Year 2 students and their teachers saved history at the end of Term 2 by organising a formal ceremony to re-lay a capsule that provides a glimpse to an earlier time.
The capsule was first laid in 2011 by the class of 2020 when they were in Year 3 and contains items like a teddy bear, a copy of The Sydney Morning Heraldand memorabilia relating to Ravenswood school life. Designed to be opened in 2051, it was dug up prematurely due to renovation works at the school.
The current Year 2 students organised to re-bury the time capsule as part of their study of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IBPYP) unit, ‘Where we are in place and time.’‘We thought as part of the ‘Action’ section of PYP, that it was our job to keep the time capsule safe,’ said Mia (Year 2).
Around 30 parents and special guests of the school joined the girls for their ceremony, which included the laying of a plaque.
Students from the Class of 2020 and their former Junior School teachers, were on hand to chat with the Year 2 girls about the day they put the time capsule into the ground seven years ago.
‘Can you imagine the future Junior School students digging this up and revealing all of the historical treasure inside? What a feeling, what emotion and what a memory!’ said Teacher Librarian, Megan Murphy.
The IBPYP is a global curriculum with an inquiry-led framework that challenges students to think for themselves and take responsibility for their learning. Through their classwork, the Year 2 Ravenswood girls have initiated projects including the investigation of the history of Gordon and Ku-ring-gai and the re-enactment of old Ravenswood photographs.