School History

Eaglehawk Primary School has a proud history of providing quality education to the Eaglehawk community since 1854. The school covers most of the block, surrounded by Church, Brazier, Panton and High Streets.

With gold discovered in Bendigo in 1851, there was a need to open a National School, in 1854, on the Eaglehawk Goldfields. In 1856, a wooden schoolroom was built on the current site where the present school stands today. The brick school was constructed in 1866 and a further brick building was added in 1870.

In 1873, Eaglehawk Primary was recognised as State School No.210, and ‘new’ buildings (alterations and additions to the old) was constructed. The current numbering system was established by the Board of Education. At the time, there were 700 state schools. The board listed the schools in alphabetical order and allotted them numbers. The school number ‘210’ is located above the front entrance of the school.

The design of the building was much criticised, so in 1881, the Methodist Church was leased to the Education Department until a new school was erected. In 1884, a new building was planned, (a wing for an infant school). This is the left wing of the present school, designed by architect H.R. Bastow.

A new brick wing was built in 1976 to provide learning spaces for the specialist areas of art and library, and a music multipurpose room.

In 1980, the Methodist church was acquired, the sign on the back wall ‘I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life’ retained. The toilets and a kitchenette was added to the church annexe in 1988.

A joint project of Dr Catford Park playground between the school and Eaglehawk Borough Council commenced in 1990. The rotunda is a replica of the original band rotunda that was in Canterbury Park. The land was donated and named after Dr Catford who practiced in Eaglehawk for 45 years.