150 years: Vermont Primary School

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

Key information

4-10 Nurlendi Road, Vermont, 3133
1 July 1869
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Other names:
Delany's Road Common School, Vermont State School

The history of Vermont Primary School

  • 1869

    The school opened as a common school in 1869. It was known as Delany's Road Common School when it opened.

  • 1870s

    The school became a state school at some stage between 1873 and 1878. It was named Vermont State School after the name of the local district.

  • 1881

    The school was in a state of disrepair in 1881. ‘The wooden shingles on the roof had dried and cracked so that rain came in freely, the chimney smoked, the schoolground was unfenced; and wood-carters used all the water from the school tank for their horses.'

  • 1900

    90 students were enrolled in 1900. The school building from Yarraburn was brought in.

  • 1906

    Enrolment reached 120 and the Yarraburn school building was no longer used. A new room was added to the original school building in its place.

  • 1919

    The school commemorated its 50th anniversary in 1919. Many students who attended the school in 1869 came to the celebrations. Members of the local pioneering families also attended. The Department of Education purchased land across the road to build a new school.

  • 1950s to 1960s

    The building didn't commence until 1954 when a junior section was built on the new site. Two more sections were added in 1957 and 1960.

  • 1965

    A library was opened in 1965 with funds raised by parents.

  • 1966

    An art and craft room was officially opened by the Hon. L.H. Thompson, Minister of Education in 1966.

  • 1969

    The school commemorated its 100th anniversary in 1969.

  • 1970

    The school was renamed Vermont Primary School in 1970.

  • 2022

    Vermont Primary School is still in operation.

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