WESTDALE Public School is looking pretty good for its age.
The school turned 100 earlier this year and will celebrate with a centenary weekend next week.
As part of the festivities a time capsule buried by former student Norm Johnson on June 2, 1988 will be dug up and another capsule planted.
Principal Julie Kirk said the contents of the new time capsule were still a work in progress, but CDs holding over 4500 photos will definitely feature.
The celebrations will kick off next Friday with a school assembly where past and present principals will speak.
Centenary awards will then be presented and each student will receive a commemorative 100-year certificate of the school, Ms Kirk said.
Next Saturday morning heralds the official open day with students excited to perform their entertainment – musical renditions relating to each of the school’s decades.
But the festivities don’t stop there.
“In the hall we are having a static gallery where people can have fun travelling through the decades. Pavers will be on sale and souvenirs, a past student register will be available for people to sign, we’re also having a scanning table if people want to bring
photos we’ll then put to our resources,” Ms Kirk said.
“We have a jumping castle, merry-go-round, barbecue, Devonshire teas ... the whole of Tamworth is welcome to come along.”
Ms Kirk said celebrations will focus on the past, present and future rather than just a reunion of former students.
“It’s about bringing together all the generations ... and it’s about the kids, too, who are carrying the torch for the next hundred years,” she said.
On Sunday the neighbouring St Michael’s church will also celebrate 100 years with a breakfast at the school starting at 8am, followed by a church service and morning tea.
Those wanting to attend the Westdale School dinner at West League Club on Saturday, August 31 can purchase their tickets today at the school.