150 years: Heyfield Primary School

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

Key information

22 Temple Street, Heyfield, 3858
1 October 1871
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Other names:
Heyfield Common School, Heyfield State School

The history of Heyfield Primary School

  • 1870s

    Heyfield opened as a common school in 1871. It is still located on this same site today.

    There were 40 students enrolled and the average attendance was 20. 

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

  • 1906

    The school was completely destroyed by a fire in 1906. 

  • 1957

    There were 363 students enrolled in 1957.

  • 1970

    The school was renamed Heyfield Primary School in 1970. The head teacher at the time was Owen Lorensene and 303 students were enrolled.

  • 2022

    Heyfield Primary School is still in operation.

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