Topic: Darfield Primary School Centennial

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Centennial celebration, Darfield Primary School.

Greetings from the Chairman.

It is with pleasure I welcome you all here to these Centennial Celebrations of the Darfield Primary School and the Reunion of Charing Cross and Kimberley Schools. It is a time for gathering together with old friends to reminisce of times gone by and to mark a place in the history of the School.

To my Committee a grateful thanks for their help and encouragement. Without their enthusiasm and inspiration, my job would not have been easy.
To all who are attending, our thanks. Without you this weekend would not have been possible. A good wish to you all, and a safe journey home.

DARFIELD -The Darfield Primary School was completed in 1883 and opened on 19th February of that year under the control of A.C. Augur M.A. The attendance on the first day was nine girls and nine boys.
(Courtesy G.L. Popple's "Malvern County")

The school has been supported over the years by an active committee and keen staff. The children have benefited from all the things needed for a stimulating school environment. Such things as a travelling library in the early days, to the wonderful asset in the permanent one at the school today A well serviced Dental Clinic. Agriculture as a club has been enjoyed on and off. Bible teaching will be remembered by young and old alike. Along with the usual amenities expected in schools today the present day pupils, and these to come, should look forward to another century of rewarding days at the school.

Notes from School Committee Minutes

1883 18 pupils enrolled for the opening.
1908 Tuentyfive years old.
1920 School Baths not to be open to the Public.
1922 School roll increasing so application for second teacher was made.
1923 Notice at School Baths - "No person, being a ticket holder or otherwise, may bathe or enter upon Baths premises while suffering any infectious disease".
1924 A new Flagpole was to be purchased as old one was out of order.
1925 Electric light to be installed in the School and Masters house.
1926 Final payment passed for the new piano from the Briston Piano Company.
1929 It was decided to buy two door mats for the school from the Institute for the Blind for 19/6 each.
1932 It was decided to use the unemployed to clean up the school grounds.
1933 Fiftieth Jubilee.
1934 The Shelter Shed was erected, the dimensions being 30ft x 12ft at a cost of £27.
1936 A quote from H. Odell and Sons for badges to commemorate the Coronation to be accepted.
1939 The Darfield Tennis Club donated a tennis net and 3 dozen used tennis balls.
1941 A radio was permanentlyinstalled.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             1943 The School picnic was held in abeyance due to the restrictions imposed through the epidemic of infantile paralysis.
1946 Mr Arthur Gapes had the Scout Patrol going nicely and the Cub Pack was in the charge of Miss M. Mulholland.
1948 A fire in the School.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         1950 Tenders for the Darfield District High School had been forwarded to the Education Board for consideration. To be run by the Headmaster of the Primary School. The School roll stood at 64.
1951 Darfield District High School opened.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       1953 Authority to call tenders for the Manual block for the secondary department. Primary pupils to attend                                                                                                                    

1955 Kimberley pupils now attending the school after the closure of their school.                                                                                                                                                                                       

1956 The Primary Department aquired a new sewing machine on the subsidy scheme.
1957 The Darfield Primary School cricket team had a win over Sheffield. A new bus was due soon to remedy the over crowding of other buses.
1958  Seventy-fifth Jubliee was celebrated at Labour Weekend.                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
1959 A framed aerial coloured photograph of the Darfield Township was presented to the School by the ex-pupils in memory of fallen ex-pupils in the Second World War. The Wasters old residence now a women teachers hostel.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           1960 The School roll now 144                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1962  Full High School established.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1969 It was thought a good idea to have the activities of the committee meetings published in the "Record Press".
1970 The School roll totals 231.
1971 The re-siting of the School Bell was to be discussed.
1973 The rotary mower seems to be breaking a few windows                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

1974 Realignment of school grounds as a result of the closure of Telegraph Road. The Governor General to pay a visit on Kousmbor 21st.
1975 The new teachers hostel was opened and the old hostel which uas the Masters old residence was demolished.
1978 Darfield High School now a Form 1 to 7 School so Primary School now only gees to Std 4.
1980 School roll only 229.
1981 The Playcentre took up residence in a corner of the School grounds.
1983 There is now a School Patrol to make sure the children cross the main street safely. The present roll stands at 170.

1883-1886 Mr Alfred C Augur
1837-1888 Mr C A Bailey
1889-1890 Mr G Whitelaw
1891-1905 Mr C W Whitehall
1906 Secondary Dept opened
1906-1909 Mr B Penlington
1910 Secondary Dept closed
1910-1911 Mr J R Wilson
1912-1920 Mr L R Ellis
1913 Secondary Dept re-opened
1921 Miss E Rydings
1922 Secondary Dept closed
1922-1923 Mr A G Williams
1924-1934 Mr W Glanville
1935 Mr G Miller
1936-1950 Mr R C Loveridge
1951 Secy Dept re-opened
1951-1953 Mr R A Cox
1954-1955 Mr W J Ban-
1956-1960 Mr F J C Turner
1961 Mr E M Stevens
1962 Secy Dept closed
1962-1964 Mr G B Dryden
1965 Mr B N Da we
1966 Mr C J Olivine
1967-1977 Mr J R Thomson
1978-1982 ' Mr A S Gurnsey
1983 Mr W R Walls


Roll 1940 -54, 1950 - 64, 1960 - 144, 1970 -231, 1980 - 229
Chairmen                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     1883-1886 Mr A Nicoll                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1887 Mr I Whall                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1888 Mr J McCall                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               1889 Mr J McLean
1890-1893 Mr J Whall
1894-1898 Dr H M Inglis
1899 Mr J Moffat
1903-1905 Mr J Whall
1906 Mr W J Car lisle
1907 Mr J Moffat
1908 Mr B E Sinclair
1909 Mr M J Thompson
1910 Mr J Whall
1911 Mr H Candy
1912 Mr H J Thompson
1913 Mr J Calder
1914-1917 Mr R Reid
1938 Mr T J Mcllwraith
1919-1920 Mr R Reid
1921-1923 Mr W Mulholland
1924-1926 Mr A G Holland
1927-1928 Mr G Cridge
1929 Mr A G Holland
1930-1932 Mr G Cridge                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         1933-1939 Mr S R Oldright
1940-1943 Mr J S Hutton
1944-1947 Mr E A Cooney
1948-1952 Mr J H Byrne
1953-1954 Mr C O Redfern
1955 Mr A G M Elstob
1956-1959 Mr A O Gapes
1960-1964 Mr J H K Woodhouse
1965 Mr D L Waghorn
1966 Mr K H Jarman
1967-1968 Mr B R Gillanders
1969-1970 Mr J R Creamer
1971 Mr R C Bennett
1972-1980 No records held
1981-1983 Mrs C G Anderson

Charing Cross School

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