Pupils bury time capsule

GIDDY UP: Riding instructor Kelly Blackburn keeps her eye on front rider Laila Gaskin on 'Charlie'. (d306a322)
GIDDY UP: Riding instructor Kelly Blackburn keeps her eye on front rider Laila Gaskin on 'Charlie'. (d306a322)
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Time stood still on the site of the new £5m extension to BBG Academy this week as staff and students buried a time capsule in the walls of the new extension.

Pupils and staff joined construction workers from Wates in the ceremony which was held to mark a milestone in the building work.

Pupils and staff burying a time capsule in the roof bridging the old building and the new extension at BBG Academy, pupils Harrison Kelly and Sam Barraclough holding the capsules. (d611a321)

Pupils and staff burying a time capsule in the roof bridging the old building and the new extension at BBG Academy, pupils Harrison Kelly and Sam Barraclough holding the capsules. (d611a321)

Once complete the school will increase its capacity from 400 pupils to 750.

A student representative from each class took part in the event, which also included the uncovering of a time capsule from 1984, buried during construction of the school’s quad area.

Preserving a snapshot of 2012, the year that the former Birkenshaw Middle School became the new BBG Academy, the capsule has been filled with modern relics that symbolise life in the 21st century. Artifacts include school photographs, CD recordings of the school’s music and souvenirs from local celebrations for London 2012 and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee last year. Students also prepared their own stories of the transformation of the former middle school, including details of the campaign that helped save BBG Academy.

The capsule, which was concealed in the wall that joins the existing school building with the new extension, will be marked with a ceremonial plaque instructing the school’s future staff and students to unearth it in 2062.

Work on BBG Academy began earlier this year and as well as the extension. the existing building is being refurbished. At the centre of the school will be a ‘heart’ courtyard. The Academy will also offer state-of-the-art sports facilities, a resource centre and adult learning provision, all of which will be available for community use.

David Price, from Wates Construction, said: “BBG Academy is undergoing quite a transformation and it’s great to see that a snapshot of this exciting time will be concealed away for decades to come. The students here have a legacy to leave for future generations.”

BBG Principal Jo-Anne Atkinson said: “The new building works represent the start of something really special and the culmination of a long fight to secure a secondary school for the children of Birkenshaw, Birstall, Gomersal and East Bierley. Hopefully future generations will be able to reflect on the commitment of the community to the education of their young people as well as look at the changes over the years.”