In 1873, Daisy Hill State School, or Slacks Creek Provisional School as it was known, opened the doors for their first students and 150 years later things may have changed a lot, but the school is still going strong.
The Dennis family were first Europeans to settle at Daisy Hill when James Dennis immigrated in 1864 on the ship Flying Cloud. In 1867, he married Mary Ann Markwell. Around 1870 they began selecting land in the now Daisy Hill area, eventually acquiring over 320 hectares (800 acres). They named the property Daisy Hill.
Slacks Creek Provisional School opened on 19 May 1873 in the original Wesleyan Church located on Markwell property on Loganlea Road. The first teacher was Mr Beach who transferred from Eight Mile Plains. By 1878, Francis Shailer was teaching at the school. In July 1879 it relocated to a new site on Loganlea Road following a falling out with some of the locals, the church steward Thomas Armstrong, refused to allow the school to continue in that location.
Due to flooding at that site, it was moved in 1893 to Logan Road near the intersection with Daisy Hill Road. On 1 January 1909 it became Slacks Creek State School. In 1964, due to the increasingly heavy traffic on Logan Road, the school was relocated to its current site.
On 14 October 2016 it was renamed Daisy Hill State School as changes to the suburban boundaries had resulted in the school no longer being within Slacks Creek but was within Daisy Hill.
Currently, Daisy Hill State School has a maximum student enrolment capacity of 378 students.
Last night, May 26, the school celebrated the 150 years with several politicians and the cutting of a cake.
Cr Mindy Russell from Logan City Council said it was hard not to feel in awe of the community’s well-retained history at last night’s formal event.
“While I didn’t go to the school, I grew up very locally. I feel a special connection from my childhood and gratitude to now be the school’s local Councillor,” said Cr Russell.
“The rest of the weekend, will be a big party at the school, with rides, food and bumping into friends (old and new).
“You can also still go and explore the century-and-a-half of Logan history and I hope to see you there.”