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