Role of the one teacher school
A well respected former teacher, Thomas Hanger taught in one teacher schools at Jericho and Mt Chalmers. He captured the essence of these schools in his autobiography:
The bush school is to the bush township what the monastery was to the English village in medieval society, what the parsonage may be in some English country places today.
The bush school was the focus of the local community. The establishment of a school was a major achievement by local communities and once established, often became the centre of the local area.
As the only public structure for miles around, the school was not only the centre for the education of country children but also the centre for social and community activities.