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History of Woongoolba State School

In April 1875 a meeting of parents at Pimpama Island elected a school committee with the object of provisioning a school for the district. The school was known as the Pimpama Island Provisional School.

On 17th April 1876 the school was opened with 13 students. The first Teacher appointed was Joseph Schindler. The school room was 16 feet by 14 feet with a Teacher’s sleeping room and kitchen attached. The 13 pupils who attended were young and of German parentage, by the end of the year, 23 students were enrolled.

In 1897 the school was to be moved across the road to a new site. In 1899 the school was completed and renamed The Pimpama Island State School.

In 1930 the name was changed to Woongoolba State School which reflected the locality. In 1941 the building was divided and eventually more classrooms and a library were built. The original building is now the upstairs section of the administration block.

In 1990 a full redevelopment plan was commenced. The first stage was the opening of new infants’ classrooms in 1991. The second stage accommodated upper levels and was completed in 1997.

In 2010, the new resource centre and central covered area were completed. Woongoolba State School is now an exciting and innovative educational institution providing a blend of traditional community values and modern facilities. The school serves the communities of Jacobs Well, Cabbage Tree Point, Steiglitz, Alberton, Woongoolba, Stapylton, Norwell, Yatala and Ormeau. 

Head Teacher Principal

 

1876 - 1877     Jacob Schindler
1877 - 1879     John Brass
1879 - 1881     Augustus John Cutlack
1881 - 1881     John Peter Johnson
1881 - 1888     Carl Friderick Wilhelm Thiedecke
1889 - 1896     Robert Turnbull
1897 - 1898     George E. Penny
1898 - 1898     George D. Grant
1899 - 1901     Thomas G. Kerby
1901 - 1908     Stephen Francis Flynn
1908 - 1927     David John Adams
1927 - 1930     Willian Hirst
1930 - 1935     William John Brown
1935 - 1942     William Edward Groszmann
1942 - 1947     Stanley Godfrey Wagner
1947 - 1951     John Spencer Cartwright
1951 - 1951     Aurthur Gilchrist
1951 - 1958     Roland George Storer
1958 - 1962     Charles Mervyn Neville
1963 - 1965     Lawrie Burgess Harvey
1965 - 1967     Kevin George Heritage
1967 - 1987     Robert Lind Kollmar
1988 - 2008     Donald Peter Harris
2008 -             David Wayne Cramb