History of Littlehampton Primary School
The history of Littlehampton Primary School stretches back to 1892, when it was first opened in the Primitive Methodist Meeting Room (located on North Terrace, Littlehampton) with 21 students. At the turn of the century, the school was moved to its current location, where it has grown and continues to serve the Littlehampton community.
One of the school’s earliest and most influential head teachers, Miss Catherine Fawcett, served from 1898 to 1928. Her caring nature set the standard for the way we like our teachers and students to conduct themselves at Littlehampton Primary School. We like to think she was an early pioneer for our wellbeing program. Recently a poem penned by Miss Fawcett was presented to the school. She had written it to encourage one of her students, a young lad who had been suffering from illness. The poem now sits proudly amongst a small archival collection which includes school photos, samples of student reports and student work.
The school is also fortunate to have student registers dating back to 1892.
We take great pride in celebrating our school’s history and regularly offer history tours of Littlehampton for staff and community members to maintain a connection to our beginnings.
Please take a look at our Centenary Booklet, published in 2000 to celebrate 100 years of schooling at Littlehampton.
Take a History Tour
Glenn & Karen Liebelt
P: 8391 2696
Garth Boomer Memorial
We’re proud to list Garth Boomer, past Deputy Director of Education for South Australia, as a former student of Littlehampton Primary School. Garth was an educator with a national and international reputation whose educational ideas are still used today.
The Garth Boomer Trust Fund was originally established in 1998 to fund high quality literature for the library which proudly bears his name. Later, with a grant from the Minister of Education, the Trust was used to fund the “Boomerimba” – a river red gum bench in the shape of a boomerang, which is actually a tuned musical instrument and joyfully played by our students each day.
We also recognise Garth with our Annual Garth Boomer Literacy Prize – our highest achievement award – which is sponsored by Littlehampton Community Association and awarded to the Year 7 student with the best portfolio of writing.
Former students and scholars
If you’re a former student of Littlehampton Primary School, you might like to:
- Receive information on school events, including history days
- Visit the school for a school tour or event
- Keep in touch with other old scholars
- Donate old photos, report cards, exercise books, projects, or write down your stories and memories of the school