Miss Wilson taught Prep in the Infant School from 1954 to 1958 with her first Prep class comprising of 73 students. Miss Wilson recollects that her class had a small wood heater in the corner of her room and they were rationed to only 6 pieces of wood a day. “Even though I had 73 students in a small room, we still had great fun” reminisces Miss Wilson.
In her first year as a teacher at Rosanna, Miss Wilson decided to take all 73 students in her Prep class to the Royal Melbourne Show for the day - just her and 73 students travelling on the old red train to the Show. Miss Wilson says, “Keeping track of that many children on her own was simple. All the children were instructed to hold on to one long piece of rope and not to let go”. Can you imagine that happening today?
From the late ‘60s to the mid ‘80s Mrs. Naida Harris was a teacher at Rosanna PS and saw lots of changes in the school through her career. When Mrs. Harris first started there were 2 separate staffrooms – one for the male teachers and one for the female teachers.
As with Miss Wilson, Mrs. Harris recalls the large numbers of students in each class and the wonderful community feeling amongst the staff, students and parents. The Harris children also attended Rosanna Primary School during the 60s and 70s.
Both Mrs. Harris and Miss Wilson remain residents of our local Rosanna community.
We take this opportunity to thank all of our past teachers for the contribution they made to make Rosanna Primary School what it is today.