Time capsule buried at new West Calder High School

A fascinating insight into the life of current school children has been left for future generations at the new West Calder High School built by Morrison Construction.

Published: 29 June 2018
Capability: Building
Market: Education

Pupils from West Calder High School and Parkhead Primary have been working on a project to fill and bury a time capsule at the new school site.

They have been carefully considering what should be included in the capsule, to give people in the future an idea what life was like for school children in 2018. Items chosen for include school ties, photos of the old High School, timetables, jotters and project work.

Pupils from West Calder High and Parkhead Primary meet up on at the site of the new school recently to bury the capsule for posterity.

West Calder High School Head teacher Julie Calder said: “All the pupils have enjoyed the time capsule project, which has really got them thinking about the future and how people in 50 years will view today.

“Working with Parkhead Primary pupils, they have put together an interesting list of objects that should allow future generations to understand more about young people’s lives in 2018.

“We hope that whoever opens this in 2068 will enjoy finding out more about life in 2018 through the items chosen specially by the young people.” 

Work on the new £32 million West Calder High School, West Lothian’s largest single investment in education, is nearly complete, with the new school set to open in August 2018.

The 1,100 capacity school has been designed with the pupil experience at the core, as well as providing facilities accessible to the local community.  It is being developed through Hub South East Scotland, with Morrison Construction appointed to build the new school.

Morrison Construction provided the time capsule as part of the community benefits programme for the new school project. As a Hub South East project, a range of community benefits targets are set at the outset to ensure projects deliver additional payback to the local community through economic, social or environmental improvements.

On the West Calder High School project, these targets in many cases have already been greatly exceeded.

Morrison Construction Corporate Responsibility Manager Alice Harley, added: “We were delighted to assist pupils with their time capsule project as part of our progressive community benefits programme.

“Other highlights include 2305 pupils to visit site and 328 work placement days, enabling us to teach young people about our industry and the opportunities it offers.”