Over the weekend, while digging a hole in readiness for some tree-planting, John and his team made an exciting discovery - they unearthed a battered, old leather suitcase!
After it had been checked carefully by Security for any danger, it was carefully opened in front of the children. Inside, we found a variety of strange items, such as paintbrushes, a map, sketches of shells and flowers, an old photograph and some delicate lace. We are pretty sure that the suitcase belonged to a woman, probably European- but who? Who was she? Why was she here in Mombasa? What was she doing? And how did her suitcase come to be buried here? The children were bursting with ideas about how the suitcase ended up here, from a freak Tsunami which flooded the area and probably drowned the poor woman, to a thought that maybe it fell from a low-flying aeroplane on a surveillance or exploration mission.
The unusual event sparked some brilliant writing across the Primary school, leading to news reports, stories, poetry and creative writing, which we showcased in a special assembly on Thursday afternoon.
There has been much speculation as to whether there may be other hidden treasures buried in the grounds, or even a body or two…! I guess we will just have to wait and see if our sharp-eyed groundsmen spot anything else unusual as they go about their day-to-day business.