In January Parklands went to Parliament! Macauley from 6R travelled to London with his Mum and Miss Hattersley to speak at the Arts Connect launch at the Houses of Parliament. We were lucky enough to be upgraded to first class on the train after we explained to the guard where we were going and why.
When we arrived in London we traveled on the Tube (some of us for the first time ever) to Westminster where we had an appointment at the Houses of Parliament with Richard Burgeon MP, the MP for our school.
Richard was charming and friendly and took us over to the House of Lords to one of the private tea rooms for tea and cake overlooking the river Thames. We were looked after brilliantly by the lovely Claire from Ireland who made a friend in Macauley.
We were joined by Macauley’s Dad and sister who had traveled down on the bus to meet us and we waited for Nick Corston to help set up for the Arts Connect launch.
There were lots of press photos to take before we were able to take a few minutes out to enjoy lunch in one of the cafes. Macauley spoke confidently about his train set (a gift from Nick and John Lewis) and Stephenson’s rocket – the inspiration for the event. Even Miss Hattersley had to say a few words. There was art to enjoy and rockets to make and launch but it was soon time to get back on the tube as we had places to be.
Macauley and his family had tickets to see School of Rock (thank you to Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber for the tickets) and Miss Hattersley helped them navigate across the city before catching her train home. The show was amazing and the whole family was buzzing afterwards.
Nick picked them up and took them on a tour of the lights of London at night. After a good nights sleep the next stop was the Science Museum to see the engines before making the journey back to Leeds (by first class again – thank you LNER.) It was an experience that we will all never forget.
Parklands is extremely proud of Macauley and how well he represented our school at such an important event.