Yea High School, a co-educational secondary college of 350 students, situated 100 kilometres North-East of Melbourne, provides for the educational needs of a mixture of rural and semi-rural communities. The school caters for students in the Yea community and districts of Glenburn, Murrindindi, Molesworth, Killingworth, Highlands, Homewood, Strath Creek, Kinglake and Flowerdale. The school has over 40% of its students travelling by bus from south of Yea, in particular, these areas include Glenburn, Flowerdale and Kinglake.
The School Band, 1961
It is because of this vast coverage area that the School caters for, that the School has had such a rich history. Originally Yea High School, was declared a High School in 1956, but the School didn't move to it's current position until 1964.
1860 Primary school established in Yea
1922 Primary school proclaimed a Higher Elementary School.
1923 Higher Elementary School obtains a new building
1956 Yea Higher Elementary School was proclaimed a High School and established in the Station Street School.
1957 A Committee for Educational Development in Yea was set up
1959 This committee completed negotiations for the purchase of property in Racecourse Road.
1963 Tenders were called for the erection of a High School at Racecourse Road and building commenced.
1964 The High School met in the new building for the first time.
1965 Work commenced on the Advisory Council’s three year plan for the development of the grounds.
1965 (29th October) The Minister for Education, The Hon. J.S. Bloomfield, officially opened the new building.
1988 (17th April) Yea Indoor Recreation Centre Officially Opened.
2000 (June) Upgrade of Administration Area
Since 1965 the school has developed a fine tradition and the school’s leadership has changed a number of times:
1964 - 1971 Principal: Mr. D.N. Baudinette
1972 - 1978 Principal: Mr. G.P. Jones
1979 - 1992 Principal: Mr. A. B. Kindred
1993 - 2002 Principal: Mrs. A.J. Scales
2003 - Current Principal: Mr. J. F. O’Meara
Yea High School is viewed with pride by its local community. It is seen as a school which strives for high standards of student performance and behaviour.
Students have the opportunity to aim for the highest level of further education as they have access to a broad range of subjects and are encouraged to pursue and improve their individual abilities.
The curriculum design and implementation allows for the acquisition of personal and social skills which enables students to relate to others and develop an understanding of human relationships.
Yea High School, November 1957
Yea High School, 2011