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Poyntzpass Primary School

P5/6 World War Two Living History Trip

11th Jan 2017

Last Wednesday 11th January 2017 the P5/6 pupils dressed up as World War Two evacuees and headed off to the Palace Stables in Armagh with their teachers in costume as their billeting officers in command. After an information session covering many aspects of World War Two such as evacuation, rationing, bomb shelters, different types of gas masks and spies, the children were taken to meet the Chief Air Raid Warden to learn about war safety and what would be expected of them to survive. Under his guidance we were taken down under ground into a real air raid shelter where we all sang songs to pass the time and overcome our fear of being in the dark. Next we visited the US Army Marshall billeted in Armagh during 1943 and some children were chosen to do rifle practice. Finally, we all had to work together and set our minds to the task of code breaking some very important war messages before we moved on to make our identity cards to prove we were not spies should we be picked up by the army. It was an absolutely jam packed day of learning and fun and the children all looked incredible in their evacuee costumes. Many thanks to all who supported them in this activity.