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School History

 (An excerpt from "From Pudgeway to Budgewoi" originally compiled by Bruce Russell in 1983 and since updated.)

"The Budgewoi Public School was built in 1961, the first headmaster being Mr R. Passlow. He had a staff of five and about 150 pupils in the original block on the corner of Woolana and Lukela avenues.

The official record of the school states that a teacher was appointed in January, 1960 and the first class started in February, 1960.

It is possible that these pupils could have been taught at the Budgewoi Hall, the only one available at the time. The alternative would have been a home or a marquee.

The Advocate" Newspaper - Wednesday 21st November 1973

Mr Walter Dean, Principal of Budgewoi Primary School retires at the end of this year, after spending the last six years with the school. Mr Dean has seen many changes in the school. In 1966 accommodation consisted of five classrooms, these now total 15. The enrolment has grown from 240 pupils to 360.

An excerpt from "From Pudgeway to Budgewoi" originally compiled by Bruce Russell in 1983 and since updated.)

By 1984 the school had grown to an Infants section, consisting of ten classes, with ten teachers and two hundred and seventy eight pupils. The primary section consisted of fifteen classes, twenty teachers and four hundred and thirty pupils. The  Principal was then John Swift, and the school consisted of three large blocks and several demountable classrooms.

At June, 1986, the school had grown to three permanent blocks, one temporary library block and fourteen demountable classrooms. The Primary school had fifteen classes, nineteen teachers and four hundred and fifteen pupils and the Infants School had twelve classes, thirteen teachers and three hundred and forty four pupils. The Principal was Bill Clayton and he had a deputy Principal, but neither of them taught classes. 

Earlier this year a Development Plan was drawn up for updating accommodation in the school. The plan shows provision for a new hall, Food Service Unit, Administration and Staff room, Library and four permanent classrooms."

In 1984 Mr John Swift, who had been Principal at Budgewoi Public School for 5 years, transferred to Tamworth South Public School. Mr William (Bill) Clayton from Toongabbie was his successor.

Mr George Williams accepted the position as Principal of Budgewoi in 1889.

In 1990, Mr Peter Newman became the new Principal of Budgewoi Public School.

(From the Principal, Mr Peter Newman, as written in the 1993 School Magazine)

"...1993 has certainly been an eventful year. At the end of Term 1, we were advised that Budgewoi School had been designated a Centre of Excellence in Performing Arts. This is certainly an area in which our school, it's pupils and staff have evolved over the past 4 years. This year pupils made  huge contribution to three major school productions, the Northlakes Cluster Festival of Performing Arts, the Central Coast Dance Festival, numerous other local performances as well as the 'Dinatopian Convention' in the Sydney Town Hall, and recently we had our first ever involvement in the Coca Cola State Schools' Spectacular which was a fantastic experience for all involved.

In the area of Environmental Education, we have made huge inroads. Our School Nature Area now has a gully sub-tropical indigenous local rainforest and we have also commenced a unique and ambitious Canopy Trail project. We have successfully commenced a school Recycling Centre as well as winning the Wyong Shire Council School's Environmental Award for 1993, and being placed third in the State Tidy Town Competition for School Environmental Education. A two year community and staff goal has also been achieved with the completion of a huge outdoor Pergola. Another unique achievement was the purchase of a School Bus through the help of the Variety Club of Australia..."

(From the Principal, Mr Peter Newman, as written in the 1994 School Magazine)

"1994 is again notable for the many achievements recorded by Budgewoi Public School. Not only have we been successful with the development and completion of numerous innovative educational programs but we have also been given considerable recognition at not only District and Regional level but also within the State. Receipt of the Director-General's Achievement Award in Environmental Education is perhaps the most noteworthy of the Awards we have received..."

In 1995, after five years as Principal of Budgewoi, Mr Peter Newman accepted a transfer to Berkeley Vale Public School.

Mr Bruce Thompson, who had been the Deputy Principal since 1992 accepted the position of Principal.

In July 2007, Mrs Kerry Moore accepted the position of Principal after the retirement of Mr Bruce Thompson.