Bassingbourn school celebrates 50th anniversary by burying time capsule

Bassingbourn Primary School pupils with their time capsule Bassingbourn Primary School pupils with their time capsule

Saturday, July 5, 2014
9:01 AM

A village school held a double celebration to celebrate its 50th anniversary on the current site.

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Pupils at Bassingbourn Community Primary School, in South End, took part in an afternoon tea party last Tuesday.

Then, on Saturday, to coincide with the school fete a time capsule was presented to the school, which will be buried on site. This has been filled with items suggested by the pupils.

Rachael Schofield, one of the co-headteachers at the school, said: “The children have greatly enjoyed looking into the history of the school and some of the memories shared with us by ex-pupils and previous teachers – both in our current building and at the old school building in the village.

“The children have been amused and interested to hear about the many differences in uniform, play, discipline and teaching styles.

“While thinking about what to put in the time capsule, the children have also been inspired to think about what pupils in the future may like to know about current school life, which has led to some interesting class discussion.”

The school moved onto its current site in 1963/64. Previously, it had been based in the village High Street, in a Victorian building which is now the village reading café.

Money raised from the summer fete will help launch a fundraising campaign for a new swimming pool at the school. The existing pool is no longer fit for purpose, and the school and PTA are working together to raise the necessary funds for a new pool.

Sue Brown, the school’s other co-headteacher, added: “As has been reported recently, Cambridgeshire schools currently receive the lowest funding per student compared to schools in all other counties in England.

“We therefore rely on the generosity of volunteers from our staff and parent body who do an amazing job organising and supporting an array of fundraising activities throughout the year.

“It would be wonderful to see the children swimming in their new pool next summer.”

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