On Monday 22nd February Killicomaine Year 9 History students took part in an Ulster Plantation workshop. Below are some photographs of the event.
Emily meets Maud
History student, Emily McCormick, recently met local inspirational women Miss Maud Kells OBE. Below is Emily’s report:
I have been following with great interest, the inspiring story of Miss Maud Kells, OBE who narrowly missed death when she was shot in January 2015, while working in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Maud has served God as a missionary nurse since 1968.
On Thursday 8th October 2015, I set off with great excitement to hear Maud share her story in person. The hall was filled with eager listeners just like myself, waiting in anticipation as the 75 year old lady took to the stage. That night I listened in wonder, as Maud relied how she had been lured from her home and shot by bandits. She spoke of the injuries she suffered that night but gave thanks to God for preserving her life and allowing her to make such a wonderful recovery. It is her goal to return to the Congo to help her night guard, who was with her when she was shot and who has been in prison since the night of her shooting.
Maud told us of her love for the people in the Congo and how she first arrived there in the sixties. Maud who had trained as a nurse before hearing God calling her to be a missionary spent much of hr time in the Congo helping to build hospitals and schools,providing medical help to those in need and sharing the love of God with everyone she meets.
One of the oddest yet most compelling episodes in World War I happened on Christmas Day in 1914. The war had been going on for a few months, and neither side had made much progress (as was the case for most of the war, actually). Germans on one side were hunkered in their trenches; not far away were English and British hunkered down in their trenches. War doesn’t usually recognize holidays such as Christmas. But early on Christmas morning, a group of German soldiers left their guns in their trenches and walked across the no-man’s land in between the trenches and said, “Merry Christmas” in both English and French. The startled French and British soldiers thought it a trick and kept their weapons aimed at the unarmed Germans. Finally convinced of the Germans’ sincerity, the British and French climbed out of their own trenches and greeted their enemies of the day before. The men exchanged cigarettes and food and even played a game of soccer. They sang songs and shared drinks. They made merry on Christmas Day. The war continued the next day, of course, and the better part of four years after that. Millions died at the hands of terrifying new weapons. Many lessons were learned (and not learned). The following Christmas, no such truce presented itself. That pattern continued throughout the war. But on that one day in 1914, the holiday spirit overcame political prejudices and brought men in uniform together in the spirit of the holiday. To remember the 100th Anniversary of the truce history students at Killicomaine Junior High School designed posters to commemorate the event, some of which you can view below.