On Tuesday 20th June we had a visit from Rosamonde Birch from Parliament’s school outreach programme. She delivered an interesting assembly to the whole school on the key purpose and features of Parliament. Following the assembly years 7 and 8 had two workshops until lunch time. Firstly they learnt about campaigning and how individuals and groups can make a difference. They discussed various methods that can be used to bring about change such as petitions, boycotts, lobbying and direct action. After break they were organised into MPs in the House of Commons with Logan Martin the leader of the government and Danielle Beaumont the leader of the opposition. A debate was held on a bill for lowering the voting age to 16 chaired by the elected speaker – Chester Huntley! Following much debate and some amendments to the bill it was finally passed!