To mark this year's General Election, Class 5 learned about how democratic elections work. We looked at the purpose o an election and the processes that are gone through in the election of a new government. We also learned what a 'hung parliament' is.
To put our learning into contexte we held a school election. Children volunteered to stand as candidates so we first had to hold a secret ballot to select our four candidates. They then had to have their nomination forms sign before they could officially stand for election. Each candidate rallied their supporters and formed a party. The candidates and parties were as follows.
Dominic Burns - The Fridge Raiders
Leah Hanson - The Chatterboxes
Eve Mary Longrigg - Ligitimately Awesome
Charlie McDill - Purple Party.
Each party had to decide on a manifesto focusing on the things they would like to see changed in school and then write a speech persuading people to vote for them. Posters and rosettes were produced and a good deal of canvassing went on around school over the week.
Finally, on election day, 7th May each candidate made a speech to the whole school. Every member of the school community had a ballot paper and made their vote. At 3pm the returning office declared Dominic Burns elected.
The candidates and their parties all did a brilliant job. The speeches were well planned and made and we were very impressed. I think there is a future in politics for some of our young people.
Well done everyone. Watch our youtube links for the candidates speeches.