Euroscola – February, 2016

We had a wonderful week in Strasbourg with 26 fantastic young people. We arrived in the city, after our journey by plane and bus, and enjoyed seeing the city for the first time on our night walk. We were all impressed by the stunning views.

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On Tuesday morning, we prepared for our ‘sondage’, our street survey. We practised the questions we would ask in French and thought about what the answers might be. Then we set out to visit the cathedral, the astronomical clock and rub the nose of the little dog, meaning we’ll certainly return to Strasbourg in the future.

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In the afternoon, we embraced the cold and asked the people of Strasbourg lots of questions about their opinions on Scotland and the EU. Their responses were very interesting and we learned lots. In the evening, we visited la Petite France. It was beautiful.

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On Wednesday, it was time for the Strasbourg challenge – le défi de Strasbourg. We each had a topic to research and later present our findings to others. We got the change to explore the city and speak with a local expert. It was really interesting to hear the presentations given by the others.

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We spent some time in the evening preparing for the Euroscola experience the following day. Everyone had lots of ideas and was looking forward to debating their chosen topics.

It was an early start on Thursday for the parliament day. It was amazing to arrive and see the size of the building.

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The morning started with a presentation in the parliament – Stephen and Lizzie did a great job introducing us to all the other schools. There was then a question-answer session and lots of the young people in our group asked questions.

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In the afternoon, the groups discussed their debate topics and then reported back to the parliament. Three of the six reporters were from our Scottish group. Well done Emma, Mercedes and Megan! Then we watched the final of the EuroQuiz. Well done to Bronagh who was in the final. What an amazing day!

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We finished the night with a great ceilidh. We invited the German and Dutch groups in the hostel to join us. We even danced the Macarena and it was a great way to end the week.

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On Friday morning, we were sad to go but delighted that we had such a great experience together in Strasbourg. Bravo tout le monde!

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A huge thank you to the Rotary Club for making the visit possible and to the European Parliament for hosting us on the Euroscola day. We had the experience of a lifetime.

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