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History

History of Raywood Primary School

 

Raywood Primary School No. 1844 replaced an earlier school No. 761. This school was established by the Catholic Church and opened on 1st January 1864. The first Headmaster was Dennis O'Shea and remained the Headmaster until 28th February 1877.

By 1874 this school had become so dilapidated and dangerous that parents urged the Department to establish a State School. After many pleas and petitions the new school was finally completed by the end of February. The Raywood State School No. 1844 was officially opened by H.T.John Poer on February 27th, 1877.

It was a brick building measuring 50 feet by 20 feet with a slate roof and cost £552. The enrolment number for 1877 was 159 (87 boys and 72 girls); the average attendance was 93 (51 boys and 42 girls). Water was laid on at the school in 1886. In 1896 H.T. James Taylor requested "...that a movable curtain, say of baize, be hung in the centre of the school so as to separate the upper and lower classes." The answer to this request was that the Department did not supply curtains!!!

Finally, in 1912 a partition of glass was erected to separate the classes. Also that year, a wooden 5-roomed teacher's residence was erected at a cost of £445.

 

 

List of Principals Since 1877

 

John C. Poer

1877-1880

John G. Bell

1955-1956

William L. Krueger

1880-1885

Donald C. Parker

1956-1960

Frederick Clark

1885-1894

John G. Jennings

1960

James C. Taylor

1894-1903

Noel R. Brain

1960-1962

William Henderson

1903-1905

Alan H. MacKinder

1962-1963

Joseph H. Smith

1905-1908

Norman J. King

1963-1965

William H. Perrin

1908-1911

Alan D. Maltby

1965-1966

Edwin C. Leach

1911-1913

Clement F. Widdison

1966-1968

William E. Fitzgerald

1913-1917

Ray A. Dreher

1968-1973

Edward J. Trenoweth

1917-1922

Patrick J. Tobin

1973-1975

Stewart Little

1922-1924

Lawrence J. Plowman

1975-1977

Arthur H. Jenkin

1924-1934

Geoffrey Kerr

1977-1983

Mrs. Kathleen Jenkin (THT)

Oct. 1926, Dec. 1927

Jeanette Turner THT

1982

Bernard M. Gleeson

1934-1937

Lorraine Maloney

1983-1990

Edmond P. Seymour

1937-1940

Malcolm Hall

1990-1991

James H. Hooper

1940-1944

Graeme Parker

1991-1992

Douglas T. McNeil

1944

Steven Stewart

1992-1993

Allan N. Richardson

1944-1945

Ann Flood / Cheryl Holt

1993

Cecil K. Butler

1945-1950

Janine Healey

1994 - 2000

Francis W. Walsh

1950-1952

Gill Fallon

2001

Geoffrey W. Wright

1952

Geoff Weppner

2001-2004

William J. Nevein

1952-1953

Trevor Trewartha

2005-2011

Robert H. Grandy

1953-1955

Lynne Colbert

2011-20