On Tuesday we had our Student Voice Campaign Day, for the four candidates aiming to become the Student President 2018-2019. Madison Waggett, Harry King, Alex Huitema Y10 and Abigail Cook Y9 were out and about at the beginning and end of school, and at break/lunchtimes with their campaign teams. They had been working on their campaigns over the summer, alongside their chosen support teams, using a strict budget given by the academy. Each candidate has had a member of SLT as their mentor, to advise on strategies, and to ensure they keep within the rules of the election! Overall support came from Miss Heason-Phillips, within the Deep Experience Team.
Candidates lobbied students to get their messages, and campaign issues across. Slogans and memes were crafted, surveys and questionnaires designed, posters created, and above all imagination engaged! This is always a fantastic occasion to watch, as students campaign on the gates, carry out polls, and try to secure votes for the following Polling Day on Wednesday 19 September. Thank you to all the candidates and teams for making it such a special day in the academy, and all the time modelling the importance of politics and democracy.
We believe it is vital that students leave our academy knowing the mechanics of how to vote in local and national elections, how to complete polling cards correctly and how to use voting booths and ballot boxes. We are grateful of the support of Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council and to the Mayor, Cllr Dennis Teasdale who will be acting as Returning Officer at the Inauguration Event, on Friday 21 September.
We are also determined that our students use their votes when the time comes, as this is vital to maintain British Democracy as a beacon to the world. We want to play our part increasing the number of young people voting year on year in Britain, and instill a passion that their votes do count, and do make a difference. We feel so strongly about this fundamental British Value!