FITRAH SIPS
Schools commemorate city status landmark

Directions

Latest Video Gallery

Home > News > Schools commemorate city status landmark

Schools commemorate city status landmark

Posted on: 25 February 2014

What better way to start the second half of the spring term than to be invited to the Mayor's reception room at the Civic Centre?

Well two Year 5 pupils, Shire and Malakah, were chosen by Fitrah SIPS to attend this high profile event with many other children in primary and secondary schools across the city to recognise 50 years since Southampton was awarded city status by Royal Charter.  The programme included a speech by the Mayor, a tour around the Mayor's reception room (including dressing up in Mayoral robes!), and the awarding to each school attending a commemorative plaque 

Malakah commented, "It was an amazing time for us. When we entered the building it was a beautiful sight with many children and people from other schools. We started off having refreshments such as cakes and orange juice which was really tasty. Then we looked at books and other items that told famous stories about Southampton and how people lived, including a book that showed pictures of every Mayor since 1982. When the Mayor gave each school a trophy it was time to dress up as Mayor and a Sheriff - I was the Mayor and Shire was the Sheriff! After that we wrote something that we liked about Southampton in a special book. Before leaving we went to the art gallery. What I liked most was finding out about Southampton's past and dressing up as Mayor"

Adding to Malakah's comments, Shire said "The Mayor was very friendly and the refreshments were delicious.  When it was our turn to receive the trophy the camera flashed right into my eyes! I really enjoyed the event and the art gallery was great"

Supervising the visit was governor for Fitrah SIPS and lead for wellbeing, Abdiwali Elmi. He praised the children for their good behaviour and on how welcoming everyone was to each other on such an auspicous occasion. Abdiwali said, "It was a good experience for the school and something that we hope we can continue to be involved in.  As a community, we need to show good citizenship and a desire to work with others for the greater good". 

 

FITRAH SIPS