25th April 2016 — A group of Prep school council members and monitors had a very interesting trip to parliament recently. Twenty three boys from Preps 4 – 6 had a tour of Parliament, followed by a workshop, where they participated in their own parliamentary debate. This involved creating an idea for a bill (to ban smoking in the UK) and discussing whether it should be made into an actual law. The consensus was that it should.
The boys were very fortunate to be joined by Conor Burns MP, a former pupil of St Columba’s College, who spent some time chatting to the boys about their thoughts on politics and their views on what they had seen. He found the boys wonderfully engaging and bright. As well as meeting Conor Burns, the boys were able to talk to representatives from the office of St Albans MP Anne Main, to find out what it is like working for our local constituency.
The trip was very inspiring and helped the boys understand the important role parliament and politics plays in our society.