The Form 5 Politics and Society class had a busy first day of their trip to Belgium. Firstly they visited the Island of Peace Park where James was pleased to complete the task set by his family to find in the archive the record of his great grandfather who died at The Front in 1917. They visited the Menin Gate and the Flanders Fields Museum in Leper and also Ghent. The group are accompanied by Mr Finnegan, Ms Hyde and Ms Mulvanney.
Day 2: Today the group had a trip to the European Parliament hosted by MEP Mairead McGuinness. After a very enjoyable and informative question and answer session with Mairead, the students then attended a lively debate in the Parliament chamber. The topic under discussion was the post Brexit EU budget. The students remarked on the passion with which the MEPs spoke on the future of Europe.
Day 3: On the final day of their trip to Belgium the Form 5 Politics and Society class visited Brussels Atomium and the adjoining Mini Europe Park. The Atomium standing 102 metres high is a 165 billion times magnification of an iron crystal and houses a viewing platform and several exhibits including paintings of Belgian surrealist Magritt. Mini Europe features replicas of notable buildings in each EU country. At the press of a button the national anthems play. In the photo below Wilson's students are giving a hearty rendition of Amhran na bhFiann by the round tower of Glendalough.