Friday 27th November, 2015
Friday was a special day for St Mary’s and School Council when we received a visit from our local MP, Nusrat Ghani. School council arranged a detailed and thorough tour of the school before settling down to asking Ms Ghani some challenging questions, like ‘Do you like David Cameron?; What is the difference between Labour and the conservatives? And why do the trains run late?’ from classes across the school.
During this time and over lunch, the group compared notes on the similarities and differences in representing their respective groups: Ms Ghani’s 80,000+ Wealden constituents and School Council’s representation of 88 students at St Mary’s. Mouths were agog, when the children heard how patient you have to be as an MP in Parliament, waiting up to four hours to speak and getting in trouble for going to the toilet during a session. One of the most striking and inspiring moments, was hearing Ms Ghani talk about how she got into politics having been in Afghanistan and the links she had to the book ‘Malala Yousafzai Warrior with Words’ that she spotted in our library on the tour.
We would like to thank Ms Ghani for taking the time to visit our school and for leaving us a copy of her Maiden Speech in Parliament where she made reference to following the advice from her most famous constituent ‘Winnie the Pooh’ who said ‘You can’t stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.’ If you would like to learn more about the interview with Ms Ghani, please visit our school council board in school.