P6 Win Irish News Night at the Museum!
It was 'the best night of my life!' according to Calum, following his prize-winning sleepover at
the Ulster Museum.
The boys and girls from P6A, St John the Baptist set up camp in the foyer, with air-beds,
sleeping bags and fluffy pillows, before being assigned their enthusiastic team leader,
Christina Taylor, who just happens to be an SJB past pupil. They were then treated to an
exciting torch- lit trail, searching for clues through the dark and shadowy museum,
remembering to duck of course, every time one of those dragons was spotted flying overhead!
After that, it was time to show just how creative and artistic they are as they made colourful
dragons of their own, with a little help from staff member Jane Butler, (another SJB past pupil!).
Viking Training was great fun as they dressed up in helmets and fake furs, with a wig and a beard
thrown in for good measure and of course we all had our unique Viking name....
Learning to speak Dragonese was hilarious and the atmospheric story time, reminiscent of those
Viking sagas , told around the glowing flames of the camp fire, made all the more interesting as
the storyteller was Ms Bell's cousin, Kathleen!
It was time for onesies but not for bed. They weren't finished yet. How many chances do you
get to go to the cinema after midnight-and bring your sleeping bag with you? 'How to train your
Dragon' was the perfect choice and a great success. Following the movie, the trainee Vikings
headed for bed-but not for sleep! Despite having a very small fraction of our 'eight hours'
beauty sleep, the boys and girls managed to surface from the cosy depths of the sleeping bags
to start the day with breakfast provided by the museum. What a selection on offer! Definitely,
spoilt for choice! And they hadn't finished yet. They were off to see -and feel- an exciting array
of snakes, some small, some VERY BIG, as well as hairy tarantulas, geckos and rare species of lizards.
What were you doing at 8.30 a.m. on Saturday morning?
No visit to a museum is ever complete with the visit to the shop - and the boys and girls just had to
uphold that tradition. Then it was time for the 'Hairy Hooligans' to say Thank you to the wonderful
museum staff who had worked so hard to make sure we all had 'The best night of our lives'.