School marks an­niver­sary

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

Dampier Pri­mary School rang in its 50th an­niver­sary at the week­end with a se­ries of events cel­e­brat­ing its le­gacy as an in­sti­tu­tion at the heart of a tight-knit com­mu­nity.

A Fri­day sun­downer gave past and present fam­i­lies in­volved in the school the chance to catch up and rem­i­nisce, while the adults let their hair down at a mas­quer­ade ball the fol­low­ing day.

Prin­ci­pal Luke Bre­man said the school had ac­quired a rich his­tory since its es­tab­lish­ment in 1967, in­clud­ing a “pop­u­la­tion ex­plo­sion” sev­eral years af­ter its es­tab­lish­ment which put en­rol­ments at 500 students; and hav­ing no air-con­di­tion­ing for its first seven years.

Last year it be­came an in­de­pen­dent pub­lic school — a change Mr Bre­man said would mark a new chap­ter in its de­vel­op­ment.

“There’s been fluc­tu­a­tions with in­dus­try, with the en­rol­ments as well, but Dampier Pri­mary School’s al­ways been the con­stant,” he said.

“It’s the first-touch place for some­one to come to so it’s been sta­ble in what is some­times a tran­sient lo­ca­tion.”

He said he was amazed at how many past staff mem­bers and students had come back for the an­niver­sary, with fam­i­lies con­sist­ing of three gen­er­a­tions of students in their midst.

Hun­dreds of peo­ple at­tended Fri­day’s sun­downer to hear the choir per­form, hear about the school’s his­tor­i­cal high­lights, sing Happy Birth­day to the school and cut a cake spe­cially made for the oc­ca­sion.

It also saw the open­ing of an al­most 30-year-old time cap­sule, buried in 1988, with sev­eral past students from that year present to see it.

The con­tents were dis­played in a class­room along with school pho­tos and other mem­o­ra­bilia from the past 50 years.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Per­era

Dampier PS prin­ci­pal Luke Bre­man and staff mem­ber Odette Mundy open a school time cap­sule.

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