7th Ruislip Windmill Brownie Unit got the VIP treatment on 3rd March when the Mayor of Hillingdon joined their Zoom meeting written by Imelda O’Halloran
Brown Owl led the meeting “Girls can do anything” and the Brownies explored the varied roles that women can do. There was a slide show which featured powerful women both past and present and our Brownies had to guess each person’s occupation.
Our wonderful Mayoress then told us all about her role as Mayor and the different tasks she gets involved in and how being Mayor during the pandemic required her to adapt and change to succeed in the role.
We finished by having a Q&A from our Brownies which brought forward some very interesting questions for our Mayor to answer!
Our Brownies loved the fact that every year all the elected Mayor’s get to have “tea” with the Queen…
3rd Northwood College Rainbow Unit: The Mayor’s visit written by Ruth Armin
The 3rd Northwood College Rainbow unit were thrilled to have a special guest join their Zoom call this week. Councillor Teji Barnes, the Mayor of Hillingdon joined the meeting to talk to us about her work in the borough. Last year, Councillor Barnes was deputy Mayor. She became Mayor in May 2020. The girls enjoyed hearing about the Mayor’s life and found out that she enjoyed Art and English when she was at school. They were surprised to hear that the Mayor had two cats and three children. We talked about our favourite books and the Mayor said she loved reading and writing her own speeches. The Rainbows asked some brilliant questions including:-
What do you like best about being a Mayor?
Do you know Boris Johnson?
Do you have to wear the robe and chain all the time?
Why did you want to be a Mayor?
Are you just famous locally or internationally?
We found out that the mayor does know Boris Johnson and she has a picture of her with him on her desk. Teji always helped out in her local community and became a member of the council in 2014. She always hoped she would become Mayor because she loves meeting people and listening to their stories. She likes to try and help as much as she can. The girls suggested qualities that were needed to be a good mayor. These were kindness, being a good listener, being a good problem solver and paying attention. Councillor Barnes agreed that all these qualities were needed, especially the one about paying attention as she recently had to chair a Zoom finance meeting with other 80 participants that went on for two and a half hours! The time just flew by and before we knew it we had to say goodbye. Although there is a giant poster of the Mayor outside the Civic Centre in Uxbridge , Teji was not sure if she was famous internationally but she does have her own YouTube channel.
We hope the Mayor will be able to come and visit us in school soon.