Clyde School No. 3664
Poem About Official Opening of School Building
(23 May 1918)

Our school began in 1910 and for the following years classes were conducted in the Clyde Methodist Church building.
The attendance at S.S.3664 had risen to 52 in early 1916 and so the need for more spacious and comfortable accommodation was again urged.

On 7 June 1916 the Minister of Public Instruction visited the area and investigated the need for a State owned building at Clyde township. The Minister recognised the need and gave his approval for thein a erection of a portable building on a suitable site.
Mr. Thomas Ridgway offered a centrally located site of four acres in June 1916 and a tracing was made of the land on 27 June.
In October 1916 the site was purchased for £ 112.O.O and transferred to the Minister.

A tender was let for the erection of a 31'6"x24' wooden portable schoolhouse to accommodate 60 children.
The new building was completed for £501.8.6 and was occupied in August 1917. The word "Township" was dropped from the title in July 1918 and the school became known as S.S.3664 Clyde.


Opening of Clyde State School
By “Critic”

Sing a song of sixpence,
A banquet in a church;
Some got invitations,
Some left in the lurch.

When the church was opened,
The funny folks flocked in
To hear the funny speeches,
And to see the feast begin

The King of Clyde stood up to speak;             (C. Croskell, Chairman of School Committee)
He really did his best.
He spoke just half-a-dozen words,
And then he lost the rest.

We don’t know where they went to,
But we know they “done a get”;
Perhaps they fell into the bag
That held the serviette

Mary had a little bag,                                                (Mary Ann Stewart)
She took it to the banquet
And stuffed it full of serviettes,
And said the Lord be thanked

Charlie over the water,                                             (Charlie Picken, local farmer)
You’re in the picture too,
Pickin’ things off the table –
A thing you should not do.

A man, well Kent, to the banquet went,              (J.R. Kent, Secretary of School Committee)
He sat at the end of the table;
He had no bag to fill with swag,
So he ate all he was able.

Hi, diddle diddle, here is a riddle,
The end of the tale is stuck to the middle;
Though I’m not quite sure that my name

‘aint McGuiness,                                                                 (McGuiness, the local blacksmith)
I know quite well that the end is the Finnis.

A feast of turkey, ham and tongue,
To feed the old but not the young,
The committee felt satisfied, perhaps,
The school kids – they came for scraps.

From South Bourke & Mornington Journal - 4th July 1918

Miss Agnes Finnin was the head teacher at the time assisted by the new Sewing Mistress, Miss Inez Hunter, a young lady from Clyde who was the Sewing Mistress
Mr Cyril Crosskell had three children in the school, Clyde, Wilbur and Leyton. Mr Crosskell was one of the mover and shakers behind the establishment of the school.
Mrs Mary Ann Stewart (nee Ridgway) married to the bootmaker James Stewart had donated her land to the Methodist Congregation for their church. It was the first public building of the Clyde railway township in 1909. The Stewarts had a son, Andrew, in the school in 1918.
Mr Thomas Ridgway, known as 'Corrie', in 1918 had three daughters at school, Evelyn, Stella and Ada.
Mr John R Kent, secretary of the School Committee, a farmer who did not have any children at the school.
Mr McGuinness, the blacksmith who did not have any children at the school during 1918.
Mr Charlie Picken, a farmer, had a son at the school at the time.

Community Life:
In the Clyde rural community it has been customary for most residents to attend all public functions eg official farewells for notable residents, "Back to Clyde' celebrations, annual school concerts, funerals, etc

More Information
click on the following links
1910-Clyde School No 3664 ( Back to Main Page)
1910-14 (?) First Photo of Clyde 3664
1910-1980 Clyde School 3664 Time Line
1910-1980 Clyde 3664 School Teachers
1912-Keith Escott's comments about Schools No. 118 and No. 3664

1. Australian Electoral Rolls 1918, 1919
2. Pupil Register for Clyde 3664
3. Public Records Office - Teachers' Records
4. History Unit - Education Department
5. History of Clyde Methodist Church
6. Poem supplied by Noeleen Ridgway