New Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls spent Wednesday morning debating issues including recycling, school lunches and whether football is a man's game with a more youthful governing body - the student parliament at cross-communal secondary JCoSS.
Mr Balls was at the Barnet school to meet pupils from its first intake who have been elected by their peers to serve in the JCoSS cabinet.
Along with JCoSS chair Gerald Ronson, he talked to the representatives for education, health, sport and the environment.
A giant fruit salad prepared by 300 Hampstead Garden Suburb Synagogue volunteers on Saturday night has benefited the less fortunate.
More than 2,200 portions were made up from fruit donated by congregants.
Around 1,500 were delivered to homeless shelters and hostels in Camden and central London. The remainder were distributed to families in Barnet and Hackney.
The venture was organised by the shul's chesed committee.
HGS's Rabbi Anthony Knopf said: "It was wonderful to see so many synagogue members, including lots of children, come together to support such a fantastic event."