We wouldn't have made it without our teachers! We all had our favourites too, so please be inspired to add your name to the list because a lot of us kids would love to say hello - and thanks.
We'd also love to read about how you enjoyed your days in Penang, as they must have been as memorable for you as they were for us! Please write something of your memories and where life has taken you since.
Those who have gone before
If it comes to my notice that anyone has passed away, I'll post their names here in remembrance. I wish we did not have to put anyone's names here.
Beverley Poole. Staff 1968
Mum took on a teaching position 1968 at the RAAF School in her trained role. Home economics. In 1966, with Mum's encouragement and total support, Dad applied for a teaching position at the RAAF School on Penang Island in Malaysia. This was a game changer and a major impact on the rest of her life. We lived from January 1967 until December 1969 at No 2 Jalan Ahmid Bin Casa. Hillside. Penang Malaysia. How’s that for a mouthful. Dad had an ink stamp made.
At Penang Turf Club she rediscovered golf, which was to become an obsession in her later life.
She played cards at the Runneymede club and Tennis at the Hostie. Meeting many lifelong friends and generally living the high life as an officer’s wife while we kids were being looked after by the mandatory Cook and Amah. It was during these years Mum was able to travel to Japan with Dad.
We had family holidays at Songkla and Bangkok in Thailand Cameron Highlands. Kuala Lumpur and Malacca in Malaysia; and Singapore. The years in Penang were quite possibly the best years of her life.
Mum slipped away quietly from the effects of breast cancer at first light on Saturday 26th July 2014 to the sounds of light rain outside her window. She is now free from pain.
(Notified by Phil Poole (son) on 13 January 2015)
BRIAN BOYLE -
"It is with some sadness that I must advise you that Dad passed away in May of 2013 at the remarkable age of 93 after a short illness. Until the very last, dad retained his rather considerable mental faculties and we would often speak at length about our shared time in Malaysia."
(Notified by Michael Boyle, (son) on 8 January 2014)
ALAN WATMAN -
Alan died a few years ago. He and his wife Patti taught there from around 1972-1975. He was a science teacher and she was primary.
(Notified by Janet Carr on 2 March 2013)
ANDREA KOHNE - 13th January 2008 (Infants Annexe, 1978/1979)
(Notifed by Kathleen O'Connor)
BILL WITHERSPOON - December 2012
(Advised by Margaret Witherspoon)
|Arkins, Mr Allen||1984-1986|
|Atkinson, Mr David||1980-1981|
|Blake, Cecily||1977 & 1986|
|Brenner, Bob (Librarian)||1968-1980|
|Cousins, Carol Jill||1973-1974|
|Fisher, Mr Lindsay||1978-1980|
|McEwan, Mrs Elaine||1974-1976|
|Morrison, Mr John||1983-1985|
|Moritz, Pamela (Kindergarten)||1985-1987|
|Poole, Beverley (dec July 2014)||1967-1969|
|Smeaton, John Charles||1962-1965|
|Smith, Mr Eric||1985-1987|
|Stent, Mr Allan||1972-1974|
|Stirling, Paul (Maths)||1985-1988|
|Stroud, Verion (Grades 1 & 2)||1978-1979|
|Swanton, Miss Jean||1969-1970|
|Thomas, Mr Wayne||1986-1988|
|Vermay, Mr Rob||1978-1980|
|Witherspoon, Bill (dec. 2012)||1971-1973|