School Council visit to the Houses of Parliament
What a fantastic day was had by all of the Key Stage 2, School Council members when they visited the Houses of Parliament.
The children got to walk the route the Queen had taken the previous week when she attended the Houses of Parliament for the official state opening.
We also saw Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson working in the hall, and managed to go into the public gallery to see and hear debates from Theresa May, Home Secretary.
It was a trip that enabled us to see how councils work on a much larger scale and to develop an understanding of how our community elects parliament members and runs the country.
The children were a credit to Highlees Primary School and managed a very long day travelling by taxi, train and tube in very hot weather, with exceptional behaviour.
One child has written her experience of the day, see an extract below:
‘It was a great day; we learned so much about the history of the Houses of Parliament, that the houses used to be a Palace for the royal family, the original building was destroyed by fire in 1834. We learned about the different houses within Parliament, the House of Commons and the House of Lords. ....We followed the same route that the Queen takes when she opens parliament, this had happened the week before we visited. It was an amazing day travelling by taxi, train and tube one I will remember for a long time...’