Pupils from Long Meadow School visited Milton Keynes Council’s Chamber to learn about elections and how the council works. The pupils then carried out their own real life election to find two class ‘Helping Hands’.
More than 60 pupils met Mayor Cllr David Hopkins and got to see inside the Mayor’s Parlour to look at the interesting gifts given by other dignitaries. The pupils were also given the opportunity to quiz Cllr Hopkins, asking ‘how many events do you attend as Mayor?’, ‘who helps the Mayor?’ and ‘how do local elections work?’
The group then heard from four class mates vying to represent them as one of two ‘Helping Hands’. The role is a social, cultural and spiritual one and the pupil chosen is charged with ensuring everyone in the class is heard, looked after and able to celebrate birthdays, events and their successes. After the candidates had finished their presentations, the pupils lined up to put their vote into a ballot box.
After the count, Ben and Arjun were elected as their class ‘Helping Hands’ and were awarded a certificate by the Mayor.
Cllr Hopkins said: “It was a delight to meet the pupils of Long Meadow School today. The children were very engaged and asked some fantastic questions.”
Year 5 teacher, Helen Jamieson, added: “Today was an excellent opportunity for the children. We have been leaning about democracy at school in the run up to our visit so it was great for the children to hear about how the council works and hold our own election in the Council Chamber.”