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In 1924, before a large crowd of distinguished visitors, the school was opened by the Hon. F.T. Brennan, MLA. Enrolled on the first day, the 6th October was 194. Mr Dwyer was the first Headmaster. 

It wasn't long before attendance grew to 300 pupils resulting in a need for more classrooms. In 1927, additions were made to the western side of the school. In later years, further additions were made. Arbor Days were held regularly in the early days. In 1930, land on the western side of Polo Street was acquired.

With the introduction of school films and television in the near future, the need for library space arose and a move was made to have an Assembly Hall built. In 1958, the hall was officially opened by Mr M.J.R. Anderson, MLA. In 1966, after 6 years of very hard work, the 25 metre pool was opened by Mr J.E. Duggan.

Other amenities have been added over the years including a well equipped tuckshop, a large library and media room, bicycle racks, appropriately surfaced tennis courts, cricket practice wickets and various items of playground equipment. Through the years, landscaping has been carried out to enhance the beauty of the school grounds which has seen the school awarded First Prize in the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers Competition on many occasions.

This school has been fortunate, through the years, in having a large number of men and women who have taken great interest in the prosperity of the school, forming various committees to progress the development of the school. Today, this beautiful school, with its well-kept grounds and its many amenities, stands as a memorial to their efforts, and of which students and teachers, past, present and future, can be proud.

In 2013, the Newtown State School Playgroup commenced to provide a place for parents and caregivers and children to interact with other parents and caregivers and their children. 

In 2014, the Prep precinct was built with fit-for-purpose classrooms and age-appropriate play spaces. The Tuckshop was renamed the Alma Rush Tuckshop in recognition of the years of service and dedication that Alma has given to the school and school community. This year also saw the transition of Year 7 into secondary school.

Newtown State School has been acknowledged with Showcase Awards for work around parent and community engagement and our twice yearly, Health and Wellbeing Community Expo that is held in conjunction with Parent Teacher Interviews has become a signature event on the calendar. 

Newtown State School has continued to thrive, particularly in area of student engagement which has seen staff undertake professional development to enhance knowledge and skill in responding to the individual needs of students. The introduction of the Environmental Team and recycling program in conjunction with the Parents and Citizens Association has provided yet another dimension to the range of opportunities on offer at this wonderful school.