150 years: Lara Lake Primary School

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

Key information

89 Forest Road South, Lara Lake, 3212
3 January 1865
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Other names:
Lara Lake Common School, Lara Lake State School

The history of Lara Lake Primary School

  • 1865

    The school opened as a common school in 1865. The first head teacher was Watson. The Lara area was known as Duck Ponds at the time. 

  • 1870s

    A teacher's residence was added in 1870.

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

    Another room was added in 1874. 

  • 1966

     The school raised money for the school of Aberfan Wales after the mining disaster. The Aberan school wrote a letter of thanks to the school. 

  • 1969

    The school was completely destroyed in a grassfire in 1969. Aberfan school in Wales raised money for Lara Lake to assist in the rebuild. To mark this bond, the school's mascot is the Welsh dragon. 

  • 1970

    The school was rebuilt and opened in 1970, it was renamed Lara Lake Primary School. The opening ceremony was ‘marked by an exchange of the Victorian State flag with the national flag of Wales ‘.

  • 2022

    Lara Lake Primary School is still in operation.

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