Milestones loom for schools
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more details about the Tom Price Primary School celebrations, contact the school on 9189 1030 or email email@example.com. edu.au.
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.