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150 years: Woodend Primary School

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

Key information

146 High Street, Woodend, 3442
28 June 1855
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Other names:
Woodend National School, Woodend Common School, Woodend State School

The history of Woodend Primary School

  • 1855

    Woodend opened as a national school in 1855.

    John. F. Johnstone was the first head teacher.

    22 students were enrolled (13 girls and 9 boys). 

    The average number of students was 20.

  • 1857

    Samuel Hemming became head teacher.

  • 1873

    Woodend became a state school.

    Charles Jenkins was head teacher at this time. 

  • 1889

    Charles Jenkins leaves the school.

  • 1905

    Daniel Winter Birrell was head teacher at this time.

  • 1963

    The school purchased 21 acres of land. 

    A school building from a closed school, Chanters Lane State School (No. 923), was moved to Woodend. It was used as a general-purpose room. 

  • 1970

    The school's name changed to Woodend Primary School.

  • 1984

    The old Carlsruhe Primary School (No. 115) site became part of Woodend Primary School. 

    Students in Grade 4 go to Carlsruhe for the full year, where they cared for farm animals, gardens, and the school grounds.

  • 2022

    Woodend Primary School is still in operation. 

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