- Posted by: Joyce Watson MS
- Category: Feature
A group of politically-aware years five and six pupils from Haverfordwest VC School made the most of a visit from local Assembly Member Joyce Watson on Monday (13 June) when they quizzed the politician about the issues affecting them.
A lack of safe places to play was high on pupils’ agenda, as were speeding cars and empty shop buildings in the town centre. Bringing the political process to their own doorstep, pupils also raised concerns about the school entrance and nearby residential developments.
The Mid and West Wales AM’s visit was part of the Assembly’s Education Outreach initiative, designed to provide information about the work of the National Assembly for Wales and to record young people’s views.
Speaking afterwards, Mrs Watson, who lives in Haverfordwest and whose daughter used to attend the school, said she would take their concerns back to the Assembly:
“It was a real pleasure to return to the school that my daughter Fiona attended.
“I was very impressed by the easy manner in which the pupils felt able to express their concerns, which exemplifies the schools progressive approach of encouraging them to find and use their own voices – and they certainly did that!
“Having listened to the issues that the children are concerned about, I have promised to raise them in the Assembly and get back to them”.