Time capsule and open day to mark East Ham school’s centenary year

To celebrate its 100th birthday children at Brampton Primary School in East Ham look through old sch

To celebrate its 100th birthday children at Brampton Primary School in East Ham look through old school diaries written at the time of its opening in 1915 - Credit: Archant

Diaries recording the opening of a school in the midst of the First World War have been dug up to celebrate its 100th birthday.

This year Brampton Primary in East Ham is marking its centenary year by planning a number of activities to honour the milestone – including burying a time capsule to be unearthed in 2065.

Chair of Governors at the school, Kevin Jenkins OBE, said Brampton wants to celebrate the occasion and use it as a way of looking at the school’s history.

“We’re going to bury a time capsule and we’re hoping in 50 years time the kids who are here when we bury it will come back in and see it dug up,” he told the Recorder.

“We’ll also look at different decades the school has gone through as part of the pupil’s history classes as well as looking at the wider area to see what East Ham was like in the 20s, 30s and 40s.”

The school first opened on May 31, 1915, and a community open day will take place on Saturday, June 13, to mark the anniversary.

A school photo will be taken to bury in the time capsule and school dinners reminiscent of those served in 1915 will be dished up.

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Mr Jenkins said the school is keen to involve as many former pupils and staff as possible and to this end, a specific centenary email address has been set up.

“I want to keep them informed of events and encourage them to contribute short pieces about their memories of Brampton,” he said.

The centenary email address is: brampton100@brampton.newham.sch.uk.

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