School captivated by capsule lost to time

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Amaroo Primary School board chair Vicki True and principal Benjamin Ratz have been stumped by the disappearance of the school’s time capsule.
Camera IconAmaroo Primary School board chair Vicki True and principal Benjamin Ratz have been stumped by the disappearance of the school’s time capsule. Credit: Supplied/Amaroo Primary School/Supplied/Amaroo Primary School

Residents of Collie have been captivated by a strange disappearance at Amaroo Primary School.

Staff and students at the school, which is Collie’s biggest primary school, buried a time capsule 30 years ago and now the school board has put a call out to help find it.

Former students and other members of the community have been called in to help with the search, but principal Benjamin Ratz said he had heard some conflicting memories.

“We had a massive response to the information we put out on Facebook,” he said.

“There were so many varying answers, there was no consensus.

“I expected there to be a consensus, someone would just remember where it was, but that has not been the case. They all say it is in a different place so we are no closer to where we were before.

“We have got a board member who remembers, as a child, it being buried but being a child he can’t really remember where it was.”

Changes to the school over the three decades have also proved to be stumbling blocks, but Mr Ratz hopes extra help will do the trick.

“The school site has a number of different buildings or wings that have been built over the years and because of that the layout of the school has changed,” he said.

“There is also a theory there could be more than one, which could be why there is such varying responses.”

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