Year 13 Politics visit to Brussels
The tired eyes of 13GP1 graced the halls of St Pancras International on the 27th March at the ghostly hour of 5:45am, with the students eager to begin their day trip to Brussels.
The train ride sped by, and upon arrival we rushed to the European Parliament. An informative presentation was given by a Civil Servant to the EU, in which we learned about the institutions of the EU, their functions and what they contribute to EU citizens. Questions and answers were exchanged to fill any gaps in our knowledge and we came out with more examples to use in our work. Next up was the Parliamentarium museum dedicated to the EU, in which we learned about the people who laid the foundations for the EU, as well as the events leading up to its creation in 1957.
A visit to the European Commission was next on the agenda; here we received a presentation from a member of staff all about the Commission, its role and legislation for the EU, as well as future propositions. Before going home, we paid a visit to the Maelbeek metro station, site of the 2016 Brussels attacks, where tributes to the deceased still lay two years later. We were also allocated free time to browse the centre of Brussels before catching the train back to St Pancras International. An informative trip that provided us with additional knowledge before our exams. The trip to Brussels will no doubt live long in the minds of 13GP1.