The visit took place from 7th–11th March 2023 and included getting to know the European Parliament, meeting two of the Slovene MEPs, admiring some of the Brussels highlights, going to Bruges and joining friends at Sint-Jozefscollege Torhout.
This is how the entire event resonated with one of the DCG students, who participated in the event: »As part of the School EU Club, the students headed first to the European capital Brussels. First, second and third-year students set off on Tuesday, the 7th March, while the graduates started their adventure a day later. After an hour and a half of flying, we arrived at Charleroi Airport, where we were greeted by heavy rain. We then took a one-hour drive to Brussels, where we arrived at the hostel. On our way we made a few stops so that we could get some refreshments, and then we started our visit of the center of Brussels. First, we took a look at the famous Atomium, then we saw the peeing boy and the main Brussels square, which was fairytale-like in the evening. The next day, however, we were a little surprised by the weather as it snowed in Brussels, which is very unusual for this time of the year. We visited the Royal Museum of Fine Arts and an exhibition of the Belgian artist Magritte. Before lunch, we visited the chocolate museum, where we learned about the history and production of chocolate, and of course, we also had a delicious tasting. Then we enjoyed some free time until early evening, when the graduates arrived at the hostel, too and we had a joint dinner with MEP France Bogovič. On Thursday, we visited the European Parliament, where we were welcomed by another Slovene MEP Romana Tomc. There we also attended the conference on media freedom in Slovenia, where some of our students participated with questions. They addressed issues concerning the importance of national media. One of the students also remarked on Slovene media in general. After the conference, we went to a restaurant Chez-Leon and had some free time.
The following day we had a mass at the Slovene Pastoral Center, where we dined. On Friday, we headed to the beautiful old town of Bruges. We had an hour and a half to see the city center and then headed for Sint-Jozefscollege Torhout. We made a tour of the school and its facilities and had lunch there. There we met some of the students we knew from previous Erasmus exchanges, especially Small Countries Strong Cultures. The singing festival took place in the school on the day of our visit, so we watched an artist’s concert from Benin X-time. Then we headed back to Brussels, where we had some free time till the end of the evening. Saturday and our last day began with a visit to the European Parliament, where we looked at the history of the European Union and its institutions. Then we had some free time and headed home to Charleroi Airport and eventually to Ljubljana. We felt extremely grateful for such an interesting excursion especially to both teachers that accompanied us, Ms Hočevar, Geography teacher and Mr Grošelj, Philosophy teacher and mentor of the School EU Club.” /Jernej Perko, year 3/