Belfast Telegraph

Titanic attraction school tickets sold out until next year

By Lisa Nelson

Although it has not yet opened its doors to the public, Titanic Belfast is already proving incredibly popular with pupils across Northern Ireland — with tickets for school groups already sold out for this academic year.

In an exclusive interview with the Belfast Telegraph, Siobhán McCartney, the Education and Outreach Officer for the tourist attraction, said they have already started to take bookings for the 2012/2013 academic year.

Ms McCartney is currently developing workshops — aimed at Key Stage 2 and 3 pupils — which are due to begin in September this year.

Indeed Titanic Belfast has been working with the Council for Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) to complement the schools curriculum and support STEM — an initiative to encourage knowledge and understanding of science, technology, engineering and maths among Key Stage 3 pupils.

“We have an incredibly rich resource, especially for the STEM subjects, as well as history and English,” said Ms McCartney.

In keeping with the ethos of Titanic Belfast, Ms McCartney insists that she does not view the ship as a failure, but as an example of world-class design and engineering typical of the innovation in Belfast at the time.

“We want the young people of today, to grasp that sense of Titanic thinking and we would like this to be an inspiration.”

Ms McCartney said schools from all over Ireland have snapped up tickets with pupils coming from as far as counties Donegal, Waterford, Wexford, Galway and Dublin.

Among the schools heading to Titanic Belfast soon is Moat Primary in Lisnaskea which won VIP tickets to the building after winning a junk-themed modelling competition.

Pupils will be among the first to visit the attraction after winning with their entry — a stunning five-foot, cardboard and polystyrene replica of the ship.

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