Laura gives talk on Europe experience

Pictured, left to right, are Brechin Rotary Club President Paul Roberts, Laura and Abertay Rotary Club President Nigel Brown, who was visiting the club.

Pictured, left to right, are Brechin Rotary Club President Paul Roberts, Laura and Abertay Rotary Club President Nigel Brown, who was visiting the club.

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At their recent meeting, Brechin Rotary Club members were joined by a Brechin High School pupil who was the town’s first ‘Euroscola’.

Laura Gray, who is Brechin High School’s head girl, gave her presentation to the club at the Caledonian Hotel.

Her presentation discussed her achievement in becoming a ‘Euroschola’ at Strasbourg in February this year.

The Rotary club and Brechin High School got together to put Laura forward as a candidate for the programme in which students spend time in Strasbourg in the shoes of a member of the European Parliament (MEP).

She was awarded a place after completing works on ‘Tourism in Europe’ and ‘Attitudes to Foreign Languages’.

Euroscola brings together students from all 27 European Union Member States.

The initiative was set up by the European Union in 1990 and there are around 20 Euroscola sessions a year in Strasbourg, which attracts around 10,000 students annually.

The highlight and focus of Laura’s stay was the Euroscola Day at the Council of Europe and the European Parliament where she got the unique opportunity to experience European Union decision making in a multilingual European Youth Parliament.

Laura described how she grasped the complexities of conversing in, and preparing presentations in a foreign language, but also managing a bit of sight-seeing often followed by hot crepes to keep the cold out.

She said she was proud to represent Brechin in what proved to be a great chance for her to mix with students from all over Europe.

Laura said that the whole experience had helped her language skills and it was obvious to the Rotarians that it had done no harm to her confidence either.

Rotarian Andy Edgar gave Laura a vote of thanks for her inspiring talk.