The Presiding Officer from Cowdenbeath and the MSP for Cowdenbeath made a joint visit this week to Foulford Primary Schools to meet primary 7 pupils who have been carrying out a project on the history of the Scottish Parliament from the 13th century through to the present day.
Trish Marwick the current Presiding Officer of the Parliament answered questions both about her role and what it was like to be brought up in Cowdenbeath her home town. She told the pupils about the levels of poverty that had existed in the town and confessed to being a lifelong Pars fan! Speaking afterwards she said; “I am very proud of coming from Cowdenbeath and it was great to have a discussion and answer question from the Foulford pupils. I have to say I was very impressed by their levels of knowledge and confidence”.
As well as studying the history of the parliament the primary sevens held elections, did debates and set out their manifestos for what they would change. The pupils will also be visiting the parliament this week and seeing for themselves what it feels like in debating chamber and meeting the education staff based in the parliament. The enthusiastic pupils were also able to grill the towns MSP asking him to say what he is working on in the parliament as well as putting the case to him for more facilities for young people in the town. Alex Rowley said;
“The amount of research that the Foulford pupils have undertaken and the quality of the presentation was just amazing as was their enthusiasm for the project they have been working on. Both Tricia and I were so impressed by the confidence shown by these young people as they put their questions to us and gave us their views on a whole range of matters. well done Foulford Primary!”.