Sunday, 24 September 2017

School plants time capsule to mark 60th anniversary

A TIME capsule has been buried at RAF Benson Primary School to celebrate its 60th birthday.

A TIME capsule has been buried at RAF Benson Primary School to celebrate its 60th birthday.

Each class chose an item to put in the container, including the first few pages of the school logbook, a punishment book from 1953, voice messages, a 60-year commemorative tea towel and some items from the base.

The capsule was wrapped in catalogues to show how much things cost today and buried outside the year six classroom.

Group captain Nigel Colman and Ros Lester, the Mayor of Wallingford, helped plant a Japanese weeping willow (salix integra hakuro-nishiki) tree to mark the spot.

They were helped by seven year six pupils who have attended the school since they were four or five years old.

Headteacher Steph Fawdry said: “There was quite a lot to squeeze into the capsule but we just about managed to seal the lid.

“In 40 years’ time, in the school’s 100th year, the children of the school can dig it up.”

Gp Capt Colman said: “It gives me great pleasure to congratulate you on your 60th anniversary. It is a privilege to be here and help plant a tree. I just hope we can come back in 40 years’ time and help you dig it up.”

Bulbs donated by the Mayor will be planted in the school garden.

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