Villa Road Primary elects first student council body
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.
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.