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

Our History

2019 is the year Burnside Primary School celebrates 150 years of public education for children in the local area.

To honor the occasion there will be an Open Day held in the school on Friday 7th of June, 2019. Old scholars, retired staff and members of the community are all welcome to attend. In the morning there will be a tree planting ceremony, time capsule excavation and classrooms will be open to visit.
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POSTPONED until later in the year – Apologies

The 150th Sesquicentenary and Foundation committee will be holding a Black and Gold Ball. The night will include dinner and dancing to the Flaming Sambucas.
The Grand Ball is for old scholars, staff and our current community. It will be held in the Burnside City Council Ballroom on Saturday 8th June, 2019.
Tickets are limited, so you will need to book early to avoid disappointment. Bookings close on the 1st June, 2019.
Tickets are on sale now via this link >https://www.trybooking.com/BBWON
Options are available for individual and group bookings.

Please click on this link to see which products are available to purchase: https://www.trybooking.com/BCMEK

This will be a popular event with our school community. Old Scholars please get in early to secure your tickets.
Our school began as a rural school community with 42 children and one teacher in 1869 with the title of ‘Demonstration School’. These humble beginnings started in a building named ‘The Cottage’ which is still utilised to this day as a science room. Due to growth in the area Burnside Primary School was built in 1872 and continued to expand and extend into surrounding farmlands.
In subsequent years, enrolments varied before steadying at 500 by 1999. Rapid growth occurred again in 2004 with over 700 children enrolled and 50 staff members. Continued growth saw the introduction of a Capacity Management Plan in 2016 to better manage our student numbers. In 2019 Burnside Primary School has 820 children and 70 staff members.
Despite the size and rapid periods of growth, Burnside retains the intimate atmosphere of a school that values its connection to community. Many families appreciate their long 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 Primary School remains a cornerstone within our community. We take pride in creating an environment for all students to flourish. The school continues to provide a quality teaching and learning environment where the vision of creating intellectually stretched, self-directed, powerful learners is everyone’s goal.
The 150th Anniversary will be celebrated this year with a series of events promoting the achievements and significance of our school and public education.