Schools often use major anniversaries of the year of their opening – the 25th, the 50th, the 75th, and the 100th – to celebrate their history and accomplishments. Here’s a link to a video showing celebrations at Shaughnessy School on the occasion of its 100th anniversary (October 05, 2019).
Experience has shown that the success of these events rests on the following:
A school staff committed to hosting a successful event.
The involvement of a parent group working in partnership with the school staff.
Lots of planning and preparation beginning a year or so before the actual event.
Promotion of the event among former students and staff, and throughout the local neighbourhood.
News releases provided to local media.
A well-organised Open House day.
A school archives that can supply historical items for school displays
Measures for maintaining the security of displays during an Open House.
A special event such as the opening of a Time Capsule (see video)
Follow-up planning to ensure that items are returned intact to the school archives.