Pupil Parliament: Dr Rupa Huq MP reacts to Derwentwater Primary, Acton

Pupil Parliament: Dr Rupa Huq MP reacts to Derwentwater Primary, Acton


Hello, I’m Rupa Huq. I’m the Member of Parliament for Ealing Central and Acton and I’m here today to look at the winning entry of the Pupil Parliament category of the LitFilmFest that was done by Derwentwater Primary in Acton. Welcome to Pupil Parliament
News at 11. Good strong start! Pupil: …a key issue among students at a local school. They hope to bring their issue before Parliament. They are asking for extra funds in order to update their
playground. Now over to Tara on the field…in the playground…yeah, outside! Pupil: Many pupils at Derwentwater Primary are
protesting that the junior playground is outdated… They have a point, it’s a
Victorian school. You know it’s a very valid thing, nowadays they have spongy surfaces Very imaginative solutions! Pupil: …will the Government answer their calls? Over to the
news reporters with more information. Very sleek, very professional. Pupil: A wider range of activities will give them different opportunities to exercise and try new things. Yeah, when we hear about obesity (this is) very important. Pupil: Drama spills over and into the classroom and distracts them from their learning. Pupil: Let’s see what our school nurse has to say… It is a bit sparse, looking at that playground now you mention it. I like their newsroom! Pupil: Local MP Rupa Huq made the following statement: Did I? Pupil (as Rupa Huq MP): I would like to raise an extremely important issue… …at a school in my constituency. As a Junior, I remember all the joy I used to have… …while playing in our magnificent green playground. Sadly, not all pupils have these resources. Pupil: Their grounds consist of concrete and mud! Pupils: (Audible gasps) Bit shocking, yes! A Victorian school does need to get in the 21st century, I’m right with the pupils there. Pupil: These students are clearly passionate about their welfare. Pupil: Very true, in fact why don’t you give us your opinion on social media: #2018playground. Pupil: We’ll see you again for our afternoon update. Very professional! I mean, considering they’re primary school children, it’s really impressive and really good ideas there – that a Victorian school just needs to get into the 21st century. It’s true. I didn’t…it didn’t really occur to me – I have been in that playground several times but the lack of features…So, they’ve inspired me and fired me up and I shall be fighting for
their cause in Parliament this term! It’s been really fun watching the Pupil
Parliament video that Derwentwater Primary did for the LitFilmFest and I have
to say when I was their age I wasn’t as sophisticated and knowledgeable as they
are. Their level of understanding of the issues, the way that they sort of gave us
context about what the situation is, was really really impressive. I think we have
definitely some sort of budding Jeremy Paxmans and the female equivalent of Jeremy Paxmans – Sophie Raworths, those kinds of people – in that classroom, and I
do think it’s important that people of all ages really take an interest in
politics and although it sounds like a big scary off-putting thing, politics, it
actually affects every aspect of our lives – everything that we do has some
sort of political decision behind it and you know the stuff they talked about
taps into (the issues) we hear about childhood obesity, we hear about…gosh…the
loneliness agenda – since January we’ve had a Loneliness Minister. They said that, you know, there can be tensions in the playground with not enough stuff so they’ve, you know, I’ve learnt a lot really this morning. So, thank you Derwentwater Primary. I’m really proud of you! I’m looking forward to seeing you to
congratulate you in person very soon.

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