Pupils and staff outside their hotel in Notre
Dame De Bellecombe.
Thirty-one pupils and four staff returned home last week from
Dunmurry High School's annual geography field trip to the French
This is the 20th year in the school's four decade
history it has arranged a visit to this beautiful part of the
world for its students.
Staying in the picturesque village of
Notre Dame De Bellecombe high in the Haute Savoie region of
France, the pupils enjoyed excellent weather and warm
For many the highlight of the tour was the visit
to Chamonix and a trip on the world's highest cable-car to the
summit of the Aiguille Du Midi overlooking Mont Blanc, Western
Europe's tallest mountain.
Mr. Beattie, Mrs. Redmond, Mr Logan and
Mrs. Hans in Annecy
Thomas Espie, Nicola Crothers, Rebecca
Crothers, Ellen McCalmont, Jamie Hawthorne and Dylan
Fleming beside Lake Annecy
Mr. Beattie with Aaron Hamill on Lake
Others enjoyed seeing the Mer De Glace, a stunning glacier
which moves at a rate of 4 metres a month. Travelling by
funicular railway they witnessed this sea of ice winding its way
through this spectacular mountain range down into the Chamonix
the highlight for both teachers and pupils was the 'summer luge',
a dry toboggan run down one of the gentler slopes which is a
Mecca for mountaineers throughout the world.
A trip to Annecy, known as the 'French Venice' was another
memorable excursion. Here pupils enjoyed going out on pedalos
and swimming in the distinctive bluey-green water of Europe's
Visits to Flumet, Walibi Theme Park and the
exclusive village of Megeve, where many famous people such as
Roger Moore own properties, also proved popular with the pupils.
Mr Beattie, Head of Geography, who organised the trip, said:
This is a very important year for Dunmurry High School and it
has started in a very memorable and positive way. The visit to
France was very successful and this was due in no small measure
to the pupils.
At all times they gave a good account of
themselves and were a credit to their parents and the school.
Above all else they were excellent ambassadors for Northern
Ireland and were praised for their manners and behaviour
wherever they went."
Laura Neill and Louise Shortt sample
snails and frogs' legs at a local restaurant.
Louise Shoat and Rebecca Cooper beside
Graham Montgomery and Rebecca Crothers
prepare for lift-off on the Playstation at the Walibi