Euroscola Day

Aujourd’hui, c’est le jour-J!

We woke up very early this morning as today is the day that everybody has been waiting for – the Euroscola day!

We were all dressed very smartly, Jack, Robert and Daniel were wearing a kilt and there were lots of tartan trousers and skirts among the group. We went to the parliament by tram for an 8am start. It was really impressive to stand and look up at the parliament building while going through security.

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Le Défi de Strasbourg et le Quiz

Bonjour, encore une superbe journée aujourd’hui!

We started our day with some preparation for the parliament. We thought about questions that we may wish to ask the MEP tomorrow and made sure we knew how to ask perfectly in French.

Then, we had to use our creativity and acting skills in ‘le défi de Strasbourg’. We were challenged to create documentaries about Strasbourg in French under a given theme. We also had to include a lot of different tenses (présent, passé composé, imparfait, futur simple, subjonctif). We first went for a coffee with the teachers in small groups and they helped us to plan and write the start of our scripts. They made sure we had some subjunctives!

Once our scripts ready, we headed out with iPads to film and interview. We spent lots of time exploring Strasbourg’s touristic and historical sites, some even went all the way to the European parliament. Everyone really dedicated themselves to the projects with lots of footage and even blooper reels.

We then went back to the hotel to edit our documentaries and Thomas gave us some help if we wanted to add voiceovers, music and text. We worked really hard and the finished documentaries look amazing! We can’t wait to watch them tomorrow night.

Dinner tonight was a huge hit! Spaghetti bolognese went down super well and everyone was pleased with what was on offer.

Then we had our French and European quiz with lots of interesting rounds, including a film quotation round, a music round, a geography round and even a round about our teachers. The winning group were delighted and will receive their prize on Friday.

We have all headed to bed early tonight as tomorrow we will have a very early start and a long but exceptionally exciting day. We feel prepared and can’t wait to meet young people from across Europe and express our opinions on the European stage.

Some Schnitzel and our Sondage

‘Bonjour’ or maybe we should say ‘guten Tag’! Today was once again a very exciting day in Strasbourg… and Kehl!

We started the day with some preparation for the Euroscola day. We worked in our topic groups and discussed the feedback we got from others the night before. We were also given our ‘sondage’, our street survey, to practise and create our own questions which we would later ask to the citizens of Strasbourg.

In the morning we went over the “Pont de l’Europe” and went to Kehl, a city in Germany. Kehl is located just over the border so it was so easy to get there and we took the tram all the way from Strasbourg’s city centre. Thomas taught us about the French and German history of the region and some basic words in German to help us order lunch. Many of us had Schnitzel for lunch along with other German specialities. ‘Ich möchte ein Schnitzel bitte’.

We then walked back over the pedestrian bridge, ‘la passerelle des deux rives’, to France. Of course, we stopped in the middle with one foot in France and one foot in Germany. It was cool to be in two different countries, which have two different languages at the same time!

Then it was time to get back to Strasbourg for our street survey, our ‘sondage’. Our teachers took us to two of Strasbourg’s busiest squares to speak to the locals. Our questions were about Scotland and Europe and there were certainly some interesting answers! Someone thought that Scotland was in the Mediterranean, that Dublin was our country’s capital and we are infamous in Strasbourg for our ginger hair, whisky, bagpipes and of course, the rain.

We then had some free time to buy souvenirs and then headed back to the hotel to discuss our survey answers and share what we found out with the others.

After dinner, we took a long walk to “la Petite France”, the old part of the city which is a UNESCO world heritage sight. Thomas told us lots of more information about the area with some of his ‘fun facts’.

Again, we are all exhausted after a day full of languages, politics and great food. Le marchand de sable va bientôt passer, bonne nuit tout le monde!

 

Swapping Haribo and visiting the Council of Europe

This morning we woke up and had breakfast. The smell of fresh bread and croissants was a delight!

We then met at 9 for some more French team building. In groups of two we came up with our own sketch where we met 20 years in the future. Afterwards, and in preparation for our visit this afternoon to the Council of Europe, we first learned some key information about the Council and its importance for Europe. Afterwards we sat together and came up with possible questions in French we could ask our tour guide.

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