Karoo Primary School is located in Rowville, one of Melbourne’s outer eastern suburbs. The school opened in 1992 to accommodate the children of young families who moved to the new area. The Rowville area was zoned until 2011, being bordered by Kelletts Rd, Napoleon Rd and Taylors Lane. The school enrolment peaked at 721 in 2007.
The founding Principal was Mr Len McCarrick. The Assistant Principal was Mr Rob Nelson. The school was established with 10 permanent classrooms, a gym, music and art specialist rooms.
Following Mr McCarrick’s retirement in 1996 there were several short term Principals including Mr Stan Szuty and Mrs Cynthia Merrill until the appointment of Mr Graeme Caudry in 1997. Mr Caudry’s tenure lasted until 2001 when he departed for Croydon Hills PS and Mr Jim Harry was then appointed until 2011. Mrs Irene Harding served as Principal until 2019 and is now working at Region. As Mrs Harding was seconded to work at the Regional office from 2017-2019, Mrs Vines was in the role of Acting Principal with Ms Fiona Marker in the role of Acting Assistant Principal. Mrs Leanne Vines has recently been appointed as Principal. Assistant Principals over the duration have included Mr Jim Harry, Mrs Sue Boyd, Mr David Mann, Mrs Jo Wall, Mrs Sue Graham and Mrs Leanne Vines.
In 1999, School Council went ahead with the purchase of a Mod 5 building to be built by Chisholm Institute of Technology. This building was to house a Computer Lab, a Multipurpose Room, Reading Recovery Room and Meeting Room. In more recent years it provides a base for the Out of School Hours Care Program.
An extensive middle school playground was also installed.
Extensions to the Prep playground were undertaken and a shade cloth sail installed over the sandpit.
In 2000 enrolments at that point were 607.
In 2002 the 3rd basketball court was established. Several more Mod 5s were placed on the site to cater for growth. Anti graffiti paint was placed on all the portables. As part of the 10th birthday celebrations student pavers were placed near the hardcourt.
In 2004 shade sails were erected over the Middle School and Prep playgrounds in the school colours of yellow and green.
The school purchased the Community Centre. This was the culmination of considerable planning and effort. It created vital spare space, which could be used for a multitude of purposes including Reading Mastery and offices for Special Services.
Work was continued at the western end of the school where “Mt Karoo” began to take place. A range of gum trees were planted, along with ground cover plants, and a gravel track was created across the top of it.
2007 saw the construction of the 6 room building known as the Middle Years Complex. We also installed the artificial turf between the two original building wings and created the dry river creek bed.
In 2008 the administration building was upgraded to what it is today.
In 2009 we installed the artificial turf and athletics track, using Federal government funds and then in 2010, under the Building the Education revolution, the 4 classroom building was created.