School Council 2015-16
At the beginning of every academic year new school council members are elected by children across the school. For this democratic process, the children experience how to nominate a candidate, write and deliver a speech, run a campaign and vote for the child they feel would best represent the voice of the children. Using the real voting booths provided by the local council, the children experience first-hand the how to cast a vote using ballot papers and a ballot box. Once all the votes are counted by the previous school councillors, the winners are announced in a special assembly.
School Council have been busy helping with fund raising and £1128.02 was raised for Children in Need, £3000 from the Christmas Fayre, and £955.87 for the poppy appeal. Harvest Festival food was taken to the Welcome Centre for the homeless.
This year School Council had the privilege of visiting the Palace of Parliament.
Whilst there, we had a tour which included a visit to the House of Commons and the House of Lords. The children found out that Lords are appointed by the Prime Minister and that these are people who have made a significant contribution to our society. When in the House of Commons they learned about the role of the Speaker and where the different parliamentary parties sit. It was incredibly thrilling to be in such a world famous location, even though we were asked not to sit on the seats to protect the leather!
During our tour, we also got to see the Queen’s dressing room! This is only used once a year when she visits to formally open Parliament. Inside was a replicate of the Magna Carta which is a charter signed by King John of England in 1215. This is one of the most celebrated documents in British history as is guarantees the rights of the people against the wishes of the King.
After our tour, Mike Gapes MP for South Ilford, kindly gave up some of his valuable time to meet the children and answer some of their questions. He was very impressed by the quality of their questions, these included topics such as the referendum, Jeremy Corbyn leadership and David Cameron’s resignation. Before leaving one lucky child even managed to get his autograph!
Throughout our visit the children were a shining example of exemplary behaviour and I am sure the memory of this day will remain with them for many years to come.