St. Mary's College, Arklow, East Constituency winners of Design a Webpage Competition
On the 23rd May 24 students travelled to Strasbourg, accompanied by 3 teachers. The European Studies class won this subsidised trip to participate in Euroscola, a youth parliament for 16-18 year old students. This trip was funded by the European Parliament Office in Ireland after a group of students won the competition to design a webpage for their schools website entitled ‘My European School’.
This was St. Mary’s Colleges’ 2ND time to win this trip as last year the Transition year European Studies students won an all-expenses paid trip for 8 students to participate in Euroscola. Also this year, Kim Baker and Claire Delaney also won fully funded trips to Strasbourg earlier in March on www.graduate.ie. This is fantastic news for St. Mary’s College Arklow as they are building bridges throughout Europe and learning about the role of the EU.
Euroscola is a unique event or schools to learn about the European integration by experiencing it first-hand. Students from over 20 EU member states were selected to become a member of the European Parliament for one day. On Friday 24th May the students took the floor in plenary and committee sessions to debate and vote on resolutions on current affairs such as Common Agricultural policy, renewable energy, migration and integration and the future of Europe,while also practicing their language skills and making friends with students from across Europe. Two students, Lauren Byrne and Hannah Dillon introduced St Mary’s College to the Parliament through French. Congratulations on a very confident and well-spoken speech. The students got the opportunity to use the Parliaments voting system and discussion and debates were chaired by a very special guest: the vice President of the European Parliament M. Rainer-Wieland (EPP, DE). This day was unforgettable and the girls got a thorough insight into how the Parliament works on a daily basis.
In addition to the Parliament, the students went on a variety of cultural trips including a guided walking tour of Strasbourg and Notre Dame Cathedral and its famous clock, an evening boat ride along the river Rhine and Petit France, sampling crepes, patisserie and the local baking of gugelhupf.
It was a once in a lifetime experience, both educationally and culturally. Special thanks to our teachers Ms Kelleher, Ms Murray and Ms Ryan for the unforgettable experiences and for our wonderful European themed bracelets!!