Children learn how council works
South Waikato District Mayor Neil Sinclair stepped down from his chair last week, not to make way for another election candidate but for a seven-year-old.
Cargill Open Plan School student Summah-Jean Tuaeu was one of 45 students who were given a tour of council chambers by Mayor Neil Sinclair, chief executive David Hall and community development manager Amanda Hema.
Students had been focussing on roles within groups and thought it would be a great opportunity to learn about what council does.
Teacher Robyn Wilson said: ‘‘We were studying belonging to groups so we started with family and our school and this was the context of our town.
‘‘We were talking about roles and responsibilities that people have within groups to make that group work efficiently and well.
‘ ‘ The children talked about meeting the mayor and about how council works and how they run our town.’’
Mr Sinclair spoke about his role and the history behind some of the chamber’s artwork.
‘ ‘ The most important thing that we can do is look after our young people and make sure that we are doing everything we can for them,’’ Mr Sinclair said.
Chief executive David Hall was also available to talk about his role and the work that was carried out by council staff.
WHO’S IN CHARGE?: South Waikato District Mayor Neil Sinclair abdicated his chair for Cargill Open Plan School student Summah-Jean Tuaeu during the school’s visit last week.