Polling Day – Elections June 2017
As St Michael’s is used as a polling station we took the opportunity to use the official polling booths and hold our own school elections.
Year Five children represented four parties and presented their manifestos to the school. Their presentations were well researched and communicated and the children were professional and every part the politician.
The hall was set up as a real life polling station, using the authentic equipment. Children from year one through to year five then had their first opportunity to experience voting booths and to place their votes. We even had postal votes from those children who were on an educational visit.
We were very by impressed by all of the children’s understanding of the democratic process and their responsibility to vote, which they took very seriously.
The results were verified and counted. The winning party was the Green Party. The Green Party’s manifesto was that the children could have a creative afternoon designing and making recycled materials.
Just a quick note to say thank you for this initiative – our boys were so excited and proud about voting!
We spent a good moment in the evening debating about their choices (green/blue parties) and we enjoyed involving them in the recent polls – even though we don’t vote in the UK we have been busy voting for the French president and now parliament!
I think this was an excellent idea — a creative, positive way to involve the children in the election and encourage their future civic engagement.