The Wallace High School Lower Sixth pupils
pictured at The Wallace Collection in Hereford House, London.
TWENTY one Lower Sixth pupils from Wallace
High School recently enjoyed two busy days in London,
experiencing cultural and political aspects of their AS studies.
Accompanied by teachers Julie Dumigan, Paul
Beaton and Gillian McGarry, as well as local MLA Basil McCrea,
their first port of call was the House of Commons.
This was a particularly significant and
historic occasion given that this was Tony Blair's final day in
office. The Wallace party was met by Sarah Merrill from Amicus,
the trade union which is affiliated to over Labour 100 MPs.
The Lisburn students were given the
opportunity to debate and discuss current political issues with
MPs including Maria Eagle and Terry Rooney. These issues
included academic selection, the war on terror, the implications
of the decline in UK manufacturing and prison reform.
Wednesday evening saw the group enjoy the hit
musical `Wicked!' which was both entertaining and thought
Wallace High School pupils David
McCullough, Natalie Poots,Emma Murphy and Steven
Adams with MLA Basil McCrea and MPs Terry Rooney and
Maria Eagle during a committee room debate at
Steven Adams presenting a gift from Wallace high to
the Curator of the Wallace Collection Jeremy Warren.
Thursday morning was spent at The Wallace
Collection where the students thoroughly enjoyed exploring the
history of Sir Richard Wallace. The tour of the Wallace
collection was followed by a backstage tour of Shakespeare's