A celebration of 50 years at St Edmund’s School

CEREMONY From left, Guy Elder, Grace Oyegbile, Lord Mayor of Portsmouth Frank Jonas, chairman of the school governors Barry Wright, with headteacher Simon Graham, Lydia Weeks, Olivia Barrett and Jason Johnson. Picture: Malcolm Wells (131174-1643)
CEREMONY From left, Guy Elder, Grace Oyegbile, Lord Mayor of Portsmouth Frank Jonas, chairman of the school governors Barry Wright, with headteacher Simon Graham, Lydia Weeks, Olivia Barrett and Jason Johnson. Picture: Malcolm Wells (131174-1643)
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STUDENTS helped bury a time capsule in a bid to celebrate 50 years of education at their school.

St Edmund’s Catholic School in Portsmouth marked the anniversary by burying the time capsule which will be dug up in 50 years’ time in 2063.

And 50 balloons were also released into the sky by pupils to mark the birthday.

City Lord Mayor Frank Jonas was invited to the school to unveil a plaque.

Headteacher Simon Graham said it’s a significant achievement for the school.

‘It’s a celebration of the fact that the school has been in existence for 50 years,’ he said.

‘It’s provided education to thousands of young people in Portsmouth.

‘It’s about celebrating that fact, allowing them to come back 
and join in these celebrations 
and thank some staff, students and the whole community for the support that has been given in that time.

‘Lots of former staff have come back, plus ex-students and current students. We got students representing every year group and every tutor group.’

In the time capsule, students put in a school uniform, a newsletter and some videos – which were put on different formats to prepare for changes to technology.

‘They will be able to unearth it and see what St Edmund’s was like in 2013,’ added Mr Graham.

‘I’m hoping that as students walk by they will get a sense of history and education in the school. It’s something we talk about all the time.’

Year 7 pupil Paola Kryemadhi, 11, said: ‘It’s a good idea to put the school uniform in because in the future it might not be the same school as it is now.

‘In 50 years time people can see what we do now.’

Year 9 pupil Naim Ahmed, 13, added: ‘It was a really good idea because in 50 years when they open it, they will see massive changes to St Edmund’s.

‘I wrote an article about what I think the school will be like in 50 years.

‘I think it will be really technical.’

And Year 9 student Tahir Kanani, 14, said: ‘We put in things that were liable to change.

‘We out in pictures of the school because the landscape will change in 50 years.

‘It’s a great idea because it could be used in school subjects once they open it to understand the history of England and the history of our school.’

This week work has started at the school to build a new sports hall.