Former MSP Margaret Jamieson with KA pupils, outside the Scottish Parliament building.
Former MSP Margaret Jamieson with KA pupils, inside the debating chamber.
CLASS ACTION AT THE PARLIAMENT!
In November, twenty intrepid pupils from Kilmarnock Academy set off to Edinburgh to explore new horizons and expand their minds! Accompanied by their enthusiastic Modern Studies teachers, they were given VIP tours of the body politic at Holyrood.
Margaret Jamieson, (now former) MSP for Kilmarnock and Loudoun, met the pupils at the Scottish Parliament and took them on a whistle stop tour. After getting comfortable in the seats in one of the committee rooms, they moved on to explore the Parliamentary chamber and even had the chance to pull up a chair on the front bench. It's now entirely possible that Kilmarnock Academy might just give Scotland a future First Minister!
After a tour of the chamber, Kilmarnock Academy 's finest got down to the nitty-gritty of Scottish politics and got a taste of the daily work of an MSP. The façade of plush offices and ‘think pods' the MSPs enjoy hide a frantic working lifestyle. Our pupils were no slouches and instantly felt at home among the piles of paperwork and masses of meetings.
After a good walk around the capital, it was time for our explorers to troop their way back home. A great day was had by all and everyone left having learnt something – even the teachers!
Report by Mr McDougall