Carlton Gardens Primary School
|Carlton Gardens Primary School|
|215 Rathdowne Street, Carlton, Victoria
|Motto||"Academic excellence through diversity in a friendly and caring community"|
|Years offered||Prep - 6 mixed sex|
Carlton Gardens Primary School (number 2605) is a historic state school in inner Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. It is located at 215 Rathdowne Street, Carlton, Victoria, between Grattan and Pelham streets, overlooking the Carlton Gardens.
Opened in 1884, Carlton Gardens Primary School has operated continuously since that time, though it was briefly used as a hospital during the Flu epidemic of 1918. It was built in one of the first subdivisions of land outside central Melbourne. The grounds were bought by the Education Department from landowner Thomas O'Grady in 1869 and described at the time as "one of the best, if not the best in Carlton".
During its history the school has been alternatively known as Rathdowne Street Primary School and Carlton Primary School.
The school recently renovated its playground facilities, and in 1999 conducted a full-scale renovation of the campus building. It recently installed a Rain Garden (funded by Melbourne Water), and a school hall (funded by Building the Education Revolution.
The school is relatively small by modern standards, housing 160 students in one large building (and a hall) within a single campus. However at various times it has housed up to 1000 students.
"Rathdowne Street 1884-1984: A Centennial History" (Faye Schutt, 1984) ISBN 0-9590613-0-4
"Carlton: a history" (Peter Yule, 2004)
Carlton Gardens Primary School Website: http://www.carltongardens.vic.edu.au/