Neeve Fischer, 10 and Digby Oaten, 10 ring the old bell at Maclean Public getting ready for their celebration of 150 years of education.
Neeve Fischer, 10 and Digby Oaten, 10 ring the old bell at Maclean Public getting ready for their celebration of 150 years of education. Adam Hourigan

Maclean Public School's blush-inducing time capsule

FILLING out her contribution to Maclean Public School's time capsule in 1988, a young Vanessa McMahon didn't give a second thought to her fifth grade musings.

Nor did she until a couple of weeks ago, when the time capsule was pulled out of the ground in preparation for the school's sesquicentenary festivities this weekend.

The school's administration officer was one of the lucky few former students who was there, and the first to go through its contents.

But as she looked at her handwriting from 20-odd years ago, it brought about a healthy blush.

Among descriptions of her friends and life was a line that read, "my boyfriend is...".

By amazing coincidence, the boy named was also at the time capsule unveiling 26 years on.

They both still live in the area and both have children who attend the school.

"It was actually a little bit embarrassing," Ms McMahon laughed.

"I've just walked up to him and said look what's in mine - you couldn't delete it. My children had a laugh as well."

Ms McMahon said it was incredible how spot on some of the predictions were.

"All the school contributed to it, from kinder right through to Year 6," she said.

The time capsule's contents are on display at the school hall, and will be the showpiece of Maclean Public School's 150- year celebration on Sunday.

All former students, staff and personnel are invited to attend the festivities and about 250 people are expected. "We're hoping that lots of the old students come on Sunday and they can take home their works in the time capsule as a memento of their time in school in 1988," former teacher Marilyn Donelan said.



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