History

The Small Schools Association of South Australia was borne out of a need for small rural schools to come together and show some strength and solidarity. Prior to 1990 a number of ad hoc groups did this admirably within their regions. Two of these were the RURAL SCHOOLS' ASSOCIATION and PROMOTING EYRE'S SMALL SCHOOLS. In fact these two groups instigated and supported the very first meeting of SSASA at Burra (Redruth Centre) on a winter's weekend in 1990.

By today's standards the facilities were Spartan but it was the roaring fire and the camaraderie that helped develop the ethos that SSASA embodies today.

SSASA's first conferences were predominantly professional development exercises with a smattering of Department leaders.

They were held in the country and as centrally as possible. In fact the first seven years were country conferences before it was voted to move to Adelaide which was easier to access for many members.

In 1993 SSASA became more involved politically and industrially with its success in removing the Head Teacher and Rural Schools. In almost every case Rural Schools and their leaders became P3 schools with Principals at their head.

Since that time your SSASA has been very involved at every level of DECD and has exercised considerable influence on your behalf.

Over the years SSASA has maintained a very cordial relationship with DECD Chief Executives and various Ministers for Education. This close relationship has been borne out of honesty, frankness, genuine warmth and empathy - traits that are common to all those people successful in teaching and leading in small schools in South Australia.

The SSASA Presidents Board

Year Name School Conference
1990 Dianne Fairweather Red Hill Primary School Burra
1991 Morna Shane Poonindie Primary School Burra
1992 Dianne Fairweather Red Hill Primary School Barmera
1993 Bruce Norris Port Kenny Primary School Melrose
1994 Bruce Norris Mintabee Primary School Melrose
1995 Judy Woolcock Bute Primary School Melrose
1996 Bruce Norris Spalding Primary School Albury Park
1997 Karen Murray Penong Primary School South Park Motel
1998 David Craig Upper Sturt Primary School Super Centre Motel
1999 David Craig Upper Sturt Primary School Haven Motel
2000 Bruce Lee Houghton Primary School Patawalonga Motel
2001 Bruce Lee Houghton Primary School Lakes Resort
2002 Tony White Ramco Primary School Lakes Resort
2003 Tony White Ramco Primary School Lakes Resort
2004 Bruce Lee Echunga Primary School Lakes Resort
2005 Bruce Lee Echunga Primary School Lakes Resort
2006 Bruce Lee Echunga Primary School Lakes Resort
2007 Barrey Niven Rapid Bay Primary School Lakes Resort
2008 Barrey Niven Rapid Bay Primary School Lakes Resort
2009 Barrey Niven Ramco Primary School Lakes Resort
2010 Barrey Niven Ramco Primary School Adelaide Convention Centre
2011 Susan Podger Keller Road Primary School Lakes Resort
2012 Susan Podger Keller Road Primary School Lakes Resort
2013 Susan Podger Keller Road Primary School Lakes Resort
2014 Steve Errock    
2015 Barb Jones, Cheryl Glenie    
2016 Sue Billett Cadell Primary School  
2017 Wade Branford Koonibba Aboriginal School  
Updated: 29th March 2017

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