Pupils and staff at the new £32m Wellington Academy in Wiltshire have captured a snapshot of time in the grounds of their new school building with the burial of a time capsule.
Just before breaking up for the Easter holidays, the Wellington Academy students filled a capsule with items which they felt best reflected their school, local area and life in general in 2010. After interviewing staff and students, the pupils from the school’s Eco Club gathered pictures and information to help capture a moment in time, as well relaying a message to future academy students about working together to make a difference on environmental issues.
Construction work on the accommodation building for the boarding facility has recently begun and the capsule has been buried in the grounds of this area, beneath what will become a courtyard. A stone or plaque in the wall or floor of the completed courtyard will bear an inscription about the capsule, which will remain untouched for 50 years. It is planned that the academy will arrange for the capsule to be lifted from its resting place and opened in 2060. Wellington Academy’s Rosie Lane commented: “The students hope that the time capsule, when opened in 50 years’ time will provide future academy students with an informative, interesting and fun look at Wellington Academy’s past.”
The new state-of-the-art, 1,250-place academy building, which is due for completion in spring 2011, will include a theatre, a full floodlit all-weather sports pitch and the latest ICT facilities throughout. Boarding for up to 100 students and facilities for a Combined Cadet Force will also be available. Once the students have moved into the new academy, the old school buildings will be demolished to make way for the new sports pitch.