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Great Heath Academy school looks to the future with a time capsule




A primary school in Mildenhall celebrated its 50th anniversary with an array of activities on Tuesday.

Great Heath Academy, in Girton Close, had a celebratory assembly looking back at the roots of the school.

They are also planning to bury a time capsule with nostalgic items in a secret location, which will be opened in 50 years’ time.

Great Heath Academy celebrated it's 50th anniversary with an assembly and time capsule. Picture: Mark Westley.
Great Heath Academy celebrated it's 50th anniversary with an assembly and time capsule. Picture: Mark Westley.

Items included in the time capsule include photos from around the school and its grounds, a local newspaper, a national newspaper, examples of children’s literacy, maths and topic work, a school jumper and tie and a parent and staff handbook.

The school has also chosen to cover Brexit, with a short description of what is happening, as well as an EU flag, life in 2018, letters and messages to the children’s future selves including what they hope for in the future, aerial photos of the school, photos of relevant people, an Argos catalogue, music CD and memory stick and an invitation and list of the
guests who attended the celebration.

Naomi Brown, head of the school, said: “It is important for the children to know the heritage of the school and it is important for them to think about how things have changed.”

Former staff members of the school were invited to the assembly with a lunch and birthday cake served to carry on the festivities.

The school is also planning to create a mural, which they have asked the children to come up with ideas for.

Steven Vincent, principal, said: “It is very important to invite back former teachers and other staff.

“It is even more important for the school to retain its identity. We were very keen to make sure we did something that represents the next 50 years.”



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