Visit from Mark Lancaster and Damian Hinds

16th November 2018

We had a very special visit this morning from Mark Lancaster and Damian Hinds. The children got to ask them lots of questions and show of their work that they had been completing throughout the week. What a fantastic end to Parliament week.

Special Guest in MK for UK Parliament Week

This week the UK marked 100 years since the first women gained the right to vote, by celebrating Parliament week. School across Milton Keynes took part in activities to find out more about our democracy.

One school received a special guest. On Friday (16th Nov) Giffard Park Primary School hosted the Secretary of State for Education Damian Hinds MP.

The Secretary of State was given a tour by two members of the School Council. He joined few classes to see their Parliament Week activities which included voting on whether ‘it was fair to be given homework’ a shock result saw the class agree it was!

He was then joined by local MP Mark Lancaster taking questions from year 6 students.

Mark said:

“I was delighted to welcome the Secretary of State to Giffard Park Primary School. We were both incredibly impressed with how the students were engaging with how Parliament works and our democracy. The questions they asked were very well researched and challenging!

“I think, given the important 100 years milestone, it is important we take time to appreciate our democracy and I was pleased to see so many schools, Girlguides, Scouts and local groups taking part.”

Headteacher of Giffard Park Primary School, Miss Emma Donoghue added:

"The staff and children very much enjoyed the opportunity to ask pertinent questions to the Secretary of State and MP Mark Lancaster, at such a poignant time in UK politics.  Both of our visitors were highly complimentary about our children's knowledge, behaviour and their use of IT."

This year’s UK Parliament Week festival is the largest ever and will see more than 7,000 registered events with over 500,000 people taking part. Participating organisations include Scouts, Girlguiding, and the British Youth Council.

Photo attached of Mark Lancaster MP, Damian Hinds Secretary of State, Emma Donoghue Headteacher and Glynis Wiles Deputy Headteacher at Giffard Park Primary School on Children In Need Day.