Our School Council representatives, along with Hill Top’s School Council, have visited the Houses of Parliament to find out how laws are made in our country.

Following a very enjoyable day, the council representatives created a powerpoint of their experience to share with the rest of our school.

Many thanks to all the staff and parents who made this yet another successful annual School Council trip.

 

Joe: Good morning and welcome to KS1/KS2 worship. We are your School Council and today we would like to share with you our recent trip to London, where we visited the House of Lords and the House of Commons together with other London landmarks. The purpose of our visit was to find out how laws are made in our country.
Good morning and welcome to KS1/KS2 worship.
We are your School Council and today we would like to share with you our recent trip to London, where we visited the House of Lords and the House of Commons together with other London landmarks. The purpose of our visit was to find out how laws are made in our country.

 

Zach: Monday morning 17th June, we arrived here at school at 7:15am! It was a real struggle to get out of bed so early. After boarding the coach, we set off to pick Hill Top's School Council who were also joining us on our trip to London.
Monday morning 17th June, we arrived here at school at 7:15am! It was a real struggle to get out of bed so early.
After boarding the coach, we set off to pick Hill Top’s School Council who were also joining us on our trip to London.

 

Sam: With everyone on board, we set off to Leeds train station. We were very excited and although we felt tired, everyone chatted about the day ahead.

With everyone on board, we set off to Leeds train station. We were very excited and although we felt tired, everyone chatted about the day ahead.

 

 

Kanye: At Leeds train station, we met Miss Horner then boarded the train, 24 Councillors ready to learn! The journey lasted two and a half hours but the time flew by as we played and laughed all the way to London.
At Leeds train station, we met Miss Horner then boarded the train, 24 Councillors ready to learn! The journey lasted two and a half hours but the time flew by as we played and laughed all the way to London.

 

 

Katie: After arriving at Kings Cross, we headed for the tube. The tube is an underground transportation system linking London together. It enables around 107 million people to travel around London quickly, easing congestion on the streets. To use the tube, you have to go on steep escalators taking you deep underground.
After arriving at Kings Cross, we headed for the tube. The tube is an underground transportation system linking London together. It enables around 107 million people to travel around London quickly, easing congestion on the streets. To use the tube, you have to go on steep escalators taking you deep underground.

 

 

Libby: Our first stop in London was to visit Trafalgar Square. The fountains were beautiful. Did you know Nelson's column stands 52m high? It is guarded by four bronze lions, weighing as much as 410 kg each. I didn't realise how tall it was!
Our first stop in London was to visit Trafalgar Square. The fountains were beautiful.
Did you know Nelson’s column stands 52m high? It is guarded by four bronze lions, weighing as much as 410 kg each. I didn’t realise how tall it was!

 

 

Chloe: After this, we walked down the Mall via Admiralty Arch to have a picnic lunch in St James' Park. All the buildings in London seem so much bigger and grander than here in Bradford. The mall was still decorated from the weekend's celebration of the Queen's birthday. During our lunch, we saw a marching band go down the Mall. We all ran to see if we could take a picture of it.
After this, we walked down the Mall via Admiralty Arch to have a picnic lunch in St James’ Park. All the buildings in London seem so much bigger and grander than here in Bradford. The Mall was still decorated from the weekend’s celebration of the Queen’s birthday. During our lunch, we saw a marching band go down the Mall. We all ran to see if we could take a picture of it.

 

 

Ben: Tummies full, we set off to finish the short walk down to Buckingham Palace. Buckingham Palace is the Queen's official London residence and is used to entertain guests on state, ceremonial and official occasions. Today, Buckingham Palace is used not only as the home of the husband, the DUke of Edinburgh, but also for the administrative monarchy.
Tummies full, we set off to finish the short walk down to Buckingham Palace.
Buckingham Palace is the Queen’s official London residence and is used to entertain guests on state, ceremonial and official occasions.
Today, Buckingham Palace is used not only as the home of the husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, but also for the administrative monarchy.

 

 

Katie: After Buckingham Palace, we had a long walk through the park and up to Portcullis House. Portcullis House was officially opened by Her Majesty the Queen in February 2001 providing offices for Members of Parliament and their staff, supplementing the limited space in the Palace of Westminster and surrounding buildings. The building is beautiful with high ceilings and water features. The building was designed with many unique energy saving features. Our tour guide, Francesca, showed us around both of the houses, we even visited the banqueting hall.
After Buckingham Palace, we had a long walk through the park and up to Portcullis House.
Portcullis House was officially opened by Her Majesty the Queen in February 2001 providing offices for Members of Parliament and their staff, supplementing the limited space in the Palace of Westminster and surrounding buildings.
The building is beautiful with high ceilings and water features. The building was designed with many unique energy saving features.
Our tour guide, Francesca, showed us around both of the houses. We even visited the banqueting hall.

 

 

Ellie: Portcullis House and the Houses of Parliament are linked by an underground walkway, so we had to go down an escalator and then we walked under the road to the building. The two houses are very different. The Huses of Commons where the MP's sit and debate is very drab and very green, however, the House of Lords is highly decorated in reds and golds.
Portcullis House and the Houses of Parliament are linked by an underground walkway, so we had to go down an escalator and then we walked under the road to the building. 

Ellie: The two houses are very different. The Houses of Commons where the MP's sit and debate is very drab and very green, however, the House of Lords is highly decorated in reds and golds.
The two houses are very different. The Houses of Commons where the MP’s sit and debate is very drab and very green, however, the House of Lords is highly decorated in reds and golds.

Holly: Next, we walked along the banks of the Thames where the London Eye is situated. Chloe took this picture.
Next, we walked along the banks of the Thames where the London Eye is situated.
Chloe took this picture.
Holly: Unfortunately, there wasn't many street acts out, so on to Leicester Square and Burger King for tea.
Unfortunately, there wasn’t many street acts out, so on to Leicester Square and Burger King for tea.

 

Logan: After tea, we went in search of souvenirs. We bought ornaments, teddies etc to remember our day in London.
After tea, we went in search of souvenirs. We bought ornaments, teddies etc to remember our day in London.
Kanye: Souvenirs bought, it was back on the tube and back to Kings Cross train station.
Souvenirs bought, it was back on the tube and back to Kings Cross train station.
Sam: At Kings Cross, we climbed on board our train but even though we were exhausted, no one slept. The coach picked us up in Leeds and we were on the final leg of our journey.
At Kings Cross, we climbed on board our train but even though we were exhausted, no one slept. The coach picked us up in Leeds and we were on the final leg of our journey.
Holly: We dropped Hill Top off first before arriving back at school at 11pm, where our parents were waiting for us.
We dropped Hill Top off first before arriving back at school at 11pm, where our parents were waiting for us.

Holly: Even though it was a long tiring day, we all had a fantastic time and, if you're lucky enough to be on the School Council next year, maybe you will get to go!

Even though it was a long tiring day, we all had a fantastic time and, if you’re lucky enough to be on the School Council next year, maybe you will get to go!