Chil­dren learn how coun­cil works

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By ADEN MILES

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.

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