Henry discusses democracy and VE Day anniversary with schoolchildren

Henry Smith with children at Southgate Primary School SUS-150430-164209001
Henry Smith with children at Southgate Primary School SUS-150430-164209001
  • Children hand over letters for David Cameron
  • Class had been learning about democracy, law, respect and tolerance

Democracy and the 70th anniversary of VE Day were on the agenda when schoolchildren met one of Crawley’s Parliamentary Candidates.

Conservative candidate Henry Smith was welcomed by staff and pupils when he visted Southgate Primary School, in Barrington Road.

He hoped one day to see a pupil from Southgate Primary school become a Member of Parliament or even the Prime Minister!

Sharon Bondonno, assistant head of Southgate Primary School

Henry said: “It was a pleasure to speak with pupils at Southgate Primary School about democracy, the role of a Member of Parliament, and the upcoming commemorations for the 70th anniversary of VE Day.

“It was fascinating to hear how the pupils had taken part in their own election. It is important that young people are aware of how our political process works, and I am delighted that Southgate Primary are taking such a leading role in doing this.”

The children had been learning about the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.

Assistant headteacher Sharon Bondonno said: “I would like to say, on behalf of the school community, a big thank you to Henry Smith.

“He really got the children motivated and interested in both VE Day and in the upcoming elections and they were particularly excited that he took their letters away to give to David Cameron!

“Henry Smith spoke to the children about the VE Day on 8th May and linked it to the forthcoming elections in order to help encourage respect for democracy and a developing interest in the world around them, including the political process.

“He was impressed that the school was actively promoting British values and the children’s ideas were excellent. He hoped one day to see a pupil from Southgate Primary school become a Member of Parliament or even the Prime Minister!”