PAST and present students and staff at Helena Valley Primary will step back in time today to celebrate 90 years of education at the school with a dress-up parade and carnival.
The school will mark the anniversary precisely 90 years to the day of opening on April 7, 1927, at that time with only a handful of children and known as Statham Siding PS.
More than 300 students and staff are encouraged to dress in 1920s period clothing for an old-fashioned high tea before participating in traditional games and fairground fun.
Among the old-fashioned favourites will be a gumboot toss, marbles, hopscotch and croquet, and an opportunity to wax lyrical on the speakeasy podium or ride on a ferris wheel.
Education assistant Susan Budd said over the years, the staff had heard many lovely stories from former students.
“One gentleman told us there used to be an old mill in the area and his mother carried him on her shoulders across a brook to reach the school; he remembered his socks getting wet,” she said.