New school on a time trip

CIARA PRATT
Last updated 05:00 17/12/2013
Hobsonville Point Primary pupils
Ciara Pratt
MAKING MEMORIES: Hobsonville Point Primary pupils Keira Jeavas, 7, left, Leianah Afu, 12, are gearing up to seal their school’s time capsule.

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Pupils in Hobsonville are staking their claim and celebrating their first year at a new school.

Hobsonville Point Primary School has put together a time capsule to reminisce on its first year as well as predict how the area will look 50 years into the future.

The time capsule contains mementos of the first year at Hobsonville Point Primary including photos, drawings and books by junior and senior pupils detailing their favourite moments of school life in 2013.

A community ceremony will be held today where the capsule will be sealed and put in a glass cabinet to be on display. The hope is it will be unsealed 50 years from now.

Principal Daniel Birch says the capsule is a great way to recognise the school community.

"It's about the foundation pupils of the school staking their claim to the land and honouring the kids and families who were here first.

"It also celebrates the fact we were one of the first buildings here and the idea that our community is built around this school."

The new school which opened in March caters for children from years 1 to 8 and is slowly building its population with a roll of 75 expected next year.

Pupil Leianah Afu, 12, says the capsule will contain a lot of memories. "It's a nice feeling doing something like this for the future and I wanted to include things that I was really proud of.

"I will be 62 in 50 years so it would be cool if we could come back to see it dug up."

Keira Jeavas, 7, wrote a page about her love of gardening to include in the capsule. "I hope that they will think our school is nice and fun. I'm sure it will be very odd in the future."

Property development company AV Jennings proposed the idea and purchased the time capsule for the school.

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