Write up by Lily-Beth Southcott 9L

On Thursday 7 and Friday 8 November, 50 year 9 students went to London to explore British values of democracy, equality and teamwork.

Our first activity was visiting the London Central Mosque. During this activity, we observed prayer time and had a tour of the Mosque itself. It was really interesting to find out about a religion I didn’t know too much about and the main hall was really beautiful.

After that, we did some sightseeing and saw a number of London’s landmarks on the way to our next activity, which was the Houses of Parliament. We started off with a tour and because of the election, we actually got to go in the Houses of Lords and Commons. It was very interesting to see where the people who make our laws debate. We also had a workshop about law making, where we got to act out the process of law making and debate a new law we wanted to bring in!

We then had dinner at Gourmet Burger Kitchen and after dinner went to the theatre to see Mamma Mia. It was amazing and I enjoyed it so much!

The next day, we went to London Zoo and had a workshop about climate change. We learnt about how animals all over the world are at threat from climate change, and even got to see an example of a preserved frog that has died of a disease more common because of climate change. We also got to look around the zoo and see all the animals they have there. Did you know they have the biggest penguin pool in the UK?

Before we went home, we went to the Shard and got to see all of London from the top; the view was amazing. I really enjoyed the trip and I would encourage other people to go next year as it was a great experience that I will never forget.