The Member of the Senedd for the Rhondda has to take part in a Democracy Day event with local school pupils.
Normally, Leanne Wood MS would meet pupils of Ton Pentre Junior School at the Senedd but coronavirus has halted such plans. Instead, Ms Wood took to Zoom to give a brief talk to pupils of Year 5 and Year 6 as part of their ‘Parliament Week’ studies.
Dosbarth Hywel and Llywellyn also got the opportunity to ask questions about politics and her favourite part of the job.
Teacher Lindsay Jones said: “As, in most years, Leanne visits us during our visit to the Senedd at this time of year and were therefore most grateful that she could take the time to talk about citizenship with our pupils, even if it was via Zoom!
“Next year, perhaps we can go back to our usual visit to the Senedd please - COVID willing - as we missed our guided tour around the fantastic 'Siambr' and our debate in Siambr Hywel, the Youth Parliament Chamber. Diolch yn fawr Ms. Wood; tan blwyddyn nesaf!'”
Afterwards, Leanne said: “I thoroughly enjoyed speaking to pupils of Ton Pentre Junior school. They were bright, engaged and a credit to their parents and school. Ensuring children know about politics and democracy is vital and I applaud the work that Ton Pentre Junior school is doing in this field – it’s a shining example.”
Leanne added: “Speaking to pupils is one of the things I have missed most during the pandemic. Speaking over the internet is the next best thing to visiting the school.
“If any schools are interested in having a talk and Q&A over Zoom, please get in touch with my office.”
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