The Humanities department took 59 students to London to visit the Houses of Parliament. After an early start, students arrived in London around 1pm and made their way to the Palace of Westminster. Once through security, we were given a tour of one of the most important and famous buildings in the world. We were able to see Westminster Hall, the actual room where Charles I was put on trial for treason after the English Civil War, where kings and queens lie in state before their funerals, and where people like Nelson Mandela have addressed Members of Parliament. If this was not enough, we also peered inside the House of Commons, where great leaders have addressed the nation.
After seeing places that have played such an important part in our nation’s history, students were then able to take part in a workshop about democracy and the importance of being able to have a say in how our country is run.
After their visit, students we went to the Chinatown area of London to sample traditional Cantonese food in a Chinese restaurant. Some students even tried to learn how to use chopsticks!
Suitably refreshed, it was time for a walking tour of London, taking in famous sights, including the Eros statue and bright lights of Piccadilly Circus, the vast space of Trafalgar Square and Nelson’s Column. After a spot of souvenir shopping, students made their way to Buckingham Palace, where, tired but happy, they were picked up by the coach for the long drive back to school.