Scottish Parliament visit

Report from Mr McLaughlin

A group of S4 pupils travelled to the Scottish Parliament on Thursday 22nd January 2015. This visit was part of the National 5 Modern Studies Democracy in Scotland unit. The Parliament’s Education team who took us through the history of the Parliament and Scottish Devolution greeted pupils.

The highlight of the day was First Minister’s Question Time. For most pupils, this was their first time in the Parliament and their first time watching First Minister’s Questions from within the Parliament chamber. First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, was asked a number of questions from opposition leaders and backbench MSPs.

After First Minister’s Questions, Clare Adamson MSP participated in a question and answer season with our pupils. Pupils asked a number of questions from the role and skills required of an MSP, independence, the new Scottish Cabinet and the increasing numbers of individuals joining political parties.

Our pupils were a credit to the school and conducted themselves in a very mature manner throughout the whole day. The staff at the Scottish Parliament were very quick to point out how impressed they were with our pupils.

The only disappointing thing that day was that Mrs Moore did not get to meet Prime Minister, David Cameron, who was also in the building. Perhaps next time!

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