150 years: Winters Flat Primary School

Learn about the history of Winters Flat Primary School, one of Victoria’s oldest public schools.

Key information

3 Roberts Avenue, Castlemaine, 3450
1 January 1860
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Other names:
Winters Flat School, Winters Flat Common School, Winters Flat State School

The history of Winters Flat Primary School

  • 1860

    Winters Flat opened as a national school.

    The teacher was John Stringer Gill. The school has over 50 students.

    Classes were held in a rented room.

  • 1862

    A new brick school building was built on Monaghan Street and finished in 1862. The school became a common school.

  • 1870s

    At some stage in the 1870s, Winters Flat became a state school.

  • 1878

    A recommendation was made to close the school. This was because Winters Flat was located close to other schools.

    Parents objected to the closure and the school remained open.

  • 1893

    The school became a part of Campbell's Creek State School (No. 120) in 1893.

    Many students had to travel to Campbell's Creek for classes.

    Only students in grades 1 and 2 continued to go to Winters Flat.

  • 1940s

    The school was considered for closure again in the 1940s. In 1942 Inspector Cox advised against closure.

  • 1945

    Inspector Cox was asked to review for closure again.

    The School Committee and Mothers' Club objected to the closure and the Director of Education didn't support the move. 

  • 1948

    A decision was made to continue classes for all grades at Winters Flat. 

  • 1964

    The Minister of Education officially opened a new six classroom school. 

    The new site was on Roberts Avenue. 

    The old building was demolished. The site became the school's timber plantation. 

    Winters Flat State School in the 1960s.
  • 1970

    The school's name changed to Winters Flat Primary School.

  • 1985

    1985 was the school's 125th anniversary.

    A history of the school was produced for the occasion. 

  • 2010

    Winter's Flat marked its 150th anniversary with the opening of the Creekview building. 

  • 2018

    A new building was added to allow for more students.

  • 2022

    Winters Flat Primary School is still in operation. 

    Portrait of school students in front of Winters Flat State School date unknown. School portrait in front of Winters Flat State School date unknown.


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