBY GILCHRIST, LEN HALL, KEN INGRAM, EDNA JACKSON, STANLEY KING, HAROLD LITTLELY, JACK LITTLELY, ROWENA LITTLELY, STANLEY LITTLELY, KEVIN LOARING, BOB LOGIE, MARJORIE LOGIE, BEVERLEY MASON, LAURIE MASON, VERA MASON, ANDY McWHIRTER, EVA DOREEN OWEN, MOLLY OWEN, OLIVE OWEN, RAY OWEN, BERYL ROADS, DICK ROADS, STAN ROADS, HARRY TURNER, RITA TURNER, EDNA WALLIS, JACK WALLIS,

 

1916

Back Row (L -R):  RAY OWEN, BEVERLEY MASON, JACK LITTLELY, LEN HALL, GEORGE FAWKES, ANDY McWHIRTER, STAN ROADS, LES GILCHRIST, ROWENA LITTLELY, Baby  ?   , OLIVE OWEN, RITA TURNER, FLORRIE FOX.
 Middle Row (L - R):  BOB LOGIE,            ?          , RUTH FAWKES , EDNA WALLIS, EVA DOREEN OWEN (partly obscured), BERYL ROADS, RUBY GILCHRIST, Rear: GLADYS FOX, VERA MASON.
 Kneeling (L - R):  HAROLD LITTLELY, CHARLIE FULGRABE, WALLY ANNETTS, STANLEY KING, DICK ROADS, KEVIN LOARING, HARRY TURNER, EVA FULGRABE.
 Front Row (L - R):  ARTHUR FAWKES, LAURIE MASON, KEN INGRAM, STANLEY LITTLELY, JACK WALLIS, LEN GILCHRIST, MARJORIE LOGIE, MOLLY OWEN, EDIE FOX, EDNA JACKSON.   #12

 

#13

 

1917           Teacher              Mr. Edward Alexander Jackson
                    Sewing Mistress   Mrs Marion Jackson

Children known to have attended:  WALLY ANNETTS, RUTH FAWKES, EDIE FOX, GLADYS FOX, CHARLIE FULGRABE, LEN GILCHRIST, RUBY GILCHRIST, HAROLD LITTLELY, STANLEY LITTLELY, LAURIE MASON, EVA DOREEN OWEN?, MOLLIE OWEN, RAY OWEN, KEVIN LOARING, BERYL ROADS, DICK ROADS, HARRY TURNER, EDNA WALLIS, GRACE WALLIS, JACK WALLIS.

Below is an Article written by Grace Earp. (nee Wallis)
SCHOOL LUNCHES 1917 - 1927
As most lunches were home produced, the contents were of necessity of simple manufacture. In the very early years, bread had to be baked at home as there were few bakers and no home delivery. Flour was bought in 150 pound sacks and yeast made with a boiled potato, a pinch of hops, sugar, flour and salt. A yeast bottle was to be found in every kitchen - a fearsome thing that could and did explode in the night, with a sound like a rifle shot. Depending on the type of bottle\, the cork had to be attached and held in place with a catch made from wire or strong string. This bottle contained the "starter" to set each new batch of yeast working - about half a cupful each time. Sometimes, usually on a Monday, after a weekend of big appetites, visitors etc, supply would run out, so Mother, would at some ungodly hour, get out of bed, light the fire and make a loaf of milk bread, which was really damper made with self raising flour, and baked on a tray. This was cut in thick slices and spread with jam. Bread was never baked on Sunday.
The usual lunch was sandwiches made from left-over meat, covered in tomato sauce. This was no artificially flavoured and coloured sauce - this was the real thing. A light "puce" red, tasting of ripe tomatoes, apples, onions, pure malt vinegar, peppercorns, chillies and mace. A favorite lunch was a hard boiled egg and a slice of bread liberally coated with salt and pepper. A small tin of sardines was a treat. Bread and butter and jam was a popular lunch but never
jam and cream. This was not acceptable. Jam and cream was meant to be eaten after school when we surged in like a horde of hungry locusts. If the cow was dry and no cream available, bread and dripping and tomato sauce was eaten in great quantity.
Cheese was available for lunches, but usually had too much "bite" for young palates. The cheese came from the grocer's shop in wedges cut from a large round cheese weighing about 30 pounds. This was wrapped in cheese cloth which was the only covering, and as they were carted in trains and carts they soon assumed a very unsavoury appearance. Slices of fried bacon made a nice change. The bacon was sliced in the shop from a whole leg and really was tasty, but only when fresh. Rancid bacon was frightful. Peanut Paste and Marmite came on the scene about the early twenties and was produced by the Sanitarium Health Food Co. and was a welcome addition.
Our lunches were always wrapped in a white serviette and then in newspaper, but sadly were not fly proof and occasionally the worst possible thing happened and a hungrier than usual child, raided the kitchen at home time. Fruit in season was always available and cases and bags were usually crammed and swapped for other varieties. There were no tuck shops, no Coke, no over weight kids. No lollies until an enterprising Post Mistress made and sold brown sticky Honey-Comb for 3 pennies (3 cents) a piece. What we had to eat must have met nutritional requirements as most of us have reached our three score and ten.

 

1918           Teacher              Mr. Edward Alexander Jackson
                    Sewing Mistress   Mrs Marion Jackson

High School Scholarship awarded to Ray Owen which allowed him to attend the Narrogin School of Agriculture.

Children known to have attended:  WALLY ANNETTS, RUTH FAWKES, EDIE FOX, GLADYS FOX, CHARLIE FULGRABE, LEN GILCHRIST, REG GILCHRIST, RUBY GILCHRIST, HAROLD LITTLELY, STANLEY LITTLELY, LAURIE MASON, MOLLIE OWEN, RAY OWEN, EDITH (Popsy) LOARING, KEVIN LOARING, BERYL ROADS, DICK ROADS, HARRY TURNER, EDNA WALLIS, GRACE WALLIS, JACK WALLIS.

EXTRACT FROM "THE WEST AUSTRALIAN", November 9th 1918.
"O
n Saturday last the inhabitants of Carmel had a great day in aid of the Repatriation Fund. The school children excelling themselves throughout the day. Stalls were erected in the school grounds and all sorts of gifts were disposed of at reasonable prices, and a concert in the evening brought the proceedings to a successful conclusion. During the week settlers contributed cases of fruit which were sent to the auction mart and realised fair prices, and on Saturday afternoon the children helped at the stall, selling flowers, ice cream, etc.. The concert in the evening was given by the scholars, assisted by Miss Ivy Gray as accompanist. The Chairman of the School Broad presided and the singing and reciting quite astonished the visitors. The takings altogether amounted to about 26 pounds (52 dollars), and the outlay was very small. At the close a vote of thanks to Mr. & Mrs. Jackson and Miss Ivy Gray for their assistance, was passed.
The local Repatriation Committee has been organised and is now waiting for the Lands Department to complete the survey of the orchard blocks, when it will set to work in earnest, to settle the soldiers on the land."

 

1918c Date Unknown

 

1919           Teacher              Mr. Edward Alexander Jackson
                    Sewing Mistress   Mrs Marion Jackson
                    Monitor              Gertrude Elson

Children known to have attended:  HERB ANNETTS, WALLY ANNETTS, BILLY BARRETT, JEAN CHAMPION, MADGE CHAMPION, ETHEL FAWKES, RUTH FAWKES, EDIE FOX, GLADYS FOX, GRACE FOX, CHARLIE FULGRABE, LEN GILCHRIST, REG GILCHRIST, RUBY GILCHRIST, ALICE HEWISON, FLORA HEWISON, DAVID JACKSON, EDNA JACKSON, VESTNA JACKSON, PHYLLIS JOHNSON, HAROLD LITTLELY, STANLEY LITTLELY, BARBARA LOARING, KEVIN LOARING, LINDA LOARING, MARJORIE LOGIE, LAURIE MASON, MOLLIE OWEN, RAY OWEN, KEVIN LOARING, BERYL ROADS, DICK ROADS, BARBARA SHORT, HARRY TURNER, JOHNNIE TURNER, EDNA WALLIS, GRACE WALLIS, JACK WALLIS, PERCY WALLIS.

 

1919

Back Row (L - R):   Headmaster Mr. EDWARD JACKSON, HERB ANNETTS, BILLY BARRETT, DICK ROADS, HAROLD LITTLELY, HARRY TURNER, WALLY ANNETTS, CHARLIE FULGRABE, LEN GILCHRIST, JACK WALLIS.
 Middle Row (L - R):   EDNA WALLIS, BERYL ROADS, LINDA LOARING, GLADYS FOX, BARBARA SHORT, FLORA HEWISON, BARBARA LOARING, EDIE FOX.
 Front Row (L -R):   EDNA JACKSON,         ?         , MARJORIE LOGIE, ALICE HEWISON, ETHEL FAWKES, RUBY GILCHRIST, MADGE CHAMPION, PHYLLIS JOHNSON, RUTH FAWKES, GRACE WALLIS.
 Sitting (L - R):    VESTNA JACKSON, JEAN CHAMPION, MOLLIE OWEN, DAVID JACKSON, LAURIE MASON, KEVIN LOARING, PERCY WALLIS, JOHNNIE TURNER, GRACE FOX (half obscured), STAN LITTLELY.     #14

 

1920           Teacher              Mr. Edward Alexander Jackson
                    Sewing Mistress   Mrs Marion Jackson

Children known to have attended:  HERB ANNETTS,  MADGE CHAMPION,  ALICE HEWISON, MOLLIE OWEN, GRACE WALLIS

 

1920     #15

Back Row (L - R):
 Middle Row (L - R):          ?     ,    ?     ,     ?    (faced rubbed out),    ?     ,  MADGE CHAMPION,       ?     .
 Front Row (L - R):

 

1921           Teacher              Mr. Edward Alexander Jackson
                    Assistant             Miss Sylvia Crosby
                    Sewing Mistress    Mrs Marion Jackson

Children known to have attended:  HERB ANNETTS, MADGE CHAMPION,  ALICE HEWISON, RON JOHNSON, MOLLIE OWEN, BERYL SOMERS, ELSIE SOMERS, GRACE WALLIS

MRS. ELSIE LYNCH (nee Somers) REMEMBERS.
These are the reminiscences of Mrs. Elsie Lynch (nee Somers) who attended Carmel Primary School in the 1920's.
I was 4 years old when my family moved to Carmel, which was in 1919. My Dad was Walter Somers and my Mother's name was Edith. He bought a horse so he would have transport to the Council Quarry where he worked as a carpenter. Our neighbours were Mum's old friends, Dick and Florrie Johnson. Ron Johnson was at Carmel School when I started there. (In 1921 I think).
The Mason Family lived on the other side of our orchard. Mum and Dad sold a block of land for 5 pound to the Roberts family. The Fawkes family and later Alex Mitchell family lived near. Dad helped build his home.
We used to meet Mr. Ashcroft driving his sulky when we walked to school, or on Sundays when we went to the Methodist Church right next to the school.
Other families I can remember are the Annetts, Bear and Walker families.
Mr. Jackson was our teacher. He lived next door to the school, and Miss Sylvia Crosby was our beautiful lady assistant!
In 1922, I think, we had a school concert. Only item I can recall was "The boy who picked the flannel flowers"! Ron Johnson played the unlucky boy whose hair the fairies had to pull out, as he had pulled the flowers. My sister Beryl, and I were two fairies. I remember we had crepe paper dresses and mine was pink and I always hated pink or blue!!
There was a special big tree in the school yard; a eucalypt I think, where I learned most of my early geography, using the roots as bays, peninsular's, capes, hills and valleys etc.
There was just the one classroom with a kind of back porch where we hung our hats and bags etc.

 

1921    #16

1922           Teacher              Mr. Edward Alexander Jackson
                    Sewing Mistress   Mrs Marion Jackson

Children known to have attended:  HERB ANNETTS,  MADGE CHAMPION,  ALICE HEWISON, MOLLIE OWEN, GRACE WALLIS

 

1923           Teacher              Mr. Edward Alexander Jackson
                    Sewing Mistress   Mrs Marion Jackson

Children known to have attended:   HERB ANNETTS, MADGE CHAMPION, MAUDE EATTS, ALICE HEWISON, MOLLIE OWEN, GRACE WALLIS

PAM OWEN (nee ANNETTS) REMEMBERS:
I attended the Carmel Primary School as did my mother, father, brother, sister, cousins and many other family members, including my parents-in-law, Ray and Flo Owen (nee Hewison). My mother, Madge Annetts (nee Champion), was a member of the Champion family, who lived on the orchard on the corner of Welshpool and Lesmurdie Roads, which "old timers" always referred to as "Champion's Corner". Bert Champion, Madge Champion (Annetts) and Jean Champion all went to Carmel School. Jean was about six year's old and Bert and the Gilchrist kids (Lenny and Ruby, twins) and Les, would piggy-back her most of the way because she was so little, and couldn't keep up. The Gilchrist children lived over by "Paxwold", near the Victoria Reservior. They used to meet up about the top of what is now Gilchrist Road, then be joined by the Littlely boys and Wally and Herb Annetts.

 

CERTIFICATE AWARDED TO MADGE CHAMPION AT THE 1923 KALAMUNDA SHOW   #58

 

CERTIFICATE AWARDED TO MADGE CHAMPION AT THE 1923 KALAMUNDA SHOW   #59

 

1924           Teacher              Mr. Edward Alexander Jackson
                    Sewing Mistress   Mrs Marion Jackson

Children known to have attended:  HERB ANNETTS, MAUDE EATTS, MOLLIE OWEN, GRACE WALLIS

 

1925           Teacher              Mr. Edward Alexander Jackson
                    Sewing Mistress   Mrs Marion Jackson

Children known to have attended:  HERB ANNETTS, JEAN EATTS, MAUDE EATTS, MOLLIE OWEN, GRACE WALLIS

 

1925? (Date Unknown)
 Carmel Sports Day
   #17

 

1925? (Date Unknown)
 Carmel Sports Day
  #18

 

1926           Teacher              Mr. Edward Alexander Jackson
                    Sewing Mistress   Mrs Marion Jackson

Children known to have attended:  HERB ANNETTS, TED GARLAND, GRACE WALLIS

 

1927           Teacher              Mr. Edward Alexander Jackson
                    Sewing Mistress   Mrs Marion Jackson

February 15th - Saw heavy bushfires rapidly approaching the school and Mr. Jackson found it necessary to get the upper-class boys to help him burn round the school fence.
May 30th - A weeks holiday was granted on account of the visit to Western Australia  of the Duke and Duchess of York.
December 23rd -  Mr. Annetts visited the school to present the award books for the highest marks obtained in class work at the terminal examinations.

Children known to have attended:  HERB ANNETTS, TED GARLAND, GRACE WALLIS

 

1928           Teacher              Mr. Edward Alexander Jackson
                    Sewing Mistress   Mrs Marion Jackson

                    Assistant            Miss W. Arline Edis

May 8th -  Miss Edis didn't arrive at the school until 1 p.m. because her motorcycle had broken down on her way from Perth to the school.
December - The upper-class boys erected a vine trellis.

Children known to have attend:  HERB ANNETTS, TED GARLAND, GRACE WALLIS

1929           Teacher              Mr. Edward Alexander Jackson
                    Sewing Mistress   Mrs Marion Jackson

Maude Eatts won a Commercial Scholarship and left school to take up her studies in Perth.
April 15th -  Mrs. Jackson took up duties as the Sewing Mistress.
Great excitement as Carmel School won the 1st Inter-school Sports. The following schools took part - Barton's Mill, Pickering Brook, Carmel, Canning Mills, Maida Vale, Orange Grove, Wattle Grove, Carinyah, Kalamunda and Karragullen. The first sport's shield was donated by Mr. R. S. Sampson, the then Member for Swan, and it was by Carmel. Albert Wallis greatly contributed to their win by taking first place in 21 of the 22 events he entered, and gaining a second place in the remaining event.
During the evening the shield was displayed by Edna Jackson and Albert Wallis at a function held in the then uncompleted Carilla Hall.

Children known to have attended:   HERB ANNETTS, MAUDE EATTS, LESLEY GARLAND, TED GARLAND, EDNA JACKSON, ALBERT WALLIS, GRACE WALLIS , WALLY BOURNE, CYRIL BOURNE

Below is an Article written by Grace Earp  (nee Wallis).
"NOTES ON SCHOOL SPORTS
In 1929, the Centenary of Western Australia, the Inaugural Sports Meeting was held at Carilla. Schools competing were Carmel, Canning Mills, Carinyah, Carilla and Karragullen. The Education Department produced this song which the children sang at the opening ceremony.
Dear Western Land, One hundred years have called thee to the hour,
Thy star of glory now appears in glowing grace and power,
On every hand we steadfast stand, a prayer we humbly pray,
The visions of tomorrow, will not dim the splendours of today.
Chorus - Dear Western Land, still steadfast stand,
That we of thine might pray. The visions of tomorrow
may not dim the splendours of today.
The sports days have been held ever since, other schools in the district taking part. A points system was devised and the smaller schools had a chance of getting good results. They practiced high jumps, long jumps, sprints and team sports at every opportunity. It was a social occasion and parents and friends turned up to barrack for the young athletes. One wonders how many, if the same facilities had been available as are today, would have reached the top. At one sports day Freda Wallis and Albert Wallis won every event that they were eligible to enter by a wide margin. Lloyd Simpson won the slow bike race, a test of balance."

 

CARMEL SCHOOL    1929 - 30   #61

 

 

1930           Teacher              Mr. Edward Alexander Jackson
                    Sewing Mistress   Mrs Marion Jackson

May 6th - School was dismissed at 2.30 p.m. so that the Teacher and Monitor could attend the openning of the new school at Pickering Brook.
May 23rd - An Empire Day session was held.
November 1st -The second annual U.D.R.Inter-schools' sports competition for the Sampson Shield was held at Carmel on November 1st. The competing schools were Karragullen, Barton's Mill, Pickering Brook, Carmel, Piesse Brook and Lesmurdie. Carmel school again won the shirld with 3? 1/2 points, followed by Karragullen with 26 points and Barton's Mill with 22 points. Stanley Wallis (Carmel) was Champion Boy, and A. Weyman (Karragullen) Champion Girl. The chief events resulted as follows:- Boys' Junior Championship - V. Hawkins (Pickering Brook). Girls' Junior Championship - L. Jackson (Carmel). Boys' Championship - Stanley Wallis (Carmel). Girls' Championship - A. Weyman (Karragullen). Schools' Relay Race - Carmel 1; Barton's Mill 2; Karragullen 3: Boys' High Jump - Stanley Wallis (Carmel). Girls' High Jump - B. Leeder (Pickering Brook), tied with H. Walker (Piesse Brook). Boys' Long Jump - Stanley Wallis (Carmel). Girls' Long Jump - A. Weyman (Karragullen). Boys' Hop, Step and Jump - Stanley Wallis (Carmel): distance 31ft. 10in. Girls' Hop, Step and Jump - Mary Wallis (Carmel).

Children known to have attended:  HERB ANNETTS, WALTER BOURNE, LESLEY GARLAND, TED GARLAND, L  JACKSON, FRANK WALLIS, MARY WALLIS, STANLEY WALLIS

 

1930 LADIES RACE AT WALLISTON RECREATION GROUND   #19

 

CARMEL METHODIST CHURCH  (next to school)
 OPENING OF NEW FENCE AND GATE 1930c   #45

 

CARMEL METHODIST CHURCH  (next to school)
 OPENING OF NEW FENCE AND GATE 1930c  #46

 

1931           Teacher              Mr. Edward Alexander Jackson
                    Sewing Mistress   Mrs Marion Jackson

Carmel won the Inter-school Sports for the third year running.
November -There was an outbreak of Diptheria resulted in a Nurse from the Central Health Department visiting the school and took swabs from the throats of 32 children.

November 11th - Remembrance Day was observed at 11 a.m. by the children observing 2 minutes silence and then they sang "Land of Hope and Glory" and "God Save the King".

Children known to have attended:  HERB ANNETTS, LAUREL GARLAND, LESLEY GARLAND, TED GARLAND, FRANK WALLIS, MARY WALLIS

 

1932           Teacher              Mr. Edward Alexander Jackson
                    Sewing Mistress   Mrs Marion Jackson

Mr. Charlie Spriggs was the firewood contractor who got the contract at 30 shilling (3 dollars) per load.
May 21st - A dance was held at the Carilla Hall in aid of the Carmel School.
A serious Whooping cough epidemic sweeped through affecting most families.

Interschool Sports were held on Friday 18th November at Walliston and a holiday was granted so that children could attend. Five schools in the upper Darling Range district competed  for the R. S. Sampson Shield at Walliston recreation ground on Friday afternoon when Barton's Mill school won the shield with 190 points. Maida Vale scored 151 1/2 points, Carmel 142 1/2, Piesse's Brook 125, and Pickering Brook 76. There were 400 children and adults present, and some keen finishes were witnessed. 
Mr. R. S. Sampson, M.L.A., presented the shield to the captain of the Batron's Mill team (Hubert Woods). A silver cup was presented by Mr. A. E. Annetts to the representative of the Maida Vale School (Hazel Pierce), and other medals and prizes were presented by Messrs.R. Baker, L. J. Wallis and C. R. Rigdel. The Champion Boy was Frank Gibbs (Barton's Mill), and the Champion Girl, Hazel Pierce (Maida Vale).
Results:
Boys Races, under 6 years:-   1st Keith McGuiness (Pickering Brook)
                                         2nd John Brown (Barton's Mill)
                                         3rd Robert Baker (Carmel)
Boys Races, under 7 years:-   1st Caleb Goodchild (Barton's Mill)
                                         2nd Victor Jones (Maida Vale)
                                         3rd Keith McGuiness (Pickering Brook)
Boys Races, under 8 years:-   1st Edgar Noell (Carmel)
                                         2nd Roy Walker (Piesse's Brook)
                                         3rd Caleb Goodchild (Barton's Mill)
Boys Races, under 9 years:-   1st August Kayser
                                         2nd Reece Towie (Maida Vale)
                                         3rd Jack Thomas
Boys Races, under 10 years:-  1st Frank Gibbs (Barton's Mill)
                                         2nd Noah Lee (Pickering Brook)
                                         3rd August Kayser
Boys Races, under 11 years:-  1st Frank Gibbs (Barton's Mill)
                                         2nd Noah Lee (Pickering Brook)
                                         3rd Niel Weston (Pickering Brook)
Boys Races, under 12 years:-  1st Jay Towie (Maida Vale)
                                         2nd Frank Gibbs (Barton's Mill)
                                         3rd Francis Bear (Carmel)
Boys Races, under 13 years:-  1st John McLarty (Maida Vale)
                                         2nd Victor Hawkins (Carmel)
                                         3rd Neil Hutchinson
Boys Races, over 14 years:-   1st Hubert Woods (Barton's Mill)
                                         2nd Frank Wallis (Carmel)
                                         3rd John McLarty (Maida Vale)
Boys Races, Championship 100 Yards:- 1st Hubert Woods (Barton's Mill)
                                                     2nd John McLarty (Maida Vale)
                                                     3rd Frank Wallis (Carmel)
Girls Races, under 6 years:-   1st Elsie Lee (Pickering Brook)
                                        2nd Myrtle Bourne (Maida Vale)
                                        3rd Elsie Chester (Barton's Mill)
Girls Races, under 7 years:-   1st Josie Sala Tenna (Barton's Mill)
                                        2nd Lorna Grey (Pickering Brook)
                                        3rd Josie McKay (Maida Vale)
Girls Races, under 8 years:-   1st Rose Armenasco (Pickering Brook)
                                        2nd Lola Burgess (Maida Vale)
                                        3rd Joyce Spriggs (Carmel)
Girls Races, under 9 years:-   1st Evelyn Donovan (Barton's Mill)
                                        2nd Rose Armenasco (Pickering Brook)
                                        3rd Fay Whiteside (Piesse's Brook)
Girls Races, under 10 years:- 1st Jean Whiteside (Piesse's Brook)
                                        2nd Mavis Catchpole (Barton's Mill)
                                        3rd Myrtle Jones (Maida Vale)
Girls Races, under 11 years:- 1st Joyce Wallis (Carmel)
                                        2nd Ila Woods (Barton's Mill)
                                        3rd Myrtle Jones (Maida Vale)
Girls Races, under 12 years:- 1st Ada Fernie (Carmel)
                                        2nd Hazel Pierce (Maida Vale)
                                        3rd Eileen Daniel (Piesse's Brook)
Girls Races, under 13 years:- 1st Joyce Wallis (Carmel)
                                        2nd Hazel Pierce (Maida Vale)
                                        3rd Margaret Whiteside (Piesse's Brook)
Girls Races, over 14 years:-   1st Hazel Pierce (Maida Vale)
                                        2nd Mary Wallis (Carmel)
                                        3rd Margaret Whiteside (Piesse's Brook)
Girls Races, Championship 100 yards:- 1st Mary Wallis (Carmel)
                                                    2nd Hazel Pierce (Maida Vale)
                                                    3rd Margaret Whiteside (Piese's Brook)
Broad Jump, Boys under 11:-  1st Frank Gibbs (Barton's Mill)
                                        2nd Jack Thomas (Piesse's Brook)
                                        3rd Noah Lee (Pickering Brook)
Broad Jump, Boys over 11:-   1st Hubert Woods (Barton's Mill)
                                        2nd Neil Hutchinson (Piesse's Brook)
                                        3rd Victor Hawkins (Carmel)
Broad Jump, Girls over 11:-   1st Mary Wallis (Carmel)
                                       2nd Eileen Daniel (Piesse's Brook)
                                       3rd Hazel Pierce (Maida Vale
High Jump, Boys under 11:-   1st Jack Thomas (Piesse's Brook)
                                        2nd Frank Gibbs (Barton's Mill)
                                        3rd August Kayser
High Jump, Boys over 11:-     1st Hubert Woods (Barton's Mill)
                                        2nd Neil Hutchinson (Piesse's Brook)
                                        3rd John McLarty (Maida Vale)
High Jump, Girls 12 and over:- 1st Eileen Daniel (Piesse's Brook)
                                         2nd Hazel Pierce (Maida Vale)
                                         3rd Joyce Wallis (Carmel)
Relay Race, Seniors:-            1st Barton's Mill
                                         2nd Carmel
                                         3rd Maida Vale
Relay Race, Juniors:-             1st Barton's Mill
                                         2nd Maida Vale
                                         3rd Piesse's Brook      

Children known to have attended:  HERB ANNETTS, ROBERT BAKER, FRANCIS BEAR, BASIL BLAMIRE, JIM BRYDON, ADA FERNIE, LAUREL GARLAND, LESLEY GARLAND, TED GARLAND, VICTOR HAWKINS, ALICE HEWISON, EDNA JACKSON, EDGAR NOELL, JOYCE SPRIGGS, FRANK WALLIS, JOYCE WALLIS, MARY WALLIS, PERCY WALLIS.

 

1933           Teacher              Mr. Edward Alexander Jackson
                    Sewing Mistress   Mrs Marion Jackson

A very hot February was experienced with record temperatures of 103, 105, 107 and 108 degrees.
September 28th -  Mr. Angell visited the school regarding School renovations.

Children known to have attended: LAUREL GARLAND, LESLEY GARLAND, TED GARLAND, DOREEN MITCHELL, NORA MITCHELL, WINIFRED MITCHELL, WALLY SHARPE, JOYCE SPRIGGS

 

1933

GIRLS ONLY          Back Row: LESLEY GARLAND 2nd from left, NORAH MITCHELL 3rd from right
                                                              Front Row: WINIFRED (Win) MITCHELL 3rd from Left, LAUREL GARLAND 5th from left, DOREEN MITCHELL 3rd from right.    #20

 

1933

BOYS ONLY          TED GARLAND (third from left, Back Row)   #21

 

1934           Teacher              Mr. Edward Alexander Jackson
                    Sewing Mistress   Mrs Marion Jackson

Rev. Norman Hicks began giving religious instructions to the Methodist Children and Rev. I.O. Hurst instructed the Church of England children.
July 12th -Twelve rose bushes obtained from Mr. Gray were planted.
September 12th - Seven senior boys and four ex Carmel pupils went to Bickley to play against the Seventh Day Adventist School. They were in the charge of Mr. Baker - a parent - who also acted as umpire.

Children known to have attended: LAUREL GARLAND, LESLEY GARLAND, JOYCE SPRIGGS

 

1935           Teacher              Mr. Edward Alexander Jackson
                    Sewing Mistress   Mrs Marion Jackson

Joyce Spriggs received the R. S. Sampson (M.L.A.) Award for "The Most Outstanding Student" for the year.

Moves were made this year to bring electricity to Carmel.

The Hills Inter-school Sports were held at Walliston on November 22nd, with Barton's Mill, Canning Mills, Carmel, Pickering Brook and Maida Vale Schools competing for the R. S. Sampson Centenary Shield. It was Won by Barton's Mill, with 162 points, Maida Vale being the runners-up and winning the "J. Watson Cup" with 104 points. The champion athlete of the day was Frank Gibbs, of Barton's Mill, who gained 50 points for his school.

Children known to have attended:   LAUREL GARLAND, LESLEY GARLAND, JOYCE SPRIGGS

 

1935

VERY POOR QUALITY PHOTOGRAPH PUBLISHED IN THE "WESTERN MAIL" THURSDAY 12th DECEMBER 1935
 UNFORTUNATELY ALL NEGATIVES HAVE BEEN LOST. IF YOU HAVE A BETTER COPY CONTACT US.

 

1936           Teacher   Mr. R. Sanderson

February 14th - A special school memorial service was broadcast by the National Station and listened to by the Carmel children and a few parents, through the kindness of Mr. Robert Baker who installed his wireless set for the occasion.
April 24th - Once again through the courtesy of Mr. Baker the children were able to hear the Anzac Service broadcast by the National Station. On August 7th the children took part in a broadcast service arranged by the Education Department, together with the W. A. Branch of the League of Nationals Union, due to Mr. Baker's kindness in again making his wireless available.
April - The Education Department was approached about aiding the scheme to install electricity to Carmel but replied as follows:-  "The Department regrets it is unable to enter into any contract with the promoters of the electric light scheme. Should the current be installed later, consideration will be given to the installation of lights in the school quarters."

November 12th - Carmel won "The Sampson Cup" by winning at the Inter-school Sports.

Children known to have attended: LAUREL GARLAND.

 

1937           Teacher   Mr. R. Sanderson

March 12th - The children visited the Sanitarium Weet-Bix Factory.
May 7th - A special "Coronation Ceremony" for schools was broadcast from the National Station from 11 - 11.40 a.m. and then the school was dismissed for the day.
July 9th - The Advent of Arbor Days was celebrated in the morning with the planting of scrubs etc., which were kindly presented by Mr. R. Sampson. Mr. Bear and Mr. Baker also helped. After the broadcast at 11.00 a.m. the children were dismissed for the day.

Children known to have attended: LAUREL GARLAND

 

1938           Teacher   Mr. R. Sanderson

August 2nd -  Mr. Baker died suddenly.
October 19th - Another outbreak of Diptheria.
November 21st - Whooping Cough outbreak.

Children known to have attended:

 

1939           Teacher   Mr. R. Sanderson
Electricity had come to Carmel and the teacher wrote to the Chief Inspector of Schools requesting that lights be installed in the school and the teacher's quarters. Lighting was installed in the quarters only, and the next year the first power-point was installed in the school house.
April - outbreak of Mumps.

Children known to have attended:

 

1940? (Date Unknown)    #22

 

1940           Teacher             Mr. A. Stewart
                    Sewing Teacher  Mrs. Stewart
                    Singing Teacher  Mrs. Stewart

November 10th - A school broadcast in honour of Remembrance Day.
December 20th - A school break-up concert was held and Maureen Ryan received the "R. S. Sampson Prize". Jean Stewart was awarded a trophy for the most points gained by a child in Class 3 Section at the Kalamunda & Districts Show.

Children known to have attended:   MAUREEN RYAN, JEAN STEWART

 

1941           Teacher             Mr. A. Stewart
                    Sewing Teacher  Mrs. Stewart
                    Singing Teacher  Mrs. Stewart

May 2nd - The School closed for the day while the Teacher attended a school of instruction in drawing at Kalamunda.
School attendance was generally down this winter - perhaps due to the weather.

Children known to have attended: BARRY ANNETTS, PAM ANNETTS, JOHN BACK, JUDY BACK, BILL BAKER, KATIE CLAYTON, TUPPY CLAYTON, VALMA CLAYTON, EDITH FAWKES, GEORGE FAWKES, MARGARET  FAWKES, LESLEY HALLEEN, DOREEN HASLUCK, NORMAN HASLUCK, ALRICK HAYES, COLIN HAYES, GEOFFREY HAYES, JEANETTE MARTIN, ROBERT MARTIN, CAROL McNAB, JUDY McNAB, WILLIAM MOFFETT, JEAN STEWART, MARLENE STEWART, DALLAS TROTTER, WILMA TROTTER, JAMIE WALLIS, JANICE WALLIS .

 

LESLEY HALLEEN AND JAMIE WALLIS RIDING TO SCHOOL    #56

 

LESLEY WALLIS (nee HALLEEN) REMEMBERS (October 2010):

All three of us kids lived in Walliston and were students of Carmel School. Jamie Wallis, Barry Annetts and myself, Lesley Halleen, traveled to school on horseback along a track through the bush, on a horse called "Dolly". My father made the track by pulling a log behind "Dolly" across forestry land to the school.

Other children also made there way to school along this same track. They were Don Saunders, Dal Trotter, Wilma Trotter and Harold Trotter.

As we grew older we each rode bikes to school. We attended Carmel School up to Grade 7 and then had to go to Perth for further education. Our Teacher was Mr. Stewart and his wife taught sewing and singing. There were nineteen students attending at the time.

Many years later I had a lovely visit from Mr. and Mrs. Stewart. We had afternoon tea and talked about old times that brought back many happy memories.

1942           Teacher             Mr. A. Stewart
                    Sewing Teacher  Mrs. Stewart
                    Singing Teacher  Mrs. Stewart

December - A concert was held to raise money for the Junior Red Cross, which brought their total for the year to 25 pounds (50 dollars). This money was sent to the P.O.W. Appeal Fund as also were many useful articles which had been collected.

Children known to have attended:   BARRY ANNETTS, PAM ANNETTS, JOHN BACK, JUDY BACK, BILL BAKER, KATIE CLAYTON, TUPPY CLAYTON, VALMA CLAYTON, EDITH FAWKES, GEORGE FAWKES, MARGARET FAWKES, LESLEY HALLEEN, DOREEN HASLUCK, NORMAN HASLUCK, ALRICK HAYES, COLIN HAYES, GEOFFREY HAYES, JEANETTE MARTIN, ROBERT MARTIN, CAROL McNAB, JUDY McNAB, WILLIAM MOFFETT, JEAN STEWART, MARLENE STEWART, DALLAS TROTTER, WILMA TROTTER, JAMIE WALLIS, JANICE WALLIS .

 

1943           Teacher             Mr. A. Stewart
                    Sewing Teacher  Mrs. Stewart
                    Singing Teacher  Mrs. Stewart

June 20th - 21st saw the introduction of a school of instruction at the Kalamunda School, which discussed the subject of Drawing and Music.

Children known to have attended:  BILL BAKER, LESLEY HALLEEN

 

1944           Teacher             Mr. A. Stewart
                    Sewing Teacher  Mrs. Stewart
                    Singing Teacher  Mrs. Stewart

Children known to have attended:  BILL BAKER, LESLEY HALLEEN

 

1945           Teacher             Mr. A. Stewart
                    Sewing Teacher  Mrs. Stewart
                    Singing Teacher  Mrs. Stewart

May 7th - Was made a Public Holiday to celebrate the introduction of the Eight Hours Day.
May 8th - news received of the end of the Great War in Europe and the unconditional surrender of German Armed Forces.
May 9th - was declared a public holiday to celebrate the victory in Europe.
July - Finally the Secretary of the Carmel Parents & Citizens Association wrote to the Director of Education requesting that two lights and a power plug be installed in the school, so that it would be possible for the P. & C. Meetings to be held in the school room at night. As a result the power was then connected to the school.

Children known to have attended:  BILL BAKER, LESLEY HALLEEN

 

 

 

 

 

LESLEY HALLEEN AT TROTTER'S HOME ON THE WAY TO SCHOOL 1945  #57

 

1946           Teacher   Mr. A. Hayes

May - Scarlet Fever outbreak.
June 25th - due the heavy rain, the school fire was put out and because of the extreme cold, the children were dismissed at 2.30 p.m.
July - only two rainless days this month. The afternoon plays were discontinued and the children were allowed to go home soon after 3.00 p.m.

Children known to have attended: BILL BAKER,

 

1947           Teacher   Mr. A. Hayes

July 10th - School closed to enable children to attend Field Marshall Montgomery's celebrations.
November 17th - School closed for King's Birthday.

Children known to have attended: BILL BAKER,

 

1948           Teacher   Mr. A. Hayes

White Ant Infestation especially bad and the school and quarters were subsequently treated.
May 4th - School closed for Labour Day.
July 9th - Half day holiday for Arbor Day.
November 24th - School closed for half day to enable Mr. Hayes to attend the Pickering Brook School for observation of social study activities.

Children known to have attended:  BILL BAKER, KEN OWEN.

 

1949           Teacher   Mr. W. J. Sonntag

April 1st - A game of Rounders was played with a team at Pickering Brook.
April 3rd - Sgt. Flanders of the Police Department gave children an excellent lesson and demonstration on the rules of the road, with particular reference to the riding of bicycles and giving signals.
December 9th - A successful Parents' Day was held.  
December 15th - Children visited the Sanitarium Weet-Bix factory and spent an instructive morning.

Children known to have attended: BILL BAKER, KEN OWEN.

 

PAST STUDENT DIES IN FIERY PLANE CRASH

Early on Sunday morning the 3rd July 1949 a MacRobertson Miller DC3 aircraft crashed in South Guildford killing all on board. One of those passengers was 15 year old William Herbert Baker who spent his early school days at Carmel Primary School. His parents ran the local Post Office from 1927 till 1940.

A newspaper article in the Melbourne Argus of Monday 4th July 1949, describes the crash and lists those that died in this aviation disaster.

A plaque was placed at the base of a memorial tree in the school grounds by his family and friends on November 5th 1995.

 

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1950           Teacher   Mr. W. J. Sonntag

May - Saw extensive work done to the interior of the school. Lessons were conducted for a time in the Church Hall.  
July 14th - Children moved back into the Carmel School building.
August 25th - A social function held at the school to celebrate the re-opening of the school after renovations. There were about 40 people in attendance, with Mr. R. C. Owen, M.L.A. giving the opening address.

Children known to have attended: MARGARET ANDERSON, MARIE ANNETTS, ROSS ANNETTS, TERRY BARRETT, GLENIS BELICKE, LESLIE BELICKE, MAUREEN COWELL, BILL DOUBIKIN, VALERIE EARP, WESLEY EARP, GRAHAM FAWKES, RONNIE FAWKES, DAN HANCOCK, DARRYL HERBERT, JANICE HERBERT, LESLIE HERBERT, ROSS HERBERT, INGA HOY, KEITH LITTLELY, ROBERT LITTLELY, TIMMY MARSHALL, KEN MITCHELL, LEONIE MITCHELL, KAYE OWEN, KEN OWEN, LYNETTE OWEN, SANDRA/DIANNE? OWEN, PAULINE SONNTAG, GRAEME WALLIS,

 

1950

Back Row (L - R):  GRAEME WALLIS, KEITH LITTLELY, ROSS HERBERT, RONNIE FAWKES.
 Middle Row (L - R):  LESLIE BELICKE, DARRYL HERBERT, ROSS ANNETTS, ROBERT LITTLELY, DAN HANCOCK, LESLIE HERBERT, TERRY BARRETT, GRAHAM FAWKES.
 Front Row (L -R):  MARIE ANNETTS, GLENIS BELICKE, SANDRA/DIANNE? OWEN, LEONIE MITCHELL, LYNETTE OWEN, MAUREEN COWELL, MARGARET ANDERSON, JANICE HERBERT, KAYE OWEN.
 Sitting:  TIMMY MARSHALL, KEN MITCHELL.     #60

 

1950

Back Row (L - R):  Headmaster Mr. WALTER SONNTAG, MARIE ANNETTS, LYNETTE OWEN, JANICE HERBERT, PAULINE SONNTAG, KAYE OWEN, Mr. RAY OWEN M.L.A.
 Middle Row (L - R):   BILL DOUBIKIN, LESLIE HERBERT, DAN HANCOCK, BOB LITTLELY, ROSS ANNETTS, DARYL HERBERT, TERRY BARRETT, ROSS HERBERT.
Front Row (L - R):   INGA HOY, VALERIE EARP, LEONIE MITCHELL, MAUREEN COWELL, MARGARET ANDERSON.
 Sitting (L - R):  KEN MITCHELL, KEITH LITTLELY, RON FAWKES, TIM MARSHALL, GRAEME WALLIS, KEN OWEN, WESLEY EARP.  #25

 

1951           Teacher             Mr. W. J. Sonntag
                    Sewing Mistress  Mrs. Sonntag

February 12th - Mobile Dental Clinic visited the school.  
February 15th - Saw the re-introduction of sewing lessons, with Mrs. Sonntag as Sewing Mistress.
February 16th - Dentist did some extractions and after a short rest, the children were allowed home.  
April 26th - School closed because of compulsory X-Ray of teachers for T.B.  
May 3rd - Parents invited to the school to celebrate the Jubilee. A short programme of Australian poems and songs was given by the children and Mrs. Bain gave out the Jubilee Medals.

Children known to have attended: KEN OWEN,

 

1952           Teacher   Mr. W. J. Sonntag

February 6th - Thirteen children attended swimming lessons at Como.  
September 12th - During Manual period the boys extricated a dead cat from under the school house. Cause of death unknown!
December 9th - Another visit to the Sanitarium Weet-Bix factory.

Children known to have attended: KEN OWEN, RIC OWEN,

 

1953           Teacher   Mr. W. J. Sonntag

May 28th - School closed for the school of instruction in arts & crafts at Armadale.  
May 29th - About 20 visitors visited the school in the afternoon to see the children enact a few items in celebration of the Queen's Coronation. The school was decorated for the occasion.  
October 9th - School Holiday given by the Governor General - Sir William Slim.

Children known to have attended:  KEN OWEN, RIC OWEN, LYNETTE TUCKER, SUSANNE TUCKER, RONALD TUCKER
 

1954           Teacher   Mr. J. Looney

March 31st - School children taken to Guildford to see Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth 11.  
August 3rd - Visit and demonstration of arts and crafts by Messrs. Gannaway and Panst.  
August 24th - Visit by Mr. Olivers and Miss Beatty of Phys. Ed. Staff.

Children known to have attended: KEN OWEN, RIC OWEN,

 

1955           Teacher   Mr. J. Looney

March 14th - Visit by Vincent Serventy in connection with survey of nature study teaching.

Children known to have attended: RIC OWEN,

 

1956           Teacher   Mr. J. Looney

June 25th - Diptheria Clinic held in Kalamunda.  
July 25th - Introduction of Polio Immunisation.  
August 9th - Visit by A.B.C.'s School Liaison Officer, Mr. G. Smith, and two A.B.C. School Play Producers.

Children known to have attended: RIC OWEN,

 

1957           Teacher   Mr. J. Looney

Children known to have attended: RIC OWEN,

 

1958           Teacher   Mr. J. Looney

Ric Owen and Geoff Barrett went up to the surrounding bush, collected a white ant's nest and placed it under the school - hoping the ants would eat the school down!

Children known to have attended:   GEOFF BARRETT, RIC OWEN

 

1959           Teacher   Mr. Savage

April 17th - Children went to Kalamunda to see "Shepherd and the Princess".  
April 22nd - P. & C. met to discuss the need for extra sport equipment. Mrs. Duxberry volunteered to play the piano for revival of folk dancing. It was also agreed to form a school band.  
May 21st - Clearing and burning-off of the grounds done.
May 28th - Drum, Cymbals, etc. were bought and children were soon dancing to their own accompaniment.
June 11th - Children went to University Science Exhibition and saw many interesting exhibits.
July 3rd - Children went to Mundaring Weir as a follow-up lesson on C.Y. O'Connor.
December 17th - After several attempts at parent involvement, the school concert was held, with about 60 people attending.

Children known to have attended:

 

1960           Teacher   Mr. Savage
          
          Teacher   Mrs. B. Pagotto  (6 months)

Convent School opened at Carilla.
Parents told that Carmel School would Probably be closing at the end of the year.
March 17th - Children visited the new T. V. tower.
May 3rd - P. & C. Meeting called to discuss the closing of the school and as a result. a letter of protest was written and sent to the Education Department.
June 17th - Mr. Savage resigned and Mrs. Pagotto was appointed the new Head Teacher. Mr. Savage left the school generally in disorder - no records or enrolments books, etc.
September 12th - Children went to Kalamunda to see "Beauty and the Beast".

Children known to have attended:

 

1961           Teacher   Mr. William Marsh

March 27th - First football bought for the school.
March 28th - A Bird Club was formed.
May 5th - The School received a table model radiogram from Mrs. Melville - which was a gift from Archie Martin Ltd.
May 22nd - Introduction of free milk scheme to Carmel School children.
Carmen Melville presented the school with 3 goldfish - what ever happened to them?
August 1st - Mr. Ali Ashgar, Superintendent of Schools in Persia, visited the school, accompanied by Mr. Latham and Miss Parrant from W. A. Research Department.

Children known to have attended: CARMEN MELVILLE

 

1962           Teacher   Mr. Charles Lithgow

April 13th - Banking at the school for childrens' saving accounts began for the first time in years.
June 1st - Repairs and renovations began on the school.
June 15th - Mr. Lithgow and boys began building the school fence.
August 10th - Mr. Lithgow and boys completed the construction of a new steel flag pole.
November 21st - School closed for Commonwealth Games.

Children known to have attended:

 

1963           Teacher   Mr. C. Mounsey

March 25th - School closed to enable the children to go to Perth to see H. M. Queen Elizabeth 11. Fifteen of the children were able to travel to see the Queen and they lunched at Queen's Gardens.
May 1st - Mrs. Miriam Sala Tenna kindly offered to play piano or piano accordion as accompaniment for rhythm and folk dancing.
July 3rd - Mr. G. Melville donated 13 trees and shrubs to the school for Arbor Day planting. This was followed by a demonstration on folk dancing.
September 16th - Mr. Levis and Mr. Melville took children to Perth to see the Wild Life Show.
Bore sunk by T. Mattaboni & Son and a supply of 450 gallons per hour was found.
September 30th - October 24th - Renovations done on school building. Classes were held in the school Teacher's sleepout.
December 10th - Carmel School combined with 6 other schools and hired 2 river launches for a river trip.

Children known to have attended:

 

1964

Septic tanks installed at the school and some reticulation on the grounds was also done.
May 21st - Mobile Schools Dental Clinic arrived and as a result, an afternoon of educational films were arranged for June 11th.
June 26th - Mr. Brinkworth, Postmaster from Wyndham, visited the school and gave the children a talk about the Kimberleys and the Ord River.
September 16th - Mr. Vincent Serventy, the Naturalist, visited the school.
October - Quisenaire demonstrations were held on several occasions at Lathlain Park, with the idea of introducing it to the Carmel School.

Children known to have attended:

 

1965           Teacher   Mr. Snedden

February 22nd - Quisenaire advisory teacher visited.
March 8th - P. & C. Association authorised Mr. Snedden to buy a "Banda" spirit duplicator for 33 pounds (66 dollars).
April 5th - Mr. Gurling from the Music Branch visited the school.
April 12th - Saw the introduction of the new mail delivery service.
April 20th - Roy Ganaway of Arts & Crafts section, Education Department, visited the school.
September - P.W.D. installed a wonderheat in place of the open fire.

Children known to have attended:

 

1966           Teacher   Mr. Alan Cooke

May 20th - New water tank erected.
November 10th - Parents told about the introduction of the K.W.Dunne Award for Citizenship.
Swimming lesson began at the Kalamunda Swimming Pool.

Children known to have attended:

 

1967           Teacher   Mr. Alan Cooke

November 3rd - Children visited the Zoo.
December - Two boys and two girls were taken to the official opening of the Victoria Reservoir Scheme.

Children known to have attended: MARIE OWEN,

 

1968           Teacher   Mr. Alan Cooke

February 9th - One of the most successful functions of the school was held when Mr. Don Maisey - representing the Prime Minister - presented a new flag to the school. Members of the Senate, Legislative Council and House of Assembly were present, as well as members of the R.S.L. and many parents.
February 16th - Grades 4 -7 from Carmel School were now taken by school bus to the Kalamunda Primary School.
May 27th - School House and Classroom were broken into during the May holidays and things were in a shambles although the real damage was to a school typewriter.
September - This was the year also that saw a flutter of snowflakes early one Saturday morning.
October 14th - Carmel experienced a strong earthquake, which was followed by further tremors for weeks later.

Children known to have attended: MARIE OWEN,

 

1969           Teacher   Mrs. Margaret (Meg) Cooke
May 2nd - Children went to Kalamunda and saw the "Pied Piper" in song and mime.
November 12th - Picnic held at the Kalamunda Swimming Pool.

 

1969
Teacher: Mrs MARGARET (Meg) COOKE
 
Back Row (L  - R):  JOHN PENNY, ROSSANO SALA TENNA, ANTHONY ALOSI, CHARLES GIGLIA, CLANCY PENNY, DAVID ADAMSON.
 Middle Row (L - R):  MARIA SPATARA, DEBRA COOKE, RHONDA GILCHRIST, ANNA ROMEO, ANGLENA ROMEO, MARIE OWEN, WENDY COOKE.
 Next Row (L - R):  DEBBIE OWEN, MARIA GIGLIA, JILL ANNETTS, LUCY SPATARA, CERIDWYN ROSSER, CHARLOTTE PENNY.
 Front Row (L - R):  MARK   ?    , GREGORY WILITSON, STEVEN ALOSI, SAMMY ROMEO, DOMENIC ZURZOLO, MICHEAL SURBARO, BRETT PENNY.  #43

 

1970           Teacher   Mrs. Margaret (Meg) Cooke

Grades 4 -7 from Carmel School were now taken by school bus to the new Walliston Primary School.
June 12th - New globe of the world arrived and also a set of Junior Encyclopedias.
New sports uniforms were made by Mrs. K. Annetts and Mrs. P. Owen.
November 11th - An enjoyable school picnic was held at Mussel Pool.

Children known to have attended: DEBBIE OWEN, MARIE OWEN, ROSSANO SALA TENNA,

 

1971           Teacher   Mrs. Margaret (Meg) Cooke

March - Mrs. Dale, Senior Mistress of Art, at Kalamunda Senior High School, visited with very interesting ideas for Junior Art.
July - saw the introduction of a T.V. set and a tape recorder to the school.
October 8th - Carmel won the Inter-School Sports Carnival at Karragullen for the first time in years. Although it was with the help of a good handicap because the school had lost its Grades 4, 5, 6 and 7 to Walliston and there were only Grades 1, 2 and 3 at the school. It was a well deserved win and the shield was accepted by Rossano Sala Tenna and Debbie Cooke on behalf of the school.
November - School obtained a "monkey bar".

Children known to have attended:   DEBBIE COOKE, DEBBIE OWEN?, ROSSANO SALA TENNA

 

CARMEL SPORTS TEAM 1971    #26

 

DEBBIE COOKE AND ROSSANO SALA TENNA RECEIVE THE SPORTS SHIELD ON BEHALF OF CARMEL SCHOOL  1971   #27

 

1972           Teacher   Mrs. Margaret (Meg) Cooke went on Long Service Leave
                    Teacher   Miss D. Fane  relieving

This year was the first time ever that no Anzac Day Service was held, as it was felt that the service had no real meaning for the children.
December 9th - School picnic held at Lake Leschenaultia.

Children known to have attended:

 

1973           Teacher   Mrs. Margaret (Meg) Cooke

17 students enrolled.
April 30th - Mrs. Cooke returned from Long Service Leave.
July 17th - P. & C. painted the interior walls of the school.
July 20th - A new axe, a record player and a mantle radio arrived at the school.
October 6th - School sports was held at Hopelands with Karragullen winning both Shields. The parents hired a bus for the occasion and a pleasant day was had by all. Sarah Wrigley won Sub-Junior Girl Trophy.
November 7th - The players from the National Theatre presented a play in the school. Some parents and pre-school children attended. Everyone enjoyed themselves immensely.
December - Children attended a ballet at the Perth Concert Hall and later had a picnic at Lake Leschenaultia.

Children known to have attended:    SARAH WRIGLEY

 

1974           Teacher   Mr. Alan Cooke

15 students enrolled.
February - saw some minor repairs to the school and school grounds.
April - The P. & C. decided to buy two electric fans for the school, to be used by the pupils in the hot weeks of our summer.
May 10th - Children raised $5.55 for "Freedom From Hunger" campaign by holding a "bring and buy" stall.
The rainfall in May was a record.
July 15th - Area hit by a bad storm. A big tree fell and did some damage to the front corner of the school - cutting off the power and leaving live wires on the ground.
September - Mr. Ian Thompson, M.L.A. attended P. & C. Meeting and informed those parents that the school would be allowed to remain open for as long as the parents wanted it.
October 4th - Sports held at Mundijong. Carmel won both Sub-Junior Championship Trophies.
December 6th - School picnic held at South Perth Zoo.

Children known to have attended:

 

1975           Teacher   Mr. Alan Cooke

12 students enrolled.

March - Children visited Roleystone Hall to see two plays presented by the Patch Theatre Players.
April - Mr. Skipworth became the Carmel School's first gardener.
June 23rd - A group of teachers from Claremont Teachers' College visited the school.
July - A special meeting of the P. & C. was held to discuss proposed closure of the school at the end of the year. Mr. Ian Thompson informed the meeting that Mr. McKinnon had agreed to keep the school open if the parents would accept a demountable classroom instead of maintaining the existing building and provided the numbers of children attending did not fall below 10.
September - Mr. Peter Andrews was appointed the new gardener.
October - Sports held at West Dale and Karragullen once again took all the trophies.
December - Children enjoyed a picnic and outing during the early part of December to Carinyah National Park and they also visited Roleystone for an outdoor concert presented by Gerry Atkinson and partner.

Children known to have attended:

 

1976           Teacher   Mr. Alan Cooke

20 students enrolled.
March - saw a successful busy-bee, called to prepare and grass the playing area.
April - Mr. P. Andrews resigned as gardener and Mrs. C. Hingston began.
October - Inter-School sports held at Karragullen - Carmel came third. Romano Sala Tenna was Champion Junior Boy.
November - saw the demolition of the school house, much to the dismay of the parents.
Children saw a performance of "Cinderella" at the Concert Hall.

Children known to have attended:   ROMANO SALA TENNA

 

1977           Teacher   Mr. Alan Cooke

15 students enrolled.
This year the Carmel School became a Pre-Primary Centre as well as an Infants School.
There were 2 pre-primary children as well as 15 school age children enrolled.
The school now has a teacher, a teacher's aide and some pre-primary furniture and equipment.
March - Carmel School now has a specialist Art Teacher coming one day a fortnight.
April - There were now 5 pre-primary children enrolled.
May - A demountable classroom has been erected in the school grounds to replace the present building. The original school building is to be retained as an activity centre.
June - Children moved into new classroom,
August - Children visited Ashton's Circus.
September _ A new refrigerator was delivered and installed in the old school building.
October 7th - Inter-School Sports were held at Pickering Brook Oval, with Carmel being hosts. Wandering won, with Carmel coming second. Robert Melville and Sophia Spatara both won a Sub=Junior Trophy.
December - As a result of a poster competition depicting water safety, Robert Melville won First Prize in the 5 - 7 Year Group, of $20.00

Children known to have attended:   ROBERT MELVILLE, SOPHIA SPATARA

 

1978           Teacher          Mrs. Margaret (Meg) Cooke
                    Teaching Aide  Mrs. K. Arrantash

14 Primary School Children and 6 Pre-Primary Children enrolled.
February - Water restrictions now enforced and as a result the Carmel School has decided to make use of its bore. A new tank has been installed by the Public Works Department and a new pump was also sent.
April 4th - The tail-end of Cyclone Alby hit Perth and much damage done in the South West.
July 9th _ Children visited Lennon Bros. Circus.
October _ The old school building, now being used for the Pre-Primary Children, was painted by a contractor.
December 5th - The local member of Parliment, Mr. George Spriggs, M.L.A., paid a visit to the school with Mr, Peter Jones, Minister for Education, Mr. Gordon Masters, M.L.C., and Mr.  Laurie Phillips the District Superintendent. Some P. & C. members were present to meet the visitors and a friendly chat was had over morning tea. As a result, Mr. Jones agreed to meet the cost of installing 2 electric ceiling fans from Minor Works money, provided the P. & C. bought them.
December 11th - The Annual break-up party was held, with children delighting all present with their Nativity play and Carol singing. Mr. George Spriggs, M.L.A., kindly donated a book to the school. Father Christmas arrived in a fire engine, driven by Mr. Peter Madderson.

Children known to have attended:

 

1979           Teacher          Mrs. Margaret (Meg) Cooke
                    Teaching Aide  Mrs. K. Arrantash

Enrolment 18.

February - School re-opened. There were 13 children enrolled in the Primary Classes and 5 in the Pre-Primary Class. The new electric fans are installed and working.
March - The P. & C. held its Annual General Meeting and decided to hold several busy bees to scrape and paint the school shed and to generally clean up the grounds.
April - A bottle drive was held.

Children known to have attended:

 

1980           Teacher          Mrs. Margaret (Meg) Cooke
                    Teaching Aide  Mrs. K. Arrantash
Enrolment 18.

Mrs. Cooke returns.

Children known to have attended:  

 

1980 RE- UNION   #28

 

1981           Teacher          Mrs. Margaret (Meg) Cooke
                    Teaching Aide  Mrs. K. Arrantash
Enrolment 14.

 

Children known to have attended:   

 

1982           Teacher          Mrs. Margaret (Meg) Cooke
                    Teaching Aide  Mrs. K. Arrantash
Enrolment 15.

 

Children known to have attended:   

 

1983           Teacher          Mrs. Margaret (Meg) Cooke
                    Teaching Aide  Mrs. K. Arrantash
Enrolment 19.

 

Memories by Jarod Avila (2011)
Mrs Cooke on the odd occasion deciding to extend lunchtime what seemed like most of the afternoon to let all us primary kids dig tunnels in the sand under the monkey bars and then flood the whole thing with the hose to create a whole new fantasyland (it was like the Venice of the Monkey Bars).
Playing 1-2-3 Hide & Seek with the whole school on a Friday afternoon on the back lawn.
The whole score practicing "leaderball" together ahead of the School Sports Carnival.
The school breaking out what looked like hand-painted school T-shirts for that same Carnival (this preceded the printed green T-shirts of the mid-80s. We had no school uniform day-to-day)
Getting thumped at that Sports Carnival but feeling very proud of ourselves for our score on handicap.
Spending many a long lunch time climbing up that large drooping tree to the left of the pre-primary building. We used to have some special name for it, but I can't remember what it was.
Playing kick-to-kick with the football on the back lawn and on the oval.
Being very sad at years end about having to leave and go onto Walliston.

Children known to have attended:   ANTON AVILA, JAROD AVILA, AVRIL GIBBS, CLINTON HAWKINS, VICKY NAPPER, STEPHEN PAYNE, TANNIT  POORE, RICHARD PRESTON, GUILIANA SALA TENNA, DIONE TURTON

 

1984           Teacher          Jenni Stewart
Enrolment 28.


April 2nd - A cake stall was held, raising $123.15.
The children, throughout the year, enjoyed a variety of excursions including the W. A. Ballet Co. production of "Peter and the Wolf" at His Majesty's Theatre.
October 19th - Carmel School hosted the Inter-School Sports at the Pickering Brook Sports Club oval.

Children known to have attend:ed   ANTON AVILA, AVRIL GIBBS, CLINTON HAWKINS, VICKY NAPPER, STEPHEN PAYNE, RICHARD PRESTON, GUILIANA SALA TENNA.

 

1985           Teacher          Mr. Bryan Martin
                    Teacher         Jean Dickens
                    Teaching Aide
Enrolment 33.

For the first time, the school has two full-time teachers and a teaching aide.
The P. & C. Association begins lobbying the Education Department to upgrade the school facilities to a full primary school, with an additional classroom.
May - A very successful "Readathon" was held, raising almost $400.00 for new reading books.
Again, the children enjoy various excursions and theatre outings.
November 1st - Inter-School Sports held at Wandering.

Children known to have attended:   ANTON AVILA, JOEL AVILA, AVRIL GIBBS, CLINTON HAWKINS, VICKY NAPPER, RICHARD PRESTON, AMY ROBERTS, GUILIANA SALA TENNA.

 

1985    #29

 

1986           Teacher          Mr. Bryan Martin
 
                   Teacher          Dallas Turner

Enrolment 33.

Correspondence continues with the Education Department and, finally, on 15th September, Mr. Bob Pearce, Minister for Education, and Mr. George Spriggs, M. L. A., visit the school to discuss facilities. The Education Department promises to investigate the availability of a transportable classroom at the beginning of the new school year.
June - An interesting W. A. Week is held, including a visit by Sawyers Valley Primary School on Pioneers Day.
A "Lapathon" is held, raising $400.00 for more new reading books.
September 18th - Inter-School Sports Day held at West Dale.

 

Children known to have attended:   ANTON AVILA, JOEL AVILA, RICHARD PRESTON, AMY ROBERTS.

 

1987            Principal         Mr. David Gray
                    Teacher
         Dallas Turner

Enrolment 40.

A transportable classroom is not available. However, part of the verandah is enclosed for office space.
July 24th - A highly successful Quiz Night is held at the Kalamunda Agricultural Hall, raising $1,300.00 enabling the purchase of a near new photocopier to replace the old one.
The Lions Club of Lesmurdie donate $250.00 to the school, with which new atlas', dictionaries, and a microscope are purchased.
A Busy-Bee is held to build a B.B.Q. and fish pond, and clear a new parking area at the rear of the school.
October 30th - Inter-School Sports Day held at Karragullen.

Children known to have attended:   JOEL AVILA, RICHARD PRESTON, AMY ROBERTS.

 

1987 Pre-Primary & Primary  #30

Teachers:  KAY ARRRANTASH, DALLAS TURNER
 Back Row (L - R):  JEAN WOODWARD, NISHA RIVETT, DWAYNE DURKIN, MATTHEW ROSS, AMANDA ROMEO, SCOTT McMAHON, ANDREW SHEPHERD.
 Middle Row (L - R):         ?        , WILL RUSSELL,      ?      , JAMES RANDALL, JARRAD ROSS, ISAAK DURY, OLIVIA GARRETT.
 Front Row (L - R):   HERMIONE KIRKPARTRICK, BROOKE McMAHON, ANDREW WILSON, GIVAN    ?       , KIERAN JACKSON,        ?      , ROBERT ATOKA???

 

1988            Principal         Mr. David Gray
                    Teacher
         Dallas Turner

Enrolment 38 and still no extra classroom.

Australia's Bicentenial grants enabled us to hold a Bush Dance in March, and paint to be purchased for the students to paint an Australian mural on the lunch shed wall.
May 14th - Another successful Quiz Night held at Kalamunda Agricultural Hall, raising $1,500.00.
The school enters the computer age with the installation of a computer, purchased with a Educational Grant. A second Computer is purchased by the school and P. & C. funds, so that each classroom has one, and both are of great benefits to the students.
Kalamunda Wildflower Society and Alcoa donate a number of native plants for greening of the new car park, and reticulation is installed, underwritten by a Kalamunda Shire grant.
October 26th - Inter-School Sports Day held at Orange Grove, and the P. & C. purchases smart new white slouch hats for the occasion.
November - A new shed is erected, compliments of the Education Department, for use, in the main, by the pre-primary students for indoor activities.
December - Students, teachers and parents, enjoy a wonderful performance of "Cinderella" by the W. A. Ballet Co. at His Majesty's Theatre.
December 13th - An end of year picnic is held at Crawley Bay, with lots of swimming and fishing for endless "blowies" from the Jetty.

Children known to have attended:   SARAH APPLETON, JOEL ARILA, CHRIS BAXTER, DANIEL BEATTY, BRENDAN CROSS, STUART HELM, HERMIONE KIRKPATRICK, BROOKE McMAHON, RICHARD PRESTON, JAMES RANDALL, AMY ROBERTS, JARRAD ROSS, WILL RUSSELL, ANDREW SHEPHERD, EVE SMITH, SEAN TOMLINSON, JEAN WOODWARD.

 

1988 Year 1  #31

Teacher:   DALLAS TURNER
 Back Row (L - R):   BRENDAN CROSS, STUART HELM, JEAN WOODWARD, WILL RUSSELL, BROOKE McMAHON.
 Middle Row (L - R):   ANDREW SHEPHERD, JAMES RANDALL, HERMIONE KIRKPATRICK, SEAN TOMLINSON, EVE SMITH.
 Front Row (L - R);          ?        , JARRAD ROSS, GIVAN   ?       .

 

This article and photograph was published in "The Kalamunda Reporter" on 16th August1988.

IN THE SPIRIT

Carmel Primary School students are right in the spirit of Australia's Bicentenary.
A school spokesman said the students embarked on a very unique project recently to make their mark in 1988.
All students were involved in painting a mural on the back of the lunch shed, which made a pretty and colourful scene in the Hills area.
The mural bore pictures of Aborigines, kangaroos, Captain Cook, vegetation and old convict ships.
It took the children two days to paint, and by all accounts, the whole project was a lot of fun. Our photographer caught up with some of the proud little painters as they eyed the finished product.

PROUD STUDENT MURAL PAINTERS (from left) DANIEL BEATTY, OF WALLISTON, CHRIS BAXTER, OF LESMURDIE, JOEL ARILA, OF BICKLEY AND SARAH APPLETON, OF CARMEL.

#32

 

1989           Principal    David Gray
                    
Teacher    Dallas Turner

Enrolment 38.

The school year begins with disturbing rumours of closure. However, after approaching the Education Department, we were advised, quote "... that there is no truth in the rumour that Carmel Primary School is to be closed at the end of this year ...."unquote, signed Carmen Lawrence, Minister for Education. We all sincerely hope this tragedy does not occur. Our thanks to all those who have shown encouragement and support in our endeavours to retain the school.
We have since asked the Education Department to upgrade maintenance of the original school room.
May 21st - Our 85th year Reunion.

 

1989   #33

Teachers (L - R):   KAY ARRANTASH, DAVID GRAY,         ?       , DALLAS TURNER.
 Back Row (L - R):   SEAN TOMLINSON, JAMES RANDALL, BRENDAN CROSS, ANDREW SHEPHERD,       ?     , SCOTT McMAHON, MATTHEW ROSS, DWAYNE DURKIN, STUART HELM, ISAAK DURY, ROBERT ATOKA??,        ?        , STUART TAYLOR.
 Middle Row (L - R):   ALEXANDER CULL, ANDREW WILSON,        ?      , HERMIONE KIRKPATRICK, SARAH APPLETON, ANGELA ROMEO, NISHA RIVETT, JEAN WOODWARD, OLIVIA GARRETT, BROOKE McMAHON, BETH WOODWARD, EVE SMITH, JASON DURY, JARRAD ROSS.
 Front Row (L - R):  ANGELA    ?       , JACQUELINE CAMPBELL, STUART TAYLOR,       ?       ,         ?         , KIERAN JACKSON, GIVAN        ?      , JAMES       ?    ,            ?             .

 

This article and photograph was published in "The Kalamunda Reporter" on 4th July 1989.

OUTSTANDING WRITERS

The 85-year-old Carmel Primary School is producing a crop of budding young writer.
Three children from the school won prizes in the Young Writers' Contest sponsored by The West Australian and Channel 9.
The Statewide contest attracted 6,000 entries from students aged 5 to 18.
Carmel winners were Hermoine Kirkpatrick (7), Scott McMahon (8) and James Randell (6).
All three have been taught by Principal David Grey and Teacher Dallas Turner.

 

 

HERMIONE KIRKPATRICK (7), SCOTT McMAHON  (8) AND JAMES RANDELL (6), ALL OF CARMEL, WITH THEIR PRIZE WINNING ESSAYS IN FRONT OF THE REST OF THE STUDENTS AT THE SCHOOL.

Picture: Bob Warchomij

#34

 

1990           Principal    G. Smith
 
                  Teacher     Dallas Turner

Enrolment  31.

Children known to have attended:   JACQUELINE CAMPBELL, BRENDAN CROSS, ALEXANDER CULL, ISAAK DURY, JASON DURY, OLIVIA GARRETT, DANIEL HELM, STUART HELM, KIRSTEN JACKSON, HERMIONE KIRKPATRICK, BROOKE McMAHON, VICKY NAPPER, JAMES RANDALL, JENNY RANDELL, NISHA RIVETT, AMY ROBERTS, LUKE ROBERTS, EMMA ROSS, JARRAD ROSS, MITCHELL ROUKE, WILL RUSSELL, ANDREW SHEPHERD, EVE SMITH, STUART TAYLOR, SEAN TOMLINSON,  ANDREW WILSON, BETH WOODWARD, JEAN WOODWARD.

 

1990    #35

Teachers (L - R):   KAY ARRANTASH, JILL ST QUENTIN, DALLAS TURNER, GARY SMITH.
 Back Row (L - R):  SEAN TOMLINSON, WILL RUSSELL, STUART HELM, JEAN WOODWARD, BRENDAN CROSS, JAMES RANDALL, JARRAD ROSS.
 Middle Row (L - R):             ?         , HERMIONE KIRKPATRICK, BETH WOODWARD,            ?          ,       ?        , ANDREW WILSON, STUART TAYLOR, BROOKE McMAHON.
 Sitting Row (L - R):            ?          , ALEXANDER CULL,         ?          , JACQUELINE CAMPBELL, JASON DURY,           ?         , EVE SMITH, STUART TAYLOR.
 Sitting on Ground (L - R);            ?           ,         ?          ,          ?           , KIRSTEN JACKSON,          ?          ,          ?           ,        ?         , JAMES    ?        .

 

Below is a delightful list of comments made by the students of Carmel Primary School about why it should not be closed.

 


 

#50

 

BRENDAN CROSS  #51

 

CHESS BOARDS WAITING TO BE USED  #52

 

YEAR 3 STUDENTS (L -R); EVE  SMITH, JEAN WOODWARD, BROOKE McMAHON  #53  

 

YEAR 3 STUDENTS MITCHELL ROUKE & STEWART HELM PLAYING CHESS  #54

 

 

SCHOOLROOM JULY 2010   #36

 

PLAY SHED & SCHOOLROOM JULY 2010  #37

 

SCHOOLROOM JULY 2010   #38

 

LIST OF TEACHERS PAINTED ON PATHWAY JULY 2010   #39

 

PLAY SHED SHOWING BICENTENIAL PAINTING JULY 2010    #40

 

PLAY SHED WITH SCHOOL ROOM IN BACKGROUND JULY 2010   #41

 

PAINTED PLAYGROUND PIPES JULY 2010    #42

 

CARMEL LEGAL FIGHT

Economic pressure in 1990 was the reason used by the Education Minister, Dr. Geoff Gallop, to seriously look at small "one teacher" schools and uneconomical schools throughout Western Australia with the plan to either close them or amalgamate them with existing larger schools. Some properties would be sold and the funds raised used in upgrading nearby schools that took in the students from the schools that were closed. This had been used with success in South Australia

This action caused great concern with small schools, like Carmel Primary School, that were closely connected to many aspects of the local community. Not only did it have a great learning environment for the children, but it also was the hub of a social centre for parents, families and friends.  Also the continuity of past generations of the families having attended the school created a sense wellness. Being involved in Socials, Sports days, Concerts and fundraising activities created a true bonding of working together for the small community. The children benefited from this environment and achieved above average marks.

With the announcement that Carmel Primary School would be closed at the end of 1990, the local Community quickly banded together to reverse that decision. Because this was happening to many similar schools across Western Australia, the fight was to set a precedence for saving them. The battle gathered momentum very quickly and listed below is a condensed outline of what happened.

1989  FEBRUARY
 
              23rd    Rumours started to circulated about the possible closure of the Carmel Primary School in 1989. Following a letter of concern by the P & C President Mrs. Jeanette Helm, to Premier Carmen Lawrence she responded in a letter dated 23rd February; "there was no truth in a rumour that the School was to be closed at the end of the 1989 schoo year", it went on to also state; "that the President of the Carmel P. & C. Association, Mrs. Jeanette Helm, the School and the local Carmel community would be fully consulted if a move to close the School were contemplated."

 

1990  OCTOBER
               22nd
   In reply to a question in Parliament, the Education Minister, Dr. Geoff Gallop announced that the Carmel Primary School would be closing at the end of the 1990 academic year.

                  25th    Public meeting held

              26th   Letter from Bob Jackson to Dr. Gallop objecting.

              26th   Letter from Shire of Kalamunda Chief Executive, Mr. Jim Kelly to the Minister of Education Dr. G. Gallop, objecting to the proposed closure of the Carmel School. It reads;
"On behalf of Council we object to the proposed closure. Although Council has not yet taken a formal decision on this matter, I am confident that an endorsement of my advice will be forthcoming after the November Ordinary Council meeting.
Regardless of that, our Shire President Councilor Wiebe L. Tieleman who is representative for the East Ward in which the Carmel School is located, strongly opposes the closure.
We understand that the closure is not necessarily proposed by the Ministry Staff and is solely based on economic grounds.
There are some 24 enrolments for the 1991 school year and this is far in excess of the minimum of 10 required for a school to remain open.
The benefits of this small school in a unique environment must be weighed against other savings that may be argued on the basis of economy of scale. As we understand there is no major building improvements at the Carmel School.
Advice that we have is that the Government had previously promised the School would not be closed for 1991 and any consideration of closure would be preceded by extensive community consultation. To date there has been no such consultation. In particular, the first that this Council knew of the proposed closure was when the article appeared in the newspaper.
Would you please reconsider the Government's decision to close the Carmel School."

               29th   Parents only meeting

CARMEL PRIMARY SCHOOL PUPIL ANGELA ROSSI, 5, PLAYS HOPSCOTCH , WATCHED BY HER SCHOOLMATES
 "The West Australian Newspaper". Picture: Rod Taylor.|

 

1990  NOVEMBER   
                3rd  Headlines of a West Australian Newspaper acticle titled "Shutdown savings likely to be shared" describes a direction W. A. Education Minister Geoff Gallop intends to follow. It Reads: "Money saved by closing a school will be shared among neighbouring schools if W. A. adopts a South Australian plan to rationalise the education system. For 10 years the S. A. Government has set up a community council every time the student population in a district has plummeted. The councils made up of parent, local government and education representatives, have had the power to decide what cuts are made. W. A. Education Minister Geoff Gallop confirmed yesterday that W. A, would adopt a similar system. Earlier this week Dr. Gallop announced he was setting up a school renewal task force which would look at policies for closing and amalgamating local schools."                

                     7th  Letter from Heather Newton, Occupational Therapist, Valencia Nursing Home to Dr. Gallop regarding their "Intergenerational Programme with Carmel Primary School". It stated; "Both the children and elderly have learnt much from each other through their interaction. The children have been amazed to learn of such vast changes this century, and have had the opportunity to appreciate, respect and understand both the elderly more, and the history of life in earlier days of W.A. The elderly have gained self worth through sharing their lives and history."

                  8th  Letter from W. Philip, Administrator, of Valencia Nursing Home to Dr. Geoff Gallop, Minister for Education, writing in support of the efforts by parents to persuade him to keep the Carmel Primary School open after the end of this year. It stated that, "this school is a valuable local community asset which gives children who live near the city the opportunity of country style education in their formative years. It is also a very valuable part of the "Intergenerational Programme" which is run as part of our resident quality of life nursing home requirements. It is small a close-knit, and we get fantastic interaction between the old and the young in this program because of the "family" nature of the place".

 

 

                  13th   A twenty-three page written submission along with a short video was presented to Dr. Gallop by Mr. Pete Randell in the push to keep the school open. The video was produced with help from Mr. Tony Ross by Tim Garrett from Telepro with music and song by David Rivett.

                      19th  Letter from Dr. Gallop following the submission, stated that the closure would go ahead as announced, at the end of the 1990 year.                 

                      21st  Letter was sent to The State Ombudsman by Mr. Pete Randell complaining about the Ministry of Education referencing Regulation 164 stating minimum numbers and the commitment on consultation that was not kept.

                 22nd  Letter from Parlimentary Commissioner for Administrative Investigations ("The State Ombudsman") in answer to Mr. Pete Randell's query to Investigate the action taken by Government Departments regarding the closure of the Carmel Primary School. It stated that it was probably more of a legal situation and therefore advised that the Carmel P. & C. seek legal advise to clarify the situation.

                 23rd  Letter to Mr. Bob Jackson answering his letter objecting to the closure, from Dr. Geoff Gallop, Minister for Education.

                 26th  Letter to the Editor of West Australian Newspapers from Tony Ross about the handling of the proposed closure of the Carmel Primary School outlining two distressing characteristics of the current Government, namely "lack of accountability and incompetence." It also mentioned the cost of the closure to the community; "A delightful, historic little school which is producing outstanding educational results and is massively supported by its local community is threatened with closure. So sad, so unnecessary. For the sake of our collective future let us hope that the quality of Government decisions improves."

                  27th  Article in the "Kalamunda Reporter" following an interview with Carmel P. & C. President, Mrs. Jo Randell, in which she reported that the Teacher at the school still had not been notified about the closure and that the children were anxious to know what is happening. She added that parents had been frustrated and angered by the way they had been treated.

                 28th   Mr. Michael Barker from Corrs Australian Solicitors wrote to Mr. Pete Randell, pointing out the possible grounds for a legal challenge. It raised the validity of closure on a number of points. The two major points were:
                           1. This action was taken even after assurances were given in a letter from the former Minister of Education and current Premier, Ms                                Carmen Lawrence, to Mrs Jeanette Helm, the former President of the Carmel P. & C. Association, on 23rd February 1989, about                                prior consultation before closure.
                          2.  Regulation 164 of the Education Act Regulations 1960 states that the Minister "may, if he thinks fit", cause a school to be closed                                if it does not maintain an average attendance of 8 pupils. Carmel Primary School maintained an average of more than 8 pupils                                having had approximately 30 students on average in attendance during 1990 and an average attendance of at least 20 in recent                               years prior to 1990.
However it was stressed that no guarantees could be given as to how the Judge would view these points if they were challenged in court.
Corrs also advised that if they were to proceed with the court action they could do it for $7000.00. When queried about awarding of costs if the case was lost they commented that as it was a "test case" with the Government usually costs were not awarded.

                   28th  Letter from Corrs Australian Solicitors to Dr. Gallop on instructions from Mr. Pete Randell, advising him why his decision is considered to be invalid and requesting him effectively to revoke his  decision.

                   28th  Committee Meeting held where Mr. Pete Randell informed the meeting he had obtained legal advice and that a letter from the solicitors had been written to Dr. Gallop. Copies of this letter and a legal opinion were circulated. Some spoke against taking further action. A motion was put by Mr. Derrick Tomlinson MLA: "That we proceed with legal action against the Minister's decision to close the Carmel Primary School".

     ???????    30th   Minutes of P & C Meeting re legal challenge of school closure.
Attended by: Bill Campbell, Tom Taimre, Pete Randell, Jo Randell, Jim Feakes, Monica Durkan, Bob Jackson, Sam Rossi, Gwen Rourke. Many decisions were made in an effort to create a larger awareness of the Government's intentions and to gain as much publicity as possible. Also decisions were made to commence a fund raising or pledging drive in an  effort to get the $7,000.00.

It was agreed that;  
                             1. Tom Taimre to draft a press release, a pledge sheet, and letters to ex-pupils.
                             2. Sam Rossi to contact Fruit Growers Co-op, Peter Newing, Fred Chaney, Fred Tubby, Derek Tomlinson and other Liberals.
                             3. Pete Randell to write to Carmen Lawrence with copy of legal letter.
                             4. Bill Campbell to phone and fax local businesses with pledge.
                             5. Jo Randell and other committee members to photocopy pledge sheets. A bundle of these to go to Iris Jones.  A note is to go                                  home with the pupils with a copy asking for help in leaflet distribution in the district. Monica Durkan to co-ordinate this.
                             6. Gwen Rourke to contact the Sunday Times for an article.
                             7. Pete Randell to call Steve Taylor re "7.30 Report". Bob Jackson to do interview if Pete is not available.
                             8. Jo Randell to get information from Derek Tomlinson, re: State Education Endowment Trust Fund.
                             9. Jim Feakes to speak to Pat Hallohan and Kalamunda Lions.
                           10. Gwen Rourke to locate the visitors book. Tom Taimre will load names and addresses on to computer and do mail shot.
                           11. Jo Randell to initiate and handle radio interviews.
                           12. Jo Randell to extend the state date of the raffle until December 23rd, 1990.
                           13. Bob Jackson to contact Kalamunda Rotary re: talking on Tuesday night.

Pete Randell advised;
                             1. Aub Adams of WASSO will advise members at meeting Monday night and will provide a list of all P. & C's. for schools under 100                                  pupils. Idea is for us to ring/write for support, he will also contact local schools.
                             2. Pickering Brook P. & C. will probably hold an extraordinary meeting to vote on whether to contribute. In addition note and pledge                                 will go home Monday afternoon.
                             3. Historical Society will help. Jim Feakes to take this up.
                             4. Article to appear in Tuesday's Kalamunda Reproter.

 

1990  DECEMBER   

                      3rd  Letter to Premier Ms Carmen Lawrence stating that the Minister's decision was a clear breach of her commitment made to the Carmel P. & C. last year. It also stated that, funds permitting, that it was intended to have this matter resolved in the Supreme Court unless the decision is reversed and that the Minister's decision is fundamentally wrong and unreasonable.

                       4th  An article in the "Kalamunda Reporter, following an interview with Mr. Pete Randell. It stated Mr. Randell said, "We are not doing it thinking it is going to be easy. We know it would be difficult to win, but we feel there are some very important principles here." Mr Randell added that parents felt it could be a test case with much wider implications for other schools and communities facing similar cutbacks. "The aim is to make the Government more accountable for what it is doing. We felt they were just saying 'we are closing it and bad luck'.

Letter from Corrs Australian Solicitors stating that yesterday, the Minister had contacted the Crown Law Department regarding advice on the legal and political ramifications of his decision. Corrs requested an answer by 10.00 a.m. on the 4th December or they would proceed to issue a Writ. As an answer was not forthcoming, the Writ has now been filed and served on the Crown Law Department  

                        5th  Affidavit sworn supporting the application to have action put in the Expedited List in the Supreme Court by President of the Carmel P. & C. Association, Mrs. Jo Randell.

                        5th   Letter send to Mr. Tim Garrett from Telepro thanking him for producing the Video about Carmel Primary School.

                        7th   Friday  President of the State Teacher's Union, Mr. Ed Harken, announces that the union is doing what it can keep the school open.  

                      10th   P. & C. Meeting

                      10th   Letter from State School Teachers Union of W.A. advising they have unanimously authorized the expenditure of up to $7000 to fund the legal challenge.

ARTICLE IN "WESTERN TEACHER" DECEMBER 7th 1990

 

                      11th   Special Meeting called by the Pickering Brook P. & C. to discuss this Carmel School closure.

                      23rd   Fund raising Bush Dance to be held at the Kalamunda Agricultural Hall. Dave and Liz Rivett donating their services free of charge.

1991  JANUARY

The case was finally heard before Judge Ipp??????????? in the Supreme Court as an expedited case with Solicitor Michael Barker from Corrs representing the Carmel Parents & Citizens.
The first point raised was; "the lack of consultation before the closure". According to the Judge's interpretation, because representatives from the Carmel Primary School had met with The Minister for Education, Dr. Geoff Gallop and presented a 23 page submission and video objecting to the announcement of the closure, this was deemed to be "consultation by the Minister" thereby meeting his obligations. Therefore that point was dropped as not applicable.
The second point raised was; "closure because student numbers did not drop below the Regulation 164 minimum number of 8"
. The Judge deemed that the Government could close schools if it wanted and a small group such as this could not force the Department what to do. Therefore that point was invalid.
This was extremely disappointing for all concerned, as they were somewhat dismayed at the justice system and felt they did not get a fair hearing. Then the Judge awarded costs
against the Carmel P. & C. Association. They were left feeling very deflated and despaired after all the effort and energy put into rallying support and backing. But that was it - all over. End of story - end of case.
 

                     26th   Letter from Corrs submitting final costs of $10,000 but finally settled for the $7000.00 that they had initially quoted.

Although every effort was made, including a battle through the Supreme Court, to keep the school open the fight was finally lost and the school did not re-open after 1990. The small group that so fiercely fought, should be very proud of their efforts, as they proved small close-knit community schools cannot be closed without a strong challenge by parents and residents that acknowledge the benefits that these small schools provide to their children.

They can feel comfortable in the resolve that many children that received their basic education and grounding at the Carmel Primary School, went on and achieved above average new heights in their latter education and final occupations, proving that the cause was worth fighting for.

Another benefit from this legal challenge was that the School Building and grounds were not sold off by the Education Department but have been Heritage Listed and retained for community use. Currently it is being used by Scouts Australia.

The end of an era of 86 years has now been recorded on this website for all to read and view the history of this little school. All the records reported in the above article are held by the Pickering Brook Heritage Group Inc.

An interesting little story has come to light in the aftermath of this closure. The following year the Headmaster of Pickering Brook Primary School, Phillip Mort requested an additional schoolroom but was told that there was only a secondhand transportable that would not be available for nearly six months. After explaining that he needed it owing to an influx of extra students after the closure of Carmel Primary School at the end of the previous year, a brand new transportable schoolroom was delivered within a couple of weeks. Surprise, surprise - the words "Carmel Primary School" still have the power to prompt the government into action.

If you have any further info or photos to add to this record, we would appreciate your help.

 

 

 

 

GOING TO SCHOOL - CARMEL  1917 - 1927   By Grace Earp  (nee Wallis).
 

School days commenced when I was 5 years and 4 months old and the distance to the school was approximately 2 1/2 miles on a bush track. I was often bare footed, due mainly to the fact that my boots had to be laced half-way up my legs and were hard to get on - time ran out and they were left behind quite often. There are painful memories of the sharp stones cutting my feet on cold frosty mornings. My sister and two brothers were able to walk so much faster and I was always in the rear.
In winter, the bushes on either side of the narrow track would be festooned with spider's webs covered in dew drops, glistening like diamonds. Sometimes kangaroos would dash away and a herd of brumbies would take fright and gallop off - manes and tails flying. A goanna or lizard would be seen lying on a rock trying to get warm. Birds of many kinds would be calling, and our favourite, the cheeky wily-wagtail would fly above our heads, teasing us. In summer, leaves brown and dry would crackle under foot and the sweet smell of eucalyptus permeate the air. It was always a great relief when the school came into view and small figures could be seen, we knew we were not late which was a terrific offence!
In wet weather we carried our shoes and socks and as plastic raincoat were not invented, our woollen coats were often soaked and had to be dried out by the fire. Sometimes sacks would be made into hoods and placed over our heads and shoulders.
The school, a wooden building with three long windows, high pitched roof of corrugated iron, a porch at the entrance containing a cupboard, wash basins and hooks in rows where we hung our hats and bags. Outside two rainwater tanks provided water, and wattle and pine trees provided shade. In hot weather a large canvas water bag with a wooden tap, hung from a tree in the yard. There were two teachers, Mr. A. E. Jackson, Head Master, and a monitor to assist. The monitor was a student intending to take up teaching as a profession and spent two years in Primary Schools before entering Teacher's Training College at Claremont. Mr. R. Gilchrist, Miss R. Turner, Miss G. Elson, Miss L. Roberts, Miss P. Muggeridge were names I recall.
Religious instruction was given to the pupils by Mr. Myerson and the Misses Rudeforth, who paid regular visits and saw that we signed the pledge. The students, averaging about fifty, were divided - the seniors facing one way and the juniors facing the other wall, which consisted mainly of blackboards. Mr. Jackson was highly respected by both children and parents and instilled in his pupils a respect for law and order, punctuality, politeness, especially to adults, and a love of sport.
Our day commenced with an inspection of hands and fingernails, sometimes physical exercises, weather permitting, then we marched quietly into school. The first lesson was always Mental Arithmetic, which was a series of oral questions on tables, addition. subtraction etc. then written work in our pads.. This was followed by spelling and composition. We were taught to write letters to friends, business letters etc. also to make up accounts and add up costs. In the afternoon, history lessons, reading, geography, drawing and on selected days, sewing and manual training, depending on the timetable.
The children educated in the schools in the early days did not have access to libraries and their reading books were very important. Sixty years later I still recall the stories and poems so eagerly read - The Wooden Spoon of Olga The Washerwoman  made an impression because even to this day, in our house, a wooden spoon is always called "Olga", and anyone not knowing the story is quite mystified. Then the exciting story of "Oh-I-Am The Wizard" and his friends "One-Eye-The-Potato Wife" and "Wry-Face The Gnome". The sad story of "Farmer Dobbin's Goat, White Coat" who was so disobedient, and would not stay home and ran up the mountains, was finally eaten by a wolf, with all the gory details. "Pippa's Holiday" - the mill girl who had but one holiday a year and how she spent it and the song she sang.
"The year's at the spring, And day's at the morn,
Morning's at seven, The hillside's dew pearled,
The lark's on the wing, The snail's on the thorn,
God's in his heaven, All's right in the world."

The excitement of Saturday Morning Early
"On Saturday morning at half-past eight,
 I mustn't be half a second late,
 I'm going out at the garden gate,
When the dew is glittery pearly,
 I'm going, I'm going, I don't know where,
But I think I shall find some others there,
On Saturday next, if the sun shines fair,
On Saturday morning early."
 
How could one forget the picture of the little girl with the sun bonnet, waiting at the gate?
There was such a variety of stories, all with a moral,and we learned the flowing phrases and descriptive words with great enjoyment. The Oxford Reader for Grades 1 and 2 and the Temple Reader for Grades 4, 5 and 6, were used mainly. Stories like Robinson Crusoe, The Pied Piper of Hamlin, Feats of the Fiord, A Christmas Carol, The last of the Mohicans were included, classics of the day, and improved our vocabulary and spelling skills. The School Paper was a publication put out by the Education Department and sent out monthly to the schools. It was well liked and the stories and poems had an Australian content which was a change from the European literature presented in the reading books. The infant classes used to be taught to read by the sound method "pat the fat cat", "the cat is on the mat", and learnt to write by making pages of pot hooks and spent a lot of time folding squares of coloured paper. It was a well ordered existence with few distractions, and we learnt the basics thoroughly. One book hated by all in Grade 6 was "Tillage, Trade and Invention", a most boring account of agricultural systems and land management in early Britian. While we were studying this, if there was any fooling around to be done, notes written, this was the time! We were not perfect all the time.
We were not subjected to lurid headlines in the paper and lived in a safe environment. In fact we were not allowed to read the paper until over 15 years old. There were occasional quarrels and family feuds, but these were mild in comparison to today. The children all walked to school and wended their way home in family groups, sometimes warfare would break out. A favourite pastime was to lie in wait and ambush them with blackboy rushes.
One aspect of our education was a thorough grounding in Arithmetic and English and very few students failed in these subjects. Test days were on Fridays and a poor result earned a cut with the cane for every wrong answer. The annual visit of the Inspector always caused a stir and we were always on our best behaviour. A health nurse visited and checked for head lice, eye and hearing defects. On one occasion there was an outbreak of diphtheria with one death. Can you imagine the anguish of a little Mother who carried her baby boy along the railway line from Walliston to the doctor in Kalamunda at night, only to find the child had died in her arms on the way? There were the usual outbreaks of measles, mumps, whooping cough and chicken pox, but on the whole we were a hardy breed, immunisation unknown, except for small pox. During the dry summers, water had to be carted to fill the water tanks and we had some queer tasting drinks, worse still, when a mouse committed suicide!
Pens and ink were used and every morning one of the senior boys would mix ink powder with water to make the ink, then fill the ink wells and place them in holes on top of the desks. Each child had to be equipped with a pen-wiper, round pieces of material sewn together with a button. This was used to keep the nibs clean and free of rust. Nothing was wasted, every scrap used. Writing was taught by copy and transcription books and we painstakingly copied the letters, trying to keep the books free of blots. Pens had to be held in the right way or the ruler across the knuckles would be felt.
The girls were taught sewing-hemming, top-sewing, gathering, button-holes all laboriously by hand, even sewing "garments" to fit, such as petticoats, blouses and worst of all, knee length bloomers made of white calico.
The Member of Parliment for the district was Mr. R. S. Sampson and occasionally he would invite senior students to Parliament House and there was great excitement. We caught the train at the nearest station, about 7 a.m. dressed in our best clothes and ready for anything. On arriving at Perth Station we would form into pairs and march up Hay Street to Parliament House where we were shown meeting rooms, the Speaker's Chair and allowed to sit in it! Later served afternoon tea. Next day we had to write an essay on what we learned. Mr. Sampson presented a citizenship book award yearly.
Sometimes a trip to the Zoo was arranged and Colonel Le Souf, who was in charge of the zoo would give us a lecture about animals and even let us sit on the giant tortoises. He drove a 4 wheel buggy pulled by 6 tiny Shetland ponies which we adored. He was a very big man and loved children and animals. In those days we could have rides on elephants and camels. Once a boy stole an egg from one of the yards and put it in his pocket. During the lecture, he accidentally sat on it and broke it. It was soon apparent that the egg, a fairly large one was very ancient as he was left sitting by himself, in the centre of the circle and that lecture was not a success.
A school concert was held every year, usually in the Church adjacent, which had a stage. (This building is not at Walliston.) There we sang, acted in plays, recited and entertained our parents and friends with great gusto.
We played games in season, marbles, top spinning, fly, cricket, hockey made from bush sticks, red rover all over, hide and seek, hop scotch and later a gravel tennis court was made.
Toilet facilities consisted of two small out-houses, away in the corner of the school yard,surrounded by a wooden screen, one for boys, one for girls. A "nightman" called weekly in a horse and cart and emptied the pans, which smelled strongly of tar.
The school catered for Infants to Grade 7 and Secondary Education could be had at Perth Boys' and Perth Girls', Perth Terrace and Perth Modern School. This entailed catching a train at approximately 7 a. m., and we arrived home at 7 p. m., usually tired out. Diligent students were able to study in the carriage, that is, if they were not running from one zig-zag up the next one, and generally carrying on and getting into mischief.
On Sundays, when we had run out of excuses not to go, we were sent to Sunday School to the little Church next to the school. In good weather it was bearable, but in wet or hot weather we protested loudly. We found it boring to walk on that track 6 days out of 7, but once we were there we enjoyed singing hymns, accompanied by Mr. Oliver Owen on the organ, and reciting the little texts on the cards that we had to memorise. The best part was the Harvest Festival when the best produce from the orchards was presented to the church in thanksgiving. We ate some if we could, but most was given to charity. Sometimes a lantern slide evening was held and we viewed smokey slides of noble missionaries and dark people getting the message in the jungle. The child of today would look in wonder at these simple pleasures in comparison to the hair raising programmes viewed on T.V.
There were many fine students educated at this small school and are now highly respected citizens of this community. We were taught to be obedient, respectful, proud of our school and work, vandalism unknown and though not over-indulged in heated swimming pools, libraries and playing fields and so forth, our school days were happy and interesting. This small school opened in July 1904, named Heidelberg and changed to Carmel in 1916, has seen many changes in the district but those who received their early education there, remember it with great affection and pride.

 

STUDENTS AT CARMEL PRIMARY SCHOOL

These are the names of students as recalled by Owen Edgar GARLAND (known as Ted) grandson of Oliver and Nellie OWEN (Ted’s mother was formerly Gwen OWEN).  Ted started at Carmel c.1926:
Ted GARLAND
Tommy ROADS
BOYCE LOARDING

Ron LITTLELY
Norm LITTLEY
Alf KNOWLES
Bob MASON
Ernie MASON
Gwen MASON
Laurie SPRIGGS
George SPRIGGS

Names of students recalled by Ted’s sisters, Lesley GARLAND, who started at Carmel Primary c.1929 and Laurel GARLAND, who started c.1931:

Joyce SPRIGGS
Jack THOMAS
Edgar KNOWLES   (Edgar went down with the “Sydney”)
Jean JACKSON
Nellie MITCHELL
Nora(h) MITCHELL
Joyce MITCHELL
Winnie MITCHELL
Doreen MITCHELL
Alan MITCHELL
Reg BEAR
Ted BEAR
Mavis ROADS
Mabel (Tikki) ROADS
Mervyn DUNNE
Frank MITCHELL

Also known to have attended Carmel:

Anne and Ross KIRKHAM, also grandchildren of Oliver & Nellie OWEN (Mother was Mollie OWEN).  In 1942/43 they were evacuated to the Hills to stay with their grandparents due to fears that the Japanese forces intended bombing Perth.  Also evacuated around this time were Bernard TAYLOR, and his brother (name unknown), both of whom also attended Carmel Primary School.  Lesley GARLAND married Rodney TUCKER during the War, and later returned to Carmel, staying with her Mother, Gwen FORD (she remarried after the death of her first husband) in Union Rd.  Lesley’s three children, Lynette, Susanne and Ronald TUCKER also attended Carmel for a short time, most probably in 1954.  Sue & Ron were twins. 

 

 

 

 

Article:                  Pickering Brook Heritage Group
                            Booklet - Carmel School 1904 -1979
                            Booklet - Carmel School 1904 -1989
                            Elsie Lynch (nee Somers)
                            Grace Earp (nee Wallis)
                            Legal Challange Archives - Mrs. Jo Randell
                            Memories of Ray Owen - Helen Skehan (nee Owen)
                            Lesley Wallis (nee Halleen)
                            Pam Owen (nee Annetts)

Images:                1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 19, 26, 27, 29   Booklet - Carmel School 1904 -1989
                            6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 20, 21, 22, 25, 28, 60   Helen Skehan (nee Owen)
                            23, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42   Gordon Freegard
                            24   Melbourne Argus
                            30, 31, 33, 35  Carol McMahon
                            32, 34   Kalamunda Reporter
                            43  Kay Annetts
                            44, 45, 46, 47  Kalamunda Library
                            48, 49  Cala Munnda A Home in the Forest
                            50, 51, 52, 53, 54   Jo Randell
                            55, 56, 57   Lesley Wallis (nee Halleen)
                            58, 59   Pam Owen (nee Annetts)
                            61         Peter Pethick

 

 

 

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