Shared Education trip to Parliament Buildings, Stormont

On Friday 3rd March members of Grosvenor’s 9G form class participated in the latest activity relating to the Shared Education project in which the school is currently involved, alongside Lagan College and Our Lady and St. Patrick’s College, Knock. 

The day began as each of the three schools headed off in two buses for a tour of Belfast city centre, where its passengers took in such renowned sites as the city’s famous murals, the Shankill and Falls roads, as well as the Peace Wall.

Following a quick packed lunch at OLSPCK the pupils then headed up the hill to Parliament Buildings, Stormont, where the pupils were split into two groups, one of which started in the Senate Chamber and the other in the Assembly Chamber. During their respective tours the pupils were given a history of the building but also a hugely informative political history of Northern Ireland, from its inception in 1921 to the Good Friday Agreement of 1998. 

Finally, the pupils were given the opportunity to participate in a debate on the motion: 'school uniforms should be banned'. During this discussion pupils rose from their seats to make their arguments before a division(vote) was called, with pupils using the voting lobbies that MLAs themselves use when they are in the chamber. 

In all the day provided a brilliant experience for all of the participating pupils, with many of them remarking on how much they learned about their city. 

Many thanks to Mrs Lander for continuing to co-ordinate Grosvenor’s involvement within the Shared Education project, as well as Mr Smyth who accompanied her on the day; we now look forward to reading about the next event in the ‘S.E’ calendar: a residential trip to Gannaeay at the end of the month. 

Pupils from all three participating schools on the famous staircase at Parliament Buildings, Stormont, during their Shared Education visit on Friday 3rd March.