150 years: Clayton North Primary School

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

Key information

1714 Dandenong Road, Clayton, 3168
1 January 1865
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Other names:
Mulgrave Common School, Mulgrave State School, Clayton's Road State School, Clayton State School

The history of Clayton North Primary School

  • 1865

    The school opened as a common school in 1865. It was known as Mulgrave Common School at the time. The first head teacher was Charles Nelson and there were 50 students enrolled. 

  • 1870s

    The school became a state school at some stage between 1873 and 1878. A new school building opened in 1875.

  • 1889

    The name of the school changed to Clayton Road State School in 1889.

  • 1894

    The school became an adjunct of Oakleigh State School (No. 1601).

  • 1901

    The name of the school changed again to Clayton State School in 1901. Grades 1, 2 and 3 remained at Clayton's Road while grades 4, 5, and 6 attended other schools in the area.

  • 1906

    Clayton North became a separate school again. The head teacher at the time was E. Warriner.

  • 1909

    Two new brick classrooms opened in 1909.

  • 1954

    The name of the school was changed to Clayton North State School in 1954. A new school building on a new site opened the same year on Brown's Road.

  • 1965

    The school commemorated its 100th anniversary in 1965. The event was attended by 1,700 people many being ex-students. 

  • 1970s

    The school was renamed Clayton North Primary School in 1970.

    The 1970s were a time of expansion. A dedicated art room was established and the school oval had a major reconstruction. 

  • 1981

    Three out of 4 pupils were from migrant families and comprised of 30 different languages including Chinese, Italian, Greek and Indian. English as Second Language training was undertaken by staff.

  • 1990

    The school marked its 125th anniversary in 1990. The school established a green and yellow uniform the same year. 

  • 2000

    A 3-stage redevelopment, including a building upgrade, started in 2000. 

  • 2006

    A breakfast club was established in 2006.

  • 2007

    The school celebrated its first Harmony Day in 2007.

  • 2009

    The school's multipurpose room was refurbished in 2009.

  • 2010

    A multicultural school garden was established in 2010. 

  • 2011

    A hen house was built in 2011. 

  • 2012

    The school was upgraded and a BER building was established. 

    The school changed its school uniform to an orange shirt to symbolise harmony. The new logo featured multicultural hanrds representing caring and diverse cultures. 

  • 2015

    The school marked its 150th anniversary in 2015. 

  • 2022

    Clayton North Primary school is still in operation. 

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