Stephen Timms, Member of Parliament for East Ham today visited St Winefride's Primary School.  He was at the school at the invitation of Year 6 pupil Georgeen Quarshie, who had written to invite him, assuring him that he would enjoy a visit.

On arrival, Head Teacher Paul Underwood showed Mr Timms historic photographs of the 100 year old school – including one after severe bomb damage on 11 May 1940.  A blackboard outside the wrecked building announced the school would re-open on 13 May!

Mr Timms attended an assembly for the whole school at the adjoining St Stephen’s Roman Catholic Church, with parish priest Father Sean Connolly, where St Winefride’s pupils were joined by pupils from their partner primary school, St Augustine’s School, Hythe.  Year 6 pupils gave an impressive musical presentation about next year’s Olympic Games, conveying their excitement about the events Newham will be hosting for the whole world.

Mr Timms then handed out certificates to individuals who had done well, and to classes which had excelled, and went on to answer questions from Year 6 pupils in a question and answer session. Asked if he liked David Cameron, he replied that he would prefer somebody different as Prime Minister!

Speaking afterwards, Mr Timms Said:  “I am absolutely delighted to have had the chance to visit St Winefride’s today, and to see for myself how well it is doing. The pupils were extremely enthusiastic and obviously enjoy being at school.  I thoroughly enjoyed my visit and am looking forward to my next!” 

Headteacher, Mr Underwood added: "We are always delighted to welcome Stephen, who is a regular visitor to our school.  The children loved the opportunity to perform their Olympic presentation and to quiz Stephen on a range of topics.  In particular, it was a lovely day for Georgeen, who greeted Stephen and gave him a tour of our school.  We look forward to seeing Stephen again very soon."

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