St John Ogilvie High School Beekeepers Create a Buzz at the Parliament

Pupils from St John Ogilvie High School were invited to join Monica at the Scottish Parliament for a day of bee-focused learning at Holyrood’s first-ever apiary.

The six pupils, alongside teacher James Swan, have all undertaken courses in beekeeping with some achieving SCQF level 5 beekeeping, a course that St Johns has been offering to students for over a year now.

Pupils enjoyed a tour of the beekeeping site and even had the opportunity to sample some Parliament honey.

Monica commented:

“Following an inspiring visit to St John Ogilvie High School last year to learn more about the Burnbank Bees, I spent a wonderful day exploring Holyrood’s beehive site with pupils from St John Ogilvie High School discussing the importance of beekeeping for our biodiversity and environment.

“Beekeeping is a dynamic and interactive way to teach pupils about science, teamwork and the environment and I am so impressed at the work that has been done by Mr Swan and staff in developing this course.

“It was brilliant to discuss the importance of bees with the pupils and I am truly inspired by the work they have achieved in raising awareness of this to the wider community. I know that their success will persuade other schools to follow in their footsteps.”

Commenting on the visit to the Scottish Parliament, Nataliia Zavhorodnia, an S6 pupil at St John Ogilvie High School said:

“It has been a great opportunity to see the real everyday life of politics behind the scenes and to meet the people who make important decisions for the country.

“I enjoyed tasting the Scottish Parliament’s honey and looking around Parliament.”

Monica Lennon is an MSP for the Central Scotland Region. In 2021, she passed the ground-breaking Period Product (Scotland) Act. Follow her on Twitter for recent updates.