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History has deep roots at Westbury Primary

Community, Events, FeatureJoanne Eisemann
Photo supplied  The Badcock and Rootes families have a long history at Westbury Primary. Back row: Kim Rootes (nee Badcock) 1972–1976; Brian Badcock 1944–1950;Natalie Brown (nee Rootes) 1999-2005. Front row: Zoe Brown 2016–present; Lily Brown 2019.

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The Badcock and Rootes families have a long history at Westbury Primary. Back row: Kim Rootes (nee Badcock) 1972–1976; Brian Badcock 1944–1950;Natalie Brown (nee Rootes) 1999-2005. Front row: Zoe Brown 2016–present; Lily Brown 2019.

THIS OCTOBER, Westbury Primary School will celebrate 180 years of education with a Birthday Fair.

Multiple generations of local families have attended the school and current and former students will be able to have their names associated with the school permanently with the purchase of pavers to be laid in the school’s quadrangle.

Up to three names can be put on each paver and the cost will be $10 for current students and $50 for former students (per paver). Pavers can be purchased at the fair on the 25th October in the history room. Funds from the pavers will help upgrade of the canteen facilities at the school.

Five generations on both sides of Natalie Brown’s family (the Rootes and the Badcocks) have attended the school.

‘We have gone back as far as my great grandfather, Ernest Rootes who attended Westbury Primary School around 1896,’ said Natalie. ‘We have such a connection to the school and the area that my children Zoe and Lily currently attend the school. The children at the school are caring and friendly and the village is so community minded. We can’t wait to celebrate this milestone in October.’

For information on Westbury 180 go to the Westbury180 Facebook page or email Westbury180@outlook.com.