The pupils in Form VIII spent a brilliant afternoon at the Houses of Parliament last week as part of their History studies.
The school minibus set off bright and early with the pupils excited to be going to London. After a short walk to see Buckingham Palace and a picnic in the glorious surroundings of St James’ Park we made our way to the Houses of Parliament taking in Horse Guards and Downing Street along the way.
Once inside the Houses of Parliament the pupils were given a tour and were able to sit in the public galleries of both the House of Commons and The House of Lords watching democracy in action. It was a fantastic tour and all the children were struck by the enormous history of the building.
On their return to the Education Centre they took part in their own law-making workshop where they debated on bringing in legislation to make smokers pay for their healthcare. After a vote the law was passed!
Head of Humanities Jade Sellars said ‘It was a really exciting trip that gave the children an insight to how Parliament works. This supported their history work on The Stuarts last year, in particular Charles I and the civil wars – you cannot fail to be in awe of the history of the building.’