On January 23rd 1839, Alexander and Maxwell Christie decided to sail to South Australia on a ship called Sir Charles Forbes. The ship was named after an English surgeon who worked in the army. The section of land the Christie brothers found was named after the ship, "Forbes".    

Forbes Primary School first opened on Tuesday 12th of February, 1952. Allan Holland, the first head teacher, greeted the 710 eager students at 9 am in the front of the newly built Forbes Primary School. Some children had to be sent to Ascot Park because there was not enough room. The Infant School (or Junior Primary buildings) although established in 1953, was opened in 1958 on the 23rd February. During these years Forbes was the largest school in Australia with over 1800 students.   

Facilities :

The school occupies extensive grounds on the outskirts of Adelaide in a pleasant residential district with easy access to main routes. In addition to standard classrooms, the teaching of specialist subjects is catered for by:

· 2 modern STEM suites for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.

· A re-furbished Library which is the hub for research.

· A cutting edge computer suite with 2D and 3D studios and technician to support.

· For sport there are outdoor volleyball and basketball courts and a recently refurbished sports hall.

What makes us special :

Over 26 nationalities make up our school of 290+ students.

We foster love and respect for people of all cultures through our everyday interactions, including running partnership projects with schools in India and Indonesia.