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Children make their mark on time
Children left their mark on the history of Orpington when they named units at Care UK’s newest care home and buried a time capsule in the grounds.
The competition to name the three units was open to the school’s 440 pupils and many imaginative names were suggested, with the winning names being Willow, Larch and Bluebell.
Care UK also invited teachers and pupils at the school to put together a time capsule which they buried in the grounds of the new home in Sevenoaks Road, Green Street Green.
Headteacher Lynne Dando said: “Care UK wanted the school to get involved at the new home from day one. By burying the time capsule we will be cementing forever the link between the school and the home.
“Every child in Key Stage One and Key Stage Two worked with their teacher to write a very special message to the people of the future. The best examples have gone into the time capsule, along with photographs and memorabilia from 2012, which was a remarkable year for us all.”
Set to open in March, Foxbridge House will have a contemporary, light and airy feel and will feature Care UK’s ‘village’ style area including a coffee shop, hair salon and cinema.
The home will also feature lounges and open areas that celebrate local themes, such as Biggin Hill airfield, Brands Hatch racing circuit and Charles Darwin, who lived in the nearby village of Downe.
Each en-suite bedroom has been designed to meet the needs of people living with dementia, whilst landscaped gardens feature sensory planting, water features and seating areas.
Care UK project manager Sara Goodwin said choosing the winning names had been a tough decision: “The children came up with some fantastic suggestions and we were spoilt for choice,” she said.
“It has been a great experience for us to work with the school and have the input of the children in creating this new home.”