His­tory CRE­ATED

Villa Road Pri­mary elects first stu­dent coun­cil body

Jamaica Gleaner - - ADVERTISEMENT - Ta­mara Bai­ley Gleaner Writer

Villa Road is not a com­mu­nity school. We have chil­dren from ev­ery­where, from dif­fer­ent back­grounds. It’s very di­verse but I want those elected to be ex­am­ples. All our stu­dents can be ex­cel­lent, aca­dem­i­cally, so­cially and oth­er­wise.

WMANDEVILLE, Manch­ester: ITH BEAM­ING faces, sweaty palms and hearts filled with pride, the stu­dents of the Villa Road Pri­mary School last week cre­ated his­tory when they ex­er­cised their fran­chise to elect their first-ever stu­dent coun­cil body.

Su­per­vised by rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Elec­toral Of­fice of Ja­maica (EOJ), stu­dents, teach­ers and other mem­bers of staff got the op­por­tu­nity to select the stu­dents they deemed fit to fill the new po­si­tions.

Act­ing prin­ci­pal of the Villa Road Pri­mary School and one of the co­or­di­na­tors of the elec­tion process, Col­leth Thomas, told Ru­ral Xpress that “The school was pri­mary and ju­nior high, now it is just pri­mary. Prior to the change, we only had stu­dent coun­cil mem­bers in the up­per school. This year, we de­cided to change things up. We threw out the idea of hav­ing a head boy and head girl to the stu­dents and we had nine stu­dents come for­ward. In ad­di­tion to choos­ing a stu­dent coun­cil body, we wanted the stu­dents to un­der­stand the demo­cratic process of choos­ing our govern­ment lead­ers.”

The cri­te­ria for con­sid­er­a­tion were based on grades, dis­ci­pline, co­op­er­a­tion and an over­all good stand­ing at the in­sti­tu­tion.

“Our chair­man, Mr Trevor Heaven, led the in­ter­view with the nine can­di­dates, from that batch. Four stu­dents were se­lected to pro­ceed. We want these stu­dents to be role mod­els for the oth­ers. Villa Road is not a com­mu­nity school. We have chil­dren from ev­ery­where, from dif­fer­ent back­grounds. It’s very di­verse but I want those elected to be ex­am­ples. All our stu­dents can be ex­cel­lent, aca­dem­i­cally, so­cially and oth­er­wise,” said Thomas.

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Fom left: Head boy Jul­lian Jor­daine Wal­lace; deputy head girl An­mer­rique Miller; Nes­beth; and head girl deputy hea Dai­janea Brown. Main photo: Stu­dents get­ting ready to vote.

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