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Students Enjoy Mixing The Ancient With The Modern On Trip To Westminster

It really was a case of mixing the ancient with the modern when a group of 14-16-year-old students visited the London borough of Westminster on a class trip.

The students from New City College started with a history laden tour of the famous Westminster Abbey, dating back to the eleventh century and the place of coronation of England's and now Britain's monarchs.

During the tour, the students enjoyed seeing the coronation chair of kings and queens and visiting poets' corner in the abbey and the commemorations for poets and writers they are familiar with including Shakespeare, Charles Dickens and Jane Austen.

Afterwards, students and teachers then participated in a question time event for young people, held at the nearby St Margaret's Chapel.

This event was hosted by the BBC news presenter and journalist Samira Ahmed and guest panelists included theologians Iman Qari Asim MBE, the Reverend Laura Jorgensen, Rector of St Botoph without Aldgate in the City of London, Agamemnon Otero MBE, co-founding director of Repowering and a director of marine transport infrastructure company Hydra and the Right Honourable Lord Willetts, current executive chair of the Resolution Foundation and former government minister for universities and science.

During the event, the students from a range of schools in London debated current issues with the panel and one of the college's students - Oyshee - was chosen to put their question on why does religion not accept homosexuality when they claim to accept people for who they are, to the panel.

Speaking after the visit and event, Oyshee said:

Our tour of Westminster Abbey was amazing and an enriching experience. We all enjoyed identifying commemorations for many writers and poets. Getting the opportunity to visit such an iconic place was an honour.

Students Enjoy Mixing The Ancient With The Modern On Trip To Westminster