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School asks Swanage residents: help us decide what to bury in time capsule
DIGGING IN: Mayor of Swanage Ali Patrick lifts turf on the site of the new school in Swanage, helped by pupils from the existing site
TEACHERS and students at a Swanage primary school are set to bury a time capsule at the site of their new £2.5million school.
St Mary’s RC Primary will move to its new Northbrook Road campus next summer.
Earlier this year, civic leaders, school staff and supporters attended a ceremonial turf cutting at the site.
Now headteacher Linda Lake hopes the people of Swanage will help decide exactly what is buried in the capsule.
Mrs Lake said: “We haven’t decided what is going to go into it yet, but it is obviously going to be something that will be found way after I’m gone.
“There may be some people in Swanage that have an idea of what to include. We’ve got a couple of weeks to do this, so if anyone wants to contribute any ideas, please contact the school office.”
St Mary’s pupils’ are being taught at the school’s Manor Road campus, with a couple of classes off site at the nearby youth hostel in Cluny Crescent.
St Mary’s became a primary school in September, as part of the Purbeck Review education shake-up, which saw the district switch from a three to a two-tier school system.
Presently, the school has 175 pupils, aged from four to 11, but the new campus – behind the former Swanage Grammar School site – will be able to cater for 210 students.
A spokesman for Spetisbury Construction – the company building the new school – said: “We’re delighted to have been appointed main contractor and are working closely with the design team to construct a stunning new school with first-class modern facilities, which will encourage pupils to perform to their best ability and potential.
“The site works commenced in early September and has the target completion date of July 2014.”
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