In January 2018, after months of speculation, the Department of Education confirmed Collingullie Public School would not operate that year.
More than a year on, residents of the Riverina town are determined to save the school from being sold in the hopes it could one day reopen.
Mother-of-two Sara Jones said the school community suggested in a meeting that organising a playgroup could keep the building from being sold.
"The community needs to work together if they don't want it to be sold...if the community uses the school again, hopefully that will lead to more enrolments in the near future and that could keep the school open," she said.
"My family members have been to this school and there's kids that are in high school who I see a lot and have good memories here.
"It's just such an awesome school and the parents have raised [funds for] the kitchen and shade area for the basketball courts as well as fundraisers to get the school to where it is now, so it would be such a shame to lose it."
Mrs Jones said the school is at the heart of the community.
"If we don't have a school here, we've only got a shop, a pub and the village," she said. "Who would want to move out here and build or rent homes if they have to send their kids into town for school?"
Mrs Jones' eight-year-old daughter Kilarny Trethowan was enrolled at CPS until year 1, but is now attending South Wagga Public School.
"I miss this school heaps and my favourite things were my teacher and friends," Kilarny said.
Another resident Vicky Lisle said the approval of a subdivision, beside the school, could bring more people into the town and drive demand for the school.
"I don't think there's enough kids at the moment to get the school running again...but I think looking at the babies popping up now there's so many that we can keep the school open in recess," Mrs Lisle said.
"I think the most important thing at the moment is to use the facilities and keep it open so that in the future when there are the enrolments and the numbers, it's not closed down and impossible to get it going again."
Mrs Lisle said she would love to see the school reopened as it would mean young children would not have to travel far.
"I grew up in England in a little country town very similar to here and my husband grew up here and we would love for our kids to be able to go to a little village school," she said.
"It would be such a loss for the village."
At this stage, the playgroup has about 15 interested people and is welcoming newborns to school aged children.