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School’s time capsule records COVID-19 for posterity

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A TIME-capsule has been “buried” in a pillar at the entrance to Warrington’s Sir Thomas Boteler CE High School.

It contains letters written by head teacher Beverley Scott-Herron and key worker students who have been in school Day 1 of the COVID-19 lockdown.
In 1990 an earlier time capsule was placed in a pillar at the school entranced by former head teacher John Higgins.
As the pillars are being rebuilt to support a new fence, Mrs Scott-Herron thought it appropriate to place a new time capsule to capture a unique moment in history.
She said “It is really important that we capture this unique moment in history and it is truly fascinating to think that this might or might not be discovered in years to come.”
The key worker students were excited that their words might become something school children might study in the future.

Included in the time capsul were a Boteler pen and pencil and a letter from the head which read: “My name is Beverley Scott-Herron and I am currently the head teacher at Sir Thomas Boteler Church of England High School. I have been a headteacher here since 2014 and it has been the most amazing journey so far.
“The school or Boteler Family as we like to call it, is exactly that a family. We thrive on positive relationships and always go above and beyond in everything we do. Young people are at the heart of the school and will always come first.
“We have High Expectations, High Aspirations and High Standards secure in the knowledge if we have these three elements then we will always succeed in whatever we decide to do.
“‘Through God, We Care’ about our school and community and we are more than just an educational institution as we have the power to transform lives every day.
“I have no idea when or if this will ever be found. However 2020 has been a significant year for the world as it was the year we had the Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic, where the world went into lockdown and schools had to close. Many people have lost their lives and people have been affected all over the world. Whilst the virus has not gone and restrictions are still in place (as I am writing this) we are positive that we will come through this even stronger than before. The school community has all pulled together and we have worked as a family to ensure that we have looked after each other every step of the way.
“It is always important to leave a legacy behind and the one I aim to leave is:
“’You must always be kind as a word can change someone’s world.’
“Have faith and courage in your convictions; stay positive and true to yourself and always aim for your dreams as nothing is impossible”

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