Pupils’ buried treasure

Above: primary five and six pupils from Giffnock leave buried treasure for Hilltree Court residents. Below: Stephen Curran and pupils bury their jubilee time capsule.Above: primary five and six pupils from Giffnock leave buried treasure for Hilltree Court residents. Below: Stephen Curran and pupils bury their jubilee time capsule.
Above: primary five and six pupils from Giffnock leave buried treasure for Hilltree Court residents. Below: Stephen Curran and pupils bury their jubilee time capsule.Above: primary five and six pupils from Giffnock leave buried treasure for Hilltree Court residents. Below: Stephen Curran and pupils bury their jubilee time capsule.

SCHOOL pupils have been communicating with future generations this week, as not one but two groups were involved in creating a time capsule.

The first, a joint project between St Vincent’s primary and autism unit and Thornlaw nursery, is in memory of the diamond jubilee year, and the youngsters have included everything they can think of to tell the children of tomorrow just what it was like in 2012.

Above: primary five and six pupils from Giffnock leave buried treasure for Hilltree Court residents.

Above: primary five and six pupils from Giffnock leave buried treasure for Hilltree Court residents.

The youngsters have been working on a project about the queen’s 60 years of reign, and their capsule contains everything from photos of their own jubilee celebrations to a newspaper from the big weekend.

Councillor Stephen Curran, executive member for education and representative for Newlands and Auldburn, joined pupils, staff and southside community members for a burial ceremony on Monday.

He commented: “I’m sure they will treasure this experience forever and who knows — perhaps one day, future generations will discover the items buried in June 2012, which will give them an insight into how Glasgow celebrated the jubilee”.

Meanwhile, over in East Renfrewshire, primary five and six pupils at Giffnock primary were working on a memorial project of their own.

The youngsters created a time capsule to be buried in the new assisted living development constructed by McCarthy and Stone.

Each pupil came up with five items to be included, and the best were sealed away in a vessel buried during a ceremony last week.

Winning items included a school tie, newsletter, a map of Giffnock showing the new Hilltree Court site, coins and a commemorative photo of last year’s royal wedding.

The young pupils also wrote a top secret letter, only to be opened in 100 year’s time.

Teacher Tony Mayer said: “Once again McCarthy and Stone has created a really unusual challenge for the children to get involved in, and I know they’ve really enjoyed playing their part in the plans for the time capsule.

“It will be something they remember for some time to come”.

The new Hilltree Court site — the name of which was previously chosen by Giffnock primary pupils — is expected to open in August.

n SUMMER sun may seem like a distant memory this June, but children at St Cadoc’s primary have been brushing up on their skin safety information ahead of the holidays.

Pupils were visited by Lee Smith, of skin cancer charity Masscot, to learn about the increased rates of the illness among Scottish youngsters, and how to avoid it by keeping safe in the sun

The children took part in a competition to design a sun hat in school colours, and the winner was chosen by a local businessman Michael Smith of ORB International, who then made 80 of them especially for St Cadoc’s pupils.

The hats cost £2 each, with the money raised from them being shared between Masscot and the Tommy Burns Foundation.

Pictured below are primary one pupils modelling the design, along with footballer Paul Hartley, who stopped by for the launch.