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September 24, 2020

Hunters Hill Public School celebrated its 150th birthday today (Thursday 24 September 2020) with celebrations at the school gate and delivery of a time capsule to be sealed until 2070.

In recognition of the sesquicentenary milestone, Hunters Hill Mayor Ross Williams officially presented the school’s year 6 leaders with the time capsule, donated by Hunter’s Hill Council.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity to celebrate 150 years of Hunters Hill Public School,” Clr Williams said.

“The school has contributed enormously to our community through providing education and leadership in our youth.”

As well as work from each of the school’s classes, the time capsule will contain cloth from uniforms, a Council pin and citizenship coin, a sample from local newspaper The Weekly Times and other significant items.

Parents, grandparents and former students were among those who dressed up in costumes reminiscent of the school’s 1870 opening date and organised decorations to create a festive atmosphere for students arriving at school yesterday morning.

Mum Jennifer Edwards, who has three children at the school, and graduate daughter Emily (from the class of 2018) were among them, along with mum Nicole Sharkey and grandmother Lesley Iliffe.

P&C co-convenors Loretta Mitchell and Nicole Kleijn were involved in organising the time capsule.

The capsule was a chance for the children to share with future students what life was like in 2020.

“Hunters Hill is such a close-knit community,” Loretta said.

“The school is more than just the school here. It really is part of the whole community.

“We’ve got a lot of multi-generational families at the school now. One family here is fifth generation.”

Recognising the anniversary was as much a celebration for the community as it was for families, students and teachers, Loretta said.

Broader community sesquicentenary celebrations, such as a street parade and school open day, have been postponed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The school is one of the oldest in NSW.

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Hunter’s Hill Council

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PO Box 21, Hunters Hill NSW 2110
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