1905 BPS Students visit the Botanic Gardens with Mr Turner the headmaster(backrow)

Our History

Our school emerged from a rural community with 42 children and one teacher in 1869 with the title of ‘Demonstration School’. Its humble beginnings started in a building named ‘The Cottage’ which is still utilised to this day as a science room. Burnside Primary School was then built in 1872 and continued to rapidly grow over the years and extend over what was once farmland area.

In subsequent years, enrolments declined then steadied at the 500 mark by 1999. Rapid growth again occurred in in 2003 with enrolments peaking at 680 by 2004 at which stage we acquired the status as a large Reception to Year 7 Primary School with nearly 700 children and 50 staff members. Today, Burnside Primary School has over 800 children and 60 staff members. The DECD have now gazetted a Capacity Management Plan to ensure our student numbers are monitored in all year levels.

Despite its size and rapid periods of growth, the school retains the intimate atmosphere of a small school and remains resolute in its connection to community values. Many families appreciate their long, unbroken association with the school often returning to live within the school zone to enable their own children to attend.

A few of our famous ex-scholars are Andy Thomas; Astronaut, Tim May; Australian Cricketer, Fiona Pike; Golfer and winner of the Scottish Open.

Burnside values and will continue to embrace it’s strong connections to the wider community. We look forward to celebrating our 150 years of educating children in 2019.