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150 years: Cheltenham Primary School

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

Key information

231 Charman Road, Cheltenham, 3192
1 July 1855
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Other names:
Beaumaris Wesleyan School, Beaumaris Common School, Beaumaris State School, Cheltenham State School

The history of Cheltenham Primary School

  • 1855

    Cheltenham opened in 1855. It was called Beaumaris Wesleyan School when it opened.

    The first head teacher was Frederick Meeres.

    There were 36 students enrolled.

  • 1863

    The school became a common school in 1863.

    The number of students enrolled was 70.

  • 1869

    A new brick schoolhouse was built on a new site.

  • 1870s

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

    In 1878 the number of students enrolled at the school had grown to 174. Another new brick schoolhouse was built. 

  • 1884

    The name of the school was changed to Cheltenham.

  • 1894

    Mentone State School (No. 2950) closed and the students all moved to Cheltenham. 

  • 1910

    The schoolgrounds increased in size but the buildings were overcrowded and rundown. 

  • 1912

    Renovations and remodelling were carried out.

  • 1925

    More buildings were added to the school in 1925 and 1937. 

  • 1955

    The number of students enrolled at the school was 1,038. Eight classrooms were added around this time. 

  • 1963

    The library, general purpose hall and canteen were built in 1963.

  • 1964

    Two wooden classrooms were added.

  • 1969

    The number of students enrolled at the school had been getting smaller since 1955. By 1969, the number of students enrolled was 575. 

  • 1970

    The school was renamed Cheltenham Primary School in 1970.

  • 2022

    Cheltenham Primary School is still in operation.

Find more interesting facts about this school

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