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Election fever at primary school 16 November 2006

A PRIMARY school goes to the polls next Thursday (November 23).

On the day the Island elects its new House of Keys, Marown School, which has 162 pupils, will vote in its school council.

Head teacher Carol Maddrell explained:

‘Years 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 are voting to elect two representatives from each class to go forward and represent them.

‘The School Council gives children an opportunity to have a “voice” within the school and involves them in decision-making,’ Mrs Maddrell explained.

‘It also gives the children an introduction to politics and the democratic process, which is why we are doing it the same day as the general election, to help the children understand what is happening.’

Candidates have been invited to produce posters to put up around school and prepare manifestos to help persuade their peers to vote for them. They will also be invited to present a short speech just before voting takes place.

The ballot forms will be similar to the ones used in the general election and young voters will place crosses against the candidates they wish to vote for before slotting their forms into the ballot box.

Mrs Maddrell said:

‘This will be tied in with discussions in the classrooms about the general election and the similarities between the roles of MHKs and school council members.’

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