150 years: Concongella Primary School

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

Key information

61 Concongella School Road, Concongella, 3384
1 April 1872
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Other names:
Concongella Common School, Concongella State School

The history of Concongella Primary School

  • 1870s

    Concogella opened as a common school in 1872. The first head teacher was John Murphy. There were 32 students enrolled when the school opened.

    The schoolhouse was made of red brick. It had only one room. Night classes were also held at the school.

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

  • 1887

    The number of students going to the school was now 57.

  • 1890

    A pine tree plantation was planted around this time. The trees would be sold when they were fully grown to raise money for the school. 

  • 1907

    Parents paid to have one of the rooms removed from the school. Children had been put into the dark space under this room to punish them.

  • 1940s

    During the 1940s the number of students going to school dropped to 8. The pine trees planted in the 1890s had reached gigantic proportions. They blocked out the light and were dangerous. 

  • 1947

    The school got a radio. 

  • 1949

    The school got playground equipment. 

  • 1953

    Some of the pine trees close to the school were cut down. 

  • 1961

    In 1961 the number of students enrolled at the school was 43. Some of these students had to use a room at the local hall for their classroom.

  • 1967

    A concrete assembly area and paths were added to the school.

  • 1970

    The school was renamed Concongella Primary School in 1970.

  • 2022

    Concongella Primary School is still in operation.

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