The School Council was delighted to have the opportunity to visit Parliament Buildings at Stormont on Wednesday 13th January. Nine pupils from P5, P6 and P7 were accompanied by Mrs Graham and Miss Bingham.
We were welcomed to Stormont by Emma Pengally, a South Belfast MLA and we also had the opportunity to meet and chat with Fearghal McKinney, another South Belfast MLA.
Anne- Marie Fleming, Education Officer gave the children a short tour and provided lots of facts about the history of Stormont and explained how the Government of Northern Ireland operates. The children then answered quiz questions using electronic devices and discovered how much knowledge they had retained.
The children and teachers were then allowed to sit in on a discussion addressing Bullying in schools. Everyone had to sit in silence and observe the gallery rules! This was really interesting and allowed the children to observe how discussions they have at School Council meetings are similar to those taking place at Stormont.
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Finally the children made their way to the main hall where they were allowed to put forward their ideas for a new law in a mock debate!
Everyone had a really enjoyable morning and gained a greater understanding of life at Stormont!