150 years: Doncaster Primary School

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

Key information

2-12 Council Street , Doncaster, 3108
1 January 1861
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Other names:
Doncaster School, Doncaster Common School

The history of Doncaster Primary School

  • 1860

    Doncaster opened as a denominational school in 1860. The first head teacher was Max Schramm and there were 23 students enrolled by October. 

  • 1864

    The school became a common school in 1864. The school moved to Main Road, now called Doncaster Road, onto land owned by Schramm. 

  • 1870s

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

  • 1886

    The school moved to the block next door in 1886. A new brick building was built on this site.

    The school bell was moved onto the new building when it was requested by the head teacher, A. O. Thiele, 'The residents of Doncaster have from their childhood been accustomed to the ringing of the bell on the old building . . . The bell served a practical purpose, for the people of Doncaster had no such thing as a post office, or railway clock in their district, and were consequently, dependent on the school bell for the regulation of their time-pieces.' 

  • 1937

    A swimming pool was built in 1937 with funding from parents. Average attendance at this time was as low as 85 students.

  • 1947

    Enrolment numbers continued to decrease, with 74 students enrolled in 1947. However, the district started to become more urban at this time and the population was increasing. 

  • 1965

    The school was expanding to accommodate raising student numbers. The head teacher at the time was J. Pleming. 

  • 1968

    There were 777 students enrolled in 1968. 

  • 1970

    The school was renamed Doncaster Primary School in 1970.

  • 2022

    Doncaster Primary School is still in operation.

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