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11 October, 2023

110 year celebration

STUDENTS, teachers and families have celebrated 110 years of education at Butchers Creek School.


School captains Soloman Davidson and Amber Barnes with the anniversary cake.
School captains Soloman Davidson and Amber Barnes with the anniversary cake.

A mere 11 students attended the school when it first opened on 6 October 1913. 

Looking back to 1911, settlers and families began to arrive in the area and it became evident, quite quickly, that building a school was necessary. 

Settlers in the North Johnstone district (on Russell Road) also realised the need for a school in their area.

The two districts combined as the Russell Road Progress Association, initially, but they couldn’t agree on a suitable location so separate committees and applications were then forwarded to the Department of Public Instruction. 

In 1913 a school was built, by the families and local bachelors, in the Butchers Creek area (commonly referred to as Russell Road School) and a year later, North Johnstone opened its school doors. 

In June, 1971, a further building was added to Butchers Creek State School from North Johnstone following its closure. 

Mr John Tait was the first principal of the school and today, Eleanor McKay leads the way for students and teachers. 

Butchers Creek State School is proud of its history and celebrated in style on Friday. 

Students Hunter, Lori and Tayte enjoyed the day of celebrations.
Students Hunter, Lori and Tayte enjoyed the day of celebrations.
but-four.jpg Abraham and Kainde.
Abraham and Kainde.
Cora, principal Eleanor McKay and Mason.
Cora, principal Eleanor McKay and Mason.
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