09 Feb Year 12 Westminster Trip
Our politics class went to Westminster where we were given a tour around Parliament. As we explored each room, we learnt about the importance of the art and statues around the building and we got to go into the House of Lords, the second chamber of parliament. Inside, we learnt about how the Lords get their role and could see the throne the King sits in for the State Opening of Parliament. We also went into Westminster Hall, where Queen Elizabeth laid in state for four days.
During our visit, we briefly encountered the conservative MP Sir Jacob Rees-Mogg. Then, after our tour, we took part in a workshop, where we learnt more about the process of laws being made. Splitting into groups, we then had the opportunity to enact our own parliamentary debate, taking on the role of the government and the opposition. We debated whether a new law should be introduced lowering the minimum voting age to 16 and came to the conclusion that 16-year-olds should be allowed to vote. Overall, we enjoyed exploring parliament and gained a greater insight into the political history of the government.
Katelyn Year 12