AS PART of the bicentennial celebrations in 1988, the staff, students and families of Gulmarrad Public School filled a time capsule with school work, photos and mementos and buried it in the school grounds.
Twenty-five years later it is time to rediscover those memories and there could not be a better occasion than at the Gulmarrad Family Festival and Fete next Saturday (October 19).
In 1988 George Priddle was the teaching principal with two permanent teachers, 59 students and a part-time office lady.
The school continued to grow, with the current enrolment of 191 students supported by a dedicated team of two assistant principals/teachers, nine teachers and 13 support staff, all led by principal Robyn Urquhart.
Mr Rob Miani, who was a teacher at the school in 1988, officiated at the opening of the capsule and is now eager for past students and their families to come, see and collect their memorabilia, enjoy the festivities and, see how much the school has changed over the past 25 years.
In 1988 the list of students who were enrolled at Gulmarrad Public School was as follows:
Year K & 1
Teacher - Mr Craig Harley
Kasey Pye, Andrew Johnston, Shai Hodgson, Allison Baker, Troy Cranney, Ladina Battin, Joel Towner, Paul Lowe, Michael Hamilton, Emma Butler, Nathan Day, Dane Foster, Rebecca Martin, Jeremy Ryan, Joshua Cowling, Maria Ellem.
Years 2, 3 & 4
Teacher - Mr Robert Miani
Jordan Baker, Hannah Foster, Mitchell Baker, Prudence Burke, Patrick Gatland, Kristy Rae, Shane Day, Abraxas Hadfield, Adam Cowling, Cheryl Chambers, Anita Rae, Kerry Chambers, Brooke Davis, Jarret Baker, Glenn Dean, Adam Martin, Heidi Giese, Brooke Baker, Cara McLennan, Kristy Phillips, Stacy Sapienza, Jacinta Wray, Hannah Gatland, Anouk Foster.
Year 5 & 6
Teacher/principal - Mr George Priddle
C Lowe, P Carlon, P Garnett, B McPherson, T Bradfield, J Chard, B Congdon, P Gatland, L Geise, J Worrall, J Smith, G Bruinsma, K Fazel, K Watson, A Eggins, S Burke, M Sapienza, C Watson, K Porter.