Bloor West Villager
Brock Public School Principal Victor Tran carried the black case into the gymnasium and placed it on top of the stage.
Still dusty from being unearthed, the case was a time capsule buried 25 years ago in 1987. The school unveiled its contents at a special assembly Friday, Nov. 23 as part of its 125th anniversary celebrations.
“Let’s see if you recognize some of these things,” Tran said to his Kindergarten to Grade 8 audience. “Look at this, it’s a VHS cassette. What is a VHS cassette?”
To which a student responded, “A back-in-the-day DVD!”
During the school’s centennial festivities in 1987, students buried a time capsule in the wall of the new addition of the “general purpose” room. The capsule’s contents include the VHS tape of the Dec. 12 celebration, construction plans for the general purpose room, a copy of the Jubilee Edition of the school’s magazine the Brock Bugler and laminated copies of letters of congratulations from various public officials, such as then Toronto mayor Art Eggleton and Chris Ward, education minister.
“Now, it’s our time to contribute to a time capsule – we will put the items in this capsule that are important to us,” Tran said.
Each class contributed items including handmade books about what their Brock experience is all about.
“We have a history book of Brock – the last 25 years. We might throw a cellphone in there, too,” Tran said.
Brock Avenue Public School opened its doors to students on Jan. 17, 1887. The school was constructed to alleviate the overcrowding at nearby Mabel Street School. The structure boasted four rooms and four teachers at the time.
Two further additions were completed - the general purpose room in 1987, followed by another that expanded the size of the gymnasium.
In celebration of its 125 years, the school held a day of activities, Saturday, Nov. 24, which included a guided tour of the neighbourhood, a room of memories and cake cutting, among other things.