Members of the Grafton High School “Seven Select” history class deliver some of their predictions for the mid 21st century. From left is Charlie Steele, Natalie Waterhouse, Natalie Downes and teacher Jessica Allibon.
Members of the Grafton High School “Seven Select” history class deliver some of their predictions for the mid 21st century. From left is Charlie Steele, Natalie Waterhouse, Natalie Downes and teacher Jessica Allibon. Terry Deefholts

Time capsule tips turn up trumps

THERE was the Australian anthem, the Grafton High School anthem, a flag-raising ceremony and a few impassioned words from school leaders.

However the most striking item at Thursday's GHS Centenary assembly was the contents of the school's time capsule which was first sealed in 1985.

The school first opened the capsule in 2010, 25 years after it was sealed, to find startlingly accurate predictions and wildly wishful thinking from a Year 9 history class of the day, as well as newspaper clippings, magazines and photos.

One prediction, that most people would have their own personal computer in 2010, was clearly a work of foresight.

As part of the centenary celebrations, the Year 7 selective class has been looking through the capsule and making some predictions of its own.

Much like one of the 1985 predictions, Jacobi Bassett thought there would be robots that talk and act like humans within three decades.

Natalie Downes predicted that El Nino and La Nina would strike again and also "that the government will finally come to a compromise".

Jordan Smith predicted he "will become a famous actor and make millions".

One prediction from 1985 - a cure for cancer - has been returned to the time capsule from the class of 2012 for its next opening in 20-30 years time.

Centenary celebrations get under way today with all sorts of activities planned for the hund-reds of visitors expected to be in Grafton.



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