It was a sea of former and current staff and students who packed Scott Young Public School on Thursday, May 9, 2019 as the Omemee school celebrates 25 years.
Scott Young PS was named in honour of local resident, author, and journalist Scott Young. Scott and his son, musical icon Neil Young, were on hand in 1993, when the school first opened. At the time, it housed grades 5-8 students, and which now includes grade 4.
During the first year of the Scott Young PS’s opening, a time capsule was placed under the date 1993 marker with wishes from students and staff to be opened 25 years later. This 2018-2019 school year is that milestone. The time capsule, was removed at Thursday’s celebration to reveal the contents. A cassette tape, VHS tape, and written comments from students were just some of the items shown from the capsule during the assembly.
One student excerpt from the copper time capsule dated November 11, 1993 read in part, “Our school just had an official opening on November the 4, 1993. Scott Young was there as well as Neil Young. On October the 15, the school arranged a panoramic picture with all the students and staff from Scott Young.”
Another excerpt came from a Grade 8 student. “My Grade 8 peers and I will be the first graduating class of Scott Young Public School … Scott Young PS only consists of 400 Grade 5-8 students. I am Scott Young’s first treasurer and very proud of it. Well I hope I see you in the future.” And that’s exactly what happened 25 years later. Reading his letter dated November 11, 1993 to the audience was now current principal at Alexandra Public School, Bill Thompson.
The afternoon celebration also involved a walk down “Memory Lane,” which contained photographs, newspaper clippings, and yearbooks from the school’s early years.
“Looking at all the pictures and reading the letters, it just blew my mind about how much everything has changed,” explained Hailey, a current Scott Young Grade 7 student.
Former Terriers got the chance to share stories and reminisce the early years of Scott Young PS while current students had the opportunity to see what life was like a quarter century ago – no Netflix, no smart phones, and no high-speed internet.
The time capsule will go back behind the walls of Scott Young PS for another 25 years, and joining the items placed in 1993, will be current letters and items from students and staff.
“The letter was from my whole class and we talked about what Omemee is like in the present day and we talked about what Scott Young Public School means to us. We get to go to such an amazing school like this,” Hailey said.