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150 years: Beaufort Primary School

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

Key information

2/37 Park Road , Beaufort, 3373
29 September 1856
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Other names:
Beaufort Common School, Beaufort State School

The History of Beaufort Primary School

  • 1864

    Beaufort opened as a common school in 1864. The first head teacher was named Grenfell. There were 56 students enrolled when the school opened.

  • 1869

    A new schoolhouse was built in 1869. It had two rooms.

  • 1870s

    The school became a state school at some stage between 1873 and 1878. 

  • 1908

    The schoolhouse was renovated in 1908. 

  • 1925

    The schoolhouse was renovated again and a new building added. This new building had 2 classrooms. The school became a higher elementary school in 1925. This meant that secondary classes for older students were added, like secondary schools today. 

  • 1928

    A plantation of wattle and pine trees was planted. The trees would be sold for timber when fully grown to raise money for the school. 

  • 1929

    A staffroom was added in 1929. 

  • 1936

    A building from Eurambeen State School (No. 1137) was brought in to be used as a woodwork room.

  • 1945

    The wife of the Prime Minister visited the school in 1945. She had been an earlier student at the school. 

  • 1948

    The playground was landscaped.

  • 1952

    The building from Mt Rowan State School (No. 757) was brought in to be used as a cookery centre. 

  • 1958

    Another 2 classrooms were moved to the schoolgrounds. 

  • 1960

    The school split and the High School moved to another building. 

  • 1970

    The school was renamed Beaufort Primary School in 1970.

  • 2022

    Beaufort Primary School is still in operation.

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