This week we joined together with people from all over the country in EqualiTeas, to celebrate 90 years since the Representation of the People Act 1928 which gave all men and women over 21 the equal right to vote.
It’s also 100 years since the first women were allowed to vote.
The Prime Minister and Members from both Houses gather in Central Lobby to celebrate the centenary of the Representation of the People Act, 1918. © UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor
Historically, tea parties were hotbeds of political activism. It was one of the few ways women could meet without men to discuss and plan. The leading suffrage organisations used tea parties and tea shops as central elements in their campaigning. They were excellent spaces to increase awareness, discuss tactics and raise money.
We used the EqualiTeas resources, sent to us by Parliament’s Education and Engagement Service, to learn about the difference between Suffragists and Suffragettes, and put into order the events in the history of Suffragism.
Some posters from around the end of the First World War showed us the different attitudes for and against Women’s Suffrage.
We went through a list of 10 important jobs (including the President of Taiwan, Senior Vice President of Apple, Head of the police in London) and asked which were held by women.
The twist was that they all are!
We also played a board game that they supplied, which ended with a close run dash to the finish line of equal representation.
A few weeks later we received a certificate and badges for taking part!
Tonight Brian arranged for Daniela from the National Deaf Children’s Society came along to teach us how to communicate with those who are deaf.
The National Deaf Children’s Society is the leading charity dedicated to creating a world without barriers for deaf children and young people.
We learned some British Sign Language (BSL) and hopefully became more deaf aware.
We haven’t had a trip out for a while, so Laura arranged for us to visit the Apple Store in Regent Street.
It’s only a short journey but we still had to cope with plenty of traffic!
Once we got there we were soon learning about coding, using the big screen, iPads and Sphero rolling robots.
Once everyone was ready, we watched them navigate their Sphero around a course, while telling a story with voices and sound effects. Pretty impressive on the massive screen!
At the end, everyone got a badge and a certificate.
Thanks very much to everyone at the Apple Store for looking after – and teaching – us so well. Hope to see you again soon!
April 3rd is World Party Day, and as that was a Tuesday this year we decided to take part!
World Party Day is an annually celebrated unofficial holiday that aims to achieve social change and harmony by encouraging people to celebrate life by partying.
We arranged to have a space in the Lagoon (the Hospital’s restaurant) and spread the word around that everyone was welcome to drop in.
On the day, we arrived early to put up decorations and lay out the food and drink.
Water, squash and juice were kindly donated by Marks & Spencer’s Chancery Lane store.
Things were soon in full swing and our guests enjoyed musical chairs, destroying a pinata, Buckaroo, and Operation.
We finished off with this wonderful cake from Cake Magic in Stevenage:
A huge thank you to everyone who helped before, during and after the party, Marks & Spencer for donating the drinks, and to Pedro and Jamie at the Hospital for helping us to arrange this.
Last night it was all about aliens!
We made alien goo in lots of different colours
One of our leaders Katie carefully practiced the recipe for us the night before, and made this really handy video if anyone else wants to give it a go!
Practiced homemade alien goo for my Great Ormond Street Hospital Scouts and Guides tomorrow. Mini tutorial from me below!
Posted by Katie Olivia Watts on Monday, 19 March 2018