St. Helen's pupils' fact-finding trip to Council HQ

Thursday, 9 January, 2020

Image of children in the chambers with provostOver two days, 65 senior pupils from St. Helen's Primary in Bishopbriggs visited East Dunbartonshire Council's HQ in Kirkintilloch to meet Depute Provost Gary Pews.

Taking to their seats in the debating chamber, the P7 pupils listened intently to the Depute Provost as he talked about the council and its roles and services.

He then turned quizmaster to test them on their knowledge of local democracy and what impact the council has on their lives and the lives of their families.

Depute Headteacher, Mrs McWilliams, said, "This was an excellent learning experience for children to develop their knowledge and understanding of the history and services provided by the Council. The children thoroughly enjoyed the visit to the council chambers, being given a tour, learning from Depute Provost Pews and having the opportunity to show what they had learned through the group quiz."

One of the pupils added, "It was really interesting.  We learned about all the different parts of the council. I enjoyed the quiz most because my team won!"

image of children in chambersDepute Provost Pews has now hosted 14 school groups from throughout Bishopbriggs and Kirkintilloch during the past two years. The rolling programme now sees invitations being extended to schools in Bearsden and Milngavie during 2020.

The Depute Provost believes instilling an interest in local democracy in young people is very important. He said, "The level of knowledge displayed by the pupils during the visits has been very impressive. They have clearly done a lot of research in advance, not just about the council but also about the East Dunbartonshire area in general, and I look forward to hosting more groups in the year ahead.’’

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