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European Parliament Ambassador School
We are delighted to have been chosen as a European Parliament Ambassador School as part of the EPAS 2021 Pilot Scheme.
Working alongside Mr Regan, our Head of Politics, our junior ambassadors will be taking part in a range of exciting activities and events in order to get students engaging with politics, promoting discussion and debate on topics most relevant to them as young people.
Keep an eye on this page as we update with more exciting opportunities as part of the programme!
At the end of February, a group of our Year 12 Politics students attended the Model UN weekend event, hosted by the London School of Economics.
Throughout the event, students were assigned to different countries and social issue groups (human rights, defence and protection, world health) and spent the first two days debating with other delegates from across Europe and the rest of the world to create resolutions, amendments, and bills. On the last day, students participated in crisis committee meetings regarding covid and vaccines, resolving hypothetical issues with different nations.
The event was a fantastic experience for our students, with guest speakers from LSE about what the university does, how youth can get involved in politics and information about studying undergraduate courses at the university.
Bianca, Germany; Human Rights Committee: “This experience really helped to develop my public speaking skills, was entertaining and really beneficial as a networking opportunity to meet new friends, informative speakers and offer the opportunity for lively debate. There was a lot to take away from it and it encouraged me to research my own country’s foreign policy”.
Safiyah, North Korea; Social Cultural Humanitarian Issues: “Attending the Model UN weekend really helped to boost my confidence, see how other people speak and learn from them and I really enjoyed working on my assigned challenging countries and social issues!”
Visit from Alistair Campbell
After Alastair Campbell's brilliant recent visit to La Retraite, he discusses some of the points that were raised during his talk and gave his high opinion of our outstanding students in an article on The New European - click here to read more.