21 Sep School Council Trip to Houses of Parliament
On Thursday 15th September, our School Council visited the Houses of Parliament to learn a little bit more about democracy and how laws are made. We went with Ms Cousins, Mrs Coyston and Miss Roisin. It was the most beautiful sunny morning and as we ascended the steps from the tube station, we were met with the most glorious sight of Big Ben and the Palace of Westminster. We began our morning with a tour of parliament. Did you know that Parliament has three different parts? There is the House of Commons where our elected MPs sit and debate. Then there is the House of Lords where lots of experts in lots of different areas sit and give advice. Finally there is the Queen and she has to abide by what the people have asked or voted for.
We then had a workshop where we had to come up with laws of our own and have a debate and a vote to see which one would be passed. Julia’s law that everyone should have equal pay was passed although some children came up with excellent reasons as to why this wasn’t a good idea. Eventually is was lunchtime and after we had eaten our food we had some time to play in the sunshine. As we were leaving, we spotted a statue of a very famous woman. Have you ever heard of Emmeline Pankhurst? She was a very courageous and clever woman who fought extremely hard for women to have the right to vote (which wasn’t always the case). Have a look at our picture with the statue of her. We then made our journey back home on the unbearably hot tube but thankfully it wasn’t long before we were back at school.
It was such a great trip and we certainly learned a great deal. I would highly recommend a visit if you ever get the chance.
By Jessica, Stephanie and Kenneth.