Mustard video and photo gallery: Back to the future for school time capsule

Ormiston Victory Academy Principal, Naomi Palmer, with Jason Haden, left, former student of Costessey High School and now Ormiston Victory geography teacher, and Martin Cowley, former head of art for 20 years, open the time capsule from March 1994. Picture: Denise Bradley Ormiston Victory Academy Principal, Naomi Palmer, with Jason Haden, left, former student of Costessey High School and now Ormiston Victory geography teacher, and Martin Cowley, former head of art for 20 years, open the time capsule from March 1994. Picture: Denise Bradley

Monday, February 17, 2014
11:12 AM

There was a real blast from the past at Ormiston Victory Academy, after a steel time capsule, buried 20 years ago, was dug up by builders.

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Pupils buried the capsule, and its contents, back in March 1994 – a year when Wet Wet Wet ruled the charts with Love Is All Around, Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List was the big winner at the Academy Awards and England’s footballers watched the World Cup in the USA at home after failing to qualify.

And the Middleton Crescent school was also very different. In those days it was Costessey High School before it took academy status.

It was during building work to revamp and extend the academy that the capsule was located.

And, on Friday, the lid was prised off in front of an expectant crowd of pupils and staff who were keen to see what had been stored inside.

In these days of iTunes and MP3s, tapes of albums by Kylie Minogue and New Kids On The Block harked back to another time.

There were old school photographs, homework guides, Norwich City programmes, Top Trumps, a copy of the Evening News and a floppy computer disk for an Amiga.

Jason Haden was a pupil at the school when the capsule was buried and now teaches geography there. He was amazed to discover his own contribution to the capsule – a drawing he made of his French class.

Martin Cowley was head of art in 1994 and the capsule was his idea.

He said it was particularly nice to find the letter which he had placed in the capsule two decades ago, while names of former pupils brought memories flooding back.

But the time capsule won’t be above ground for long. It’s due to be buried again in September for another generation of pupils to discover.

Naomi Palmer, principal of Ormiston Victory Academy, revealed there had been a second discovery as well. She said: “There was a bottle found while there were more excavations.

“It smashed and inside we found sheets which pupils had filled in, separate to the time capsule, about 20 years ago. They showed their hopes for the future and it made really interesting reading.”

Among them were Luke, 12, who said: “My ambitions are to become a world famous drummer and a world famous football player. Basically I want to be well known.”

Stuart, 12, wanted to be a skipper of a wherry and a farmer, while Lindsey, 12, wanted to be a vet.

And there was one sheet completed by Daniel Claflin, 12. He mentioned his brothers – one of whom, Sam, achieved Luke’s goal of being well-known. He is a film star who plays Finnick Odair in the blockbuster Hunger Games films.

Were you at Costessey High in the 1990s? Write (giving your full contact details) to: The Letters Editor, EDP, Prospect House, Rouen Road, Norwich NR1 1RE or email EDPLetters@archant.co.uk

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