School boasts 125 years of determination and hard work
IN THE 1880s the laptops were made of wood with a raised timber frame and to refurbish them a quick coat of blackboard paint would do the trick.
Eidsvold Provisional School was opened on April Fool’s Day in 1889 in a 9m x 5m building with a galvanised iron roof and the first teacher appointed was Arthur McKenzie.
Today’s principal Teena Elliott said she was so proud of the school, staff and students that are there today.
“Life has not always run as smooth as it does today,” Ms Elliott said.
“This great little school has been built by a great community and a combined effort by educators.”
In 1900 the school’s staff consisted of the head teacher, two assistant teachers and two pupil teachers. Sixty-five years later, in 1965, was the opening of a secondary department for Year 10 level.
While Rod Mason was the principal in 1986, teacher MarionWedemeyer recognised the need for the extension to Years 11–12.
“It was my greatest achievement in my role as principal,” Mr Mason said.
“At that time students needed to travel to Monto and it wasn’t working so MarionWedemeyer took it on and won.”
They had 25 years working in Eidsvold together and both were jubilant with the way their school had progressed.
“Rod and I worked so hard to get the department to recognise that we needed grade 11 and 12 here,” Mrs Wedemeyer said.
“Starting with six students in grade 11 using school of the air we developed the curriculum for the senior classes.
“The students are so blessed to have this fabulous school and an enthusiastic staff.”
In October 2014, with all the modern appliances needed to educate the children, Eidsvold State School celebrated 125 years of serving the community of Eidsvold with the best education possible.
SCHOOL TAKES THE CAKE: These kids are just starting their journey at an institution that has a proud history.