To mark the construction of the Terminal Building at the Airport the Laying of a Commemorative Stone and Burial of a Time Capsule will take place at the Airport site on Saturday 28 June 2014.

As part of this event, the St Helena Government Public Relations Office has this week launched a competition in Island Schools to encourage young people to submit a drawing, poem or essay – with winning entries to be placed in the Time Capsule and buried at the Terminal Building.

The competition is open to all children from Nursery age to 18 years with four different age categories. There are great prizes to be won and the winners in each category will have the honour of having their work placed in the Time Capsule.

Competition categories are as follows:

Primary School Pupils – Paint or draw a picture of What St Helena looks like to you in 2014 (prizes will be awarded to both lower and upper age primary school pupils).

Lower Age Students, Prince Andrew School – Write an essay entitled ‘How St Helena will Change with an Airport’ of up to 500 words.

Upper Age Students, Prince Andrew School – Write a poem entitled ‘St Helena – Past, Present and Future.’

The Time Capsule will also include Island newspapers, past and present visual accounts of life on St Helena, Island lace, photographs, St Helena currency, Stamp Issues, Electoral Roll, plus a comments book for all those involved in the Airport Project.  A compendium of lifestyle articles and video footage of community events and Airport construction to date will also be included.

Chief Public Relations Officer, Ian Jones, encourages young people to participate in the competition:

“Time capsules are fascinating things – this one will be a snapshot of St Helena in 2014, part of the Island’s history – and you can become part of that history with your winning picture, essay or poem.  Who will gaze at your work in, say, a hundred years’ time?  Time capsules are in fact time machines.

“People will be asking for years to come:  ‘What’s in the Time Capsule?  When was it buried, who buried it and why?  Maybe it contains some coins and stamps.  Maybe an old St Helena flag?  Seeds from forgotten plants, or maybe Saints just emptied their pockets on a given day?’

“But I think when the capsule is eventually unearthed, the most fascinating thing will be how young people lived their lives and saw their home in the year 2014.”

The Competition deadline is Thursday 12 June 2014 and entries should be submitted to class teachers by this date. 

Commemorative Stone Competition Poster for Schools


13 May 2014



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