Many thanks to Ms Drew for coming and talking to our School Council today about standing as a candidate for a local constituency. It was really interesting for the children to link their own election to office at QPA to national elections. Our children put themselves forwards for their positions to make a positive change and it is no different for the many candidates for office across the country, regardless of political persuasion.
Our pupils will receive a parliamentary guide this week. This booklet answers questions such as ‘What is the UK parliament?’, ‘What happens at an election?’ and ‘Why do we need laws?’, as well as providing a wealth of information about the democratic process.
One homework this week will centre around the information and activities within the booklet. We also have a special parliamentary visitor leading assembly next Tuesday on the subject of government.
Congratulations to our new Head Boy, Head Girl, Deputy Head Girl and Deputy Head Boy. This year’s selection process required the children to write a letter of interest in the positions, before attending a short interview with Mrs Williams and Mrs Taylor. Everyone who applied for the roles should be extremely proud of themselves; it was incredibly hard to pick from the range of amazing applicants putting themselves forward.
Stewart House had their own assembly this morning. As well as discussing how the best teams function, the House voted in their new House Captains. The children who put themselves forward for the role provided excellent speeches, one of which included the line ‘I can be your voice’. All participants also effectively balanced humour with the seriousness of the responsibility. To quote one of the winners:
‘With me as your captain, I will make sure that the other houses know who is boss!’
We have now made sure that everyone knows who the school councillors are from every class! Democracy in action!
Our new school council representatives have now been elected. Their weekly meetings are underway and they have some exciting plans for the school already!
Our house assemblies will begin next week in order to elect new house captains for each house, as well as deputy house captains. Any pupil wishing to stand will present a short speech prior to the democratic voting process. Additionally, every class this week will be electing their school council representative, with individual votes being held.
This week’s thought, from the Dalai Lama will be shared today with the pupils during today’s assembly about freedom.