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Carina State School

The original Carina State School was officially opened on Tuesday, 30 January 1917 following the summer vacation. On the first day 62 pupils enrolled. This number had swelled to 86 by the end of the year, pupils coming from as far as Mt Gravatt and Camp Hill. Mr T Douglas King was assistant to the founding head teacher, the late Mr CK Briggs, who remained in the position until his death in 1944. Another member of the original teaching staff was Miss Olive Bardsley, now Mrs WE Bythaway of Mount Tamborine. Until recent times cattle were a real hazard to school children on their way to and from school. The cattle would pass along Creek Road on their way to the abattiors for slaughter. An early pupil said that children on their way to and from school would rush into the safety of nearby bush at the sight of a herd. The school motto, 'Cede Nullis', which means 'Yield to None', was taken by a former head teacher, Mr ES Stevens, from his old batallion, the 42nd, in which he served in World War II.

The building provided was high set and consisted of 3 classrooms 22' x 20', a teachers' staff room and verandahs on 3 sides.

Progress was steadily maintained over the years, but enrolments did not warrant extra buildings until just prior to World War II, when on December 15 another class room, now the Library, was added. This proved sufficient accommodation until the boom period of the 1950s when growth became astronomical.



Information above is taken from Carina State School's 75th Jubilee Book 1917-1992.