The High Sheriff of Rutland was on hand to plant a tree and bury a time capsule to mark a significant anniversary for a school.
Teachers and pupils at Casterton Business and Enterprise College are marking the school’s 75th year, and on Thursday last week High Sheriff Miles Williamson-Noble buried a time capsule prepared by Year 7 history pupils.
He also planted a commemorative tree, which was a Sorbus Apricot Queen, a type of mountain ash, alongside a plaque, which was donated by Stamford Garden Centre.
Principal Vicky Crosher said: “It was especially exciting that this year’s High Sheriff was able to plant the tree for us on this special commemorative year.
“Mr Williamson-Noble has long been a friend and strong supporter of the college and until recently was a governor.
“He spoke eloquently to the students at the tree planting about the history of the college. He particularly mentioned the admissions book from 1939 when pupils home addresses were sometimes given as Hackney and London – demonstrating clearly when evacuees joined the college during the war. These items are currently on display in the college.”
The time capsule contained uniforms, the pupils hopes and aspirations for their future, reward badges, a mobile phone, a number of photos, a student planner and a textbook.
Pupil Niamh Cooper said: “It was fascinating to watch our time capsule get buried. I wonder what students in the future will make of what we put in there and what they will think about our school life in 2014.”
The school has thanked Miles for his services.