Our place

A well loved place, ‘Auburn’ has a long history serving the local community and a bright future for the next generation.

Our history

On April 8th 1889 the Auburn State School No 2948 was opened in a rented hall on Queens Ave, on the other side of Auburn Road, around one kilometre from the current school grounds.

Part of the current site on Rathmines Road was purchased a few months later in June 1889 and work commenced on the new school. It was opened on October 14th 1890 with 402 students with the first building being the two story that fronts Rathmines road, that currently houses our year 3 – 6 students.
Three years later, more than six hundred students and staff were crammed into six class rooms, so a second building, in the same style, was opened on October 10th 1913. This is the building that currently houses our Foundation students and the Visual Arts room.

A school hall on the site of the current office and Auburn Hall was added in 1963 and in 1971, the school became Auburn Primary School.
In 1998 the main building, infant school, gazebo, and two shelter sheds were considered to be of historic significance to the State and were added to the Victorian Heritage Register (VHR 1707).

A new building was added in 2011, the spacious modern classrooms that house the Year 1 and 2 students. All other classrooms were renovated from 2012 and 2014, to enhance the open plan, or ‘flexible learning space’ philosophy. A new office and the Auburn Hall were also built during this time.

Auburn today

Today Auburn Primary School experiences strong enrolment demand and has approximately 450 students. The school has been zoned, restricting attendance to those in the local community.

All areas of the school have now been renovated, including the old bike shed which has been refurbished into a kitchen and Science area, and supports our gardening program.

Our Junior and Senior yard areas both have playgrounds, as well as sports areas for the students to play on, and our kitchen garden and chicken coop are popular with students across the school. While new buildings give a sense of renewal, there is much that remains traditional, and highly valued, by the Auburn community. 


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Auburn Primary School acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the lands that are used by the School, and we pay our respects to their Elders past, present, and emerging.