Pupils from the two schools who went on the
history trip to Belgium.
PUPILS from two Lisburn schools have paid a
poignant visit to the First World War battlefields in Belgium
It was the fifteenth annual visit by students
from St Patrick's and Lisnagarvey and, as usual, was a very
useful and interesting trip for both pupils and teachers and was
thoroughly enjoyed by all.
Each year the schools visit the battlefields
there is more to be seen as work on making the area more
accessible to visitors is ongoing, and this year the group was
able to get up to the Vimy Ridge Memorial which has previously
been closed to the public.
New car parks and information areas have been
opened at Tyne Cot and Langemarck, the small cafe and centre
beside the Ulster Tower has been extended and work is also being
carried out on the Thiepval Memorial.
Two of the most poignant memories of the trip
are the annual laying of a wreath at the Ulster Tower followed
by a minute's silence and the Menin Gate ceremony in Ypres when
the group joined a very large crowd of visitors to listen to the
'Last Post' being played by three Buglers.
Other highlights of the trip included the
chance for the pupils to experience the actual trenches of Hill
62, the opportunity to see archaeologists at work in Thiepval
Woods and the visit to the fascinating 'In Flanders Field'
museum housed in the Cloth Hall, Ypres.
The pupils also visited the beautiful
medieval city of Bruges and spent a very enjoyable day at
Asterix Park, Paris.
Another visit is planned for next year, and
meanwhile the close collaboration on joint classroom activities
and field trips which the history departments of the two schools
have conducted for the last twenty years continues apace.
Christina Mulholland from St Patrick's and
Luke Cairns from Lisnagarvey lay a wreath.