Ilfracombe State School
READING, WRITING & 'RITHMETIC
The need for a school was one of the main concerns of Ilfracombe's first settlers.
In 1891, the town's Progress Association pressed the Government to open a school but the Government waited to see whether Ilfracombe would become a permanent town.
In 1892 the Government agreed to open a 'Povisional School' that would be staffed by the Education Department if local residents suppied a suitable building and furniture. Fund raising began and by 1893, a building of about six metres square was complete.
The Goverment supplied a teacher and the new school opened on 3rd May 1893. By 1896 there were over 30 children at the school and the local committee pressed for a larger, permanent facility. The Government agreed to build a new school if the local people contributed 20% of the cost.
A new school building (low set, one large room with verandahs front and back) was opened in 1900. This served until 1937, with up to 70 children in eight grades being taught by two teachers and sometimes a pupil teacher. The emphasis was on the three R's, with the boys being taught to swim and the girls to sew.
'Bung-eyes' - being caused by the prevalance of flies in Ilfracombe due to effuent from the wool scour, were a constan problem for local school children. Modern facilities, including lights, a ceiling fan, a radiogram and film projector, had to await connection of electric power in 1951. Development of the school grounds was possible after water was laid down in 1953.
In 1960 the first bus services began. Gradually, extra classrooms, a library and sporting facilities were added to the school.
Today the Ilfracombe State School offers Prep to grade 6.
It has computers and ipads for learning
Distance Education Programs
Instrumental teacher weekly
French language teacher
Interactive white boards that connect to computers
Smaller groups for better learning
Community garden with chickens
HPE - Interhouse sports days
Annual swimming carnivals
Strong P & C with fundraising for school
Ilfracombe State School is a 'Sun Smart' school.
To contact the Ilfracombe State School,
call 07 4658 2159