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Signpost - Pentland State School

February 2010

With principal Belinda Mathews.

Pentland State School

Pentland State School.

Where is it?

One hour west of Charters Towers.

When did it open?

May 11, 1885.

How did it get its name?

It was originally called Betts Creek Provisional School after the neighbouring creek. The name changed to Pentland to coincide with the developing township that was the supply centre for the Cape River goldfields and surrounding pastoralists.

How many students?


How many staff?

One teaching principal, two teachers, three teacher aides, one cleaner and one groundsperson.

How long have you been the principal?

Three weeks.

Best thing about your school?

Pentland State School has survived many lean times as the economic conditions of the community have changed but has kept going strong, thanks to supportive and committed staff, parents and community.

Claim to fame?

The best school in Pentland. And we're celebrating 125 years of education at the school this year.

School motto?

We strive to improve.