Pupils vote for can­di­dates

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - ELECTION 2015 -

MAKE YOUR MARK: Deputy Head Jon Turner joins pupils to cast their votes at the Thomas Harding Ju­nior School gen­eral elec­tion THEY may be too young to vote in the gen­eral elec­tion, but that did not stop pupils hold­ing an elec­tion.

Pupils at Thomas Harding Ju­nior School have been learn­ing about gov­ern­ment and pol­i­tics this half-term, in prepa­ra­tion for last week’s elec­tion.

The chil­dren had been learn­ing about the party lead­ers and dis­cussing their var­i­ous poli­cies and what they meant for them as chil­dren of to­day and fu­ture vot­ers.

Last Thurs­day, the chil­dren held their own elec­tion and voted for a can­di­date from each class to be a school leader for the day.

Eight chil­dren were elected by the school to run for a chance at school gov­ern­ment and polling booths were set-up at the school.

Ev­ery child and adult was is­sued with a polling card and chil­dren voted for one child to shadow head­teacher Jan Burgess for the day and for an­other to shadow deputy head­teacher Jon Turner for the day.

Mrs Burgess said: “There’s been great ex­cite­ment around the school.

“Chil­dren have been elec­tion­eer­ing by build­ing up cam­paign teams, is­su­ing man­i­festos and us­ing the stage in the play­ground to de­liver speeches. There’s a real sense of pupil un­der­stand­ing of democ­racy in 21st cen­tury Bri­tain, and we are very proud of all of our chil­dren.”

Photo by Jon Mikol www.buyapho­totms.co.uk BE152802

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