Landmark School’s first principal Albert Penner and Ron Plett, former Hanover School Division trustee and student eagerly open a time capsule that remained hidden in the brick lobby wall of the school since 1961.
By Marianne Curtis
On June 29 and 30, Landmark Collegiate students from past and present returned to their roots for two days to celebrate the school’s fiftieth anniversary.
Landmark Collegiate officially celebrated its 50th anniversary in October but a more public event on the last weekend of June drew hundreds of former students to the community.
Reunion committee chairperson Marilyn Plett says the weekend was an exciting time to meet friends and people that haven’t been seen for a long time.
“People change and a person at fourteen or fifteen years old is sometimes very different down the road,” stated Plett. “This event was an opportunity for former students to meet with their old teachers and classmates and touch base.”
Collegiate alumni were treated to a weekend of entertainment as students from each year gather to share memories. A huge tent set up in the Archie Plett Memorial Park and the school itself was a hub of activity as former students browsed memorabilia such as school rings, photos, report cards and other items.
Weekend events also included an open house and tour on Friday, musical entertainment by former students and a chance to catch up with old classmates. On Saturday there was a pancake breakfast, meet the teachers (past and present), a slow pitch tournament and a hog supper followed by a show in the school gymnasium. The highlight of the day was the opening of a time capsule that was buried when the school first opened back in 1961.
Outgoing principal Cam Kelbert recalled how he taught in the school for seventeen years and never knew the capsule existed.
“The capsule will be put back into the wall exactly in the same spot with a plaque stating this event took place along with a current time capsul put together by students attending Landmark Collegiate this past year,” Kelbert says.
In October 1961, Landmark Collegiate Institute first opened its doors as a four room school house. Within five years students attending one room classrooms in the area eventually moved into the building. This included amalgamating schools in Linden, Shakespeare, and Willowridge. Until Landmark Elementary School opened nineteen years ago, Landmark Collegiate housed students from kindergarten to Grade 12.
What was in the time capsule? A freepress from october 8, 1961; carillon with the school completion story in it; program from the opening; hanover school division budget for that year; list of all the schools in the hanover sd for that year, a box of pennies from 1961, a two cent stamp; student enrollment list; exam results from that year; flyers, electric bills from the different schools, bill for the chairs in the gym, oh and a letter from the Hanover School Division refusing to pay a bill for an ad in the Carillon for the opening because it wasn’t aproved before printing and inacurate information.