On Friday 2nd March the children of North Nibley School joined members of the Parish Council and the Knoll Trust to plant an oak tree on land adjoining Tyndale`s Monument to celebrate the Queen`s Diamond Jubilee. This was one of the first of many events in the area to mark the occasion. Every child in the school climbed the Knoll and watched as the tree was planted. Parents, staff, school governors and other members of the community came to watch. The oldest and youngest pupils at the school, helped to pack down the soil around the base of the tree. Then the Chair of the School’s Pupil Council, then buried a time capsule containing a variety of items relevant to the lives of the children in 2012.
- Amongst the many items the children had decided they wanted in the capsule were the following…
- Letters they had written to ‘the children of the future ‘
- A letter from the School Council
- DVD movies of the Class 1 and 2 Nativity, and a recent trip to the Folk Museum, Gloucester
- A school jumper
- A map of the school
- A local newspaper
- A school newsletter
- Flags to represent our partner schools in our European ‘Comenius’ project
- Book reviews
- Coins and Stamps currently in use
- And a DVD containing photographs taken around the school, a letter from the Head Teacher and the school prospectus.
The children then speculated how life might change in the next 60 years. What food might they eat? How might they get about? What music or gadgets would be all the rage? Finally they wondered if they will be present when the capsule is unearthed. Time will tell!
My thanks to everyone who came with us, and worked ‘behind the scenes’, in order to create such a memorable start to the period of celebration. Photos by school teacher Chris Tomkins.