NARACOORTE South Primary School opened in 1963 to cater for families who lived in or near the southern end of town.
It was formerly a site used for rubbish disposal so improving the campus grounds was made a top priority early on.
Regular "emu parades" were held by the students and teachers in the 10 original classes to clean up the area which included one main building, a shelter shed and a paved area.
Hundreds of tons of loam were placed on the oval, which was previously loose sandy soil, and grass was planted.
Lawns were also established around the main building and trees were planted.
Another major project was the paving and fencing of the basketball and tennis courts as well as a concrete cricket pitch.
Parents played a large role in these developments, working on the weekends to get the school in the best shape possible for the benefit of their children.
Nowadays, Naracoorte South Primary School is still showing many improvements as it caters for its hundreds of culturally diverse students and their families.
The original two-story main building is still used, although it has received numerous internal upgrades.
A resource-based learning area has a suite of computers and interactive whiteboards with internet access, there is a sensory learning room and an evolving science laboratory.
Playground facilities, an indoor gymnasium and music suites are also used regularly by students.
The nearby natural scrub land is used for learning alongside the Environmental Enclosure and the new Science and Sustainability Centre is soon to be officially opened.
Site learning plan priorities include literacy, numeracy, aboriginal perspectives and social inclusion which reflect district and State strategic plans.
Principal Anna Young said the school's motto was "celebrating diversity".
"Today's students embrace challenges such as social inclusion and sustainable learning.
"Having eight first languages, the student demographic reflects our local community."
Naracoorte South Primary School celebrates its 50th birthday on September 20, 21 and 22.