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Time capsule marks school rebuild
Tideway School plan
The new Tideway School is due to open in October 2008
Pupils at a school devastated in an arson attack nearly three years ago are to bury a time capsule to mark the 10.8m redevelopment of the site.

The youngest pupils, in year seven, at Tideway School in Newhaven, East Sussex have chosen the contents of the capsule to be buried on Wednesday.

It will include a mobile phone, an MP3 player, a Rubik's cube, money, stamps, magazines and a local newspaper.

There will also be photographs of the school, with shots of the fire.

The capsule will be buried alongside the school's main entrance stairway, which is part of the new building expected to open in October this year.

'Taking shape'

"We are really pleased with the progress that is being made on our new school," said head teacher Adrian Money.

"The building has begun to emerge from the ground and everyone is even more excited now that we can see things really taking shape.

"The aim of the time capsule is to enable future generations to have a picture of what life was like at Tideway in 2008 and also understand a little bit more about what happened to our building."

The arson attack, in April, 2005, destroyed large areas of the school, including the main hall, staff room, library, drama room, administration offices and toilets and damaged 40 classrooms.

It is now being refurbished, extended and modernised, with several separate classroom blocks being integrated into a single complex.

Pupils are being taught on site in temporary accommodation during the rebuilding.



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