STUDENTS at Hawkesdale P-12 College have accidentally been given a glimpse into the wonders of the future.
Stumbling upon the school’s time capsule was no archaeological discovery — renovation works had unearthed it from beneath a schoolyard seat in 2003.
But during its journey to a store room the opening date was lost. Hoping to make the most of today’s 50-year reunion, principal Colan Distel decided to open the relic.
“It had been filled in 1985 and was filled with students’ work. There were some examples of what life would look like in 2035,” Mr Distel said.
“We had no idea that it was meant to be opened in 2035.”
Parents and students gathered at the school yesterday for a special assembly.
“Some of the work was by parents in the audience,” Mr Distel said.
Despite some prompt re-burying beneath the school’s flagpole, everything has come together for a reunion of the school’s initial class of 1963.
Black-and-white photos line the corridors and the Hawkesdale hall has been set for more than 200 people for tonight’s celebration dinner.
“People are travelling across some long distances to be here.” Yesterday, a bus from the 1960s rolled into the schoolyard and current-day uniforms were replaced with retro 1960s fashions.
Mr Distel said he was also hoping for some fresh leads on school mysteries.
“There’s a rumour that there’s another capsule buried around somewhere, so I’m hoping to find out where it’s been put,” he said.