The Year 12 In Recap

To start off I can say that my year has been amazing! Though a rollercoaster ride I am very thankful for all the amazing opportunities I got and people I can call my friends.  Here are a few of my favourite memories and pictures of Year 12!

Colour Run
EYP Liverpool

Colour Run
Christmas Concert

Bonfire

 

Harry Potter Studios London

 

Hiking

Betty’s my favourite place
Caste Howard

 

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Travel Diary: Edinburgh

E d i n b u r g h       h e r e      w e      c o m e!

After our school year had almost finished and our mocks my friends and I decided to treat us to a little trip. Where should we go we thought … and since Edinburgh is only a train ride away and some of us had never been we decided the trip should lead us to the bagpipes and quilts. I went with a group of 4 other girls. Our little group consisted of A German, A French, An English, A German-English and me. We had booked an AirB&B close to the city center and a train return ticket and everything else we were to figure out while we were there.

I completely fell in love with the city that never gave up its middle ages feels and castles and old pubs. The people who were friendly and laid back it seemed and the quilts you could buy at every second corner as well as the old buildings are unhesitatingly the core of the harry potter books which also found their beginning in a little restaurant in Edinburgh called the “The Elephant House” (which we discovered after wondering how one restaurant could have the queue of almost the London Eye).

 

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We arrived Friday at around mid day and checked into our little flat which was – after we passed the dark corridor- not bad at all. We had booked a student-led-tour through Edinburgh University which we went to straight afterwards. While I  already started to fall in love with the city I didn’t love the University too much but it was still interesting seeing it. We then went to see the National History Museum and took a photo with clone-sheep Dolly for our Biology teacher. In the evening we made pasta in our small but cozy apartment and enjoyed our girls evening.

here we are at the National History Museum

 

 

D A Y 2

The next day we had good weather so we decided to visit the botanical gardens which were so so beautiful! We stayed there and got lost but found ourselves out of the blooming garden. We then went to have lunch at ‘Wagamama’ with a very, very enthusiastic waiter who made us laugh quite a bit but who was really sweet. We also did a little bit of shopping that day (our stricter dress code next year gave us the excuse to do so).

 

D A Y 3

On our last day, we visited the National Gallery which I really enjoyed and which had a big collection of Renaissance to Impressionist works. I even found a Degas which made me smile. After that, we wandered around the city and did some shopping here some sitting there. In the evening we had dinner at a restaurant called “Zizzi’s” which was very delicious pizza and a good way to end our trip.

Thank you Edinburgh, I will be coming back!

 

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EYP National Session Liverpool

The European Youth Parliament National Session for which we got selected earlier this year was a very unique and defining experience for me. The session took place in Liverpool at the Liverpool Hope University and went over four days from Thursday until Sunday. It was organized by other young EYP alumni all of whom are currently studying.

We arrived with our school delegation of 8 people but were all assigned different committees. My committee was “The Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice, and Home Affairs” or “LIBE”. We later also named us the “Libabes”. Our committee had the most amazing (obviously being very objective here) chair person to guide and help us during the session.

On the first day, we had one day of team building which was actually a lot of fun and really helped to get to know everyone. In the evening there was an event called Eurovillage where every school prepared food from one country (we were representing Denmark) which was reeeaaaaaal fun and well cool!

On our second day, we started with the committee work and worked all day on our informational- and operative clauses for our resolution towards our topic :

With a rise in the number of passengers experiencing harassment while travelling, or being denied travel on gender, religious, cultural and ethnic grounds, how can the European Union act to ensure safe travel for all while maintaining its stance against discrimination and ethnic profiling?

Our committee worked so well together and we all were so stunned by how efficiently we worked and how pleased we were with our resolution. I will have the final resolution attached at the end. We then had a pub quiz in the evening which the Libabes, unfortunately, didn’t win. At 12 o’ clock at night the resolution booklet of all committees was released and we spend the night preparing for our debate the next day. We went to sleep at 3 and woke up at 6:30.

On the third day, there was the GA or General Assembly or in another word the debate. We debated 7 resolutions some of which passed some off which didn’t. Our resolution however passed !! In the evening we had a concert where delegates sang and performed. It was a really good evening full of support, new friendships, and shared interests.

On Sunday we debated the last two resolutions. After the closing ceremony of the GA we all got little envelopes with little notes from our committee. It was a truly amazing experience and the people I met were people that were inspiring and interesting as well as fun and I hope to see them all again. The session ended with everyone from the board to the organizers to the delegates listening to “Imagine” and saying goodbye.

The photos from our amazing media team on the EYP Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/liverpoolnational2017/photos/?ref=page_internal

 

Our Resolution :

 

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Half Marathon

Together with 3 other friends I fulfilled my goal for Year 12 ( well one of my goals for Year 12) to run a Half Marathon. 13.1 Miles or 21.097 Kilometres !! We did it and we were very proud. We ran along the promenade in Morecambe where the event took place. It was a very nice route and thankfully did not include any mountains or anything !!

Here is a picture of us after completing the half marathon!

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Kendal Colour Dash 2017!

Colour, Music, and Friends all mixed that is how I would describe the Colour Run in one sentence. I will remember this as an amazing day with beautiful weather – thanks, England this does not go unnoticed-!

The Colour Run was a 5 K run with all its proceeds going to St John’s Hospice, which is obviously an amazing reason. Moreover, however, it was one of the best days of this summer so far!

Here some Photos:

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European Youth Parliament Regional Session: My experience

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These pictures were taken at the EYP North-West- Regional Session that we attended two weeks ago. This is the delegation from our school. There were 12 schools in total that attended the conference. You might think: What is this thing she is talking about?

Well, let me explain the concept of EYP to you.

EYP stands for European Youth Parliament and was created for young people to raise their voices and share their opinions. The conference is laid out like a debate with every school preparing one resolution to a current affair which they then either defend or attack. Our topic was the implementation of the “Sugar Tax”. We got assigned to defend the Sugar Tax, so we prepared a defense speech and presented it at the conference. After us, there was another school which attacked the resolution of the “Sugar Tax”. After that, the debate was open to the floor where everyone there could participate. After three rounds of open floor, we did our summation speech. After our resolution and debate, we also took part in other debates during the open floor debate.

Here are the topics we debated on:

IN LIGHT OF THE RECENT US ELECTIONS AND THE DIVISIONS THEY HAVE CREATED, WHAT STANCE SHOULD THE EU TAKE ON BUILDING RELATIONS WITH THE NEW ADMINISTRATION TO ENSURE THAT THE EU’S PRIORITIES ARE ACHIEVED?

WITH THE AFTERMATH OF BREXIT SHOWING A SHARP RISE IN HATE CRIMES, HOW CAN THE EUROPEAN UNION PROTECT ITS MINORITY GROUPS FROM RACIALLY MOTIVATED CRIME WHILST SAFEGUARDING ITS CITIZENS’ RIGHT TO FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION?

IN LIGHT OF RECENT EUROPEAN PARLIAMENTARY SUPPORT FOR AN ARMS EMBARGO AGAINST SAUDI ARABIA, FOLLOWING THE USE OF EU-MADE ARMS IN SUSPECTED VIOLATIONS OF INTERNATIONAL LAW, WHAT STEPS SHOULD THE EUROPEAN UNION TAKE TO ENSURE THAT IT MEETS ITS ETHICAL OBLIGATIONS WHEN EXPORTING ARMS?

WITH 38% OF EUROPEAN CITIZENS SUFFERING FROM MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS ANNUALLY, HOW CAN EUROPEAN COUNTRIES BETTER SUPPORT PEOPLE WITH MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS, SUCH AS DEPRESSION, AS WELL AS FOSTERING POSITIVE MENTAL WELLBEING AMONG THEIR CITIZENS?

WITH AN INCREASING NUMBER OF REGIONS OF THE EUROPEAN UNION, SUCH AS SCOTLAND AND CATALONIA, EXPRESSING A DESIRE FOR INDEPENDENCE, HOW CAN THE EUROPEAN UNION AND ITS MEMBER STATES RESPECT THESE AUTONOMIST REGIONAL DESIRES WITHOUT PUTTING ITS OWN UNITY INTO QUESTION?

 

And the best of all this was that 3 schools got selected to be part of the EYP National Session in Summer!

And guess who is going to be a part of that? Yes, we got selected to go to nationals!

Helena

PS: the event took place at Liverpool Town Hall which meant, we also got to use the toilets that the queen used… just saying

 

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Bonfire night!!!

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Firework Video



On Saturday the 5th of November we celebrated bonfire night. We first had a bonfire with cakes and hot-dogs in our little village Heversham and then went to see a big firework in a town nearby.

In England, people celebrate Guy Fawkes Night to remember the enormous explosion planned for 5th of November to kill King James the First. Guy Fawkes and a group of men 36 barrels of gunpowder plot in the House of Parliament and waited for the King to arrive. They got caught by the police and we’re all killed. King James ordered the people of England to have a bonfire on the night of November 5th.

 

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London Trip

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I really enjoyed my school trip to London last weekend! We started our trip on Sunday at 8 o clock in the morning and came back on Tuesday at midnight. Everything was well planned and we had a busy program to follow. The trip reminded me once again of how much I enjoy being in L O N D O N!

Sunday 8th of October

We arrived around 1 pm and started our London weekend at the National History Museum where we looked around and examined all the little critters that they have around there plus we got some additional biology revision, which is always a plus.imageAfter that, we went to Covent Garden to have a look around the shops and markets until we all met at Planet Hollywood to have a good old burger!
We then checked into our hotel. The “Quality Hotel” in Wembley will be remembered for its continental breakfast and slow internet! I shared a room with three of my friends and we had a lot of fun!

 

Monday 9th of October
After breakfast, we left for one of the highlights of the trip: The Harry Potter Studios! We got to see the original costumes and props as well as the great hall -which to be honest they make it seem a lot bigger in the movies- and learned about the special effects they used in the movies! It was great to be able to see everything and enjoy the magical and very own world of Harry Potter and I felt the excitement about the books once again.
Oh, why didn’t I receive a Hogwarts letter on my 11th birthday? Yet I’m here in England living my own boarding experience ;D

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The Gryffindor Common Room

 

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The dress Hermione wore to the ball in “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire ”

 

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Some more costumes of the character “Luna Lovegood”

 

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Potions  Laboratory

 

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The office of Miss Dolores Umbridge

 

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Masks used in the films

 

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After Harry Potter we went to have pizza at the “Pizza Express” and it was delicious! Then we got to go to the Globe Theatre to watch the “Merchant of Venice”. We had to stand for 3 hours but I didn’t even care! I really enjoyed watching the play and thought it was really well done. The actors were brilliant and the costumes beautiful and authentic. The atmosphere of the open air theatre enhanced by the lights and illuminations they used made it an amazing experience. Shylock was played by Jonathan Pryce, who has been in various films, including “Pirates of the Caribbean” and after the play was over we saw Eddie Redmayne from “The Game of Thrones” Such a good day!

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Tuesday 10th of October
On Tuesday we had booked a tour through the Globe Theatre,  including a stage-fighting-demonstration! I hadn’t really thought about the many fight scenes Shakespeare uses in his plays, but the exact choreography behind each and every fight scene is a passion for itself. We also learned about the different weapons they used back in that era.

 

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After the tour of the globe, we had a tour of the National Theatre, which was really interesting as well and reminded me of my time in the Gärtnerplatz Theater where I did my work experience last year. The atmosphere in a theatre is a very special one.

We then went to watch the Women in Black which was scary! The rather small theatre with only two actors not counting the woman in black itself made me value an actual seat after standing in the merchant of Venice. It was interesting seeing effects used to make a play scary.

That was the end of our trip and we went back home. On the way back I even managed to finish my history essay on the Russian reforms. I am grateful for an amazing trip to broaden my horizons and having so much fun!
Thank you!

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