School children make history

Silver Springs Academy pupils fill the time capsule. (L-R) Isabelle Newbry-Knight, Rossilee Jones, Archie Evans and Le’Vayah McKenzie-Magnone.
Artist’s impression of Summers Quay which is being developed by Cavendish Property Developments Ltd.

Artist’s impression of Summers Quay which is being developed by Cavendish Property Developments Ltd.

Pupils at Silver Springs Academy in Stalybridge (Tameside) have made their mark on local history by filling a time capsule that will be buried in the town.

Schoolchildren from all year groups, including the nursery, created artwork, collages, poems and stories about living in Stalybridge for the capsule which will soon be sealed underground at the Summers Quay development at St Armentieres Square.

67 new luxury apartments and retail space are being built at Summers Quay at the site of the former Millpond Pub and Casablanca Health Club.

Silver Springs Academy pupils fill the time capsule. (L-R) Isabelle Newbry-Knight, Rossilee Jones, Archie Evans and Le’Vayah McKenzie-Magnone.

Silver Springs Academy pupils fill the time capsule. (L-R) Isabelle Newbry-Knight, Rossilee Jones, Archie Evans and Le’Vayah McKenzie-Magnone.

When it is complete in winter 2018, the building will also feature a special plaque to remind people of the children’s work in years to come.

 

Mrs Deborah Mason, Principal at Silver Springs Academy said: “The children have enjoyed being part of this project and they’ve found playing their part in history really exciting.

“It’s brought out their creativity and we all feel very proud that we’ve been able to leave our mark on a development that will bring new homes to the area.”

Silver Springs Academy is sponsored by Great Academies Education Trust, set up by housing association New Charter Group. Other items that will be buried in the capsule include New Charter’s soft toy mascot Nora The Owl, a tenants’ newsletter and a local newspaper.

Silver Springs moved into a new £3m building in September 2015 with improved information and communications technology, early years and sports facilities and a learning resource centre.