The trip was very good at getting us more involved and giving us a better understanding of what we are studying.
We met at 9:30 outside Parliament, ready to explore in the halls of our government. We were then lead to a modern building around the corner. There were police officers guarding the doors strictly. We each had to go through an airport like security system. Then we were given passes.
We were taken through an underground tunnel to the Houses of Parliament where we were told the historical significance of the nine hundred year old Westminster Hall, where many inspiring people have come to speak, such as Pope Francis. We were taken to the Robing Room which was decorated with grand paintings. It is the room where the Queen puts on the Imperial State Crown and her ceremonial robes before making her way to the House of Lords. We were taken to the House of Lords, the walls were gold and each seat has above it the crests of the hereditary peers. The seats were red leather coated looking very comfortable, as the Lords would have had to sit in them for hours at a time. However we were not given the privilege to rest in them as you have to be a peer to sit on them. There was even a security guard watching us to make sure we did not break this rule.
After the tour we went to a room where we sat in two halves representing opposing sides of parliament. We were asked to elect two leaders, Matty and Daniel, who were to be our representatives for the workshop. We did various quizzes and debated topics against each other helping to get political discussion going.
The trip was very good at getting us more involved and giving us a better understanding of what we are studying, allowing us to be in the very place that has helped form our society and studies.
Rosa - Y12