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Princethorpe College students send message to the future

Rugby Editorial 5th Oct, 2022   0

A MESSAGE has been sent into the future by students at Princethorpe College.

A time capsule has been buried under the school’s new Science Centre, to be opened in 50 years time.

Year 7 pupils wrote letters which were put inside the capsule, alongside artefacts, objects and articles that reflect modern day life, for future pupils of the school to find.

The special composite capsule was buried under the entrance to the new Science Centre, which is currently under construction.




The capsule includes letters and articles by Year 7 pupils, and memorabilia from 2022.

It included letters and articles produced by Year 7 pupils in their history lessons, reflecting life today and their hopes for the future.

Among the treasures was memorabilia from 2022, including a flag from the UEFA Women’s Euros, newspaper articles about the appointment of the new Prime Minister Liz Truss, and news of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s passing.


Pupils also included popular comics such as the Beano and The Week, as well as brochures and magazines reflecting the school.

They also included one last essential for life in the 2020s, a lateral flow test – which hopefully will be a distant memory for those digging up the capsule in 2072.

The location of the capsule has been registered with The International Time Capsule Society and can be opened in 50 years.

Year 7 pupils Lauren Dent and Krishan Patel, together with their History teacher Tracey Hester and Foundation Assistant Head Alex Darkes, handed over the time capsule to the contractors, Trendgrey Construction, who are building the new £8million Science Centre at the top of the College’s Lime Walk.

Lauren and Krishan then got to place the capsule in the cavity under the floor, assisted by Site Manager Kevin Wynne, before the floor blocks were replaced and the cavity was sealed.

Alex Darkes said: “The new Science Centre is a significant project for Princethorpe and the burial of the time capsule is an exciting way for pupils to engage with and commemorate the new building.

“There are some really interesting documents and artefacts in the time capsule that will be fascinating for future pupils to unearth in 2072. It was a pleasure to watch pupils come together to share these important memories, capturing the history of the school and life in 2022 and leaving behind treasures for future generations.”

The Science Centre project is on track to be completed by mid 2023, with the new building due to open in the next school year.

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