Jindalee State School will celebrate its fiftieth anniversary in 2016 and in the lead up to that very important occasion we have had a preview of some of the remarkable past forty-seven years. During excavation for a new pathway to the administration building, builders unearthed the time capsule buried in 1988 and due to be opened at the fiftieth anniversary. Mr Hacker examined the capsule for damage and found it to be in good order and the contents still sealed. He has resealed the outer container and the capsule is to be reburied in an alternative location away from the new path where it will be the centre piece of the Fifty year celebrations.
During other renovations in the office this week, we have also uncovered school files dating back to the 1960’s and the beginnings of the school. Photographs, documents, newspapers and newsletters provide an absorbing insight into the history of our school and our local area. We have been able to see maps and diagrams of the building of the school and the development of the Centenary suburbs. Articles about the school population, when it had just over one hundred students to today’s 900+ students, are some of the stories discovered. It was also interesting to see the price of groceries and meat in the early 1970’s with steak selling at $0.78cents per pound ($1.70 per kilo).
The files will also be archived and kept secure till the anniversary in three years’ time. Copies will be made and displayed for members of our community to see and remember their own association with our school or to learn from the past how we can shape the future.
As we move forward to 2016, we can already learn from the things that have gone before and turn that rich heritage into a vibrant future for our students. Our vision is to Create A Clever Future today and the lessons from our past will help us achieve that vision today.