125 YEARS FOR STATE SCHOOL

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE -

AF­TER Biggen­den was linked by rail with the Mary­bor­ough-Gympie line on May 13, 1891, the first al­lot­ment of Biggen­den land was auc­tioned.

On Septem­ber 12 that same year, a pub­lic meet­ing was con­vened and a school build­ing com­mit­tee elected.

Within 6km of Biggen­den there now lived 47 chil­dren aged be­tween five and 16.

With a site cho­sen, the com­mit­tee had on hand the sum of about 50 pounds with which they pro­posed to erect a build­ing.

On May 9, 1892, the Biggen­den Pro­vi­sional School be­came op­er­a­tional. The build­ing was 22 feet by 14 feet and to­day is the ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fice and staffroom.

As funds per­mit­ted, ad­di­tional ve­ran­das were added. En­rol­ment for the June quar­ter was 50 pupils. The first head teacher was Miss Mary Jane More­land.

In 1899, it was de­cided to re­place the pro­vi­sional school with a state school, which opened on Jan­uary 1, 1900.

Since that first pub­lic meet­ing, the changes to ed­u­ca­tion in Biggen­den have been many and var­ied.

Through the years, the school has had to ac­com­mo­date more chil­dren due to a grow­ing pop­u­la­tion.

Cur­ricu­lum changes had to be made to ac­com­mo­date man­ual train­ing, so ex­ten­sions were made in 1950. Prior to this, the build­ing known as the School of Arts was used as a home sci­ence sec­tion.

From these hum­ble be­gin­nings, the Biggen­den State School has played an im­por­tant role in the devel­op­ment of the dis­trict.

The school now has 140 students en­com­pass­ing Prep to Year 10.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

CEL­E­BRAT­ING 125 YEARS: Biggen­den State School was a sin­gle build­ing when it be­gan.

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