ELECTORAL staff, election campaigns and a line of voting booths.
It was a real democratic election at Springfield Gardens Primary School in April when students from kindergarten to grade six cast their vote for their 2017 Student Representative Council (SRC).
Held each year, the election sees up to 12 students become leaders in their school, helping to make important decisions including the purchasing of equipment and the selection of three charities to support for the year.
Springfield Gardens Primary School grade five/six teacher Heather MacKay, who previously worked in the electoral office, said the SRC election gave the students a voice in the school community.
“It also gives them an idea of how an election is run, what they need to do and what is not allowed, such as influencing the vote,” she said.
“It also teaches the students the true value of voting in an election, as a lot of people in Australia seem to take the privilege for granted.
“If we can teach our younger generation to appreciate their democratic right – that it is important and they can have their say and make a change – then we can get people to realise that voting is a pretty amazing thing.”
In the lead up to the election, up to 14 students from each grade four to six class were given the opportunity to run an election campaign.
This included the creation of a poster and delivering a speech in front of the whole school.
Ms MacKay said this campaigning process tied in with the students’ persuasive writing studies.
“As is part of any election, the students had to try and persuade people to vote for them, which tied in perfectly with our teachings around persuasive writing,” she said.
“Each year, the number of people standing for election increases and the students love the chance to become involved and actively participate in the whole process.”
Caption: Springfield Gardens Primary School grade six students Khloe Walters, left, and Madison Coad acting as electoral staff during the recent SRC election.