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Friday, March 23, 2007

An evening at school

Before I go off in to the land of nod - as I have to be up early in the morning, which does not lie well with me on a Saturday, I just want to tell you all about my evening.

I am a recent governor at Kelvin Hall School in Hull. Tonight we were celebrating, as the school has received International School Status for the third time. We have links in France, Ireland, Germany, Russia, Sierra Leone and many other places. Although the school is a specialist science college, there is also a very strong emphasis on modern languages, which quite naturally fits in with the links we have around the world.

I have never been a fan of John Prescott, but I must give credit, where credit is due. He used a PowerPoint presentation to tell us of his visit to our partner school in Sierra Leone and gave a good and witty speech.

The pupils told us of their experiences visiting different countries; did an international rap song, as well as a Chinese dance. They were great, and Mr Prescott really praised them. So good on him for that.

I also met my Labour MP - Diana Johnson - for the first time. She doesn't know my political views and tonight was not a night for politics, although I did get my views across on House of Lords reform!

Too many people criticise our young people. Tonight showed me what a talented bunch of kids we have in this country and well mannered too. When I left the school with another governor, there were a few pupils outside the main entrance. One of the boys said, 'Goodnight sirs.' There are many young people who still have good manners and respect for others. We should never loose sight of that.


james higham said...

Astounding, Andrew.

Delicolor said...

Being a Governor is a bizarre experience as you will find as time passes.

Many young people are indeed very friendly, intelligent and polite. It doesn't take many bad apples to spoil the bunch from outside the gates though...

Andrew Allison. A Conservative View said...

I know it doesn't take too many bad apples, but the point I was trying get across is, if a group of teenagers are hanging around an entrance, some people think straight away, they are up to no good. I think the boys I was refering to knew we were both governors.

If you give people more responsibility, the majority will rise to the challenge. Those pupils who gave presentations last night showed the best in our young people.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Well done for giving credit where it is due to Prescott and for pointing out that there are, still, polite young people around - they don't get enough coverage.

Colin Campbell said...

I am a Governor for our kids school. I like it and think that I can make a difference. We have to encourage all the positive stuff to balance some of the negative.

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