The road to lead­er­ship

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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.


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

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