Pri­mary stu­dent lead­ers rise up ranks

Southern Telegraph - - News - David Sal­vaire

The City of Man­durah has a new pair of lead­ers af­ter nearly 40 ju­nior coun­cil­lors from lo­cal pri­mary schools cast their bal­lots for the ju­nior mayor and deputy mayor po­si­tions.

St Damien’s Catholic School stu­dent Jor­dan Greaves was named ju­nior mayor while Ne­han Khan from Man­durah Pri­mary School is the new deputy ju­nior mayor.

The stu­dents, both 11, im­pressed their peers with speeches about why they should be elected out of 18 nom­i­nees.

As ju­nior mayor, Jor­dan said she wanted to see a youth arts pro­gram in­tro­duced and was ex­cited about her new role.

“When they called my name out, my face ab­so­lutely lit up,” she said. “I think an art and dra- ma pro­gram would give young peo­ple a sense of worth in a safe en­vi­ron­ment.”

Jor­dan, who plays gui­tar and en­joys art classes, said she wanted to stay in­volved with the Man­durah com­mu­nity when she left school.

Both stu­dents were pre­sented with their ti­tles sur­rounded by fel­low stu­dents and par­ents at a cer­e­mony last Thurs­day at the City of Man­durah’s coun­cil cham­bers.

Ne­han said while pol­i­tics was not his end goal, he still wanted to help peo­ple through a ca­reer in medicine.

“My whole fam­ily are doc­tors and engi­neers and I’d re­ally like to fol­low that path but this is a great op­por­tu­nity,” he said.

“I’m not re­ally in­ter­ested in en­ter­ing pol­i­tics when I’m older.

“I’d pre­fer to do some­thing with neu­ro­surgery.”

The ju­nior coun­cil has been run­ning since 2002 and rep­re­sents 19 lo­cal pri­mary schools.

Each school se­lects two Year 6 stu­dents as coun­cil­lors, who at­tend a monthly ju­nior coun­cil meet­ing at the Man­durah cham­bers.

Towns ward Coun­cil­lor David Schu­macher was on hand to con­grat­u­late the new lead­ers and said he had seen lots of young stu­dents de­velop key skills through the pro­gram.

“The dif­fer­ence between their first and last day is re­mark­able,” he said. “Their self-con­fi­dence and han­dle on lead­er­ship is bril­liant.

“Teach­ing these kids lead­er­ship and how the out­side world works should be a ne­ces­sity in the school cur­ricu­lum.”

Pic­ture: David Sal­vaire

City of Man­durah Ju­nior Mayor Jor­dan Greaves and Deputy Ju­nior Mayor Ne­han Khan.

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