Pupils in the Government and Politics department are given the opportunity to take part in a range of educational visits, enrichment projects and to meet local politicians.
Every year Lower Sixth pupils and their teachers take an educational visit to the Northern Ireland Assembly at Stormont. During the day pupils are given the opportunity to observe the Assembly in plenary session and to have a question and answer session with MLAs from each of the local parties.
In December most years Lower Sixth pupils and their teachers take a three day trip to London. During these days we visit Westminster, taking a tour of the Houses of Parliament, often getting the chance to observe a debate in either House. We also visit a range of historical and tourist attractions including the Cabinet War Rooms and the London Eye.
In the past we have welcomed a range of local politicians to the Government and Politics department from Naomi Long of the Alliance Party to Ian Paisley then Leader of the DUP. This year we are looking forward to a return visit from Sammy Wilson Finance Minister and MP for East Antrim.
Laura Graham – Selected as one of only 30 young people in Ni to sit on the first Youth Assembly. The group will be involved in drafting the legislation to give the Youth Parliament statutory status.
Sarah Simms and Lauren Brown– Won places on Newtownabbey Borough Council’s Political Awareness Scheme – They visited the NI Assembly, the Dail in Dublin and Westminster in London as part of a cross community group of Young Women.