Letter from Rogerstone school governor to White House prompted Barack Obama visit

Letter from school governor prompted Obama visit

SCHOOL VISIT: Barack Obama will be at Mount Pleasant Primary school tomorrow

WHITE HOUSE LETTER: Mount Pleasant school governor Stephen Bowen

First published in News

BARACK Obama is visiting Mount Pleasant school in Newport tomorrow because a school governor wrote to the White House asking if the president would come.

Steve Bowen, who has been governor at the Rogerstone school since 2012, said he posted the letter by ‘snail mail’ after initially hearing the President planned to visit a school in the area during the summit.

“When they announced the visit during Nato I thought it would be wonderful for the children to be a part of it,” he said.

“I sent a letter to the American Embassy asking if it would be possible for the children to be a part of the special occasion.

“I specifically asked for Mount Pleasant to be the school Obama visited as I am the school governor there.”

Mr Bowen said that he had spoken to the school's headmaster Mr Williams prior to posting the letter asking his thoughts, and said that after sending the letter he did not have any correspondence with the Embassy to confirm that the school would be visited by Obama.

“It will be wonderful for the children and I am totally thrilled.” he said.

“I sent it by snail mail but I typed it out and have heard nothing back after that until now.

I am delighted for the school."

“[In the letter] I said it would be very special for the children and said that they should have a part of it –that was the reason behind it.”

Rogerstone Labour councillor Tom Bond is also delighted at the news.

“It is incredibly exciting,” he said. “It is a once in a life time thing – to be able to say they have met Obama - that is amazing.

"Mr Bond said that a small group of people were aware of the visit just six weeks ago but had to keep it a secret.

"The children have been preparing questions for the President and plan to show him some of their work.

Rogerstone Labour councillor Chris Evans also welcomed the news the President has chosen to visit a school in his ward.

“This is superb news, for a great school, with brilliant staff and fabulous kids,” he said.

“Argus readers will know I’ve done a lot of work, promoting the benefits of the Nato Summit, whilst welcoming peaceful protesters, this however, is the icing on the cake.

“I’m sure our whole community will turn out, to welcome President Obama and The Prime Minister to Rogerstone, to our home on what will be a truly historic day, this sounds so good to say: Obama is coming to Rogerstone!”

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8:18pm Wed 3 Sep 14

sweetiepie says...

So, please do tell, what makes that school any better than the others of Newport? Why do the children "deserve" to be part of it? Surely, all the school kids of Newport deserve to be part, after all this disruption to our city - yet again we'll be left out. Heck, even Cardiff are still trying to steal the show from us - have you seen the banners they put up?

Newport City Council should step up, take this event back - and should have at least organised something with say a pick of kids from all the schools to be part of it. Not just one little primary school where the kids probably don't even know who he is, let alone any questions to ask him!

Or is that why it's a Primary school he's visiting? So he DOESN'T get asked some decent questions........ ahh, now I see!
So, please do tell, what makes that school any better than the others of Newport? Why do the children "deserve" to be part of it? Surely, all the school kids of Newport deserve to be part, after all this disruption to our city - yet again we'll be left out. Heck, even Cardiff are still trying to steal the show from us - have you seen the banners they put up? Newport City Council should step up, take this event back - and should have at least organised something with say a pick of kids from all the schools to be part of it. Not just one little primary school where the kids probably don't even know who he is, let alone any questions to ask him! Or is that why it's a Primary school he's visiting? So he DOESN'T get asked some decent questions........ ahh, now I see! sweetiepie
  • Score: -70

9:34pm Wed 3 Sep 14

stow hill says...

sweetiepie wrote:
So, please do tell, what makes that school any better than the others of Newport? Why do the children "deserve" to be part of it? Surely, all the school kids of Newport deserve to be part, after all this disruption to our city - yet again we'll be left out. Heck, even Cardiff are still trying to steal the show from us - have you seen the banners they put up?

Newport City Council should step up, take this event back - and should have at least organised something with say a pick of kids from all the schools to be part of it. Not just one little primary school where the kids probably don't even know who he is, let alone any questions to ask him!

Or is that why it's a Primary school he's visiting? So he DOESN'T get asked some decent questions........ ahh, now I see!
Oh for god's sake, if that's all you've got to say then shut up.
[quote][p][bold]sweetiepie[/bold] wrote: So, please do tell, what makes that school any better than the others of Newport? Why do the children "deserve" to be part of it? Surely, all the school kids of Newport deserve to be part, after all this disruption to our city - yet again we'll be left out. Heck, even Cardiff are still trying to steal the show from us - have you seen the banners they put up? Newport City Council should step up, take this event back - and should have at least organised something with say a pick of kids from all the schools to be part of it. Not just one little primary school where the kids probably don't even know who he is, let alone any questions to ask him! Or is that why it's a Primary school he's visiting? So he DOESN'T get asked some decent questions........ ahh, now I see![/p][/quote]Oh for god's sake, if that's all you've got to say then shut up. stow hill
  • Score: 62

11:20pm Wed 3 Sep 14

ej1986 says...

im outraged after all the travel disruption on the ringland estate and surrounding areas that obama is not visiting a local school. It should of been milton school or llanwern high i think people forget that milton school is in the top 2 % in wales for teaching, im disgusted!!!!
im outraged after all the travel disruption on the ringland estate and surrounding areas that obama is not visiting a local school. It should of been milton school or llanwern high i think people forget that milton school is in the top 2 % in wales for teaching, im disgusted!!!! ej1986
  • Score: -26

1:18am Thu 4 Sep 14

Lundy Island says...

Read the article a school governor took the initiative to write to US Embassy and ask if he would visit Mount pleasant school
It's plain and simple
Read the article a school governor took the initiative to write to US Embassy and ask if he would visit Mount pleasant school It's plain and simple Lundy Island
  • Score: 31

7:46am Thu 4 Sep 14

myopinion1988 says...

ej1986 wrote:
im outraged after all the travel disruption on the ringland estate and surrounding areas that obama is not visiting a local school. It should of been milton school or llanwern high i think people forget that milton school is in the top 2 % in wales for teaching, im disgusted!!!!
Why would they want Obama in ring land? It is a dump! however mount pleasant is on one of the poshest looking estates in Newport! So along with the fact that the school governor requested this I would say these are reasons why this school was chosen!!
[quote][p][bold]ej1986[/bold] wrote: im outraged after all the travel disruption on the ringland estate and surrounding areas that obama is not visiting a local school. It should of been milton school or llanwern high i think people forget that milton school is in the top 2 % in wales for teaching, im disgusted!!!![/p][/quote]Why would they want Obama in ring land? It is a dump! however mount pleasant is on one of the poshest looking estates in Newport! So along with the fact that the school governor requested this I would say these are reasons why this school was chosen!! myopinion1988
  • Score: 9

10:36pm Fri 5 Sep 14

ej1986 says...

myopinion1988 wrote:
ej1986 wrote: im outraged after all the travel disruption on the ringland estate and surrounding areas that obama is not visiting a local school. It should of been milton school or llanwern high i think people forget that milton school is in the top 2 % in wales for teaching, im disgusted!!!!
Why would they want Obama in ring land? It is a dump! however mount pleasant is on one of the poshest looking estates in Newport! So along with the fact that the school governor requested this I would say these are reasons why this school was chosen!!
because the dump ringland happens to be 2 minutes from the celtic when there was disruption here not in mount pleasant for 2 weeks before hand
[quote][p][bold]myopinion1988[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ej1986[/bold] wrote: im outraged after all the travel disruption on the ringland estate and surrounding areas that obama is not visiting a local school. It should of been milton school or llanwern high i think people forget that milton school is in the top 2 % in wales for teaching, im disgusted!!!![/p][/quote]Why would they want Obama in ring land? It is a dump! however mount pleasant is on one of the poshest looking estates in Newport! So along with the fact that the school governor requested this I would say these are reasons why this school was chosen!![/p][/quote]because the dump ringland happens to be 2 minutes from the celtic when there was disruption here not in mount pleasant for 2 weeks before hand ej1986
  • Score: -2

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