History Of Torbay School

In the late 1800s, Deep Creek Rd was known as Bridge Road, with the original school called Long Bay School opening in 1888 with ten students. This one teacher school was run in conjunction with Albany School and opened on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Albany School was open on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

The first school on the current site was built in 1955 with students enrolled in 1956. The main block consisted of six classrooms, staffroom and administration areas. Like most schools at that time the grounds were undeveloped and wet weather created hazards for children and frustration for teachers. A small strip of concrete outside the rooms became a concrete jungle during the ‘out of bounds’ periods. The official opening of the school was on 4th May 1957.

Initially the name of Torbay School was rejected by the majority of the members at an early School Committee meeting, with Deep Creek School being more popular. However the original name was retained. Over the years the school roll has fluctuated with the school peaking at 920 pupils in 1975. In 1972 Glamorgan School opened, Sherwood School in 1976 and Long Bay School in 1979.

The school buildings have undergone many changes over the years. The library has been rebuilt in a number of places. Initial fundraising for the school hall began in the early 1960s, but was abandoned in 1964 as the Education Board felt the school roll was not large enough for financial assistance. The fundraising was redirected into the development of a swimming pool which opened in 1965.

The school has continued to be the focus of a vibrant and supportive community. There have been two jubilee celebrations; a twenty-fifth jubilee in 1981 and a fiftieth jubilee in 2006.

The school has had five past principals:

1956-1963 Mr R. Kirton
1964-1976 Mr R. Masters
1977-1982 Mr .J Bridson
1983-1994 Mr R. Baird
1995-2006 Mr S. McGregor