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Mercy Secondary School, Kilbeggan took part in a Euroscola day in Strasbourg

22-01-2010

8 transition students from Mercy Secondary School Kilbeggan took part in a Euroscola day in Strasbourg. Winners of the European Business Studies competition "A Europe for all" joined the other winning schools from both Southern and Northern Ireland for the day.  Danielle Dennehy, Ryan Crowley, Patricia Lynham, Aleisha Fitzgerald, Michelle Bray, John Sheridan, Rachel O'Connor, Magdalena Gorska with their
teacher Angela O'Brien

Some comments from the students:  

"Even though the day was really tiring and I did not get enough sleep I truly liked and enjoyed my day in the European Parliament in Strasbourg" Magdalena Gorska

"I thoroughly enjoyed my experience in the European Parliament. It was a fulfilling and informative experience, and it was brilliant to share it with seven of my other classmates. I will never forget it" Aleisha Fitzgerald

"I thought it was an amazing experience and delighted to have been given the chance to represent our school and country. My favourite part of the day was when our groups went into committee rooms for discussions and I actually surprised myself and spoke out!" Patricia Lynam

"I thought it was a fantastic experience and also very educational. The day was planned out to perfection and everything ran smoothly. The building was amazing. The art work and design were the best I have seen in a long time. I found it was fun also educational which is needed for learning "Danielle Dennehy

"Overall, I enjoyed the day immensely. It was such a great opportunity to learn more about the work of the MEPs, as there are not too many opportunities in life where teenagers can act as MEPs for a day. I would definitely recommend to other students to get involved in the Euroscola competitions. Apart from getting to see the European Parliament itself, the best part was meeting all the students from all across Europe. If I could go back to the European Parliament I would in a heartbeat" Michelle Bray

"In summary my thoughts are: I am surprised how friendly the other nationalities were to us.  I am surprised how much I enjoyed it.   I am both thankful and honoured  for the chance to have done this once in a lifetime trip" John Sheridan

"After the school introductions had finished we were given the chance to use the Parliament's electronic voting system by participating in an Opinion Poll on our views and knowledge of Europe. It was quite exciting to use the electronic voting  system and realise that it was the same system that MEPs use to vote on serious European matters" Ryan Crowley

"After an hour of questions and answers discussions we had lunch which was very enjoyable.  After our main course we played a EUROQUIZ game with all the other nationalities.  After that we rejoined our respective working groups and discussed/debated the topic of our group.  I learnt a lot and mostly on my topic.  I have to admit that our teacher was right when she said it was the WOW factor" Rachael O'Connor