Visit to The Houses of Parliament
On Monday we were very fortunate to have the opportunity to take our School Council to The Houses of Parliament. We set off in the mini bus and headed to the 02 Arena. From here we caught the Thames Clipper to Westminster. We made our way to the Education Centre. A beautiful park outside here allowed the children to eat their lunch with this historic building behind them. We made our way through security and met our guide. We entered the Houses of Parliament via the sovereign entrance, which is used by the Queen at the State opening of Parliament.
We went into the room where she is dressed in her robes and crown, a magnificent room.
We then entered the House of Lords, which is a sight to behold and much smaller than you think! The children were in awe of the gold and red decoration.
Next we went to see where the MP’s come in and collect their mail and pick up their messages. Theresa May’s pigeon hole is alongside everyone else’s!
Next stop was the House of Commons, where many debates take place, we were not allowed to sit on the benches but were able to stand where the Prime Minister would sit. The Speakers chair is huge!
A police officer inside the Houses of Parliament complimented how well behaved our children were stating ‘best behaved group we’ve had in here today’.
We made our way back through the halls to the education centre for our workshop on ‘Representation and Voting’. Our children created and delivered their manifestos and voting took place. The Lion Party were elected and Grace became Prime Minister.
Quick trip to the gift shop to buy souvenirs and then a swift walk back to the Thames Clipper. We glided back to the 02 Arena, picked up the mini bus and headed home with some weary children....and adults!
A great day was had by all!