Posted on: February 12th 2020

Houses of Parliament Trip

On Wednesday 5th February, a group of 32 year 8 students enjoyed a trip to the Houses of Parliament. 

The trip began with a tour of Parliament and we were able to visit special places, such as the House of Commons, House of Lords and Westminster Hall. The boys learned about the history of Parliament and asked the guide a number of intelligent questions. After this, the boys took part in a workshop where they had to come up with their own manifesto in groups and persuade the rest of the group to vote for their ideas. The boys came up with some brilliant ideas and they found out exactly how the ‘first past the post’ voting system works. Additionally, the Member of Parliament for Old Bexley and Sidcup, James Brokenshire, visited the group and discussed his role as an MP as well as answering a number of thoughtful questions from the boys.

Finally, we were fortunate enough to visit the public galleries in the House of Commons and watch MPs question the government and debate current issues and legislation.

All of the pupils chosen for the trip represented Hurstmere extremely well and their behaviour throughout the day was exemplary.