Future political stars gather for Pupil Parliament

Release Date: 16 October 2017

Year 6 children from around the Borough gathered at York House last week for the annual Pupil Parliament.

The event gives 2 pupils from each school a chance to debate and give speeches on issues that are important to them. This year’s theme was ‘Is social media and technology affecting how we communicate?’

Students gave one minute speeches on the topic, asked questions of the speakers and voted for a Mayor and Deputy Mayor. The young politicians voted Adam from St Elizabeth’s School in Richmond as their Mayor and Gigi from Lady Eleanor Holles School in Hampton as their Deputy Mayor.

Cllr Lisa Blakemore, Mayor of Richmond, was in attendance and said:

“I was delighted to take part in this event and witness future political stars debating the issues that matter to them.

“We know that the rate of change in how we use technology is immense and it’s having a huge impact on how we all communicate. So it’s important for our future generations to have their say on an issue that matters to them and affects their lives.

“I hope the children continue to take an active interest in local government as they progress through their education.”  

Justine Bateman, Deputy Head of St Peter’s and St Mary’s School and organiser of the Parliament said:

“This is a great opportunity for the children to debate current issues and suggest solutions through their own eyes.

“It was interesting to see what the children felt the effects of technology have on their lives, with the time adults spent on devices when at home being raised as something to look at.”

Notes for editors

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Reference: P481/17

Updated: 31 October 2017