State School Transforms as an Amusement Park for the Nundah Winter Fair

Get ready for an afternoon of fun for the whole family as Nundah State School, located on Bage Street and Buckland Road, transforms the school grounds into an amusement park for the Nundah Winter Fair!

The much-awaited event will take place on Saturday, 24 July 2021, from 12:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., where kids and kids at heart could enjoy about 30 rides and activity centres to be set up around the campus. 

Some of these rides include the following:

  • Round Up
  • Giant Obstacle Course
  • Giant Chairs
  • Giant Slide
  • Frog Hopper
  • Dragon Castle
  • Tea Cups

For the non-adventurers, the Nundah Winter Fair is also a showcase for foodies who would love to partake in many delicious dishes from around the world, as well as heaps of homebaked goodies from the parents. On the other hand, dads and uncles will likely enjoy the licensed bar. 

The afternoon will also include plenty of give-aways and donated raffle prizes in all shapes and sizes. A silent auction will also take place throughout the affair. 

Photo Credit: Facebook

Open to the school community and their friends from all over Brisbane, the Nundah Winter Fair is a fund-raising event hosted by the Nundah State School P&C. Proceeds of this community activity will go into building a new playground for the students.

This is a free but COVID-19 safe social event. Keep tabs on updates about the fair via the official Facebook page.

Nundah State School Receives $5,000 for New Students’ Kitchen

How can children learn to appreciate nourishing and delicious meals whilst avoiding obesity? It starts with teaching them how to cook good food. Lucky for the students at Nundah State School, they now have a brand new kitchen space where they can experience the joys of cooking.

With a pizza oven, a dehydrator and a range of kitchen essentials and equipment, the new student’s kitchen at Nundah State School will allow the kids to prepare meals using fresh ingredients. The school transformed a former dental clinic and a section of a grassy slope into the students’ Village Green and The Treehouse Tinkering Studio.

This project was made possible by a $5,000 donation from Coles Toombul and a three-year membership subscription to the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden cooking program.

“We are thrilled with the recent donation as it has allowed us to resource the space, and work with our classes and Coles to bring the curriculum to life,” Nundah State School Principal Deb Cox said. “Students are encouraged to explore the space and investigate different produce to grow, make and share in this outdoor learning area.”

Thomas Hunt of the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation said that they are also happy to deliver this fruitful partnership with Coles Toombul and Nundah State School. Mr Hunt said that it always gives them pleasure to impart food education and to help kids understand where food comes from.

“It’s fantastic we’re able to support Nundah State School through the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation and provide students with new skills in cooking and gardening,” Coles Toombul Store Manager Justin McLoughlin said. “Helping to sustainably feed all Australians so they can live healthier and happier lives is a fundamental part of why we do what we do at Coles, and it’s exciting to see that in action.”

Meanwhile, Coles Toombul recently unveiled its makeover with wider aisles, better layout and the addition of a coffee station and a special section for dog food.

Photo Credit: Supplied
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Nundah State School: A Shining Example of How Education in Queensland Progressed

Nundah State School, found on 41 Bage Street, was built in 1892 and expanded until 1955. However, it first opened in 1865 as the German State National School, which was managed by Lutheran missionaries from Germany.

Major Cotton, then the Commandant of the Moreton Bay Penal Settlement, granted the Lutheran missionaries 260 hectares of land when they arrived in Queensland in 1838. Calling their settlement as Zion Hill, they did missionary work until 1849, when most of them turned to farming.

The missionaries then bought land in Nundah in 1848 and developed a small community. By the 1860s, the residents helped raised funds to build a German school at the corner of Buckland Road and Bage Street in Nundah.

State School with 62 Enrollees

A state-administered school was important to the colonial governments because it helped communities develop and progress. When the German school opened, it only had 62 enrollees. By the time the State Education Act, which afforded Queensland youngsters free and compulsory primary education, was passed in 1875, the number of students gradually increased.

By 1886, the German school had 118 students, which necessitated the expansion of the school building. As the facilities expanded, the student body also grew.

By the early 1890s, the German school had 200 students attending classes in three classrooms in a school property that had a verandah, a play shed, a garden and an oval for outdoor activities. The school’s name was also changed to Nundah State School.

The design for the expansion of the school’s timbre structure in the 1880s.
Photo Credit: Queensland State Archives

Nundah State School, the Main Centre

Nundah’s population grew to 1,675 by 1910 and at least 342 children were attending Nundah State School at this time. Thus, the institution became the main centre of the suburb and its surrounding district. Enrollment at the Nundah State School became a priority for families even if their children were still infants.

So, infant classrooms were added and completed in the building in 1915. The school’s student body rose to 700 by the time the school year opened in 1916.

The Department of Public Works did more building expansions for the state school. Issues like classroom size, ventilation and light were addressed to ensure that the children have the best school environment.

Nundah State School During the War

Some of Nundah State School’s former students served during World War I. The school saw it fit to honour these men by planting five hibiscus trees and one Indian laburnum, to be known later as the Anzac tree, in the garden.

Following the war, more improvements to the school were done to include more sectional classrooms, a tennis court and a new playground with additional equipment. Some facilities were also relocated to align with the new layout of the school.

Renovations, however, stalled during the Great Depression in 1929. Funds to finish the school fences, leveling and retaining walls were later secured after the Queensland Government devised a program to help its constituents find work and earn a living. Part of this program prioritised the employment of skilled workers to continue building schools, hospitals, and government offices.

Nundah State School’s 70th Anniversary

By 1935, Nundah State School was technically open and in operation for 70 years. The government then began the construction of the brick school building to replace the timber structure.  

But then World War II happened and all state schools were ordered closed from January to March in 1942. After that, school attendance became optional as Japanese air raids took place. Like other state schools in Queensland, Nundah State School had trenches to protect the students who still opted to go to class.

Despite the war, however, improvements to the building still continued with the addition of a front driveway, a centre garden, and new lavatories. When World War II ended, Nundah State School’s enrollment escalated to 1,600. Thus, further expansion was undertaken to address the number of students choosing to go to this state school.

Nundah  State School’s expansion in the 1950s.
Photo Credit: Queensland State Archives

The building was completed around 1955.
Photo Credit: Queensland State Archives

Past 1955, other facilities were added to the school grounds, such as:

  • the swimming pool in 1956
  • the dental clinic in 1975
  • the prep school building in 2006
  • the resource centre in 2009
  • the school hall in 2011
  • double tennis courts in 2011

More commemorative trees were also planted in and around the school grounds.

Nundah students spent time at the school library.
Photo Credit:
Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs (DIMIA)
A 1970 school ball at the Nundah State School.
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Roland Ott/Facebook

Nundah State School Today

Nundah State School occupies 3.24 hectares of land in a residential community. It still stands on its original site although the school building is now a lot bigger than its original structure.

The school is regarded as one of Brisbane’s finest schools because of its facilities. It also has plenty of areas where the kids can play and participate in sports. The trees which were planted decades ago have now matured and continues to provide shade for the students.

The school was added to the Queensland Heritage Register in the 15th of July 2016 for its valuable significance to the history of education and the development of a suburb in Queensland.  

What’s Happening in Nundah this Week

Nundah peeps are in for a busy week with the following line-up of events and activities:

Thursday, 12 October

Boomerang Bags Sewing Bee

Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Venue: 14 Station Street, Nundah

Photo credit: Rachel Long/Facebook

Boomerang Bags (BB) is a non-profit grassroots initiative that empowers the community to engage in productive activities to reduce the use of plastic bags, such as sewing and distributing reusable shopping bags. BB Nundah aims to provide 100 bags to the Nundah Neighbourhood Centre and its food drives. In line with this mission, BB Nundah is inviting the community to join their first “Sewing Bee”. No worries, sewing skills are not necessary.

Donate your time and help the BB Nundah reach their goal. All equipments and materials will be provided.


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Sunday, 15 October

Nundah State School Spring Fair


Time: 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Venue: Nundah State School

Photo credit: Nundah State School Spring Fair/Facebook

Nundah State School will come alive to celebrate a “World of Fun in a Day”! This is a family fun day with heaps of family entertainment, multicultural food, community group stalls and displays, raffles, silent auctions, and carnival amusement rides.

Armbands are already on sale. You can either purchase the armbands online or on the day of the event. For online purchases, bring your receipts to the ticket booth to collect the armbands.


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Saturday, 15 October

Queensland Speed Championships – Marathons

Time: 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Venue: Albert Bishop Park

Photo credit: Speed Zone Roller Sports Club, Inline Speed Skating/Facebook

Speedzone Roller Sports Club will hold a speed skating marathon and a half marathon on Sunday. The Speed Championships is open for the club members and all other clubs of Skate Australia. The club also invites the Nundah community to spectate and support the championships. This event is also an opportunity to introduce what Inline Speed Skating is all about.


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