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Northampton Academy Students Meet Israeli Ambassador

Northampton Academy Students Meet Israeli Ambassador

Academy students sing in House of Commons organised by Michael Ellis MP

Today, a group of Northampton Academy students gave a very special performance in the State Rooms of Mr Speaker’s House in the House of Commons.

The 18 students sang the Hebrew folksong, ‘Hashivenu’ for the Israeli Ambassador, His Excellency Daniel Taub who then spoke to students about the relationship between Israel and Britain.  The students then had a chance to quiz His Excellency about Israel and about life as an ambassador.

Following the session with Ambassador Taub, the students went on a tour of the Houses of Parliament where they visited the debating chambers, Westminster Hall and St Stephen’s Hall.

Anne Hill, Principal of Northampton Academy, said:

‘Students thoroughly enjoyed today’s visit and were excited to tell their classmates about the experience.  They performed exceptionally well and were a credit to themselves and the academy.

‘We were delighted Ambassador Taub was able to meet with us and talk to the students today.  The students really enjoyed talking to him and learning about what it means to be an ambassador.  He gave them a fantastic insight into the life of an ambassador and how different governments work together.

‘We are very grateful to our MP, Michael Ellis, who took the time to organise this special trip for us and were delighted he was able to join us today.’

Kemi Olowoyo, Northampton Academy student, said:

‘Today was fantastic.  To sing in Parliament is a once in a lifetime opportunity and one we will never forget.  It was a unique performing experience for us.  I usually perform with large audiences in choirs, but this was more intimate, and left an impression on me.

‘We really enjoyed meeting the Ambassador and hearing about his work.  I had never really thought about how different countries work together so it was great to learn about this at first-hand.’

Another student Holly Lowe, said:

‘I really enjoyed the tour of the Houses of Parliament.  It was great to see where the MPs work and we all became very excited when famous politicians walked by!

‘This was very different from anything I’ve ever done before.  I have only joined the choir recently and was proud to represent the academy.  Meeting the Ambassador was a privilege.’

His Excellency Daniel Taub said:

‘One of the most powerful ways of building bridges between peoples is to appreciate and celebrate each other’s cultures.  I was delighted to be able to meet with the children of Northampton Academy Choir and hear their rendition of Jewish and Hebrew songs.’

Michael Ellis, MP for Northampton North, who organised the visit for the academy, said:

‘This was a wonderful event and I am delighted to have been able to arrange such a special opportunity for the boys and girls of Northampton Academy’s choir.  They sang so well in such imposing surroundings.  I know that the Ambassador greatly enjoyed the performance.  I will continue to support Northampton Academy and all the schools in Northampton in any way I can and I hope that the children will really benefit from the experience.’

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Posted: Feb 28, 2013,
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