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Annual School Visit to European Parliament in Brussels

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

October 16-18th 2016

30 students in Years 9, 10 and 11 worked through their half-term holiday as they were lucky enough to be on the annual school visit to the European Parliament in Brussels.

They met and discussed Brexit with MEP Emma McClarkin, who talked to students about her views on trade, immigration and the future of Britain outside the EU. As always our students proved excellent ambassadors for Hamilton asking many challenging questions. Yasmin in Year 9 asked Emma why she thought the UK had voted to leave the EU, whereas Megan (Year 10) was interested in how politicians can engage youth voice without giving them the right to a vote at 16. After a really interesting question and answer session our students were given a tour around the Hemicycle (the debating chamber of the European Parliament) and visited the innovative museum, the Parliamentarium.

There was, of course, also plenty of time for waffles and chocolate as students visited Bruges and a chocolate factory on the way home which was also thoroughly enjoyed.

Our thanks goes to Mrs Shortland for organising such a fantastic opportunity for our students, as well as Mrs Douglas, our school governor and Mr Mee for their on-going support.