Pictured are the students and staff of the History, Classical Civilisation, Religious Studies and Art Departments’ trip to Rome. The group departed on the 22nd October and returned on the 27th visiting sites such as the Vatican, the Colosseum, and Roman Forum, the excavations at Pompeii, the Circus Maximus, the Castel St. Angelo and the four major Basilicas of Rome. A full report will be added later in the term.
You might have seen the appearance of a ‘mummy’ or two along the History corridor in November when the Year 8 pupils tried their hand at some mummification. The Year 8 pupils had been learning about life in Ancient Egypt in their History lessons. They studied the process of mummification and what the process involved. Mrs Irwin was very impressed by the pupils’ efforts and needless to say, if you take a look at the pictures, some of our pupils would certainly make good embalmers. The Year 8 pupils certainly enjoyed this activity with Lucas Eymere and Aaron Fleming from 8M, and Josh Hill and Dean Millar from 8W, claiming the prize for best ‘mummy’ in their class. Keep an eye out in case you see any loose ‘mummies’ wondering around school!!
As part of our demonstration for Open Morning, we were lucky enough to once again secure the services of Mr. Michael Gilmore, a local amateur historian and World War enthusiast. Mike very kindly returned to our school with his unique collection of WW1 and WW2 artefacts and created a display which certainly kept the interest of our own pupils and the visiting primary 6’s, 7’s and their parents.
Mike also returned to school on Monday 12th January to facilitate a historical workshop for our year 10 pupils. He shared his knowledge with all our year 10 classes and then gave them all the opportunity to handle the artefacts he had brought along. This included holding a range of WW1 and WW2 weapons and trying on certain pieces of uniform and military kit. This was a brilliant session for our year 10’s and one that allowed them to gain hands-on knowledge and understanding of what they are currently studying in year 10 in History. We once again offer our thanks to Mike for providing such a unique and valuable learning experience both for our year 10’s and on Open Morning.
Seeing as how teachers spend 5 days a week with us pupils, I am sure Mr Bredin, Miss Crawford nor Mr Doherty were the envy of any staff member as they agreed to take 23 Year 14 pupils to Dublin for the weekend. Thankfully Friday 12th April was a lovely sunny morning which lessened the grumpiness of the twenty three 18 year olds, all of whom were successfully on the bus for 6.45am (even J Orr). While some of us slept and some of us enjoyed the scenery it is safe to say we were all very excited about our last trip as Dalriads.
On Thursday 5th December 8S travelled to the Joey Dunlop Centre to take part in a educational workshop based on the 1798 United Irishmen Rebellion. They were joined by Year 8 pupils from St. Paul’s College, Kilrea. During the workshop the pupils gained an insight into the preparations that were made for the battle and the actual events of the rebellion. The pupils in particular enjoyed the part where they got to handle some of the weapons that would have been used in the battle. Daniel Telford from 8S thought the trip was very good. He said ‘I really enjoyed the workshop as I got to wear the uniform of an officer and handle a rifle.’
Year 10 pupils learn about the First World War as part of their study on the Twentieth Century and in June the pupils got to experience aspects of the war first hand through their visit to the Somme Heritage Centre.
Pupils were given a presentation on weapons used during the year 1914-1918 and were able to handle some weapons and hear the stories behind them. Pupils also had the chance to experience what recruiting was like and to actually feel what it would have been like to wear the uniforms. The highlight of the day was the walk through a reconstructed World War One trench, hearing and seeing what life would have been like.
Pupils said; ‘it was a brilliant day out – i actually got to feel the weight of the weapons the soldiers had to carry’, ‘I loved hearing the stories’, ‘it was so good to actually see what a trench was like, rather than just reading about it in class’.
The History department are involved with the Sharing Education Programme in the Ballymoney Area and are delivering a 6 week activity on ‘Our Shared Past’. Local partner primary schools; Ballymoney Model, Leaney Primary School, St Bridgets Primary School and Sandelford are working together on a Titanic based project.
Pupils will be producing a group magazine about the ship and facilities onboard as well as creating a large ‘pop art’ style poster to represent the Titanic ship. In addition, pupils are actively experiencing the music and dance that would have been the nightly entertainment on the ship. The project will run from May – June 2013 and will be celebrated at a night for parents and guests on Monday 24th June 2013.
The annual History Trip to Rome took place from the 25th to the 30th October this year. The History Department were joined this year by the RE and Art departments. The trip was a great success with pupils and staff thoroughly enjoying the experience.
The pupils visited the four major basilicas of the Vatican state, the Vatican museums, the Colosseum, the Roman Imperial Forum, the Circus Maximus, the Castel St.Angelo, the excavations at Pompeii, the mausoleum of the Emperor Augustus, the Ara Pacis, the Catacombs of St. Calisto and the Pantheon! All in five days! There was also the excitement of travelling on Rome’s public transport, the trip on the 64 bus being particularly memorable and an experience that no one will easily forget. After five days of sights, shopping, amazing ice cream, pizza and pasta, pupils and staff all returned, tired but enthused, with plenty of stories to tell.
As part of the Year 8 History course pupils have the opportunity to learn about Norman Castles. They study the three types of castles that were built: Motte and Bailey, Concentric and Stone Keep castles. After pupils had learnt about the different forms of castles and the advantages and disadvantages to each they began the process of making their own. The effort shown by all pupils was fantastic, from paper mache castles to castle cakes. The history department was very impressed. Peter Clarke from 8M made his castle out of cake. ‘I decided to make a stone keep castle out of cake. I enjoyed making the castle and I think the class enjoyed eating it!’ Oliver Warke from 8W made a motte and bailey castle. ‘I used a lot of lolly pop sticks to make the fence around the bailey. It was great to see the castles that my classmates made and to see what materials they used.’ The efforts of the year 8 pupils did not go unnoticed as they were treated to a castle party…..well the castle cake just had to be eaten!!