At the end of May in keeping with the twin traditions of cross-community school outings28 pupils from Newbuildings Primary School and St Columba’s Primary School accompanied by staff, embarked on a four-day trip to Scotland.
Among the adventure parks they chose to visit were Blair Drummond Safari Park, Deep Seaworld, Edinburgh Butterfly Farm and the Dynamic Earth complex.
The pupils also visited the waterfront park in Ayr and went bowling and squeezed in a visit to the cinema.
The highlight for most children was the visit to M&D’s Amusement Park, now known as Scotland’s Theme Park.
The principals of both schools, Chris Scholes from Newbuildings, and Shaun McLaughlin at St Columba’s, were among the staff accompanying the children on the trip.
Mr Scholes said: “I have done this trip over 10 times and this was the most enjoyable of them all. The two schools really enjoyed each other’s company and got to know each other well. The pupils’ behaviour was exemplary and they were a credit their schools and parents.”