Moulsecoomb's new Baroness revisits old stomping ground

The Argus: Moulsecoomb's new Baroness revisits old stomping ground Moulsecoomb's new Baroness revisits old stomping ground

The new Baroness of Moulsecoomb took a trip down memory lane as she visited her primary school for the first time in 59 years.

Moulsecoomb Primary School yesterday welcomed back London Assembly member Jenny Jones, who has gone from living in Newick Road to becoming a representative in the House of Lords.

Baroness Jones returned to her roots and addressed the school at a special assembly before taking a tour of the facilities which she admitted had changed 'a fair bit' since she was there last.

She said: “I was very nervous on the train on the way down because the last time I was here I was 11, so I wasn't sure what it would be like.

“But they have all been so kind and it's fascinating to see how the school has developed.”

The former Lewes Road school pupil admitted she was “a bit naughty” when she was at the school, “talking in class and turning up late”.

She added: “I remember the headmistress, Miss King, had some King Charles Spaniels that we used to take for walks every lunch time.

“They did a good job of teaching me to enjoy reading and finding things out and I think so that was a good platform for me.”

Two year six school ambassadors, Daizy Gravett and Siddica Aysha, escorted Baroness Jones around the school before sitting down for a traditional school lunch, which had improved from her memories of eating in the canteen where her mother was a dinner lady.

She said: “Daizy and Siddica were brilliant and very funny as well.

“The school is doing some really valuable stuff here - and I intend on coming back.

“I hope to help with the funding of the Breakfast Club, because I think that's just so important.”

Baroness Jones added: “If someone like me, from a real working-class family can go into politics, get elected and into the House of Lords then virtually any one of these kids here can do the same. “ Headteacher Charles Davies said: “It's great for our children to meet someone who went to our primary school and has achieved such success.

“We place great importance on fostering aspirational goals, encouraging our children to believe they can achieve anything if they put their minds to it and work hard.

“Jenny is such a shining example of this.”

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6:36am Thu 23 Jan 14

greenpaws says...

A fantastic example of a person excelling from an area suffering deprivation. With such ethical values as well she is a great model for the younger generations.
A fantastic example of a person excelling from an area suffering deprivation. With such ethical values as well she is a great model for the younger generations. greenpaws

8:08am Thu 23 Jan 14

Warren C says...

Fantastic to see my sons excellent primary school on front page of the Argus.
Was really good of Jenny Jones to take time out to visit and support the schoolo. She also visit Moulsecoomb Forest Garden Project www.seedybusiness.or
g Top lady! Can't be many people from her background in the House of Lords.
Fantastic to see my sons excellent primary school on front page of the Argus. Was really good of Jenny Jones to take time out to visit and support the schoolo. She also visit Moulsecoomb Forest Garden Project www.seedybusiness.or g Top lady! Can't be many people from her background in the House of Lords. Warren C

8:47am Thu 23 Jan 14

HJarrs says...

Very inspirational.
Very inspirational. HJarrs

2:13pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Martha Gunn says...

'...first time in 59 years' - says it all really.

And yet the Greens still maintain her title is not a political stunt.
'...first time in 59 years' - says it all really. And yet the Greens still maintain her title is not a political stunt. Martha Gunn

9:38am Fri 24 Jan 14

EdwardJones says...

Martha Gunn wrote:
'...first time in 59 years' - says it all really.

And yet the Greens still maintain her title is not a political stunt.
When was the last time you visited your primary school? I for one haven't been to mine for decades. As I haven't needed to go there, I haven't!

Anyway, the article tells a very inspirational story. If people want to know more details about Jenny's background, have a read of her opening speech to the House of Lords. It's very moving:

http://greenparty.or
g.uk/news/2013/11/28
/jenny-jones-maiden-
house-of-lords-speec
h-%28full-transcript
%29/

Also, I loved how the Argus article ended:

Baroness Jones added: “If someone like me, from a real working-class family can go into politics, get elected and into the House of Lords then virtually any one of these kids here can do the same. “ Headteacher Charles Davies said: “It's great for our children to meet someone who went to our primary school and has achieved such success.

“We place great importance on fostering aspirational goals, encouraging our children to believe they can achieve anything if they put their minds to it and work hard. "

Very inspirational!!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]Martha Gunn[/bold] wrote: '...first time in 59 years' - says it all really. And yet the Greens still maintain her title is not a political stunt.[/p][/quote]When was the last time you visited your primary school? I for one haven't been to mine for decades. As I haven't needed to go there, I haven't! Anyway, the article tells a very inspirational story. If people want to know more details about Jenny's background, have a read of her opening speech to the House of Lords. It's very moving: http://greenparty.or g.uk/news/2013/11/28 /jenny-jones-maiden- house-of-lords-speec h-%28full-transcript %29/ Also, I loved how the Argus article ended: Baroness Jones added: “If someone like me, from a real working-class family can go into politics, get elected and into the House of Lords then virtually any one of these kids here can do the same. “ Headteacher Charles Davies said: “It's great for our children to meet someone who went to our primary school and has achieved such success. “We place great importance on fostering aspirational goals, encouraging our children to believe they can achieve anything if they put their minds to it and work hard. " Very inspirational!!!!!! EdwardJones

9:41am Fri 24 Jan 14

EdwardJones says...

EdwardJones wrote:
Martha Gunn wrote:
'...first time in 59 years' - says it all really.

And yet the Greens still maintain her title is not a political stunt.
When was the last time you visited your primary school? I for one haven't been to mine for decades. As I haven't needed to go there, I haven't!

Anyway, the article tells a very inspirational story. If people want to know more details about Jenny's background, have a read of her opening speech to the House of Lords. It's very moving:

http://greenparty.or

g.uk/news/2013/11/28

/jenny-jones-maiden-

house-of-lords-speec

h-%28full-transcript

%29/

Also, I loved how the Argus article ended:

Baroness Jones added: “If someone like me, from a real working-class family can go into politics, get elected and into the House of Lords then virtually any one of these kids here can do the same. “ Headteacher Charles Davies said: “It's great for our children to meet someone who went to our primary school and has achieved such success.

“We place great importance on fostering aspirational goals, encouraging our children to believe they can achieve anything if they put their minds to it and work hard. "

Very inspirational!!!!!!
A better link to the above mentioned speech by Jenny Jones in the House of Lords

http://bit.ly/1fbc2P
1

or

http://bit.ly/1fbc2P
1
[quote][p][bold]EdwardJones[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Martha Gunn[/bold] wrote: '...first time in 59 years' - says it all really. And yet the Greens still maintain her title is not a political stunt.[/p][/quote]When was the last time you visited your primary school? I for one haven't been to mine for decades. As I haven't needed to go there, I haven't! Anyway, the article tells a very inspirational story. If people want to know more details about Jenny's background, have a read of her opening speech to the House of Lords. It's very moving: http://greenparty.or g.uk/news/2013/11/28 /jenny-jones-maiden- house-of-lords-speec h-%28full-transcript %29/ Also, I loved how the Argus article ended: Baroness Jones added: “If someone like me, from a real working-class family can go into politics, get elected and into the House of Lords then virtually any one of these kids here can do the same. “ Headteacher Charles Davies said: “It's great for our children to meet someone who went to our primary school and has achieved such success. “We place great importance on fostering aspirational goals, encouraging our children to believe they can achieve anything if they put their minds to it and work hard. " Very inspirational!!!!!![/p][/quote]A better link to the above mentioned speech by Jenny Jones in the House of Lords http://bit.ly/1fbc2P 1 or http://bit.ly/1fbc2P 1 EdwardJones

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