Article 12 of the UNCRC states that all children have the right to give their opinion and for adults to listen and take it seriously. We do this at St Mary’s through the School Council.
As part of the school’s two-week focus upon the meaning of democracy and the importance of the right to vote, all the children in the school took part on Friday 22nd September for the election of our first-ever chairperson and vice-chairperson of the school council. Six excellent candidates presented to the whole school and explained the qualities and their priorities for improvements in the school. Then, in the afternoon, every pupil filled in a ballot slip and posted in the ballot boxes provided.
As a result, Sophie Merry was elected as the chairperson and Charlie Throssell as the vice-chairperson. They will be responsible for being the public faces of the school council, explaining its work and its decision-making to visitors and the school generally. They will also be responsible for resolving issues in any school council voting and helping to set the agenda for the bi-weekly meetings of the council.