The Lalalty School was officially opened in 1884, although a provisional school was in effect from September 1883 with Patience Leitch the first teacher. The original building and facilities were provided by parents of the children.
The school has had many incarnations over its life depending on the amount of children of school age registered as living in the catchment area. To be a Public School there needed to be more than 25 pupils, at most times the Lalalty School was a Provisional School which required between twelve and twenty four students to be registered.
In its almost 100 years of existence it was closed down on more than two occasions and during two other periods it had to share a teacher with another school, as the numbers fell below the required twelve to remain a stand alone school. First it shared with Leniston from 1894 to 1907 until Leniston closed down, then in 1908 it shared with Warmatta, then closed for a while with all students required to travel to Warmatta.
As it was too far for many students to travel such a distance a subsidised school was run from Mr Jack Dunn’s farmhouse in the early 1920’s, and later the school operated from the Lalalty Methodist Church Hall.
The final school building is a private residence now, located south of the Drop on the Barooga-Berrigan Road. It was built in 1937 at a cost of £420. This school had a paddock to allow some pupils, who travelled almost six miles, to house their horses and gigs. Other students came on horseback or bicycle.
Information and photo sourced from ‘Barooga and Districts, Yesterday and Today’.