Cookstown High School pupils mark centenary of WW1 ending

The History department in Cookstown High School has marked the centenary of the ending of the First World War with a range of activities and events.

Tuesday, 20th November 2018, 12:49 pm
Updated Tuesday, 20th November 2018, 12:52 pm
The History Club and staff members from Cookstown High School.

A ceremony was held in the school’s Eco Garden to commemorate the Armistice centenary.

During this ceremony, members of the department’s History Club planted a tree in honour of this significant event.

A-Level History pupil Tamzin McClung also provided the musical accompaniment for the ceremony. Mrs Selina Allen, Head of History at Cookstown High Schoo, said the tree would be a “poignant reminder to all who would gaze at it over the years through the History classroom

Gareth Lennox and Kirsty Brodison planting the tree.


Year 10 pupils, along with the school’s History Club members also visited the Royal British Legion’s First World War exhibition in Cookstown.

Pupils had the opportunity to view a replica tank, Fray Bentos III, and a trench system during their visit. They also got to hold weapons that would have been used by soldiers of the First World War.

The main discussion however, was on the Battle of the Somme and whether the phrase ‘lions led by donkeys’ was an accurate description of the battle.

History department pupils with their Armistice mural.

Pupils then laid a commemorative cross in front of the Cenotaph names at the end of their visit.

A number of History pupils also created two murals to commemorate the Armistice centenary and

these were placed on display during the Royal British Legion’s exhibition.

Nine talented and artistic historians designed and painted both murals, devoting much of their free time to them and even coming in to work on them during their Halloween holidays. Special recognition also goes to Bethany Coulter who completed one of the murals individually.

Bethany Coulter with her mural.

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Members of Cookstown High School history department who visited the WW1 exhibition.