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Year 6 trip to see the Mayor

Successful visit to the Mayor's office

On Monday 27th March some members of Year 6, accompanied by Mrs. Bird and myself travelled by bus to
the Mayor’s Parlour at the Civic Centre in Bromley to visit His Honour the Mayor of Bromley,
Councillor Payne. The trip was arranged to support the study of Government and British Values, as part
of Y6’s PSHE curriculum.

We were warmly welcomed by the Mayor and his staff in the Mayor’s Parlour where we were shown the
Mayor’s chain of office and other regalia relating to his office. The pupils were allowed to wear the
mayoral chains for the different boroughs, such as Bromley and Beckenham. They were fascinated by the
Mayor’s talk, detailing the history of his office and the duties of his office, including the distinction he
made between his ceremonial duties and his civic duties.

At the end of his talk, the Mayor encouraged the pupils to engage in a question and answer session. I was
very proud of the insightful questions asked by all of our pupils, which reflected well on the school;
indeed, the Mayor himself congratulated the children on their intelligent questions.

Afterwards, we had refreshments kindly offered by the Mayor, before having lunch in the Mayor’s
Parlour. We then took advantage of the glorious weather to take a walk around the beautiful grounds,
which Mrs. Bird informed us used to be part of a teacher training establishment years ago, before
returning to the school.

Well done Year 6 for behaving so well on the trip. We certainly learnt a great deal about the processes of
local government through practical engagement!

Mrs. Rowland, Year 6 Teacher, Deputy Head.

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