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Pupils dig deep for school time capsule

25 June 2015
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Time capsules have been buried at two Aberdeenshire housing projects after local children looked back to the future.

Sanctuary Scotland asked Strichen School and Peterhead’s Buchanhaven Primary to pack capsules with items relevant to pupils.

Sanctuary is building 74 affordable homes in Strichen and Peterhead, all of which will be completed this year. Both time capsules are due to be dug up and opened in 2065.

Buchanhaven’s time capsule contains a variety of items from loom bands and ‘Frozen’-related items, to a school jumper and a set of house badges.

Depute head teacher Elaine Stephen said: “Our pupils thoroughly enjoyed taking part.

“The capsule sparked discussion about the area within the school and amongst families. It also made the children think about where and what they might be doing in 50 years’ time when the capsule is opened.”

Strichen School’s children were equally enthusiastic.

Head teacher Andrew Jenkins said: “The time capsule project has been an excellent activity for the pupils.

“It has allowed them to think about what life will be like in 50 years’ time and how things might change. But it also made them evaluate what will be of interest to the people who dig up the time capsule.

“We hope some pupils will be there when the capsule is opened.”

Both of Sanctuary’s Aberdeenshire projects are being built by GRAHAM Construction. The £1.65 million Strichen development will provide ten houses and two flats, all available for social rent. In Peterhead, the £7.6 million development on the site of the former Craigewan nursing home is creating a total of 62 units for Aberdeenshire Council and Sanctuary.

The time capsule project has an educational value but Sanctuary is also helping local children have fun. Having installed a basket swing for pupils in Strichen, Sanctuary will soon transform Peterhead’s Sutherland Avenue play park to make it more child-friendly.