Blogs and News - St George's School For Girls, Edinburgh

04 Mar 2019
St George’s Welcomed Deputy First Minister

On Thursday 21 February, St George’s welcomed Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, John Swinney. Girls from across school met with Mr Swinney to talk about their academic and co-curriculum opportunities.  Four girls in Upper School asked about the ‘true’ voice of young people and talked with Mr Swinney about organisations that engage with youth and feedback to parliament, letting us know that our voice is being listened to.    

Before he left school, Mr Swinney spoke to Lower and Upper Six students, offering insight into his experience as a politician and about education across Scotland.  The students had the opportunity to ask questions on topics they were passionate.  Fascinating questions from the floor allowed Mr Swinney's to provide his views about the recent protests in Sweden started by Greta Thunberg in regard to climate change and the impacts they might have on Scotland, to his opinion on knowledge and skill-based university degrees and which he believes are more important for the future.  It was interesting for all of us to hear that education continues to get focus at the Scottish Parliament.

We thank Mr Swinney for taking the time out of his busy schedule to come and visit St George’s as we celebrate 130 years of providing education for girls in Scotland.

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