Beating the Bounds
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We were very excited to be invited to attend an ancient ceremony called 'Beating the Bounds' during which the children went on a tour of the Old City walls with the Sheriff, Town Crier, The Mayor and tour guides participated in the ceremony of beating the wall with sticks to check the boundary was safe. Following this the children presented two proposals to a jury during Court Leet- held in the council chambers. The children spoke passionately and clearly about two matters which they voted on - food waste - disposing of it appropriately and vandalism/obscene graffiti. The jury and Mayor unanimously agreed to take their presentations forward and discuss them further with councillors at their next meeting. This was a fantastic opportunity for the children to present to a real audience and for a clear purpose.
The Mayor's Office sent this comment:
‘The Right Worshipful the Mayor of Southampton commented on how well behaved the children were. They were a credit to themselves, the teachers and the school and were very polite when spoken to. They were very enthusiastic on the topics they had chosen to present at Court Leet and spoke very clearly and interacted well.’
After the ceremony the children were treated to lunch with the Mayor in his private room and then had a tour of his other rooms.
We now eagerly await the outcome of the meeting and will update you once we have some news.