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This is a nurturing environment where children, staff, parents and governors know each other and share a common understanding of the School’s purpose – to ‘aim high’ and through shared understanding of Gospel values, ensure that the potential of every child is fully achieved. Our children are happy, sociable, well-behaved and value our diversity, which enriches everything we do. We are recognised as ‘outstanding’ by the local authority and are confident this will be endorsed at our next Ofsted inspection.

Friday, 8 December 2017

Mayor Sir Steve Bullock welcomes Our Delegation

Our delegation tries out the former
Mayor of Deptford's chair for size!
This morning the School's Head and Deputy Head Boys and Girls took the bus, with Mrs Antwi and me (I'm a School Governor!), to Lewisham Town Hall.  We were one of six school delegations invited to meet the Mayor and the Young Mayor of Lewisham and to learn a bit about how the Council runs and what the big challenges are.

Joanne and Loic address the
Council Chamber.
We were welcomed to the Town Hall by the Mayor's team and told a bit about how Lewisham Borough was created.  We were shown the Borough's ceremonial mace and those from the former boroughs of Lewisham and Deptford (now merged): all three maces are together worth £200,000 and are displayed behind alarmed security glass!

We were shown into the Council Chamber where we heard what the Young Mayor, Laurelle Henry, does.  She was elected by Lewisham secondary school students and has a budget of £25,000 to spend during her year in office.  Each school delegation was invited to discuss in their group, then speak about, how they would spend the £25,000 budget if they were Young Mayor. The children enjoyed the challenge and had some fresh and interesting ideas - like tackling homelessness, promoting electric cars and encouraging healthy living. I found it reassuring that we are clearly nurturing a socially conscious, responsible and caring generation of children.

Smile please!  A photo with Sir Steve.
Finally we were ushered in to Sir Steve Bullock's office.  He has been Mayor of Lewisham for nearly sixteen years now but will retire from the job next May when his successor will be elected by the people of Lewisham.  Steve dealt with questions - mainly about the challenges of his job and what were the good and bad things about being Mayor - and showed us all his heavy gold 'badge of office' and his Mayoral chain.  Afterwards he let us have a photo with him.

Our future delegation to the United Nations?
On the bus home we had plenty of opportunity to discuss democracy and voting, and Loic, Joanne, Darragh and Albert reflected on whether they might one day have political ambitions and how serving on the School Council is a good first step in understanding what democratic representation involves.  All-in-all a very worthwhile and fun trip with a lovely bunch of well-behaved kids. 

Thank you to the Mayor and Young Mayor, to Mrs Antwi and to our four children (future leaders maybe?) who came on the trip.

Robert Sheppard
Foundation Governor