Year 10 History WWI Battlefields Trip - 16 June to 20 June 2018
To mark the centenary of the ending of World War One, five of our Year 10 History pupils embarked on a collaborative History adventure with their friends from St Paul's High School, Bessbrook and St Joseph's College, Ipswich. Together they built some lasting friendships and poignant memories as they discovered the moving history of World War One by visiting the Battlefields in Belgium and France. History was brought to life as they visited some of the impressive monuments that commemorate the lives of the fallen soldiers such as the Thiepval Memorial and reflected in the Tyne Cot Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery.
They also led a heart-felt ceremony of song and poetry at the Island of Ireland Peace Park which was attended by the Irish Ambassador to Belgium, Helena Nolan and Alan Campbell, Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy. The Orchard County will always be remembered at the Peace Park Village where our pupils stayed as an Apple tree was planted there to commemorate our time together.
Two of our pupils, Ruby Blackwood from Newtownhamilton High School and Michael Doran from St Paul's High School, also had the privilege of visiting the war graves of their relatives. On our last day the pupils had the unique honour of visiting an archaeological dig at Dig Hill 80 where the remains of over 105 German, French and British soldiers have been unearthed.
Our thanks go to Mrs Reid, Head of History, and her colleagues from St Paul's High School: Head of History, Mr Emmett McCaffrey and Dr. Briege Rice, who accompanied our pupils on this amazing journey through World War One.
Additional photographs and videos can be viewed on the school's History Department website and History Twitter feed @NHSHistoryDept.