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Gibbs Street Primary is turning 50!

2021 marks the 50th year of Gibbs Street Primary School and to celebrate we have decided to have a year of festivities and our major celebration of a School Fair late in the year.

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School Emblem

Gibbs Street Primary School was first opened by Mr Malcolm McGowan. It was situated on an old pig and dairy farm which still to this day has the old residence. Our school emblem, the Pegasus, was created by the history of a poor timid horse which was found in one of the existing barbed wired paddocks.

The horse was being kept alive by children feeding it their lunches. It had no grass and no one appeared to own the horse. Mr McGowan needed the education department to help develop the school and came up with a plan to use the horse for leverage. He requested 3 bags of oats for the ‘school’ horse. The education department acted quickly on this strange request and Mr McGowan was reprimanded.

The superintendent asked about the horse and that’s when Mr McGowan advised them of the death of the horse and how Gibbs Street PS had no feed for it or any grass, hoses, gardener, areas for the kids to play, sporting equipment or books.

He must have really made an impression as the very next day we received soil, materials to create play areas, removal of barb wire, new resources, sporting equipment and lots more. So the poor timid horse did not die in vain. He will live forever as our school emblem.

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Student/Staff Numbers

Gibbs Street Primary School opened in 1971 with a total of 179 students and 7 staff. We averaged 40 students per year group from year 1 to year 5. Over the next 6 years, we increased student numbers to 353 and 16 staff with an average of 50 students per year group from year 1 to 7.
In 2021, we estimate to have a total of 580 students and 60 staff. We now run a Kindergarten to Year 6 school with an average of 70 students per year group.

To accommodate the growth in student and staff numbers, we have had to extend the school numerous times and will be adding another 2 classrooms for 2021.

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Western House

Built in 1900 by original owners Mr & Mrs Cook. The Fig tree in front of the house was also planted at the same time, so they are both 120 years old.

The property and surrounding lands were part of a large farm, mainly dairy and pigs.

The house then changed ownership to Mr & Mrs William & Iris Western who ran the dairy farm until 1965.

Iris died in 1968, the government acquired the house in 1969 but William lived at the house until his death in 1977.

The house was then fully renovated by the students from Cannington Senior High School under the supervision of their teacher.

Further renovations have been performed over the years but the house still remains on school grounds to this day, along with the very large fig tree.

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