On Tuesday the School Council went on a trip to the Houses of Parliament. At Westminster there were people doing peaceful protests about climate change. It took us a while to get to the education centre but there were about a hundred friendly police officers to help! At the centre we all got VIP passes to the Houses of Parliament. We went through the Queen’s entrance and walked up the same stairs as the Queen. She has climbed these over 60 times when she comes to give her Queen’s Speech each year!
We went into her dressing room where there were massive paintings with values on them…religion, mercy, hospitality, generosity…. We then went into the Royal Gallery full of portraits of all the Kings and Queens but also this was the office for the Lords. We then went into the House of Lords. The whole room was red. Red is for the Lords, green is for the Commons and gold is for the Queen. There was an amazing gold throne for the Queen. 24 carat gold leaf! There were microphones hanging from the ceiling.
We then sat in the NO chamber and got told that when voting MPs had 8 minutes to run to the No or Aye (yes) chamber. These chambers also had big books with everything any MP has ever said in Parliament! We then headed into the House of Commons which is green and you can see this one on TV. The Queen cannot step in here because a past King once did and caused problems.He got beheaded. We knelt by the seats just behind where Theresa May sits. We then went to see the Great Hall where Nelson Mandela and President Obama have stood on the steps to give great speeches.
We went back to the centre and had a workshop. We did a game about fairness. A lady said a question and we had to go where we thought – fair, not fair etc. She asked us to explain why we had chosen the one we had. One question was ‘Would it be fair if your headteacher chose the School Council instead of the children?’ Some children thought fair, some thought not fair.
After that we watched a movie about the suffragettes. It was a big fight for them to get women’s rights. The movie was projected onto the walls of the room. At one point in the movie it was like we were actually in the old House of Commons when the ladies chained themselves to the grills – we took a photo later of us next to the actual grill.
After the movie, we were having a discussion and our Sydenham MP Ellie Reeves walked into the room! She was great and told us about her job. Hope-Rachel now has her number to call with something she’s worried about! Anybody can call or write to their MP. The School Council had a photo with her. It was an amazing adventure for us and we learnt a lot about how government works.
Written by the School Council (Years 3 – 6)
Some children went to Mayow Park to clear litter. There were loads of police there to help, some locals and Glendale. They all seemed really happy to see us.
Resources for Great British Spring Clean
These are just a few of the activities that we participated in. We had a fun few days enjoying the outdoors. They were a joy to have and hopefully the children will have lots of great memories to take away with them.
KS2 were asked to vote on how to improve the school based on the following options:
2.Create a buddy system for play and lunchtimes
3.Year 6 children could run a club
4.Improve links with the local community
School council members were invited to collect the votes and count them.
The majority was very clear as the children chose option 2 – they would like a designated area
of the playground to have a ‘Buddy Bench’ or ‘Buddy Bus Stop’
The results of the vote were shared in assembly today and Mrs Ronan, Mrs Moss and Mrs Armstrong will liaise on how best to create a ‘Buddy Area’.
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Christmas Fair 2018
Friday 7th December – 3.15pm – 6pm
Own Clothes Day – This Friday 23rd
Bring in an ALCOHOLIC bottle of drink this
Friday for the bottle tombola at the Christmas Fair
and get to wear your own clothes
If you could continue to bring in your donations of
Teddies, Toys, Jolly Jars and any secret cash
envelopes that would be greatly appreciated.
If you are available to help set up, help on a stall or
help to clear up at the end please let the office
know or contact me directly on
firstname.lastname@example.org or 07946722449
Thank you so much, The Friends’
This October half term, children aged 7–13 who live, or go to school, in the Lewisham borough can get free cycle lessons.
There are three different types of lessons:
- Bikeability level 1, Monday 22 October, 9.45am–12 noon: These are off-road cycle sessions for children aged 7+ who can already ride a bike. Children must have their own cycle helmet and a suitable bike in good working condition.
- Family on-road cycle training, Monday 22 October, 12.45–3pm:These are on-road cycle sessions for families who would like to improve their bike skills. An adult family member must attend the session. Children must be aged 7+ and have their own cycle helmet and a suitable bike in good working condition
- Bikeability level 2, Tuesday 23 October, 9.45am–2.30pm: These are on-road cycle sessions for children aged 9+ who have completed the off-road course that took place on Monday 22 October. (There are no exceptions or allowances for children who may have completed level 1 at an earlier date). Children must have their own cycle helmet and a suitable bike in good working condition.
All of the courses have limited places and we expect them to fill up quickly. Book now to secure your place.