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St Columba's High School visit to the European Parliament

In June, Catherine Stihler MEP sponsored a trip to Brussels for 29 pupils from St Columba's High School in Dunfermline. The pupils visited the European Parliament where John Fordham, from the European Parliament Visitor Service, gave the group an overview of the work and role of the institution. The pupils also met three Scottish MEPs: Catherine Stihler, David Martin and Struan Stevenson to discuss some European issues. They made the most of this chance, asking a range of questions. After the visit to the EP they had time for some sightseeing, which gave the pupils an insight into many aspects of Belgian history and contemporary culture, and included a visit to the Grande Place in Brussels.

"The school in general and the visiting group in particular are hugely grateful to Catherine Stihler, not only for providing the opportunity for the visit, but also for the warm, thoughtful and friendly manner she showed in both her communication with the school and in the welcome she and her colleagues gave us on the day," said the visitors. "The learning which the pupils derived from such a positive experience will go towards their development as citizens and, with any luck, help gain them an exam pass in their Modern Studies." Catherine Stihler MEP said that she was delighted to sponsor the trip, and to meet such engaged and interested students.