Year 12 pupils representing Holy Mary at the European Youth Parliament

The European Youth Parliament is a peer-to-peer educational programme that brings together young people from across Europe to debate the pressing issues of our time. Their mission is to inspire and empower young Europeans to be open-minded, tolerant and active citizens.  Maia Bunge, Inés Serrano, Carlota Garcia de Mora, Malia Longo, Diego Medina and Nicolas Garcia Muller, all members of our Year 12, participated in the Madrid South Regional Congress over the weekend of the 7/8th March 2020.

Divided into committees, students spent time working on a wide selection of European social and political topics including constitutional matters, terrorism within the EU, and, more controversially perhaps, the gender imbalance across many European societies.  Students had to work with their peers from other participating schools to develop arguments and agree final proposals. These proposals were then openly debated on the final day.  

All of our students played a really key role within their committees. Several led the opening speeches to the rest of the participants, and we were really pleased to witness that their maturity, confidence when speaking in public, and level of spoken and written English massively overshadowed the majority of their peers. 

We are really pleased and more importantly proud of their involvement in this European initiative – it was a fantastic experience for each of them!

Following the final debates, the European Youth Parliament jury evaluated each of the participating school’s performances, and that of the individual delegates.

We are delighted to announce that Holy Mary was selected as a school to go through to the national round of the European Youth Parliament which will be held in Barcelona (at some point). The three delegates who will continue to represent Holy Mary are Diego Medina, Maia Bunge and Inés Serrano. All were selected for their ability to articulate, challenge, and debate ideas whilst working diligently within their committees. Congratulations to you all! This is fantastic news and we look forward to finding out where their EYP journey will lead them next.