Mile­stones loom for schools

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Perera

Fifti­eth an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions are com­ing up for two Pil­bara pri­mary schools this month and a se­ries of cre­ative ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing open­ing an al­most 30-year-old time capsule and paint­ing a his­tor­i­cal mu­ral, are planned to com­mem­o­rate the mile­stones.

Both founded in 1967, only one year af­ter the first bricks were laid in their towns, Dampier and Tom Price pri­mary schools have grown to play a cen­tral role in their com­mu­ni­ties in the past 50 years.

Dampier Pri­mary School, the town’s only pri­mary school, will be host­ing a sun­downer on Fri­day, July 21, and a mas­quer­ade ball the fol­low­ing night.

An­niver­sary com­mit­tee mem­ber and par­ent Melissa Faux said the school wanted to in­clude some­thing for every­one.

“We’re hav­ing a fam­ily-friendly sun­downer on the Fri­day . . . where we have the school choir com­ing to present some songs,” she said.

“Then on the Satur­day we’re hav­ing a mas­quer­ade ball.

“So the Satur­day night is mainly for the adults, whereas Fri­day night is for the fam­ily.”

At the sun­downer, a time capsule will be opened con­tain­ing mes­sages from stu­dents which was sealed and buried in 1988 as part of con­struc­tion of a school walk­way.

Sev­eral of the for­mer stu­dents whose mes­sages are in the capsule now have their own chil­dren at the school, in­clud­ing Louis Ri­naldi, Casey Di­a­mond and Jade Nolan, who said they were cu­ri­ous to read their letters 29 years on.

For its 50th an­niver­sary, Tom Price Pri­mary School will be hold­ing a fun-filled and nos­tal­gic one­day event on Fri­day, July 21.

In­cluded in the packed pro­gram is a stu­dent pre­sen­ta­tion about the school’s his­tory, a photo ex­hi­bi­tion, retro games, a 1970s-style dance per­for­mance and a com­mu­nity pic­nic lunch. Stu­dents will also be of­fi­cially un­veil­ing a spe­cial mu­ral of their school’s high­lights from 1967 to the present .

Tom Price Pri­mary School an­niver­sary com­mit­tee mem­ber and school art teacher Kelly Ged­des said the in­ten­tion was to make the cel­e­bra­tions more of a party than a re­union, with guests en­cour­aged to dress up in fash­ions fit­ting the decades from the 1960s to now.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to book tick­ets to the Dampier Pri­mary School events, go to Face­book page DPS Turns 50 or email dampier 50year@gmail.com.

For more de­tails about the Tom Price Pri­mary School cel­e­bra­tions, con­tact the school on 9189 1030 or email kelly.ged­des@ed­u­ca­tion.wa. edu.au.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Perera

Two gen­er­a­tions of Dampier Pri­mary School stu­dents: Dads Louis Ri­naldi, Casey Di­a­mond and Jade Nolan and their chil­dren are look­ing for­ward to open­ing a time capsule con­tain­ing their mes­sages from 1988 as part of the school's 50th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions.

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