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Medbury School was established by the Chennells family after purchasing “Ripsford”, a property of two hectares and a large family home, in 1923. Right from the beginning it was a family school, beginning with only nine boys cared for by Mr and Mrs Eric Chennells. By 1925 the roll had grown to nearly 50 boys and by the time the Chennells retired in 1955, there were 111 pupils. As the school grew, so did the development of the facilities, starting with the purchase of an adjoining property of one hectare in 1968, and major building and amenities developments in 1969, 1975, 1987, 1994, 2003, 2016 and 2019.
Medbury School has moved with the times but the ideals, standards and traditions which characterised its foundation, remain an integral part of its education.
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Whole school photograph with Mr and Mrs Eric Chennells.
The original homestead.
Medbury School Boys with Mrs Chennells in 1923.
Mr Eric Chennells teaching a class, with Frank Chennells as a small boy in the foreground.
Boys from the Medbury Boarding House enjoying the snow in 1930.
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