PUPILS, parents and teachers made an emotional farewell to two Shotton schools yesterday.
The children at Taliesin Junior School and Shotton Infants School packed about 140 years of school history into a time capsule to create a lasting legacy.
Both schools will close for the final time tomorrow.
The youngsters put pictures and other keepsakes in the capsule, which was buried on the grounds of Ysgol Ty Ffynnon Primary School – the new £6.4 million development which will replace the two schools and house its pupils.
The new single storey building, set to open in September, will accommodate 270 primary and 30 nursery pupils formerly in Taliesin Juniors and Shotton Infants.
The event was full of mixed emotions, as Shotton Infants has served the community for more than 100 years and Taliesin Juniors has been open for more than four decades.
Headteacher Helen Hughes, who has been at Taliesin Juniors for 20 years, said all pupils and staff have special memories they will leave behind.
“All of us at Taliesin are really, really excited – but we also have a lot of very special memories,” she said.
“We are so privileged to have such a lovely school to move to.
“It is going to be an emotional last day for the staff and the children.
“We have to say goodbye properly before we move on.”
Jane Thomas, foundation phase manager, who has worked at Shotton Infants for eight years, said it is a very emotional time. She said a lot of the childrens’ parents, who once attended the school themselves, “are getting quite upset” about the imminent closure.
“The children have buried pictures of themselves and also memories of past pupils,” said Mrs Thomas, who also had two children in the school.
“A lot of the childrens’ parents came to the school and they have been telling them there memories too.
“It is very emotional – the parents were more upset than the children.
“But the children have got an exciting thing to look forward to.”
Mrs Hughes said developers Read Construction has worked closely with the children of both schools and has involved them all from the very early stages of the new design.
She added: “Inside the time capsule, items will include journals written by the children which document their memories of the old school, copies of the old school logos, copies of a recent thanksgiving service and concert programme and children’s photographs and drawings.”
The new school has nine classrooms and two resource classes for children with moderate learning difficulties, a nursery, assembly hall, studio, kitchen and community facilities.
Outside there are landscaped play and recreation areas.
It will welcome children for the first time at the start of the new academic year in September.
Cllr Chris Bithell, Flintshire Council's cabinet member for education, said: “The new school has been built to a high standard, to provide modern, first class facilities and the best learning opportunities for our children.
“We wish the staff and pupils the very best in their new environment.”