Peep into the past as school opens new facilities

To mark the opening of its new sports and play facilities, Ruskington Chestnut Street C of E Primary Academy took a step back in time to reveal the contents of a capsule buried in its grounds for 25 years.

The time capsule opening also meant the school could officially open its new Multi-Use Games Astro-Pitch and Activity trail much to the excitement of the children.

Now one of 18 members in the Lincolnshire Anglican Academies Trust (LAAT), the school buried the original time capsule on 11 July 1996 when its tactile garden was officially opened.

With a trim trail and multi-use games area now added to its facilities Chestnut Street is giving its children a glimpse into the past before the capsule is reburied beside a new one, filled with material from this year.

The event took place on Monday 12 July and was attended by Jackie Waters-Dewhurst, CEO of LAAT, Chris Petz, Headteacher in 1996, and Terry Walton, former school caretaker who helped create the area. A third VIP was Tracy Dudden who now works in the after-school club – but was a pupil in 1996 and placed an item in the old capsule.

Jackie Waters-Dewhurst says: “Opening the new facilities is a significant event for Chestnut Street, and seeing both the old and new time capsules will help to underline the importance of the day – not only for the children, but for the wider community.”

Current Executive Headteacher George Trafford says: “Opening the time capsule is a unique opportunity for today’s children to learn about the time when many of their parents were at school. And now we are providing something for the children of today’s generation.

“Staff have guided children to consider what to select for placing in the new capsule. It’s a selection of the children’s own work including letters to the future, prayers, self-portraits, coins, stamps and Euro football stickers.” 

The school’s new facilities also include a new teepee and mark-making hut in the Key Stage 1 area and new den-making posts and canopies in the Forest School area. A storybook chair will be added during the summer.

Current Head of School Daniel Doud says: “Some of the new equipment was funded by a donation from the Friends of the School when that organisation closed earlier this year. The rest has come from the school’s capital projects budget.

“The new equipment will have a positive impact on our provision for the children. Development is ongoing, and we hope to develop an outdoor reading area and add new playground markings in the coming months.”