‘Early in 1924 Winnie Park and Harold Hocking were selected as ‘Prefects’. They were given a silver badge by Mr Gainey in token of their responsibilities and have carried out their work capably and well. Under the capable direction of Earnest Bishop, Eileen Wilson and later Florrie Nash, our form has raised £18/2/2½¢ towards the Junior Red Cross’. Unknown source, 1924.
Kingsville students were active in the community from as early as 1924. The Junior Red Cross committee at the school that year raised enough money donate a new cot and 30 pounds to the Tweddle Baby Hospital in Footscray.
In 1959 a number of Kingsville students from grades 5 and 6 took a pledge to become members of the Australian Boys and Girls Flora, Fauna, Civic Pride and Animal Protection League. The children promised to take an interest in public buildings such as town halls and churches, to help keep beaches clean and to not do anything which breaks the law.
Kingsville students were also active in the 1950s making toys for the Legacy organisation. These toys were then distributed to needy families.
In 1959 the school presented Footscray Hospital with 65 pounds for the purchase of a vetometer, which will be used in the hospital's eye clinic. In 1960 students raised 185 pounds from their own pocket money to donate to local hospitals and charities.
In 1961 students raised 30 pounds for the establishment of hostels in Victoria to support Aboriginal children. They sacrificed their social service league money for one week, donated their own pocket money and held a bazaar to raise further funds. In 1963 the Mother’s Club held a stall which raised 15 pounds for the Footscray Hospital Building Appeal.
By 1966 the students had raised over $400 for local charities. They donated to a senior citizens club, a cancer appeal, the State School Relief Fund and the Footscray Hospital.
In 1967 the school fundraised enough money to present The Footscray Hospital with a casualty cot for use in the paediatric department.
The Footscray Hospital held an annual egg appeal during the 1960s and 1970s, where local schools were encourage to donate as many eggs as they could. The eggs would then be used within the hospital kitchen in dishes for the patients to eat. In 1970 Kingsville donated 2700 eggs and $130 cash to this appeal.
The school has had a long association with the Footscray Football club (now The Western Bulldogs) and over the years many footballers have visited the school to talk to the students.
Merriwa Kindergarten officially opened on 4th July 1983, next door to the school. We have enjoyed a close relationship ever since, with many Merriwa students ending up as Kingsville students. In fact one of the pieces of playground equipment that originated at Kingsville is now at Merriwa; you can still see the metal climbing frame in the kindergarten play area.
In the 1980s and 1990s the Police in Schools Program operated, and one officer who visited the school to talk to the children was Policewoman Tammy Ryan. In the 1990s Senior Constable Ross Whittingham visited the senior grades once every fortnight.
In 1998 the school received a wonderful letter from Robyn Archer with regards to the school concert. ‘…I could not let the night go by without writing to tell you how proud I am to be part of the community of Kingsville Primary School. It was fantastic watching our children standing on the stage, in our own school hall, each child’s face expressing joy and pride in both themselves and their class performance, as well as an obvious enjoyment as they watched the rest of the school. I stood at the back of the hall tonight feeling so proud to be able to say that my children attend Kingsville Primary School and that I am part of the school community’.
In 2006 the school decided to sponsor a World Vision child Abdletif Hamza, a four year old from Ethiopia. In 2008 the school participated in Australia's Biggest Morning Tea and raised over $400 for cancer research.
The school has of course long held school fairs which have been a well loved community event. These help raise much needed funds for the school but more importantly allow the school community and members of the local community to come together in a safe and happy environment.
Kingsville Primary School will continue to be an active member of its local community for many years to come.