In 1970s two small crop farms belonging to Salvatory and Angela Grasso and Guiseppe and Maria Disalvo stood on the area bounded by Old Cleveland Road and Barron Road where Birkdale South State School now stands. The farm belonging to Salvatory and Angela Grasso, which is now where the oval is, grew tomatoes, cucumbers, cabbages, capsicum, beans, strawberries and grapes.
The other farm, belonging to Guiseppe and Maria Disalvo grew strawberries, grapes, watermelons, tomatoes and carnations. One of the Grasso children, Tanina recalls the peacefulness of the area when she was a child growing up on the farm. Tanina in fact married Vern the son of Guiseppe and Maria Disalvo.
During the 1970’s the local area began to change as the population of Brisbane grew and developers began looking for land to build homes. In 1980 the Department of Education purchased both small crop farms to build a school. Birkdale South State School opened in 1982. The local area continued to be developed and Birkdale South State School grew as new families purchased homes in the area.
The local community played an active part in the early years of Birkdale South. An active Parents and Citizens’ Association worked with the school staff to provide a quality education. Birkdale South has continued to grow in terms of student population as well as in terms of community involvement. Birkdale South is fortunate to have built a strong partnership with the community, and is well supported through a strong sense of community.
At Birkdale South, we are justifiably proud of our achievements in providing all families and their children with equal treatment and quality service. However, as a school we also recognise the need to continually strive for quality in education if we wish to ensure that today’s successes continue into the future. Our main focus is on improving the quality of the educational experience and the learning outcomes of all students.