Year six pupils from Willaston School
swapped the classroom for the chamber of the House of Keys for one morning to gain
an insight into Manx parliamentary proceedings.
25 students took part in a scripted tour arranged by
the Chamber and Information Service as part of Tynwald’s educational outreach
programme. The visit began with a tour of the Legislative Buildings before the
House of Keys sitting which saw pupils assume the roles of Members and the
Presiding Officer and also make the acquaintance of outreach bear ‘Tynwald
Ted’, Secretary of the House for the morning’s proceedings.
Questions for Oral Answer included Treasury to
consider a pocket money allowance for every child in the Isle
of Man, while the Abolition of Homework Bill received its Second
‘Madam Speaker’ was Lucy Callow, 11, (pictured)
who said: ‘It was really interesting to see what happens, especially the
different roles there are, ’ while ‘Treasury Minister’ Aalish Kissack, 10,
observed: ‘I didn’t know very much about parliament before I came today…but now
I’ve an idea what goes on, and that was really good.’
Reflecting on the tour year six teacher Mary Thompson
said: ‘The tour has really opened our eyes to what happens in the three
chambers, how the voting system works and the role of MHKs.
‘The experience of a scripted tour not only provides
an opportunity for the children to learn about the Manx parliament, but it also
helps to build confidence in speaking in formal language in a public place.
It’s been a fantastic insight and we’re extremely grateful to everyone who made
can be arranged by contacting the Tynwald Library, email@example.com, 685520.
Photos courtesy of Paul Dougherty, Tynwald Seneschal