Elected school councillors at Littlecoates Primary Academy were given another vote of confidence – by their MP. The school held a ballot and two winning candidates from each year group were presented with distinctive red sweatshirts by Grimsby MP Lia Nici.
Lia attended virtually as part of UK Parliament Week, held annually to raise awareness among pupils of the nation’s democratic processes. Principal Neville Wilkinson thanked Lia and was pleased she had suggested keeping in touch with the councillors on a regular basis.
“We believe it’s vital that children learn to become active citizens, who understand how to use their voice to improve their communities,” he said.
“The elections in school are always keenly contested and the councillors take their responsibilities very seriously. We are very proud of all our children for playing their part as voters and candidates in the election and we wish our new councillors all the best in their terms of office. I’d like to thank Lia for presenting the sweaters and taking time to talk to the new councillors about being an MP.”
Lia congratulated the successful pupil candidates. “It is terrific that they have seen democracy in action and are learning to value it at a young age.
“I was sorry the restrictions meant that I was not there in person, but I’ve agreed to have a catch up with the councillors every half term. Hopefully one day I will be able to meet them in person.”
The children explained why they stood for election. Laura said: “I wanted to be a pupil councillor because I like to help other people. I like planning events and I have good ideas.” Zachary said he was “sensible, kind and caring, I want to make the school a better place.”
Ruby, in Year 6, wanted to be a pupil councillor because she wanted to make it the best school possible. “I’ve never been a pupil councillor before so this was my last opportunity. I really wanted to become a pupil councillor so I can plan and organise some fun events.”
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