Treloar’s students welcome East Hampshire MP Damian Hinds
Treloar School student, Ryan, invited East Hampshire MP, Damian Hinds, to visit school and speak to his classmates about his job and role in the government. The students had prepared a long list of questions for him in advance. Ryan asked Damian Hinds questions about the economy, his attitude to teachers’ strikes, the Prime Minister and about the workings of government and the cabinet.
Following his interview with Ryan, Damian Hinds was invited to speak at the School assembly. The MP gave a short presentation to the whole school about his role in Westminster, before facing even more questions from students including what are his hobbies, does he like politics, and what does he enjoy about his job? Damian Hinds said one of his favourite parts of his role was visiting local schools.
After the assembly, Damian Hinds met with a group of College students who spoke to him about various local issues. Points raised included the speed of local pedestrian crossings at traffic lights, not allowing students enough time to cross safely, the suitability of pavements for wheelchair users, accessibility of local facilities and provision for homeless people in our area. Students asked what the MP can do to support costs of living locally and the availability of affordable housing.
It was inspiring to see the range of questions asked. Treloar’s students were interested in changes that would support their peer group, wider society and disadvantaged groups. Their questions demonstrate how Treloar’s values of kindness and inclusion are embedded throughout the School and College curriculum.