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150 years: Panton Hill Primary School

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

Key information

585 Kangaroo Ground Road / St Andrews Road , Panton Hill, 3759
1 September 1871
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Other names:
Panton Hill Common School, Panton Hill State School

The history of Panton Hill Primary School

  • 1870s

    Panton Hill opened as a common school in 1871. It replaced Kingstown Common School (No. 786). Classes were held in a rough bush hut ‘built of palings, unlined and surmounted by a paling roof ‘. There were 29 students enrolled when it opened (15 girls and 14 boys).

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

    In 1875 a building on the main road was bought by the Department of Education to be used as the school. There was also a teacher's residence. 

  • 1889

    A new timber school building and detached teacher's residence were completed in 1889. The head teacher at the time was James O. Hughes. 

  • 1909

    The portable from closed school Smith's Gully State School (No. 1737) was moved to the school. The number of students enrolled was 72. 

  • 1923

    The school was remodelled and extended in 1923. 

  • 1950s to 1970s

    More classrooms were added in 1955, 1963 and 1970.

    The school was renamed Panton Hill Primary School in 1970.

  • 2022

    Panton Hill Primary School is still in operation.

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