School History

A History of Selby Primary School


Selby Primary School was established in 1951.  From its modest beginnings – old church buildings and portable classrooms – the school has evolved into a thriving centre for high quality education.  Set in the beautiful Dandenong Ranges, with Sherbrooke Forest and Puffing Billy on its doorstep, the school community enjoys magnificent facilities and surroundings.

The school underwent major upgrades in 1992 and again in 2011.  In 1992 a $2.4 million upgrade provided architect designed, state of the art facilities. The acquisition of three blocks of land, the construction of architect designed covered walkways, the installation of synthetic grass surfaces, and the air conditioning of all classrooms, offices and the staffroom ensure that all members of our school community continue to enjoy improved learning and teaching environments.

In 2011 Selby Primary School became one of many schools to benefit from the Building the Education Revolution initiatives. The state-of-the-art BER building became our Junior School and houses grades Prep – 2.

In 2018 we continued to improve and develop our environment with upgraded playground equipment as well as redecoration and refurbishment of several classrooms and our Art room. 


A History of the Pipes

The mosaic project began in 2006 when fourteen concrete pipes were installed in an area that was otherwise unused and unattractive, with a further two placed on the other side of the school.

The latter were the first to be completed by a team of parents and enthusiastic students, depicting aboriginal-inspired art.

Of the remaining fourteen pipes, the largest and most prominent pipe welcomes all to Selby Primary School, featuring Puffing Billy on the Trestle Bridge as depicted on the school logo. Four tall pipes represent a season each, and include a wide variety of local flora, fauna and the area’s cultural heritage, in a celebration of Selby and the wider Dandenong Ranges region.

A central pipe acknowledges the Wurrundjeri people as the original custodians of the land we occupy and includes the flags of many countries in a gesture of welcome and inclusiveness. The other pipes of various sizes feature bold colours and patterns to complete the vibrant transformation; the final touch is the diverse colour and texture of plants that sprout from the top of each pipe.

After many years and countless hours of work by fantastic, dedicated Selby community members, The Pipes were completed and officially opened in 2012.