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Black and white print shows Mr C Sainsbury the head teacher at left and
Mr P Doig the manager of Elder Smiths.
Both men are standing in the crop of the experimental plots at Duke St School (Lot No 255 ) c1922.

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Black and white print shows Mr C Sainsbury (left) Head Teacher and Mr P Doig the manager of Elder Smiths, standing in the crop of the experimental plots at Duke St School ( Lot No 255 ) c1922.



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From about 1914, new teaching methods were introduced at this school, located in Duke Street, Toodyay that focused on skills suited to future farmers and country residents, including the use of small agricultural plots. From 1918 the school was classified as a rural observation school.
In May 1919, 27 visiting teachers participated in a "school of instruction", spending two weeks learning about the new teaching methods. This was the largest such event held in the state at the time.
In 1920 the school was declared Western Australia's first consolidated school, taking students from smaller schools in outlying areas. Such consolidation provided more efficient teaching than multiple smaller schools. Initially, West Toodyay School was closed and the children taken to Duke Street each day by bus. The same was done for other schools later; the increased student numbers necessitated addition of another classroom, and a wooden pavilion was moved from Bunbury in 1923.
A Parents and Citizens Association was formed in 1921, and a school board was elected in 1923. Also in 1923, the school was provided with electric light.

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Shire of Toodyay

Shire of Toodyay

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