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150 years: Werribee Primary School

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

Key information

2 Deutgam Street, Werribee, 3030
18 December 1858
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Other names:
Wyndham School, Wyndham District Common School, Wyndham State School, Werribee State School

The history of Werribee Primary School

  • 1858

    The school opened as a national school in 1858. It was likely known as Wyndham at the time after the name of the district.

  • 1861

    A single room school building was built in 1861.

  • 1862

    The school became a common school in 1862. The school was renamed Wyndham District Common School (No. 649).

  • 1869

    A bluestone classroom was built in 1869.

  • 1873

    The school became Wyndham State School in 1873.

  • 1874

    Another classroom was added in 1874.

  • 1885

    The school was renamed Werribee State School when the name of the district was renamed in 1885.

  • 1900s

    The school was condemned by Heath Officers in 1906.

    The bluestone building was renovated and new brick classrooms were built by 1907.

  • 1921

    The school became a higher elementary school in 1921. This meant that secondary classes for older students were added, like secondary schools today.

  • 1923

    Extensions to the school were completed in 1923 to hold the secondary classes.

  • 1938

    A sloyd room was added in 1938. Sloyd rooms were used for woodwork.

  • 1950s

    Two aluminium classrooms were added in 1953 and a domestic arts section in 1954.

    Secondary classes moved to the new Werribee High School (No. 8465) in 1956. The high school stayed on the Werribee school site until a new school was completed in 1959.

  • 1970

    The school was renamed Werribee Primary School in 1970.

  • 2022

    Werribee Primary School is still in operation.

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