THIS WEEK IN 1989: Portsmouth school looks towards the future

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Opening of the new school by the home secretary in October 1927. The headmaster, Canon Barton, is on the lowest step, on the left. Dorothea Barton is possibly there, somewhere. (PGS Archive)

NOSTALGIA: A red bluestocking at Portsmouth Grammar School

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Celebrations for the 125th anniversary of St Luke’s School, Southsea, were expected to last well into the next century.

The school planted a tree and buried a time capsule to tell future generations about Portsmouth in 1989.

Head teacher David Bailey said: ‘The tree will hopefully be here for the next 100 years – who knows what changes will have happened by then.’

The time capsule – containing a school tie, school programmes, letters, and a copy of The News – was buried by head boy Lee Cottrell, 16.

The tree was planted by the school’s youngest pupil Barry Springgay, 12, and Jean Williams, chairwoman of the school’s governors.

It was followed by a service led by former pupil Canon Buckett, the vicar of Newport.