Sixth Form students from John Masefield were among the last group of students to visit the European Parliament along with 9 students from the Joseph Leckie Academy in Walsall. From John Masefield we were 15 students and 2 members of staff.
We were kindly invited by Ellie Chowns, our MEP for the West Midlands.
The highlight of the trip was our visit to the Hemicycle for the final parliamentary plenary session for British MEPs. Ellie Chowns contributed eloquently to the debate on recent flooding in Spain and the need for us to focus urgently on measures to combat climate change and she also paid tribute to the presence of a group of British students in Parliament. We were able to hear first hand the interpreters at work in many languages and witness the genuine, warm applause and standing ovation for the UK after the final address.
We had a very informative talk from a member of the civil service based in Brussels and visited the House of European History. We finished the day at a Ceilidh with other MEPs and invited guests to mark the end of our membership.