Youngsters bury time capsule for students of the future to discover

Ripon Grammar School boarders Amy Goodwin, 13, of Potto, Tabitha Milton, 13, of Sessay, Abigail Burke, 14, of Pilning, near Bristol, and Diyosa Mathew, 13, of Northallerton, bury their time capsule to mark 50 years of the Boarding Schools Association.
Ripon Grammar School boarders Amy Goodwin, 13, of Potto, Tabitha Milton, 13, of Sessay, Abigail Burke, 14, of Pilning, near Bristol, and Diyosa Mathew, 13, of Northallerton, bury their time capsule to mark 50 years of the Boarding Schools Association.

Girls at Ripon Grammar School joined thousands of boarders around the country to create a time capsule tomark National Boarding Week and the Golden Jubilee of the Boarding Schools’ Association.

Simultaneous burials took place across the UK with notes kept for future boarders to unearth and open the time capsules in 25 years’ time.

Amy Goodwin, 13, of Potto, included an amusing account of boarding life for girls in Johnson House at Ripon Grammar School, which included information on current affairs including the EU referendum and the girls’ predictions for what the future will be like.

She wrote to the finders: “We all agree that technology will have moved on loads.

“People think you travel around on hover boards and all own smart watches.

“We hope there will be world peace and that the boarding house doesn’t have the same computers.”

A school tie, a photograph of Johnson House, menus, a year eight timetable, a school calendar and an account by the head of house Ruth Smith were among other items included in the time capsule to reflect school life.

The girls also added a loom band bracelet with instructions, a tea bag, photocopied bank notes and a full set of coins, a page of logos for well-known brands, stamps and sweets.

They acknowledged their area with a Yorkshire Air Ambulance (the school’s chosen charity) pin, a tourist guide and a Ripon Hornblower wooden lucky penny.

Housemistress Helen Pickard added: “The BSA asked all boarding schools to join in and Ripon Grammar School is very happy to have played its part.”