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From the Plantation to the Peace Process

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From the Plantation to the Peace ProcessYear 9 Shared Education Trip to Stroke City Learns Lessons from the Past

Twenty pupils each from Bangor Academy and  St. Columbanus’ had a really mind expanding trip to Derry/Londonderry in April to explore the culture, history and politics of a city that has experienced siege, terrorism and most recently reincarnation as UK City of Culture in 2013. Earlier this term pupils from each school had met to team-build in a History lesson about Derry’s walls so by the time they ventured to the north coast, they were firm friends and could really enjoy all the visits Mrs Coulter and Dr Dalton had in store for them.

Year 9 toured the Guild Hall, walked the Peace Bridge, toured the Walls of Londonderry (thanks for such an entertaining tour Garvin!) and noted the colourful expression of the political divisions in Northern Ireland as they viewed the murals and painted kerb stones denoting the different communities. Another highlight was meeting Rev. David Latimer and exploring the Peace Garden he designed. He had interesting news about the progress on the “Peace Pledge” Bangor Academy pupils have submitted in 2016. Our “pledge” will be on display as part of a 15 foot high galvanised-steel tree which has each of the contributing 407 peace pledges featured as leaves. The big reveal is not until January 2018 so watch the website for more details.

Pupils enjoyed a brief trip to shop in the Foyleside Shopping Centre before tea, games and relaxation at Corrymeela Conflict Resolution Centre’s hostel accommodation. The next morning they were up early, some pupils did voluntary worship together at the Croi before travelling eastwards to Dunluce Castle to hear how archaeology and artefacts can teach us about the past. Lunch in Ballycastle gave everyone a chance to reflect on the trip before home. 

Kirstin said:

“The highlight of the trip for me was walking the walls with Garvin. It was extremely informative and tugged at your heart strings as some of the stories were so sad.”

Emily commented:

“We explored how important it is to communicate , respect other people’s opinions and make relationships with different people.”

Robbie said:

I loved learning about the lost town of Dunluce . . .and how to properly make a bed in the team building challenge!”

Andrew said:

“The highlight for me was meeting the Rev. David Latimer. I think that what he is doing for the Peace Process in Northern Ireland is a really good thing.”