Event - School Council Meet the Lord Mayor

19 June 2019

Members of the School Council visited the Lord Mayor, Councillor Mohammed Azim, to talk to him about his role as the new Lord Mayor of Birmingham.

School Council pupils had prepared many interesting questions in advance of our meeting. The Lord Mayor told us about his early life; and how he felt it was very important to help people in the local community; this prompted him to become a Councillor in 2004. The Lord Mayor wishes to promote Birmingham during his time in this role.

The golden chain that he wears around his neck dates back to the first Lord Mayor in 1838. A gold plate was added every year with the name of the new Lord Mayor until the chain became too heavy, then it was decided to add the new names inside the a gold pendant.

After our tour of the Council House, we visited the Staffordshire Hoard at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. The hoard is the largest amount of Anglo-Saxon gold ever found. We used microscopes to view some of the items on display, which are over 1400 years old.

Children from St Gerard’s School Council had a wonderful day exploring Birmingham.

We had the opportunity to ask the Lord Mayor lots of questions.
Building started on the Council House 1874.

Taking our seats in the Voting Chamber.
The Lord Mayor’s chair in the Voting Chamber.

A camera zooms in on the councillor speaking during a debate.
In the Names Room.

The City of Birmingham Coat of Arms including the motto ‘Forward’.
From the banqueting suite overlooking Victoria Square.

The Freemen of the City of Birmingham.
A replica of an Anglo-Saxon mead hall.

Taking a closer look at the gold fragments.
Discovering more facts about the Staffordshire Hoard.

The interactive display was very informative.
Time for an ice cream before we returned to school.