CHILDREN in South Tyneside have helped preserve part of their present for future generations by burying a time capsule.
Pupils at Hedworth Lane Primary in Boldon Colliery buried the capsule to mark their school’s 100th anniversary.
Each class made a contribution to the cylinder before a granite stone – reading ‘connecting generations’ – was placed over the hole and cemented into place.
The capsule’s contents include photographs, an account of pupils’ ambitions for the future, digital recordings of songs and PowerPoint presentations about life in 2104 on USB sticks donated by First Class Supply, a temporary staff agency.
Headteacher Tony Gill said: “We also put in poetry about school life, staff and governor lists, a collection of our school badges, and digital copies of all the celebratory events we have had this year.
“A child from each class then helped fill the hole in with gravel.”
The capsule site is among a ring of newly-planted ash tree saplings.
Over the last 12 months, the school has held several celebrations, organised by teacher Joanne Scott.
They included inviting back former pupils, some of them in their 80s, to look around their old classrooms.
Mr Gill added “It has been a pleasure and privilege to be Hedworth Lane Primary’s headteacher in the school’s centenary year.
“Rarely will a headteacher have the opportunity to celebrate such a significant event in their school’s history.
“It makes me proud to be a part of the history of our school, but it is the support and partnership we receive from the families we serve that warms me most of all.”