Festive air at school's 40th anniversary joy
By SAMUEL WAN
FIFTY years from now, future students of Queen Elizabeth School will open a time capsule that will give them a vivid picture of the school as it is today.
The time capsule was buried in the school compound last Sunday at the opening of a reunion fair to mark the school's 40th anniversary.
Among those taking part in the ribbon-cutting ceremony were chairmen of the Old Students' Association (OSA) and Parent-Teacher Association (PTA), a former principal and the present principal, Chan Ping-tat.
'The 40th year is a milestone in the history of Queen Elizabeth School,' Mr Chan said. 'With the hard work of the staff and students, the school will grow from strength to strength in the years to come.' To mark the occasion, a time capsule containing current documents and items relating to the school, the OSA and the PTA, was laid underground amid applause from the crowd. The capsule will be dug up in 50 years' time.
The school was in a festive mood all day. Thirty games stalls were set up to provide fun and excitement for the 2,000 visitors. The crowd comprised past and present students, parents and guests.
It was also a time for renewing old ties as past students joined in the sports competitions and folk dances in the school playground. The graduates of 1980 came first in the basketball and volleyball competitions.
The fun fair featured an assortment of sophisticated stall games for children and adults alike. Senior classes 7A and 7B won first and second prizes respectively for the best designed stalls.
An exhibition of old photographs of the school gave the teachers and students, past and present, a chance to reminisce about the 'good old days'.
At a lunch buffet held in the school hall, the principal made a toast to the prosperity of the school.
The climax of the day was the lucky draw at the conclusion of the fair. Two junior students walked away with the grand prizes - two attractive and sturdy bicycles.
The second phase of the celebration will start next month, in which the whole school will take part in a charity walk for the Community Chest and hold a reunion dinner for past students.
Mr Wan is a staff at Queen Elizabeth School