First Minister's visit

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon visited the school to talk to 5th and 6th year Modern Studies pupils. Here S5 pupil Olivia McCann reports on the event.

On Friday 12th February 2016, 5th and 6th year Modern Studies pupils were privileged to attend a talk in the Fotheringay Auditorium by the First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon.

Of course, when word got around that Ms Sturgeon would be meeting with pupils in person, even those not currently studying Modern Studies were eager to be part of the occasion.

Unfortunately, for most pupils this wasn't possible but, for those who were fortunate enough to be able to attend, it proved to be a most informative and memorable hour.

Ms Sturgeon began by talking briefly about her role as First Minister and leader of the SNP before opening the floor to questions from the audience.

The First Minister deftly answered a myriad of questions on a wide range of issues from the gender pay gap to EU membership - and even her favourite football team.

Ms Sturgeon did however admit she had to guard against breaching protocol when asked her opinion on the current U.S. Presidential Elections, but did suggest that a victory for Hilary Clinton would be, for women, 'the ultimate shattering of the glass ceiling'.

The First Minister also explained that she was introduced to politics at the age of 16 and remarked at how much Scottish politics has evolved since then.

She spoke about a time when 'you could have fitted all our MPs into a phonebox' and how she never imagined that she would become the First Minister of Scotland - especially because, at that time, the role didn't even exist.

Ms Sturgeon also spoke about her personal life, referring to her mother's dismayed pleas of 'you're wasting your time' when she discovered she was embarking on a political career despite having spent four years studying law at university. However, Ms Sturgeon added wittily 'She wouldn't say that anymore!'.

Ms Sturgeon also spoke about the upcoming Scottish elections in May and the importance of young people participating in the voting process.

She emphasised that 'politics matters in every aspect of your life' and indeed her informative yet entertaining talk convinced us all why, as the future generation of Scotland, a young person's vote is as vital as our parents' and grandparents' in ensuring our voice is heard.

On behalf of all the teachers and pupils involved, Hutchesons' would like to thank Ms Sturgeon for taking time from her very tight schedule to speak to us.

We would also like to thank her for being most patient whilst virtually every 5th and 6th year pupil present scrabbled to snap a souvenir 'selfie' as her brief visit drew to a close.


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