Do you have some­thing in this time capsule?

1990 time capsule from St. Agnes School to be opened Satur­day

Cape Breton Post - - GLACE BAY / NEW WATERFORD - BY SHARON MONT­GOMERY-DUPE smont­gomery@cb­

The public is in­vited to step back in time in the com­mu­nity.

On Satur­day, July 18, the St. Agnes Ele­men­tary School an­niver­sary com­mit­tee will be hold­ing 100th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions from 3-6 p.m., which will in­clude open­ing a time capsule at the Saint Agnes gym­na­sium, sealed in 1990.

“We feel there are 150-200 stu­dents from back then who put some­thing in this capsule,” said Ma­jor Kris Camp­bell, a sig­nals of­fi­cer with the Fifth Cana­dian Di­vi­sion, Hal­i­fax, one of the or­ga­niz­ers of the event, along with Cara Martin, New Water­ford.

Camp­bell said the idea for the event be­gan af­ter he was go­ing through some old photos and came across a clip­ping from the Cape Bre­ton Post from 1990, where stu­dents of St. Agnes School are shown with a time capsule they con­trib­uted to and sealed in com­mem­o­ra­tion of the 75th an­niver­sary of the school.

A Grade 6 stu­dent at the school at the time, Camp­bell re­mem­bered putting a let­ter in the capsule, which he be­lieves he wrote what he saw him­self do­ing when he grew up.

“I could be wrong, but I think I said ‘car­pen­ter,’” he said.

Camp­bell con­tacted the school, which had planned to open the capsule this year but hadn’t done so yet. As a re­sult of co-op­er­a­tion from the school, Camp­bell and Martin took the lead in or­ga­niz­ing the event for Satur­day, in con­junc­tion with the Coal Dust Days cel­e­bra­tions.

A huge crowd is ex­pected, he added.

“There are a lot of peo­ple want­ing to get a hold of this. Peo­ple are com­ing from ev­ery­where, to be there when we open it up.”

Camp­bell said there are also ru­mors of the teach­ers putting a

VHS tape of the stu­dents in the class­room, in the box.

“If that’s the case, I’m go­ing to re­store it and prob­a­bly dis­trib­ute copies to the stu­dents. “

Past and present staff and alumni of Saint Agnes Ele­men­tary will be on hand for a few pre­sen­ta­tions dur­ing the event, in­clud­ing the history of the school and the sig­nif­i­cance of its ex­is­tence over the past 100 years.

A re­cep­tion will fol­low at Saint Leonard’s Hall, with food and re­fresh­ments.

“This will give for­mer staff, stu­dents and teach­ers a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity to re­con­nect af­ter so many years, share sto­ries and en­joy them­selves in a re­laxed at­mos­phere.”

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit the an­niver­sary com­mit­tee’s web­site, www.sain­


An old news­pa­per clip­ping from the Cape Bre­ton Post in 1990, fea­tures stu­dents from St. Agnes Ele­men­tary School cel­e­brat­ing the 75th an­niver­sary of the school by seal­ing items in a time capsule, in­clud­ing Kris Camp­bell (in back on right), a Grade 6 stu­dent at the time, who was part of the fes­tiv­i­ties.

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