1st and 2nd Form Visit the Houses of Parliament

18 June 2019

 

The 1st and 2nd Form were incredibly fortunate to be invited to the Houses of Parliament for a tour by Baroness Lane Fox earlier this week. As the boys have been learning about the UK's political system, laws and the history of democracy in their PSHEE lessons this term, they were very excited to see where everything happens up close.

As soon as they entered Westminster Hall, the boys were overwhelmed by the vastness and its history as they soon discovered this was the location of the beheading of  Edward the Confessors in 1066. As they stood admiring the architecture the boys took note of the light sculpture named 'New Dawn', which was commissioned to celebrate all the individuals involved in the campaign for women’s votes. This sculpture changes colour throughout the day, as the boys noted upon their exit.

It would be impossible to note everything the boys learnt and saw throughout their trip, but the highlights were visiting the House of Commons and the House of Lords, where they were in awe of the Queen's throne and the Speaker's chair. Most notable in the House of Commons, was the shield for Jo Cox MP, which reminded the boys of her memorable quote: “We are far more united and have far more in common than that which divides us” - something which the PSHEE Department have worked to embed in many of the lessons this year.

The boys completed their trip with a picnic in Victoria Park, alongside the statue of Emmeline Pankhurst - someone who will be a large part of their PSHEE studies next academic year.

Overall, it was a tremendous day where both year groups got to see the inner workings of Parliament and were able to understand some of the traditions maintained over time.

The boys and staff send their sincerest thanks to Baroness Lane Fox for this opportunity.

 

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