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Middlemount State School first opened to students at the beginning of 1980. The school in 1980 consisted of a single demountable building, devoid of power, paint, equipment, water or toilets. When the first 33 students and their parents arrived on 29 January, they helped to unpack books and furniture, while a water drain was dug and a truck delivered water. 

 

The Parents and Citizens (P&C) association was formed in February of 1980 and in September of 1980 they sought approval from the Place Names Board for a name for the new school. Some of the alternative names included: “Turron Downs” State School; “Grass Tree” State School; “Warwick Park” State School and RANS State School (incorporating the initial letters of the four companies involved in the mine – Riehe, Austen Buta, National Coal Board and Shell). Middlemount State School, however, was given approval as our school’s name.

The school was officially opened in 1981history.png with 149 primary students, five teachers and permanent buildings: two double space teaching blocks, an administration building, tuckshop and covered play area. Secondary students travelled to Dysart for school at this time. Construction continued through the early 1980s with the manual arts building being completed in 1989 and the Sports Hall opened in 2010. The preschool, which had been temporarily housed in Gunsynd Street was moved into its new building in September 1983.

 

In 1983, a secondary department opened and catered for students in years 8 to 10. Year 11 and 12 students travelled to Dysart for school until 1985. Middlemount State High School opened its doors at the beginning of 1988 to an enrolment of about 250 students, with 21 teachers.

 

The primary and secondary schools amalgamated in 2000, forming the P-12 Middlemount Community School. The school operated as three departments: Early, Middle and Secondary. By 2009, the school had restructured to focus on primary and secondary departments.