Carina State School

Name: Carina State School

Time: 1916 - Current

Epoch: Early 20th Century

Category: State Primary School

Institution Category: Education

Institution Group: Primary

Coordinates: -27.4933883333333, 153.101916666667

Street Address: 1413 Creek Rd, Carindale

Suburb: Carindale

Sector: State

Local Study Area: Carina-Carina Heights-Carindale

Study Stage: MBSH Stage 3 Local Study Areas

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This school, sited along the main artery of Creek Road, was opened on 30 January 1917 to serve the semi-rural Carina area. Many of its initial 62 students were drawn from the surrounding small farms. This school building featured an unusual rooftop bell tower. No other southside school that was built during this period was allotted such a tower. This first building was only given a companion classroom structure until just prior to WWII. Post-war, Carina was changed by new housing estates. In 1980, this part of the area was desinated as the new suburb of Carindale but the School retained its original title. It is one of a small number of schools that do no sit within the suburbs, after which they are named (e.g. Northgate School in Nundah). Although Queensland education was influenced by the earlier establishment of National and Normal school system primary education was shaped by the Department of Public Instruction under the Education Act of 1875, whereby:

Primary education for children aged from 6 to 12 was to be compulsory.(This provision was not fully implemented until 1900.)

Education was to be secular, i.e. under the control of the State. (Inconformity with this policy, all assistance to non-vested schools was withdrawn in 1880. This provision occasioned considerable ill-feeling among Roman Catholics and some Anglicans.)

Primary education was to be free.

A Department of Public Instruction was established to administer the Act.

The colonial curriculum drew on reading, writing, and arithmetic (the ‘3Rs), with object lessons (‘show and tell’ lessons), drill and gymnastics, and vocal music were supposed to be taught, but in practice these relatively new subjects were often ignored or poorly taught. Geography, needlework, grammar, history and mechanics were also included in the curriculum at various levels. While some of these subjects were included for their practical usefulness, the main criterion for inclusion of subjects in the curriculum was not their practical value, but their value in disciplining (‘sharpening’) mental faculties such as ‘memory’ and ‘reasoning’.

By 1905, when important syllabus changes were made, the value of subjects was increasingly assessed in terms of their everyday usefulness, and ‘learning by doing’ was stressed. The child rather than the teacher, was becoming the centre of the learning process, at least in theory. These changes in the philosophy of education, combined with attempts to mould the content and methods of teaching to the peculiar geographic conditions of Queensland, were major influences on education for the next six decades.

Geographic Description 1: Inside The Green Belt

Geographic Description 2: Bulimba Creek

Geographic Description 3: Flood Gullies; Ridgelines (Short); Hills


Brisbane City Council, Heritage Register Summary, ; Entry extracted from Queensland Department of Education document, Primary Education, undated.

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