Pupils at the Convent of Jesus and Mary in Willesden made the BBC evening news following their first Parliamentary style debate, where they discussed the impact of the EU Settlement Scheme on students, with local Labour MP Dawn Butler present on 18th January.
Headmistress Louise McGowan said, ‘It is important to teach children about democracy in a fun and engaging way. Too many people do not understand the workings of our country’s political system; so using the framework of a mock Parliament has allowed our students to experience a parliamentary debate.’
The governing party ‘Katherine’ and school Prime Minister have started work delivering a manifesto that includes helping to find a new catering company to supply food to their canteen and providing sanitary products to all pupils free of charge.
Joana Reis, Head of Katherine House and Prime Minister said, ‘I strongly believe this will be a great year for Convent history because students now have a real voice and our school wants to hear what we have to say.’
MP Dawn Butler who supported and heard the debate offered to host the girls’ next debate in Parliament.