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May 2010

With Principal David Collins.

Nashville State School

Nashville State School.

Where is it?
Corner of Baskerville and Douglas Streets, Brighton, in the Bramble Bay region.

When did it open?
March 10 1960. We will be celebrating our 50th Anniversary on June 18 with a fete, and a reunion dinner on the 19th.

How did it get its name?
Nashville takes its name from a building estate, the plots of land going on sale by auction on December 11, circa 1880. The unofficial suburb no longer exists, and the area is now largely recreation reserve, with three large freshwater lagoons. Some long-term residents still address the suburb as Nashville.

How many students?
Nashville has 297 wonderful, enthusiastic and intelligent students.

How many staff?
We have 12 full-time teaching staff and many indispensable support staff.

How long have you been the principal?
Term 2, 2010, is my second term at Nashville as principal.

What's the best thing about your school?
Can I only mention one thing? Without a doubt, it is a blend of factors that make Nashville a great place to learn and work. We have a fantastic, hardworking and professional staff, students who are happy to be here, and a supportive parent body.

Claim to fame?
Nashville is known near and far for its sustainable gardens and permaculture projects. The gardens boast an assortment of fresh fruits and vegetables, herbs and an abundance of worm farms. Fresh produce is sold each Friday at our market garden. We have no shortage of eggs, either! Our school was recently visited by a reporter from the Asahi Shimbun newspaper from Japan to learn about our gardening practices.

School motto?
Strive to Succeed (but I think it should just be 'Succeed'!)