150 years: Bright P-12 College

Learn about the history of Bright P-12 College, one of Victoria's oldest public schools.

Key information

46 Bakers Gully Road, Bright, 3741
1 January 1865
School type:
Primary and secondary
School number:
Other names:
Bright School, Bright State School

The history of Bright P-12 College

  • 1865

    The school opened as a common school in 1865. It was known as Morse’s Creek Common School. The wooden school building had shingle roof and a fire place at each end and a porch on the rear.

  • 1870s

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

    The original school building became the teacher’s house in 1876 when a new brick school building opened.

  • 1915

    Extensive renovations were completed in 1915. This included a wooden extension to the brick school building.

  • 1920s

    The school building from Upper Buckland State School was moved to the school in the 1920s. It was used as a woodworking room.

    Bright became a Higher Elementary School in 1923. This meant that classes for older students were added, like years 7 and 8 in secondary schools today.

    A pine tree plantation was planted in 1925. The trees would be sold when fully grown to raise money for the school.


  • 1957

    A school bus run started in 1957 to bring students from Freeburgh and Smoko.

  • 1970

    The school was renamed Bright Primary School in 1970.

  • 2022

    Bright P-12 College is still in operation.

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