This morning was an early 6am start as we were headed to the parliament. We all looked very smart and ready to be MEPs for the day. We went to the parliament on the tram and then arrived with plenty of time to pass through security.
We were welcomed at the parliament by the ‘animatrices’ and then headed off for coffee and pastries with colleagues from across Europe. We got the chance to have an informal chat. It was then time to head to the hemicycle.
Rosie and Ewan presented our group to the other schools and told them a little about our time so far in Strasbourg. They did an amazing job.
It was then time to pose our questions to the Evelyne Gebhardt who is vice president of the parliament. What an opportunity! Ella asked a question about the rise of right wing parties and Jayden asked about the EU’s role in wars all over the world.
It was then time to head off to lunch and do our Eurogame where we had to team up with young people from other countries to form multilingual European teams of 4. The question were challenging, and even harder because they were in over 17 languages!
Then we went into our discussion groups. We had already researched and prepared our French vocabulary for the different topics and we were ready to go. The discussions were really interesting and it was great to hear different opinions from many countries across Europe.
When we all returned to the hemicycle, we saw that Finn, Ewan and Ella has all put themselves forward as ‘rapporteurs’ to report back on what their committees proposed. They gave outstanding summaries, presented themselves in French and responded very articulately to the questions asked from the floor. We were so proud of them. Gail even used the opportunity to ask a question about supporting refugees too. We were all applauded at the end by the chair on our high quality presentations and our outstanding French.
It was then time for the Eurogame finals. Joanna was one of the finalists and got changed into her lovely green hoodie and skip cap. Her group gained points from music and general knowledge questions and in the end, there was a three-way tie. Joanna’s team won on the tie-breaker question.
There was then an extra surprise as Sarah, one of our teachers on the trip, won the teacher Eurogame and won a lovely book all about the European parliament.
It was an exhausting, but amazing day in the parliament and we were ready to head back to the hotel for some time to relax and have dinner.
The we ceilidhed! It was great to celebrate our achievements over the past few days and enjoy ourselves while sharing some Scottish culture. There were unfortunately no other Euroscola groups in the Ciarus but we certainly still made the most of our night!
To finish off, we watched the photos from the week and received our Euroscola t-shirts.
There were even some tears at the end of the night and we don’t feel ready to come home yet. It’s been an amazing trip to Strasbourg and we’ll see you all tomorrow when we arrive home. À demain!