Posted on January 25th 2017

Visit to the House of Commons

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Miss Gamlen and Jasraj Ghaba (Beech) were offered a wonderful opportunity through First Story. Berkeley is the only primary school in the country involved in this project, which involves pupils in Years 4 and 5 attending weekly writing workshops led by our resident author, Ross Raisin. The pupils are aiming to write a range of high quality pieces for an anthology which will be published during the summer term.
 
The school received an invitation for one pupil and one teacher to attend the CLA Imagine: Nation event at the House of Commons. Both Jasraj and Miss Gamlen were overwhelmed by the size of the House of Commons and the views from the Terrace Pavilion (see photos attached) where they enjoyed cakes and sandwiches on House of Commons plates! Jasraj was thrilled to see the main landmarks in central London.
 
Speakers at the event included Darcey Bussell, Caroline Dinenage MP, Caleb Femi (the first Young People's Laureate for London), Matt Hancock MP, Fiona Shaw and Ed Vaizey MP. There was an opening performance from Kinetika Bloco, a group who led team GB in the London 2012 Victory Parade.
 
The speeches focused on the importance of cultural arts in instilling confidence in young people, the correlation between imagination and successes in learning and the value of cultural education in the language of both exam results and life chances for pupils.
Miss Gamlen said: ‘It was inspiring to hear from people who are so passionate about the arts and how they can be used as a tool to improve education.’ Jasraj told Miss Gamlen afterwards that he felt inspired to write a piece called 'The Power of Imagination' and said that if he ever appeared on the news he would like it to be in the same capacity as the speakers at the event.
 
They both had a wonderful afternoon which left both them feeling inspired.
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