Our retiring School Council had a reward trip to the People’s History Museum in conjunction with UK Parliamentary Week. The Education Service from the Houses of Parliament visited the museum to deliver workshops based on our country’s voting system.
Our children listened to a presentation about Members of Parliament, their roles and responsibilities and the history of our democratic system before taking to the benches in their very own House of Commons debate. There was a Speaker of the House complete with robes and wig and the children had to ‘bob’ up and down if they wanted to express their opinion in the two debates of the day – Every pupil should walk to and from school every day and Homework should only be given from Year 9 and upwards. Our pupils got involved with these debates admirably.
After lunch the children watched an actor portray the Peterloo Massacre before having the opportunity to explore the museum with its many hands-on artefacts and displays.
As always, the children were a pleasure to take out of school. The number of thank yous received by staff at the end of the day was very impressive. Thank you to all the retiring members of the School Council – you were fantastic to work with and a real credit.