The Essendon North Primary School Archives holds a fascinating record of the School’s rich history, and the people and events that comprise that heritage.
The school was officially opened on September 9th 1920 and is located on Keilor Road in the suburb of North Essendon, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. The school is approximately 12 km north-west from Melbourne’s Central Business District and its Local Government area is the City of Moonee Valley.
The site was originally an Aboriginal site that became farming land in the 1800’s. In 1917, 249 local farmers submitted a petition to the state government requesting that a school be built in the North Essendon area. In 1918, an Apple Orchid was transferred to the Education Department for ₤1 585. A popular design at the time with the Department, the selection of a quadrangle style of building was selected and a residence, which occupied the central position at the front of the block, was relocated to the southwest corner of the site in anticipation it would become the Headmasters residence. On August 31st 1920, Keilor Road State School was first opened to allow the inaugural teaching staff (Miss Rene Taylor, Miss Mary Devine and Miss Jessie G. Patterson) to arrive early and prepare for it’s opening. On September 1st 1920, Philip E. Smyth was appointed as the temporary School Principal. 195 children attended their first day on September 1st 1920. Four classes were formed with the following enrolments:
- Prep……….31 students
- Year 1…….23 students
- Year 2…….22 students
- Year 3…….39 students
- Year 4…….29 students
- Year 5…….23 students
- Year 6…….20 students
- Year 7/8…10 students
Since the school’s official opening, it has continuously strived to deliver the best possible learning opportunities and outcomes for the thousands of students who have passed through it’s doors. In recent times, the school was selected as a Navigator School in 1996, a Self-Governing School in 1999 and was selected as a Macromedia E-Learning Consortium School in 2001. It was also an Apple Distinguished School (2003-2006), and during 2001, it was inducted into the hall of fame of the Smithsonian Institute in the United States of America (USA). In 2005, the school was selected to be a CELL (Creating e-Learning Leaders) school by the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD). In 2010, the school has a stable enrolment number of approximately 500 students and has twenty-one grades from Prep to Year 6.
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