Pupils at St George’s Junior School, Weybridge question the Foreign Secretary in person about improving the world

Pupils at St George’s Junior School, Weybridge were delighted to welcome the Rt. Hon Philip Hammond MP, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on Friday 23 January. During a special assembly in the School’s Chapel, Mr Hammond answered questions about issues facing the world and how we could solve them.

Mr Hammond asked to visit the pupils after reading copies of letters written by Year 5 pupils at the School in Religious Education (RE) lessons. The letters, written to David Cameron, the Prime Minister, discussed issues facing the world today and how the pupils felt God would like humanity to act in response to them.

Some of the topics the pupils discussed include the environment, diseases, clean drinking water, war, and people who live without shelter, amongst many others.

Through their letters the pupils discussed solutions to the problems. Henry, Year 5, who suggested building water pumps in developing communities to provide clean drinking water, stating that:

“We can fix God’s beautiful world. Humans can save humans…We must save God’s creation”.

Or Aidan, Year 5, who suggested that we could donate text books to help provide education to those in need, he concluded that:

“I want to make a difference…We need to make a difference”.

Due to the high standard of the letters, Mr Hammond asked to visit the School to answer the pupils’questions in person.

Mr Hammond said of his visit to the School that:

“The pupils had composed such well thought-out letters and it was great to have the opportunity to respond to their challenges in person.”

Mr Antony Hudson, Headmaster of St George’s Junior School, Weybridge said:

"It was a great privilege to welcome Mr Hammond back to the Junior School. He gave very transparent and helpful answers to the intelligent questions that the children asked him, providing a fascinating insight into his political career to date and his enormous current responsibilities".
26 January 2015

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