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Election day voted a success
11:00am Monday 4th November 2013 in News
PARLIAMENTARY elections were re-created at a Vale school when pupils elected members of student congress.
Pupils at Blackminster Middle School, South Littleton, learnt about the democratic process by holding elections for their student congress.
Candidates made speeches to the ‘electorate’ in assemblies and students then voted using real ballot booths and boxes, borrowed from the council.
There are 21 members in the student congress including the head and deputy head boy and girl.
Business manager Anne Piercy said it was the second year they had run the elections.
“They enjoyed it,” she said.
“Once they are elected onto the congress they have some impact on what goes on in school.” Year 6 student Charlie Rainey said: “It was scary to speak in assembly, but I’m glad I did it.
“If you can’t speak up in assembly how are you going to speak up in Congress?”
Connie Dudfield, of Year 8, said: “It was good to use real ballot booths and ballot boxes so we can see what it will be like when we are 18 and can vote for our MPs.”
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