Karoo Primary School is located in Rowville, one of Melbourne’s outer eastern suburbs. The school opened in 1992 to accommodate the children of young families who moved to the area, with Mr Len McCarrick as the founding Principal. The school was established with 10 permanent classrooms, a gym, and music and art specialist rooms. The school opened with 100 students, with enrolments peaking at 721 in 2007.
Since our establishment, Karoo has seen great improvement based on the enrolment numbers and the needs of our students. The purchase of a number of relocatable buildings and constructions of a 6 classroom Learning Centre provided necessary learning and welfare spaces. The Building the Education Revolution enabled the construction of a Learning Centre comprising an open learning area surrounded by 4 classrooms. Through funding, grants and community contributions our grounds have been enhanced by additional play areas including extentions to our hardcourt areas, large areas of articifical turf, playgrounds covered with shade sails, athletics track, covered pathways and creative garden areas.
Our school Houses take their names from surrounding streets : Baringa, Murrindal, Kellbourne and Wyandra.
Karoo continues to evolve according to the needs of our students and today boasts 24 permanent classrooms including flexible learning environments, Library, Visual Art room, Performing Art room, Science room, Gymnasium and Multi-purpose centre, three covered playgrounds, hardcourt area and a large artificial turf area with athletics track, all set amongst beautifully landscaped grounds.