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In the footsteps of legionaries -
Trips organised by the Classics Department -
with a list below

Our pupils were marched throughout Roman Britain by the Classics Dept from 1973 to 2000.

The first trip, mainly for S4 whose exam work included the Roman Walls, was a 2-day visit in 1973 to Hadrian’s Wall; 26 pupils paid £4 each (and were refunded £1), as the total cost of £115.70 (incl. a £45 coach) was subsidised by a grant. Youth Hostel suppers were 29p each and bed-nights were 52p.

The second trip was a S4 2-day visit to Roman Scotland in April 1974, costing £90.78 (incl. coach). It cost the 21 pupils (20 girls plus Charles Martin) £2 each. The two extra staff were Miss Kelly and Miss Milgrew. Later Antonine Wall trips were day visits, using the school mini-bus.

Four one-week Roman England trips by mini-bus, in 1974/75/78/80 took Classics pupils as far as the then recently-discovered Fishbourne Palace, in Sussex, the route including Chester, Bath, Stonehenge, Lincoln and York.

The mini-bus was used for the next five 2-day S4 Hadrian’s Wall trips and for two 3-day trips to York (1974-80). (30-40% of mini-bus mileage was then on Classics trips.) At the same time, three 1-day trips in 1976/77/78 took 183 S2 pupils to the main sites.

When S4 numbers decreased and S2 coach costs increased, the two trips were merged to become the highly successful series of sixteen 4-day Hadrian’s Wall and York trips (or, 1982, Chester) from 1981 to 1997 – 700 pupils had an activity-packed UK study trip.

Pupils were also taken to at least ten productions of the classical comedies and tragedies from the beginnngs of European theatre, and to the local Face of Rome exhibition (1991) in Irvine (Andrew Hamilton pictured above with troops) and to the Pharaohs exhibition at Edinburgh in 1988.

The figures show a total of over 50 trips with over 1420 pupils – all educational and great fun.

Mr I J Dickson

Classics (and a few other) trips - which ones do you remember?

Oct. 1973 - S3/6 Hadrian's Wall visit (2 days) - 26 pupils with with Mr D. and .............
April 1974 - S3/6 Antonine Wall visit (2 days) - 21 pupils with Mr D., Miss Kelly and Miss Milgrew
June 1974 - Roman England 6-day trip - 10 seniors with Mr & Mrs D.
Sept. 1974 - St Michael's & Irvine Royal Academy joint visit to "The Bacchae" by Euripides and "Oedipus" by Sophocles at the Edinburgh Festival - 8 St Michael's pupils
Oct. 1974 - S4 Hadrian's Wall 2-day visit - 13 pupils with Mr & Mrs D
March 1975 - S4 Antonine Wall day visit - ... pupils with Mr D. and ...
Aug. 1975 - Roman England 8-day trip - 10 seniors with Mr & Mrs D.
April 1976 - S4 Hadrian's Wall 2-day visit - 13 pupils with Mr & Mrs D. (minibus + car)
May 1976 - S2 Hadrian's Wall day visit - 48 pupils with Mr D., Miss Dorrian and Mr A Mousley
June 1977 - S4 Hadrian's Wall 2-day visit - 11 pupils with Mr & Mrs D.
June 1977 - S2 Hadrian's Wall day visits - 91 pupils over two visits with Mr D., Miss A Dorby, Mr K McClure, Sr Bernadette and Mr B McNulty
June 1978 - S3 York weekend (3 days) - 13 pupils with Mr D. and Miss F Murphy
June 1978 - S2 Hadrian's Wall day visit - 44 pupils with Mr D., Mr K McClure, Mrs E Lamb and Mr J Fitzpatrick
July 1978 - Roman England 7-day trip - 10 seniors with Mr & Mrs D.
Oct. 1978 - S3 Antonine Wall day visit - 13 pupils with Mr D. and Miss Conway
June 1979 - S4 Hadrian's Wall 2-day visit - 13 pupils with Mr D. and Miss McCallum
June 1979 - S3 York weekend (3 days) - 13 pupils with Mr D. and Mrs S Anderson
Sept. 1979 - Antonine Wall day visit - 12 pupils with mr D. and Miss E Cruickshank
Jan. 1980 - trip to "The Eunuch" by Terence at Glasgow University - 13 S2/4 pupils with Mr D. and Miss McLaughlin
June 1980 - S4 Hadrian's Wall 2-day visit - 13 pupils with Mr D. and Mrs R Foy
June/July 1980 - Roman England 9-day trip - 12 seniors with Mr D. and Mrs S Anderson
May 1981 - S2 Hadrian's Wall & York (first 4 day trip) - 43 pupils with Mr D., Miss M McCourt, Miss M McMahon and Mr B McNulty
June 1981 - S3 Antonine Wall day visit - 12 pupils with Mr D. and Mrs E Lamb
Nov. 1981 - S1/3 Youth Hostelling weekend to Aviemore - 12 pupils with Mr D. and Sr Bernadette
June 1982 - S2 Hadrian's Wall & Chester (4 days) - 46 pupils with Mr D. Miss M McCourt, Miss M M Dorrian and Mr P Dorrian
July 1982 - S4 Drama Club visit to Stratford (4 days) - 12 pupils with Mr & Mrs D. and Miss D McFadden
June 1983 - S2 Hadrian's Wall & York (4 days) - 30 pupils with Mr D. Miss M McCourt and Mr A Walsh
June 1983 - S3/6 Antonine Wall day visit - 16 pupils with Mr D. and ......
June 1984 - S2 Hadrian's Wall & York (4 days) - 15 pupils with Mr D. and Mrs Gault (minibus + car)
June 1985 - S2 Hadrian's Wall & York (4 days) - 60 pupils with Mr D., Miss M McCourt, Miss A Callaghan, Mr H Merrick and Miss A McMillan (coach + minibus)
March 1987 - Computing Module class visit to Hunterston Power Station with Mr D.
June 1987 - S2 Hadrian's Wall & York (4 days) - 46 pupils with Mr D., Miss M McCourt, Miss G McFarlane and Mr A Mousley
June 1987 - S3/4 Antonine Wall day visit - 11 pupils with Mr D. and Mrs E McKie
April 1988 - S1/6 visits to "Gold of the Pharaohs" exhibition in Edinburgh - 92 pupils on 2 days with Mr D., Mr J Aitken, Miss S Stirling, Miss G MacFarlane, Mrs W Rodger, Miss M McCourt, Mrs M Davie and Mr H Merrick
June 1988 - S2 Hadrian's Wall & York (4 days) - 47 pupils with Mr D.,Miss M McCourt, Mrs J Lamb, Mr J Aitken and Mr A Mousley
June 1989 - S2 Hadrian's Wall & York (4 days) - 45 pupils with Mr D., Miss M McCourt, Mr B McNulty and Mrs E McKie
June 1989 - trip to "Antigone" at Paisley Arts Centre - 12 pupils with mr & Mrs D. and Mrs S O'Donoghue
Sept. 1989 - trip to "Hecuba" at Tron Theatre - 5 pupils with Mr & Mrs D.
June 1990 - trip to "The Frogs" by Aristophanes at Shawlands Academy - 19 pupils with Mr & Mrs D., and Mrs Gallagher (minibus + 2 cars)
June 1990 - S2 Hadrian's Wall & York (4 days) - 57 pupils with Mr D., Mrs S Karling, Miss M McCourt, Mr K McClure and Mr J Jenkins (coach + mini-bus)
May 1991 - S2 Hadrian's Wall & York (4 days) - 42 pupils with Mr D., Miss McCourt, Mrs M Merrick and Mr M Docherty
Oct. 1991 - S1/2 visits to "The Face of Rome" exhibition in Glasgow Vennel, Irvine - 66 pupils in 5 groups
May 1992 - S2 Hadrian's Wall & York (4 days) - 53 pupils with Mr D., Mrs J Buchert, Miss B Barker, Mr J Jenkins and helper Mrs M Shields (coach + mini-bus)
February 1993 - S1/4 to "Antigone" by Sophocles at the Tron Theatre - 39 pupils with Mr & Mrs P Carmichael, Mr & Mrs D., and Mrs P Young
June 1993 - S2 Hadrian's Wall & York (4 days) - 51 pupils with Mr D., Miss M McCourt, Miss A McNicol, Mrs M Nolan and Mr T Malkin
August 1993 - S2/6 to "The Persians" by Aeschylus at Edinburgh Festival - 23 pupils with Mr D., Mrs P Young and Mr B Walsh (St Michael's + Irvine Royal mini-buses)
March 1994 - team of 6 pupils to Latin-Speaking Competition, Glasgow
March 1994 - S1/3 to "Oedipus The King" by Sophocles at Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh - 46 pupils with Mr. D., Miss B Barker, Mrs P Young, Mr P Carmichael and Mr B Walsh
May 1994 - S2 Hadrian's Wall & York (4 days) - 52 pupils with Mr D., Mrs P Young, Miss A McNicol, Mr B McNulty and parent Mrs Torley
May 1994 - S3 Antonine Wall day visit - 13 pupils with Mr D. and Mrs M Davie
Sept 1994 - S1/4 to "Antigone" by Sophocles at Ardrossan Academy - 22 pupils with Mr D., Mr P Carmichael, Miss B Barker, Mrs P Young and Mrs D Goss (minibus + car)
May 1995 - S2 Hadrian's Wall & York (4 days)
June 1995 - S3 Antonine Wall day visit
June 1996 - S2 Hadrian's Wall & York (4 days)
May 1997 - S2 Hadrian's Wall & York (4 days) - 30 pupils with Mr D., Mr J Jenkins, Mrs M King & Mrs L Dickson
May 1999 - S2 Antonine Wall day visits - 29 pupils on two trips with Mr D., Miss Barker and Mrs McArthur
June 2000 - S2 Antonine Wall day visit

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