Gladstone Central State School celebrates 160 years

Gladstone Central State School celebrates 160 years

When Gladstone Central State School (GCSS) first opened in 1861 the town had a population of just 215 people.

By the time the school’s first building was completed in 1863 there were 69 children enrolled, although attendance was low as parents had to pay school fees because education was not compulsory under the National Schools System.

Fast forward 160 years and GCSS has grown to a vibrant, multi-cultural community of over 350 students.

Principal Leanne Martin said while GCSS, which is the third-oldest state primary school in Queensland that is still open today, was built on tradition it was focused on ensuring that students are ready forthe future.

“At Gladstone Central dedication to academicexcellence goes hand-in-hand with individual care foreach student,” she said.

“History and tradition meets innovation and creativity, with our values of caring community underpinning an education of the whole person–intellectual, emotional, physical, cultural and social.

“We are proud of our reputation as a great school, but we are even prouder of our children, and it’s a privilege to teach and nurture them in concert with their families.

“We feel intensely fortunate to be involved in their lives, in this our 160thyear, and look forward to many more in the future beyond.”

As part of the 160-year celebrations in Term 2, students got to dress in period clothes and take part in traditional activities such as story writing using a slate or nib and ink.

“We thank the Calliope Historical Society for the loan of traditional student desks and antique teaching resources,” Leanne said.

“Students thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to learn what it would have been like to be a student inthe late 19thcentury.”Gladstone Central State School is holding a Prep 2022 Morning on July 29 for those interested in learning more about the school.

Book your place by emailing or phoning 4979 7222


Rules for Teachers (1879)

1. Teachers each day will fill lamps and clean the chimneys before beginning work.

2. Each teacher will bring a bucket of water and a scuttle of coal for the day’s session.

3. Make your pens carefully. You may whittle nibs to the individual taste of the children.

4. Men teachers may take one evening a week for courting purposes or two evenings a week to attend church regularly

5. After ten hours in school, you may spend the remaining time reading the Bible or other good books.

6. Women teachers who marry or engage in unseemly conduct will be dismissed.

7. Every teacher should lay aside, from each day, a goodly sum for his benefit during his declining years so that he will not become a burden on society.

8. Any teacher who smokes, uses liquor in any form, frequents pool and public halls, or gets shaved in a barbershop, will give good reason to suspect his worth, intention, integrity, and honesty.