150 years: Balwyn Primary School

Learn about the history of Balwyn Primary School, one of Victoria's oldest public schools.

Key information

86B Balwyn Road, Balwyn, 3103
24 May 1869
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Other names:
Balwyn Common School, Balwyn State School

The history of Balwyn Primary School

  • 1865

    Balwyn opened as a common school in 1869. The first head teacher was Thomas A. Serpell and 22 students were enrolled. The school building had a hardwood shingle roof and pine floor. A teacher residence was added to the building later. 

  • 1873

    The school became a state school in 1873. 

  • 1877

    The school site was considered too small in 1877. A new location on Balwyn Road was purchased. 

  • 1880

    The new school building opened in 1880.

  • 1951

    A fire ‘burned out the main and oldest part of the school and destroyed all the records'. 

  • 1970

    The school was renamed Balwyn Primary School in 1970.

  • 1992

    A new hall opened in 1992.

  • 1996

    An Early Years of Schooling Complex opened in 1996.

  • 2010

    A ‘Prep-2 Learning Space’ was added in 2010.

  • 2014

    The number of students enrolled continued to grow and two more classrooms were added.

  • 2015

    Student numbers continued to increase and two more classrooms were added. The music centre was also refurbished.

  • 2018

    The school marked its 150th anniversary in 2018. A mosaic created by all the staff and students was unveiled and a historical exhibition was on display.

  • 2022

    Balwyn Primary School is still in operation.

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