Great Western Primary celebrates 150 years of education

ACHIEVEMENT: Teacher Kate Hammond and her pupils rejoice over Great Western Primary's latest significant milestone. Picture: Peter Pickering

ACHIEVEMENT: Teacher Kate Hammond and her pupils rejoice over Great Western Primary's latest significant milestone. Picture: Peter Pickering

Great Western Primary School is celebrating 150 years of education this year.

The school will form a committee, which will be dedicated to planning a celebration of the milestone in August.

Teacher Kate Hammond said primary school had a rich history and it was a privilege to be apart of it.

“Every now and then we get older people coming in and commenting on how the school never used to look the way it did back in their time,” she said.

“It is fantastic, I get bits and pieces of the school’s history and so do the kids, we look forward to learning a little more about the school’s history throughout our 150th year.”

Ms Hammond also said it was a great accomplishment for a small school among a small community.

“I love being apart of such a small community,” she said.

“You know all the families of the kids and you get to know the kids a lot more, you see them at sport on the weekend and you have an extra year with them in the classroom.”

Ms Hammond said the pupils benefited from this situation. 

“For them it is an easier and smoother transition through the years as they really get to know their teachers well.

“It is wonderful, I really love having that connection with the kids.”

Ms Hammond grew up in Ballarat and went to a school of about 400 other students.

“This is the complete opposite and it is wonderful to be involved in,” she said.

Stawell secondary student Melissa Sanders attended school at Great Western primary and recalled there only being about 30 pupils.

“It was such a small community when I was there, but they did a great job teaching me and helping me get to where I am today,” she said.

Stawell Secondary College principal Nick Lynch congratulated the school on reaching the milestone and said Great Western Primary continued to develop good students.

“Since the department of education has been around, Great Western Primary School has too, that is remarkable,” he said.

“They produce fantastic students to this school, they have in the past and present and will in the future.”​

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