West Wallsend High School looks back in time for 50th birthday celebrations

WEST Wallsend High School is travelling back in time to revisit its first days.

The school opened in 1964 on the former Seaham No. 1 colliery site.

It had just 380 students in years seven to 12, and 21 staff members.

Today, there are 632 students and a range of features that make the school unique, from two on-site museums to an Aboriginal Dreamtime circle.

This Friday, the school will hold an open day as part of its year-long 50th birthday celebrations.

The public is invited to see a display of memorabilia in the library and museums, which hold artefacts dating back to the site's mining days in the 1800s.

The all-day event will start at 9.30am with an assembly.

There will be a morning tea in the library and activities to follow, including dance and musical performances, street theatre, raffles and food stalls.

On the day, the school will bury a time capsule containing mementoes from students.

Year 7 history students have been researching topics in newspapers and magazines which will show what life was like in 2014.

■ West Wallsend High School's open day will start at 9.30am on Friday and run all day. Entry is free. For more information phone the school on 4953 2111.

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