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Harbour Primary School pupils create snapshot of life for future generations

A time capsule filled with pictures, stories, letters and photos has been buried by Harbour Primary School pupils at the site where their new school at Church Hill in Newhaven is being built.

The capsule will offer a snapshot of everyday life at the school and was buried during an event on Friday 16 May. Pupils, teachers and members of the Morgan Sindall site team, which is expanding the school, joined to mark the event. The children have also painted the hoarding panels around the site, with colourful graffiti-style depictions of the seaside themes which decorate classrooms at the school.

Harbour Primary School is currently split across two sites in Newhaven; one at Church Hill for nursery children and Key Stage Two pupils, and one at Western Road for reception and Key Stage One pupils.

The Morgan Sindall project team is extending and refurbishing the existing building at the Church Hill site for East Sussex County Council. Once complete, the pupils currently based at Western Road will relocate to Church Hill, which will be ready for a new intake of pupils in September 2014.

Christine Terrey, headteacher at Harbour Primary School, said: “This is a brilliant way for children to mark progress on the construction of the new school extension and create an exciting discovery for future generations of pupils to uncover and enjoy. The time capsule contains elements from all aspects of the children’s school lives – so should offer a good flavour of what our school is all about!

“Once the build process is complete, we also hope to be unearthing a time capsule at the old site on Western Road which was buried around twenty years ago – so we’ll have come full-circle, which is exciting.“

The new extension will include improved learning facilities for children, with two new state-of-the-art classrooms and a nursery being built. The existing building will be refurbished so that it links seamlessly with the newly built extension.

Julien Jones, area director at Morgan Sindall, said: “The work we’re doing on site will create new updated facilities for children at the school and allow it to operate from one central base – creating a modern, sustainable building without losing the existing structure.

“The children are really excited about the new school and it’s great to see them getting involved and making their mark on the site with this capsule burying event – which will provide a brilliant snapshot of what life at Harbour Primary was like for future generations of pupils.”


CAPTION: Harbour Primary School pupils and teachers join the Morgan Sindall project team to bury the time capsule in their school grounds.

For more information about this news release please contact Ruth Cobban at Paver Smith on 0151 239 5000 or email