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  • 28 June 2024 -Student General Election

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    June 2024

    Dear Parents and Carers,

    I hope this letter finds you well. I am excited to inform you about a special event taking place at our school on 4 July—our very own in-school General Election. This educational exercise is designed to mimic the UK General Election and will provide our students with a unique opportunity to learn about democracy, understand the role of our local councilors, and experience the voting process firsthand.

    This initiative aims to engage students in the democratic process in a practical and interactive way. Through this experience, students will gain a deeper understanding of the UK’s political system, how elections work, and the responsibilities of elected officials. Our goal is to inspire future generations to be informed and active participants in their communities.
    Here are some key details about the in-school General Election:

    1.Educational Activities: Leading up to the election, students will watch a series of informal videos delivered through the tutor program where they will learn about the UK political system, the significance of local government, and the role of councilors. These activities will help students understand the various aspects of the election process and the impact of their vote.
    2. Election Process: Heads of Year and SLT will deliver assemblies the week commencing 24 June to highlight the different political parties, their manifestos, and the candidates representing them.
    3. Voting Day (4th July): On the day of the election, students will go through the voting process, from registering to vote with our Year 10 prefects, to casting their ballots in a mock polling station at lunchtime. This hands-on experience will help them understand the practicalities of voting and the importance of civic engagement.
    4. Post-Election Discussion: After the election, we will hold discussions to reflect on the experience, discuss the outcomes, and explore the students' thoughts and feelings about the process. This will be an opportunity for them to ask questions and share their insights. This will also provide an opportunity to discuss the outcome of the UK’s General Election the process going forward.

    We believe that this initiative will be a valuable and enriching experience for our students. It will not only enhance their understanding of democratic principles but also foster a sense of responsibility and engagement in their community.
    We encourage you to discuss the election with your children at home, ask them about what they have learned, and share your own experiences with voting and democracy. Your involvement and support can greatly enhance their learning experience.
    Thank you for your co-operation and support with this.

    Yours faithfully,
    Ms Mabel Carrier
    House Champion