150 years: Omeo Primary School

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

Key information

167 Day Street, Omeo, 3898
1 July 1866
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Other names:
Omeo Common School, Omeo State School

The history of Omeo Primary School

  • 1866

    Omeo opened as a common school in 1866. The first head teacher was A. Macintosh. Classes were held in a little paling building. 

  • 1870s

    The school became a state school at some stage between 1873 and 1878. A new school building on the present site on Day Avenue was completed in the mid-1870s.

  • 1912

    The school became a higher elementary school in 1918 with 12 students enrolled. This meant that secondary classes for older students were taught, like secondary schools today. The school had been teaching higher classes since it opened. 

  • 1914

    The school stopped teaching secondary classes in 1914 

  • 1924

    A new teacher's residence was added in 1924. A school pine plantation was purchased to raise money for the school. 

  • 1925

    The building was remodelled in 1925.

  • 1930s

    3,100 trees were planted on the pine plantation by 1931. Unfortunately a fire wiped out the plantation in 1939. 

  • 1956

    The need for secondary classes was again an issue and Omeo began teaching secondary classes again. This was known at the time as central classes. A new school building opened at this time.

  • 1960

    The pine plantation was replanted in 1960. 

  • 1964

    The school became a higher elementary school again in 1964. 

  • 1970

    The school was renamed Omeo Primary School in 1970.

  • 1991

    The community held an event for the 125th year of public education in Omeo. 

  • 2003

    The pine plantation was burned beyond use. 

  • 2010

    The pine plantation was removed due to danger issues. 

  • 2016

    An event marking the 150th anniversary of public education in Omeo was held in 2016. 

  • 2017

    Purpose built Early Years Kindergarten and Child Care opened on the school site.

  • 2019

    The Benambra building was repurposed into a STEM centre. 

  • 2022

    Omeo Primary School is still in operation. 

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