FORMER Glenorie Public pupils will return to their old school yard next week to open a time capsule they buried there 30 years ago.
Even principal Lyn Pearce doesn't know what they'll find inside the capsule.
"After it's opened we will refill it and bury it again," she said.
The opening of the capsule coincides with the school's 125th year celebrations, including 30 years in the present building.
"The children will be dressing in period costume on the day [March 5] and going down to the site of the original building where they will cook damper," Ms Pearce said with reference to 1729 Old Northern Road, Glenorie — where Glenorie Memorial Hall has stood since 1933.
Among the pupils will be Ben Black, 9, whose great-great-grandfather, Harry Black, also attended Glenorie Public, but in the original building.
"He rode a horse to school which is pretty cool," said Ben, who wears his great-great-grandfather's war medals in the Anzac Day parade.
Ben's grandparents, Wendy and Ron Neil, also attended the school, as did his dad Henry Black, and his mum Shayne Black is a teacher there.
When Glenorie Public opened in 1888 each child had to pay threepence a week.
When it became too small, a stone School of Arts was built and later replaced by Glenorie Memorial Hall.
The official opening was on January 14, 1933 — an anniversary that will also be celebrated by Glenorians this week with activities at the hall.
Hall president Ray "Skip" Whiteman, of Glenorie, met in the hall when he joined the 1st Glenorie Scouts in 1954.
Church services, club and lodge meetings, dances and socials were also held there — even though a gramophone wasn't bought until 1936.
■ March 2: Old-time afternoon tea
■ March 3: Catholic church service
■ March 4: Glenorie Volunteer Bushfire Service meeting
■ March 5: Glenorie Public School celebration
■ March 10: 1st Glenorie Scouts luncheon
■ March 14: Combined local organisations dinner
■ March 16: Community bush dance and light supper, 7.30pm
Details: Glenorie Memorial Hall is at 1729 old Northern Road. RSVP on 9652 2454.