Rose Park Primary School
|Rose Park Primary School|
Adelaide, South Australia
|Motto||Latin: Vincit Qui Se Vincit
He conquers who conquers himself
|Colour(s)||Blue and Gold|
Rose Park Primary School is a coeducational R–7 school (5–13 year olds) located in the Adelaide inner suburb of Rose Park. The school is located at 54 Alexandra Avenue and occupies the land between Alexandra and Grant Avenues. It is one of South Australia's earliest established Primary Schools and currently has an enrolment of approximately 540 students who come from different cultural backgrounds.
The school is named after the Right Hon. Sir John Rose, who was the chairman of the South Australia Company at the time it subdivided the district. The land was purchased for £800 in 1892, and the original building was planned to accommodate 500 children. The original school building comprised seven classrooms with verandahs and two shelter sheds at the back.
The school was opened on 30 January 1893 with Mr. C A Wittber Headmaster, 4 assistants and 294 pupils. By the end of the year, 591 children had enrolled. The eastern wing was built in 1899, to provide a total of 9 classrooms. The verandahs at the back were removed and a large classroom was added on each of the eastern and western corners. The Grant Avenue building was completed in 1923, and extensive alterations were carried out during 1977 to make it suitable for contemporary teaching methods.
The old St. Theodore's Church was purchased in 1924 for £925 and was opened as a woodwork centre in 1925. The building has served a number of roles such as a drama area, creative dance area and even as a lunch-time recreational area supervised by a roster of parents.
After the opening of Linden Park Primary School, student numbers gradually declined, levelling off at around 400. Developments in the buildings since the 1950s have related to curriculum changes, rather than to pressures of numbers. Thus, the Grant Avenue building was remodelled as an Open Unit, in 1977 and subsequently re-divided in 1981. A strong library/resource centre developed, with particular space requirements. Activity rooms were set aside from ordinary classrooms for multi-purpose usage, assemblies, music, dance and drama and wet-weather activities.
Since 1970 the school grounds have been expanded by the purchase of two properties adjoining the school on the east, three properties on Grant Avenue and the take-away shop on the corner of Alexandra Avenue and Victoria Terrace. The closure of Victoria Terrace to through traffic in 1976 and the development of the park helped to reduce crowding. The 1989 re-routing of the service lane enabled the final linking up of the original school with the church building and the shop block. Adjoining houses east of the school on Grant Avenue were demolished and the two sites developed to form the "block" currently used for after-school sport.
Head Master / Principal
|Mr C.A. Wittber||1893–1906|
|Mr R. Llewellyn||1907–1910|
|Mr E.W. Gallagher||1911|
|Mr F.L. Gratton||1912||(Locum for Gallagher)|
|Mr A.T. Drake||1913–1915|
|Mr C.E. Hamence||1916–1918|
|Mr F.N. Leak||1919|
|Mr T.S. Bosch||1920|
|Mr F.N. Leak||1921–1930|
|Mr R.J. Morgan||1931–1936|
|Mr C.R. Butterworth||1937|
|Mr W.S. Hutley||1938–1941|
|Mr W.R. G. Sharp||1942–1950|
|Mr A.C. Cattle||1951–1953|
|Mr A.R. Francis||1954–1956|
|Mr E.C.W. Priest||1957–1960|
|Mr E. Daenke||1961–1963|
|Mr R.D. Brown||1964|
|Mr G.J. Walker||1965–1967|
|Mr M.A. Byass||1968–1970|
|Mr W.R. Tresize||1971–1977|
|Mr D.K. Tassell||1978–1983|
|Mr T. Boreham||1984–1990|
|Mr G.J. Percy||1991||(Acting 3 months)|
|Mr J.R. Turner||1991 – Jan 2000|
|Ms K. Spencer||2001 – Aug 2002|
|Mr D. Folber||Oct 2002 – April 2004||(Acting)|
|Mr T. McLeod||April 2004 – Sept 2006|
|Ms K. Cotter||October 2006 – July 2007||(Acting)|
|Ms J. Chinnery||July 2007 – October 2007||(Acting)|
|Mr Brett Darcy||2008 – June 2016|
|Ms Rebecca Patterson||June–December 2016||(Acting)|
|Ms Di Burrell||2017|||
Rose Park Primary School has an enrolment of approximately 540 students in 24 classes from Reception to Year 7. About 15% are School Card Holders, who are exempt from some school and associated fees. Classes are arranged in composite year groupings.
Due to enrolment restrictions, the school's catchment area is zoned. The zoned area includes part of the City of Burnside bounded by Fullarton Road, Greenhill Road, Portrush Road and Kensington Road, and part of the City of Norwood, Payneham & St Peters bounded by George Street, William Road, Angas Street and Dequetteville Terrace. This area falls in District 4 – East. The school is also referred to as 0169.
Old Scholars Association
A strong Old Scholars’ Association meets periodically and holds a reunion each year in October. Old Scholars maintain one of the largest archival collections of public schools in the State; the archives provide an outstanding history of the school since its inception.
|Frank Fenner||1920–1926||Professor of Microbiology at the John Curtin School of Medical Research between 1949 and 1967. Awarded the Copley Medal in 1995. Awarded the Prime Minister's Award for Science in 2002.|
|John Dowie||1921–1924||Australian painter, sculptor and writer. Member of the Order of Australia in 1981.|
|Renfrey Potts||1930–1936||Rhodes Scholar. Developed the Potts model. Professor, Chair and lecturer of applied mathematics at the University of Adelaide 1959–1990. Officer of the Order of Australia 1991. ANZIAM Medal 1995.|
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