History

 

 

1930

The Department of Education opened Wilson Road Public School in the grounds of the Salvation Army Home in Arncliffe (now known as Macquarie Lodge) .

1932

Harbour Bridge was opened .

Miss Gillett from Wilson Road Public School wrote to ask for free railway passes for 20 girls from the school to visit the Harbour Bridge.

1945

The Minister of Education inspected Wilson Road Public School and found the playground was in a bad state. He suggested another site be inspected to build a new school.

He inspected a site on the corner of Wollongong Road and Dowling Street but the owner Mrs Judd was eager to remain in her house and was not willing to sell.

1948

There were 125 students attending Wilson Road Public School.

It was decided that the Education Department should once again go ahead and try to buy the site known as "Athelstane."

1949
The Education Department purchased the land on the corner of Wollongong Road and Dowling Street to build a new school.
1950
Wilson Road Public School operated on two sites: at the Salvation Army Home (Macquarie Lodge) and the new site on the corner of Wollongong Road and Dowling Street (Athelstane).
1951
The school on the corner of Wollongong Road and Dowling Street was named Athelstane Public School.
1952
Athelstane Public School was officially opened.
1956
A separate Infants Department was established.
1966
Decimal currency was introduced in Australia.
1970
The first ESL (English as a Second Language) Teacher was appointed to Athelstane Public School.
1971
The Winter uniform was changed.
1972
The construction of the new infants building was completed.
1973
A fulltime ESL Teacher was appointed to the school.
1983
Athelstane Public School was classified as DSP (Disadvantaged School Program).
1985
DSP funded a Language Experience Program and a Personal Development Program.
1988
Athelstane celebrated Australia's Bicenntenial year .
1989
Demountables were moved to Athelstane.
1990
Mrs A. Johnson was appointed as Principal.
1992

Mrs L. Maclean started to work at Athelstane.

Peer Support Program was introduced for the first time.

1993
The Basketball Court was opened.
1995
Girls Netball team and Boys Soccer team made it to the Grand Final in PSSA Sport.
1997

Athelstane gets connected to the World Wide Web .

Arncliffe Community Festival was held at the school.

1999
Mr R. Megahey was appointed as Principal.
2000

Olympic Games were held in Sydney.

Athelstane Mini-Olympics held.

2001

Centenary of Federation

All students received a Centenary of Federation coin.

2002
Athelstane Public School turns 50.
2004 Athelstane hosted their first musical performance "Safari".
2005
Ms C. Johnson is appointed as Principal.
2006 In a Commonwealth Games year, Athelstane hosted their own event.
2006 The School Musical "Outback" was performed.
2007 Students were involved in the creation of the book "Going Bush".
2008 Students competed on television game show "It's Academic" and hosted
2008 "Life Saver" the Musical was performed.
2009 Athelstane embarked on a relationship with Sydney University through the "Compass Program"
2010 The School Musical "Pirate Cantata" was performed and staff and students hosted their very own "Master Chef".
2011 Launch of the SPARK Program commenced in partnership with the Australian Business Council Network. Qantas staff mentored students in reading.
2012 Students performed in "Vaudeville The Musical".
2013 Mr Lindsay was welcomed as Principal.
2014 Autism Awareness Day was celebrated.
2014 The amazing "Rocks To Rap" Musical was performed.
2015 Multicultural Day was celebrated.
2016 "Go For Gold" the Musical was performed.