St Pius Primary School, Banyo opens time capsule to mark schools' 75th birthday


​​St Pius Primary School Principal Peter Gordon (right), with former Principal Robert​ Taylor (left), with 4th generation St Pius Primary School students.

When St Pius Primary School, Banyo first opened its doors to local students 75 years ago, the Brisbane Catholic Education (BCE) school saw students as young as 5-years-old travelling to school by train independently.  
St Pius Primary School Principal Peter Gordon said since the school first opened in 1947 so much has changed. 
“Imagine a year one student now, travelling to school by train on their own,” Principal Gordon said. 
“It goes to show how much society and our school can change in 75 years, and to mark this important milestone our school community and alumni joined together this week to open a time capsule which was first buried on our school grounds over a quarter of a century ago.” 
The time capsule contained student artworks, athletic records, school photos, a Courier Mail excerpt about Princess Diana, and WHO Weekly Magazine story about Stuart Diver the sole survivor of the 1997 Thredbo landslide, with former school principals and alumni in attendance for the big unveiling.  
Principal Peter Gordon said looking back on St Pius Primary School history was the perfect way to mark the school’s 75th birthday.  
“For our students who are 5 to 12 years old, a 25-year-old time capsule is more than twice their lifetime, and the opening of the time capsule was one way of exploring the passage of time with our students,” Principal Gordon said. 
“Some of the alumni who contributed to the time capsule in 1997 are now 37 years old, and it was great to welcome them back and share in stories and memories about our school. 
“It was certainly a different time when the school first opened and St Pius Primary School as seen some changes over the years, and I can’t wait to see what else is in store in the future for this wonderful and historic school.” 
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