School cel­e­brates an­niver­sary

Macclesfield Express - - WILDLIFE -

MAC­CLES­FIELD MP David Rut­ley was the guest of hon­our at a pri­mary school when he led the assem­bly.

Mr Rut­ley vis­ited Up­ton Pri­ory School as part of its 800th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions of the sign­ing of the Magna Carta.

He led a lively House of Com­mons-style de­bate with the pupils, on the hot topic of whether home­work should be abol­ished.

There were in­ter­est­ing con­tri­bu­tions from all sides of the de­bate, although those in favour of keep­ing home­work nar­rowly won the de­bate – much to the re­lief of the teach­ers.

The assem­bly was just one part of a whole day ded­i­cated by the school to learn­ing more about democ­racy. Classes worked on a num­ber of sub­jects dur­ing the day, with Year 4 fo­cussing on the demo­cratic tra­di­tions of the an­cient Greeks, and Year 6 look­ing at the work of the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment.

Mr Rut­ley had pre­vi­ously worked closely with Up­ton Pri­ory, in the run up to the Magna Carta cel­e­bra­tions.

In Novem­ber 2014 he vis­ited the school to launch a flag pro­ject, which was run na­tion­wide. The pro­ject in­vited young peo­ple from across the UK to col­lab­o­ra­tively cre­ate a shared pic­ture of democ­racy.

Each Mem­ber of the House of Com­mons was asked to nom­i­nate a pri­mary school to cre­ate a flag to rep­re­sent their con­stituency.

Each flag sub­mit­ted has been pub­lished online and a num­ber were flown Par­lia­ment Square at a spe­cial event ear­lier this year.

Speak­ing af­ter the assem­bly, Mr Rut­ley said: “It was great to be able to help young peo­ple find out more about our demo­cratic val­ues and how Par­lia­ment works.

“The de­bate was good fun and it was re­fresh­ing to see how en­gaged the chil­dren were in the Magna Carta cel­e­bra­tions.

“I would like to thank ev­ery­one in­volved at the school.”

●● MP David Rut­ley with pupils at Up­ton Pri­ory School

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