Gardeners Road Public School, located in Rosebery, Sydney is celebrating 140 years of Public Primary Education as well celebrating 25 Years as an Inclusive Primary School with over 640 students.

The school has a rich history and their festivities are scheduled for Friday, November 17th with a Formal Assembly & Art Show and Saturday, November 18th with the School Fair.  Everyone is invited to join in this remarkable celebration. Under the theme of “Our Shared Stories,” the school will be sharing artworks reflecting their understanding of the land on which the school is located and its history.

Gardeners Road Public School, nestled in the heart of Rosebery, boasts a legacy that spans well over a century. The school was established in January 1883 when Headmaster John Maloney opened the school in a temporary single wooden building which accommodated 100 students in the first week, 143 students in the second week, and reached 271 students by the year’s end.

Over the years, it has evolved and adapted. It was a Primary School, then a Primary School with a Junior Technical College (1913-1960), a Primary School and Home Science School (1922-1960) and finally a Primary school later embracing Inclusive Education (1998)  and diversity as essential tenets of its educational mission. The school’s long and storied history is a testament to its resilience, innovation, and unwavering commitment to providing quality education for all.

“Our Shared Stories”:

The theme of this momentous celebration, “Our Shared Stories,” is a powerful reflection of the school’s journey. It symbolizes the fusion of the school’s historical roots with its contemporary focus on inclusivity and the appreciation of Australia’s rich indigenous heritage. The narrative of the school is not just about its past but also about the progressive steps it has taken to forge a path toward a more inclusive and diverse future.

Exploring Australian Artists and Aboriginal Culture:

To make this celebration even more special, the students of Gardeners Road Public School have spent the entire year delving into the world of Australian artists throughout history. This exploration has provided a valuable insight into the diverse artistic expressions that have shaped the nation’s cultural landscape. Additionally, the students have delved into the intricate web of Aboriginal culture and heritage, exploring their connection to the land. This educational journey has not only broadened the horizons of the students but has also fostered a profound appreciation for the rich history and traditions of the Aboriginal people.

Student Artworks: A Window to Understanding.

The culmination of this year-long exploration is manifested through the students’ artwork. These creations serve as a reflection of their deepening understanding of Australia’s Aboriginal history. Each piece tells a story, shares an experience, or conveys a message that resonates with the school’s historical evolution. The students’ artworks are not merely displays of talent; they are a celebration of the diverse cultural tapestry that makes up the Australian identity.

Artist in Residence Teacher Aileen Anderson co-ordinated and worked with Aunty Beverly Garces with students and their classroom teachers to create authentic artworks to respond to the curriculum across the whole school.

To ensure that the students’ artworks truly captured the essence of Aboriginal culture, Gardeners Road Public School had the privilege of working with artist Aunty Beverly Garces (Gidabuul Doobay) during Terms Three and Four. Her expertise and guidance has been invaluable. Aunty Beverly’s involvement reflects the school’s commitment to engaging with the Aboriginal community in a meaningful way and fostering a sense of respect and understanding.

Gardeners Road Public School’s 140th Anniversary and 25 year Anniversary as an Inclusive Primary Public School represents a moment of reflection and celebration. “Our Shared Stories” beautifully encapsulates the journey this school has undertaken, from its origins to its profound connection with Aboriginal culture and heritage. The students’ artworks stand as a testament to the growth, learning, and understanding that have taken place within the school’s walls.

As we look forward to the celebration assembly and Art Show on Friday, November 17th, and the School Fair on Saturday, November 18th, we invite everyone to join us in commemorating this remarkable milestone. It’s not just a celebration of the school’s history but also a celebration of diversity, inclusivity, and the shared stories that bind us all together. Gardeners Road Public School is not just a school; it’s a place where history, culture, and art come together to create a beautiful tapestry of shared experiences.

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