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Burringbar Public School are in a milestone year celebrating their 125th anniversary at the end of the month.

Staff and students have been preparing for the event and memorabilia from the near and distant past is being gathered as an historical record of the school.

In 1994, the school’s centenary year, staff and students buried a time capsule – as part of the 2019 celebrations, that capsule will be dug up and later in the year, another will be placed in the ground alongside its 25-year-old sibling, to be dug up at a point in the future.

Current principal Peter Halloran says the school currently has three classes with 56 students and seven staff. He says it important for schools to celebrate these sorts of events. ‘There is a massive amount of history at Burringbar Public School,’ he said. ‘Lots of things have occurred over that time.

‘It’s great to acknowledge and celebrate the past students and the past teachers and staff who have been at our little school and I think that just to celebrate education in our local area.

Mr Halloran said that man past students and teachers would be attending the event. ‘There are a lot of past students and teachers still living in the area,’ he said. ‘And, there are actually people who were students here then they became teachers here as well.’

Mr Halloran said that apart from the excitement of digging up the time capsule, there will also be a history walk that will be a wonderful blast from the past.

The school will be selling pavers on the day to be laid over both time capsules when they are buried. ‘If you are a past student you can purchase a paver with your name engraved for $25,’ said Mr Halloran.

Geoff Provest MP will be a special guest on the day and there will be a huge range of activities including rides, stalls, food vans, artists and music.

Rides cost $25 on the day for unlimited use on four big rides.

The event will be held on Saturday October 26. Gates open at 10am with formal celebrations at 11am. Rides begin at 12pm and go until 4pm.

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