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Sports Teams

History of the Nailsworth Primary School Sports House Teams

In 2016, Sporting House Teams were introduced at Nailsworth Primary School.

The process to select team names, included inviting Nailsworth school community members to nominate suggestions for the inaugural house names. These suggestions were then presented to staff with a final decision to name the 4 houses after our schools surrounding streets/road.

The Sports House Teams are:

  • Balfour - Blue
  • Emilie- Yellow
  • Horrocks- Red
  • Thomas- Green

A brief bit of history about the origins of the schools surrounding streets/roads is included below.


The suburb of Nailsworth is named after the birthplace of Enoch Fry (Gloucestershire, England) who acquired the land in the early 1800s.

In 1881, Nailsworth Primary School was purpose-built in Thomas Street, conforming to the direction of the Education Act of 1875.

Balfour Street

Balfour Street was later named after Lord Arthur James Balfour (1848 to 1930). Balfour succeeded Lord Salisbury as Prime Minister of UK, 1902-1905.

Thomas Street

Thomas is most likely named after Joshua Thomas (1826 to 1909), who was a labourer who owned land in the vicinity. Another possibility is Robert Thomas (1782 to 1860) who imported the first printing press into South Australia, and with George Stevenson founded the Colony's first newspaper.

Emilie Street

Origin Unknown. The land of Emilie Street (section 345 and 346) was granted to Thomas Hudson Beare, the Assistant Manager of the South Australian Company in 1839; his daughter, aged 2, was the first European to set foot on South Australian soil in 1836. Emilie Street was not listed until 1919.


Main North Road ( previously known as Horrocks Road ) is the major north-south arterial route through the suburbs north of the Adelaide City Centre, following the route established in the early years of the colony by explorer John Horrocks. The road was a major route for farmers and graziers to reach the capital, passing through rich farmland and the Clare Valley wine region.

Click Here to read the chants for each Nailsworth Primary Houses!