Sending a Message to the Future
For the BSS community, celebrating 150 years is as much about acknowledging the past as it is about looking to the future. It’s a time to reflect on who we are and what the people of the future will know about us. BSS Middle School students decided to take this reflection one step further by creating a time capsule that captures ‘A day in the life’ of the girls in our sesquicentennial year. In the spring of 2017, students were joined by staff, parents and other community members for a ceremonial closing of a time capsule, curated by students, which included BSS ties, an iPhone and a specially-preserved shop cookie. (See invitation and detail of the box below.) It was placed in a wall in the Learning Commons, not to be opened until 2067, when students will be sure to enjoy a peek into what life was like way back in 2017! Until then, enjoy A Whole New World, a review of our last 50 years – featuring photos and artifacts from the BSS Museum & Archives’ collection.
And, speaking of archival items, during the construction of the new wing, the 1965 cornerstone (below), which contains its own time capsule, was temporarily removed. It is a welded-shut copper box within a hallowed granite stone and was filled during the formal Opening Ceremony for the 1965 wing on April 20, 1966. What’s inside? An academic staff list, box of 1966 coins, copy of the April 20, 1965 Globe and Mail newspaper, school magazine, a school pin, uniform picture and a few other documents to reflect the time in our history.