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Jake is top at the ballot box!

Longer lunchtimes, cheaper school trips, and ‘golden time' on Fridays - some of the proposals suggested in a mock election at Sir Thomas Picton School.

Designed to familiarise pupils with the process of voting and democracy, the exercise saw Year 9 candidates canvassing fellow students over various school issues.  

Each class nominated a candidate to run for election, and worked on a poster campaign before the candidate made a pre-polling presentation to the rest of the year group.

Voting took place on Tuesday, when the overall winning candidate was announceded as Jake Adams from group 9 O. Jake argued for new uniform items, more access to the fitness suite, and longer break times.

Form 9 P received the prize for the Best Display Board.

Other issues from the campaigns included staggered lunchtimes for all year groups to reduce queues in the canteen, ‘golden time' - allowing students to do fun things in the last lesson on a Friday afternoon, and reducing canteen costs.

Councillor Huw George, Cabinet Member for Education and the Welsh Language, acted as Returning Officer.

He announced the results in the school hall.  

"Although this was approached in a fun way with young people standing on issues that affect them, the election was also designed to match the process of a real election as much as possible," said Councillor George.

"The effort put in by all the Candidates made the whole process a great success."

The mock elections were run over three sessions in school with the last session being supported by Pembrokeshire County Council's Marketing team.

Pictured is (left) overall winning candidate Jake Adams with Aaron Kendall, the candidate from 9P which won the Best Display Board, and Councillor Huw George.

ID: 715   Revised: 9/8/2013

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