On Friday 24th February, five children from the School Council went to visit The Mayor of Lewisham. When they arrived at the Civic Suite in Catford, they took a few pictures by a plaque at the Entrance to the building, before going inside.
There, they saw other children Councillors from other schools. They each received a bag full with these gifts in it: a Lewisham pen; a picture of the Mayor’s badge; two booklets about how Lewisham is governed and a description of the Mayor’s chain. They sat at a table with one page of quizzes about the Lewisham.
The Councillors looked at a glass cabinet, which had three maces in. The two adults who help the Young Mayor introduced themselves and explained why there were three maces.
Did you know that Lewisham used to be split into two borough: Lewisham and Deptford? Edmund Waller would have been in Deptford and the Old Town Hall is near New Cross Gate Station.
Do you recognise it?
After that they went into a room where usually The Mayor and the Councillors have their meetings. The two adults who help the Young Mayor were talking to all the Councillors in their meeting room.
In the Mayor’s room, every Councillor asked the Mayor questions. There were also lots of snacks on the table, like fruit bars, Ribena, orange juice and a bowl of fruit. We all helped ourselves to the food as the mayor went around the room picking each councillor. We also had the chance to hold the Mayor’s badge, which is usually worn on special occasions.
After everyone had finished their questions, we were dismissed and we got the results of the winners.
At the end of our visit, the Mayor came out of his office and we shook his hand and had our photograph taken with him.
He also gave us all his autograph. Eveena took the chance to ask him just one more question: “When you were a teacher did you ever shout?” His response was, “Yes, but I shouted quietly, because my class was quiet.”
The visit showed us that however small you are you can help to improve your community.
By School Councillors Eveena, Luke & Gabriel