29 November, 2022
Opening up school history
A CAPSULE of letters and trinkets lost in time will be resurrected from the soil at Yungaburra State School after 30 years, with the community invited to come along and witness history on 3 December.
Former principal John Rutherford and groundsman Ashley Cupitt worked at the historic school in 1992 when the grade four class buried their letters.
Three decades later, they returned with hopes to find it.
“(Mr Cupitt) and I talked about that capsule several times over the years and how it should come out,” Mr Rutherford said.
“I knew that Jo McDougall was the new principal and was interested in the school’s history and she was just as keen to know where it was.”
After approaching the school, Ms McDougall was keen to find the time capsule and learn about its contents.
After finding it under a few leaves on the school’s Delaforce Oval, she arranged for it to be dug up as soon as possible.
“I only discovered it on a pupil free day in September when John and Ashley popped into the office to see if they could have a look around for it,” she said.
“Listening to them tell the story of the history around it really interested me and it was so good to have a history walk through the school.
“I walked away from it and had a think about it – it’s 2022 which makes it 30 years since it was buried there so it was a great time to honour the school’s history and open the capsule.”
The P&C immediately began organising the event, with vice-president and ex-student Anita Brennan starting up a Facebook group to track down the students who created the capsule.
The official opening of the capsule will be at 9am this Saturday at the Yungaburra State School Hall, with a sausage sizzle and a light morning tea provided