Back in time

Open­ing of time capsule brings back good mem­o­ries

Cape Breton Post - - FRONT PAGE - BY EL­IZ­A­BETH PAT­TER­SON

Open­ing of time capsule brings back good mem­o­ries.

It may have been 25 years ago but ac­cord­ing to for­mer St. Agnes teacher Mike Kennedy, it was a whole other era.

“When we started here, we stayed here,” said the pop­u­lar for­mer phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion teacher when he spoke at the open­ing of the school’s 1990 time capsule on Satur­day af­ter­noon. The event was part of the school’s 100th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions.

Kennedy taught at the school for 33 years, re­tir­ing 11 years ago. He was just one of many teach­ers who spoke, and most had been with the school for 30 or more years, a feat rarely matched to­day. Christina Buchanan has an even longer as­so­ci­a­tion with the school.

“I not only taught here for 34 years but I went here, too,” said Buchanan, who cred­its the at­mos­phere of the school for its pop­u­lar­ity. “I at­tended school here from Grade 1 to Grade 11 and grad­u­ated and then came back. My chil­dren all at­tended here and some of my grand­chil­dren. “I’ve been here my whole life.” They were among about 200 for­mer stu­dents and teach­ers who at­tended Satur­day’s event, or­ga­nized by Kris Camp­bell and Cara Martin of New Water­ford. Both at­tended the school when the time capsule was put to­gether in 1990. When Camp­bell learned the time capsule was sup­posed to be opened dur­ing the 100th an­niver­sary of the school’s found­ing, he and Martin quickly or­ga­nized the event in less than six weeks.

Af­ter speeches from for­mer teach­ers and Camp­bell, who hosted the event, they opened the box, which con­tained photos, VHS tapes, mag­a­zines and news­pa­pers dat­ing back to 1990. The con­tents were laid on ta­bles and ev­ery­one gath­ered around to see what was there. There were also notes from stu­dents who at­tended the school at the time.

Sarah Leudy, who at­tended St. Agnes in the early 1950s, was brows­ing through a 1990 Sears cat­a­logue when the Post caught up with her. She said she had pleas­ant mem­o­ries of the school.

“I didn’t mind it — I got along with them all,” she said. “I was a MacNeil back then.”

Buchanan said it’s no sur­prise that for­mer stu­dents and teach­ers have fond mem­o­ries of at­tend­ing and work­ing at St. Agnes.

“Ev­ery­body got along — no con­tro­versy re­ally,” she said. “It was re­ally a great place to work and bring kids up in.”

EL­IZ­A­BETH PAT­TER­SON/CAPE BRE­TON POST

Cara Martin shows a St. Agnes Ele­men­tary School cook­book that was one of many items dis­cov­ered in the St. Agnes Ele­men­tary School time capsule just af­ter it was opened Satur­day af­ter­noon as part of the school’s 100th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions. Martin was one of the or­ga­niz­ers of the event, along with Kris Camp­bell, shown be­hind her, read­ing out the con­tents of the box to the crowd of about 200 peo­ple who at­tended.

EL­IZ­A­BETH PAT­TER­SON/CAPE BRE­TON POST

Sarah Leudy looks at a Sears cat­a­logue that was found in a time capsule opened Satur­day for the 100th an­niver­sary of St. Agnes Ele­men­tary School in New Water­ford. The capsule was made in 1990 and con­tained photos, videos and other mem­o­ra­bilia. Leudy at­tended St. Agnes in the early 1950s.

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