THE FIRST PEACE PITCH IN ARMAGH
Mrs Mcoy writes; one of our students said,
‘I enjoyed the sports we had played, I made more friends, I learned more about other peoples religions and cultures. I had a great time’
St Paul’s High School illustrate how FOOTBALL MAKES OUR SHARED HISTORY’s diversity through play champions the importance of GAA in our shared heritage.
‘Many young people play Gaelic Football at the peace pitch, Mesen, Belgium. Cultural games are shared experiences with children from around the world.‘ Paul Cooper, Director, CFA.
Mr O’Rourke, B-Tec Support Co ordinator, St Paul’s High School, writes, ‘The project itself will allow our children to learn about the history of Europe and all that has gone before them, alongside the playing of their national Sport. It is a huge honour for our school to become the first with a history of playing Gaelic Games to be involved in a project of this size and importance. We endeavour to teach and show our children how they can learn from other cultures and respect how others choose to live their lives while also showing how proud we are of our own heritage.’
St Paul’s is proud of our position at the very heart of the community of south Armagh, offering the broadest education possible to the children of an area which values our school and what we do for our children.
St Paul’s is a Catholic school, and we place great emphasis on our Christian values of truth, integrity, compassion, and kindness. All the decisions we make have the best wishes of the pupils of the school at heart. We offer them a strong voice in the running of the school and our educational experiences are broad and diverse, ensuring that each child receives the curriculum which is suited to their own needs.
In St Paul’s we are committed to the education of the whole child. We will endeavour to inspire our pupils as they move through their complex formative years to ensure they receive the attitudes and values which will turn them into fulfilled members of the workforce, their community and society in general.
St. Pauls are looking forward to getting involved in the Football Makes Our Shared History project for several reasons.
Principal, Jarlath Burns signed the Declaration for Peace Certificate; kick-starting St Paul’s High School’s FMOSH project. The importance of the project will bring local schools together and culminate with a peace pitch twinning ceremony.
‘Due to unforeseen circumstances last year St Paul’s High School will be starting our FMOSH project this year. We are looking forward to being the first Peace Pitch in Armagh. FMOSH will create a legacy long after the input of current pupils and staff. We are proud of the fact that our peace pitch will be twinned with Flanders Peace Pitch, site of the First World War, Christmas Truces’. Jarlath Burns