The road to leadership
THE PROCESS of electing a head girl, head boy, and a students’ council body included a manifesto presentation during devotion; a nomination day, where students were accompanied by the teacher managers; a three-day campaign, and an election day that mirrored national elections.
“More than 300 students voted. Grades one and two were the only classes not eligible to vote. All the teachers, members of staff, support staff; security guards, everybody wanted to be a part of the process. Each group had their different polling stations and the register was printed and placed at each station,” the principal said.
A GREAT MOVE
Segree Thomas, returning officer for Central Manchester and past teacher of the institution, who was instrumental in the process, said that the coordinators should be commended for such a move.
He added that at a time when many young people have lost interest in the democratic process, these students could become game changers. Thomas said that this method of electing student council members should be employed in institutions at all levels.
When the ballots were counted, 11-year-old Daijanea Brown and Jullian Wallace came out the successful head girl and boy, respectively. The other two candidates, Anmerrique Miller and Jordaine Nesbeth, will serve as their deputies.
“I am so excited to be the first head girl for Villa Road Primary. Some of the things I want to improve are the changing rooms for the girls. I want the new meals at the canteen to continue and the field to be maintained for the boys to play more sports. I want to work with the principal and vice-principal on behalf of the students,” said Daijanea.
Head boy Jullian told Rural Xpress that he hoped to help with the discipline of students and the diversification of the sporting activities currently being offered.
last week Thursday. Primary, shortly after voting principal of the Villa Road Thomas (standing), acting Colleth