150 years: Greenvale Primary School

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

Key information

12-24 Bradford Avenue, Greenvale, 3059
23 March 1868
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Other names:
Greenvale Common School, Greenvale State School

The history of Greenvale Primary School

  • 1868

    Greenvale opened as a common school in 1868. The first head teacher was George R. Hancock. A brick school building was built. 

  • 1869

    The school site was expanded to 3 acres in 1869. 

  • 1870s

    Two classrooms were added in 1870 along with a veranda on three sides of the building. The school became a state school at some stage between 1873 and 1878. 

  • 1926

    The school and teacher's residence were renovated in 1926. 

  • 1955

    A new teacher's residence was added in 1955. 

  • 1962

    Fire completely destroyed the school, furniture and records in 1962. Classes were held in the Methodist Church at this time. A school building from Sunshine was moved to the school. 

  • 1968

    The school commemorated its 100th anniversary in 1968.

  • 1970

    The school was renamed Greenvale Primary School in 1970.

  • 1988

    The school site was relocated from Bulla Road to its present site on Bradford Avenue.

  • 2018

    The school marked its 150th anniversary in 2018.

  • 2020

    The school enrolment had grown from 178 (1988) to its peak of 823 (2020) due to development in the area.

  • 2022

    Greenvale Primary School is still in operation. 

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