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History-making at new primary school

PUBLISHED: 19:00 02 November 2001 | UPDATED: 15:19 03 March 2010

YOUNGSTERS at a brand new Ipswich school have been busy making a piece of history.

The pupils at Ravenswood Community Primary School helped to bury a time capsule which will not be opened for a hundred years.

YOUNGSTERS at a brand new Ipswich school have been busy making a piece of history.

The pupils at Ravenswood Community Primary School helped to bury a time capsule which will not be opened for a hundred years.

"The children themselves suggested what to include in the capsule – all sorts of things to show the children of the future," said headteacher Marilyn Such.

Items chosen included stationery items, samples of the youngsters' Maths and literacy work, jewellery and hair decorations, a cassette and CD of pop music, and sunflower seeds.

"Some of the children also wrote letters saying a bit about themselves and about our school," said Mrs Such.

Ravenswood Primary opened at the start of the current term, replacing the former Priory Heath Primary, and the children have settled in well.

"We feel this was a really important event, because when you have a brand new school you're building up a whole new history. The children are just so proud of the building," said the headteacher.

The Mayor of Ipswich, Maureen Carrington-Brown, took part in the time capsule ceremony, along with children, parents and governors.

Farrans, builders of the school, sponsored the event and provided the lead-lined time capsule, purpose-built to last for a century.

Representatives from Ipswich Borough Council, the county architects department and Bellway Homes, developers of the Ravenswood estate, were also present to mark the occasion.

A plaque is being put up near the school entrance inscribed with information about the time capsule – so that people will know where to find it in a century's time!

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