Issued: June 26, 2016
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MP buries time capsule and unveils window as part of school's centenary celebrations
Epping Forest MP Eleanor Laing visited Daiglen School, Buckhurst Hill, to help celebrate the school's centenary.
Mrs Laing buried a time capsule at the front of the school in Palmerston Road and unveiled a centenary window in the front door.
The time capsule contains essays from some of the children detailing how they see life in 25 years time. It also contains a memory stick of pictures and a recording of the school choir.
Mrs Laing said: "I was honoured to be involved in the centenary celebrations at Daiglen School. I am most impressed by the beautiful window which has been designed by the pupils and reflects the environment and the school motto.
"The time capsule is a brilliant idea and Year 6 children told me their own plans about what they hope to be doing in 25 years.
"I have every confidence that many of them will come back to the school having achieved their ambitions and to remind themselves of what they said in their essays."
The celebrations have included an open day, when the special guest was Mr Heap, son of the school's first headmaster. Visitors also included former students from the 1930s to 1990s.
As part of the event, the school choir sang songs from each of the decades the school has been in existence.
Headmistress Mary Bradfield said: "The whole year has been very exciting, looking at not just how the school has changed but how the world has changed over 100 years.
* Mrs Laing was also invited to judge the Year 6 poetry and reading competition.
She presented the reading cup to Reuben Schwartz, 11, and the poetry cup to Tibet Hanedan, 11.
Mrs Laing said: "It was a pleasure to hear every single one of the children. Everyone was good enough to win a cup. Everyone was brilliant - absolutely terrific."