Year 6 in Government

The boys in Year 6 are studying Government this term. So far, we have looked at democracy, the three levels of government and our electoral voting system. The boys formed political parties within the grade based on their special interests. Each party selected a leader and together organised speeches, posters, business cards and flyers to promote their ideas to the Tintern Junior Boys School electorate.

The leaders are: Rafi Taylor, Lachie Moir, Jakob Mazonowicz and Ryan Dalzotto

Each leader presented a speech at our Junior School Assembly on the Monday 8 May to persuade the TBJS electorate; that is all the Year 3 to 6’s, to vote for their ideas and elect their party as our government. We then held a secret ballot in the Southwood Centre, where all the boys from Year 3 to 6 classes cast their votes. After voting was completed, we collected the ballot boxes, and with the help of our electoral officers Yash Agrawal and Euan Forbes, we began the vote in the Southwood Centre ICT Room. Using the Preferential Voting system adopted by Australia, our guest vote counter, Mr Kenny, and the electoral scrutineers, we conducted the all-important vote count.

Our political parties are:

The Social Party: Jakob Mazonowicz, Max Lalor, Daniel Hynson, Euan Forbes and Lachlan Smith

The Sporty Six Party: Lachie Moir, Alistair Howley, Felix Chen, Jack Shi, Nick Reilly and Bailey Hanna

The Tintern Active Party: Rafi Taylor, Kanhai Patel, Bowie Kobayashi, Yash Agrawal, Xander Guscott and Alex Wong

The MTB Party (Make Tintern Better): Ryan Dalzotto and Oli Wolstencroft

The Independent Party: Charlie Brumley, Gus Keogh and Ronan Sebek

Congratulations to The Sporty Six Party who were elected into government and their leader, Lachie Moir, who is the Prime Minister for TBJS for 2017.

We will now begin to hold Class Parliament sessions where we debate the promises made during the campaign and see how many bills can be passed. Of course they must also be passed by The Senate (Mrs Neilson the Year 6 teacher) and signed off by our Governor General (Mr Kenny).

Such an exciting time is being had by all in Year 6 at the moment, plus we have our trip to Canberra coming up in Week 9.

Life just doesn’t get any better than this.

by Mrs Ros Neilson, Year 6 Teacher

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