The land surrounding Lower Plenty was sold by the Crown in 1840. Farming was carried on by a few tenants who rented areas from the few large land holders, but population was insufficient to allow any community to develop.
In 1873 the local population of Lower Plenty petitioned for a school to be established, and Mr. John Brown offered the lease of a slab building with shingle roof, as temporary accommodation for the school.
In April 1874, Mr John Higgs opened the school in the premises leased from John Brown.
The school served the community until its closure in September 1891.
In early 1919 five estates in Lower Plenty were sub-divided into 2 to 8 acre residential farm lots and offered for sale. This subdivision of land resulted in some housing being built, and as a consequence there were petitions for the opening of a school.
The new school was opened on Friday, June 29th 1923. The new building remains on the current school site today and is used as our music room.
A Word From Our Parents
Lower Plenty has taught my son not only about academics but also so much about himself. The school model allows him to explore his thoughts and ideas– through both successes and failures – pushing him beyond his own preset boundaries. The teachers celebrate his successes and steadfastly stand by his side with support when it is needed. It’s a wonderful environment to grow in.