Joining the rush of morning commuters, Paraschos, Tawanda, Nathan and Martina kick-started their Tuesday by making their way to Westminster for a walking tour of the Houses of Parliament.
The young writers had the opportunity to learn not only about Parliament’s history but also about its current usage, and how different versions of the Westminster political system could be found in use across many Commonwealth states today. The group enjoyed seeing both the House of Commons and the House of Lords in person and took many pictures in Westminster Hall as souvenirs of this very interesting visit.
In the afternoon, moving away from the political system to the world of secondary education, the Winners and Runners-Up visited Holland Park School in West London. They were warmly welcomed by members of staff, and following snacks and a short explanation regarding the school’s multi-cultural cohort, a tour of the newly refurbished buildings got under way.
The tour allowed the group to experience the environment of a UK Comprehensive (secondary) school as the group was able to observe lessons in Latin, Art, English and Dance. In particular, the state-of-the-art music, design and sports facilities proved impressive: the swimming pool, gym, library and Food Technology kitchens left both parents and young writers feeling appreciative of the positive learning atmosphere they had witnessed.
After an enjoyable school lunch, the last activity of the day was a visit to the offices of The Evening Standard – a widely circulated London newspaper.
The group were shown around by Doug Willis, Managing Editor of the paper, who explained how a busy newspaper office operated. The Winners and Runners-Up were interested in Doug’s explanation of the history of the paper and its rebirth following years of decline. This proved to be an informative insight into the newspaper industry as a whole, and an inspiring end to day two.