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Posted on: 11/05/2018

Year 10 Boys visit Parliament

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A group of Year 10 Boys from Bishop Challoner School recently visited the Houses of Parliament for an event organised by Media Smart – a media literacy programme for 7 – 15 year olds.

The boys started the day with an exclusive private tour of the houses of parliament. They found all about the intricacies, traditions and day-to-day running of government. We were the only school at the event. The rest of the audience (of about 60 people) were journalists from the Guardian, Sky news, various other news outlets, politicians and specialists from the media, literacy, and education industries.

The group were then lead across, via the exclusive underground entrance, to Portcullis house to attend an event run by Media Smart, a campaign launching a new initiative about getting boys to reflect on their self-image and the impact the media has on this.

Provided with popcorn we were then treated to a screening of their new short film for schools, followed by a panel discussion by members of parliament and industry specialists. The boys were then set a challenge by First News (a newspaper written for and by students with an average readership of 2-3 million) to put together a write-up of the event to be published in the next edition of their newspaper.

Miss Harrison, who led the trip said: The year ten boys we escorted on the trip were a real pleasure to spend time with; they were excellently behaved, fully engaged with every opportunity offered during the day and were excellent representatives of the school. Some incredibly insightful discussions were had on the journey home which revealed just how great an impact the day had on them and the vital importance of the topic of boys and self-image.

Quinton and Bryan, two boys on who were on the trip said: “the event was full of remarkable information and we found it helpful to see how other people our age deal with these type of issues so we can learn and start the conversation that, until this campaign, no-one was willing to start.”