|Type of organisation:||Government|
|Also known as:|| Paddy's Station School, Paddy's Bridge School
|Town or locality:||Korunye|
|Established by:||Mrs Thomas Verner|
|Business or purpose:||Education|
The first primary school was started at Paddy's Station by the efforts of Mrs Thomas Verner. There were many children in the Paddy's Station area and Mr and Mrs Verner offered, if a teacher could be provided by the Education Department, a cottage on their property for the venue. All the families in the district supported her efforts and in 1897 Paddy's Bridge School was established. Miss Blanche O. Ayliffe was the first teacher.
In 1900, a stone school residence and schoolroom combined was erected by the Education Department on land donated by Mr Arthur Pratt. The cost of the building was £498, 6 shillings and 6 pence. Children attended the school from both sides of the river, German Town Hill Road, Reeves Plains, as far south as Mr Jack Secomb's, Mr Len Simpkin's and the Mallala road. In 1921 the name 'Paddy's Bridge' was changed to Korunye as was the bridge and railway station. When the school closed in 1966 the pupils were taken daily by Education Department bus to the Mallala School. The building still stands and is a private residence.
Paddy's Bridge School Records
|Teacher in Charge||Commenced||Departed|
|William J. Robertson||1900||1902|
|Jessie C. Miers||1904|
|Julius A. W. Kayser||1905|
|Mary E. Ahle||1906|
|Isidore H.P. Callier||1907||1908|
|Julius A.W. Kayser||1909|
|Lillian B. Hoar||1910|
|Mary A. Elwood||1911||1913|
|Elizabeth T. M. O'Brien||1920|
|Hartel O. Robinson||1921||1923|
|William R. Burman||1924||1925|
|Martha C. Retchford||1927||1929|
|Cyril G. Willis||1931|
|Ernest K. Stevens||1939||1940|
|John D. Hutley||1941||1944|
|Ivor H. Jury, RAAF||1944|
|John D. Hutley||1945||1948|
|Frank S. C. Day||1949||1952|
|Edward J. Worrell||1960||1962|
Memories of Korunye School
I was one of the kids at Korunye Primary when it finally closed. I think there were only 6 or seven of us left. Apart from Reading, Writing and Arithmatic, one of my duties as a primary school student was to sometimes turn on the electric stove in the schoolmaster's residence and warm up his lunch ! This did not prevent me getting the cane from time to time.
Korunye School children travelled to school on bicycle,on horseback and on foot from the surrounding farms. My husband recalled the boys sometimes holding horseraces in the paddock during their lunch hour. The annual Concert was always a big event in the school year and was held in the Redbanks Hall.