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St Helena : Here to be heard, represented, and supported! Prince Andrew School Student Council 2011
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 22.10.2011 (Article Archived on 05.11.2011)

“A bright light for the future of St Helena’s democracy” were the words of Acting Governor, Ken Baddon as he spoke of the 2011 Student Council at a specially hosted lunch at Plantation House on Wednesday.

Here to be heard, represented, and supported! Prince Andrew School Student Council 2011


 


“A bright light for the future of St Helena’s democracy” were the words of Acting Governor, Ken Baddon as he spoke of the 2011 Student Council at a specially hosted lunch at Plantation House on Wednesday.


 


22 of the 24 members from the newly elected Prince Andrew School Student Council, along with Head Teacher Abraham Swart and Teacher, Linda Yon attended this event in celebration of the new Council.


 


In his address the Acting Governor remarked on how impressed he was with this year’s Student Council elections as he believed “the Student Council election is something of a barometer of the health of the next generation of adults for the democracy of St Helena.”


 


He added that since 92 candidates out of a possible 270 students stood for this year’s elections there was clearly “a high level of interest from young people in taking on the responsibility of representing their colleagues.”


 


The Acting Governor went on to mention the opportunities open to the Student Council over the next 12 months. These included them contributing to the development of school rules, the development of positive and supportive learning environments, improving student teacher relationships and, improving facilities in the school amongst many other important activities.


Speaking about the presence of young people in democracy Acting Governor Baddon said that “St Helena as a community needs young people in the democratic process and young voices with refreshing ideas.”


 


He then went on to speak of next Monday’s Centennial celebrations of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association and the first meeting of the Island’s Youth Parliament which he described as a ‘half-way house between youth and adult politics.’


 


The Youth Parliament will provide an early introduction for young people to the democratic process but students were reminded that although the democratic process serves generations of today and tomorrow, it is also important to respect the concerns of the older members of society. On this subject the Acting Governor was delighted that the school would be doing a lot of work over the next year with the older group of citizens and asserted that it was “important for young people in a changing world to play a part in ensuring that older people were not overlooked.”


 


All were then invited to raise their glasses in a toast to Prince Andrew School and the Acting Governor finished by congratulating everyone on their success, wished them further success in their year of office and said that he hoped to see some of them elected to the Legislative Council in a few years time.


 


On behalf of the Student Council Year 11 student, Gemma Yon gave the following speech:


“As a member of the Student Council I would like to take this opportunity to thank our host the Acting Governor for inviting us to lunch. As you know the student body needs to be heard, represented and supported, only three of the responsibilities of the student council.


 


“Our election day was a highly anticipated event which ended in the announcement of the new student council that I trust is a group of people who will represent us correctly.


 


“The future of the student council is foreseen to be a busy one where the Student Council will be a part of key changes within the community and in school, so it is on this note that I thank Mr Swart for his support and everyone else who had helped to form the new student council 2011.”


 


Head Teacher, Abraham Swart also thanked Acting Governor Baddon for his support.


 


Roll Call of the 2011 Student Council


Declan Clifford


Aiden Leo


Scott Henry


Chelsea Benjamin


David Clarke


Geita Leo- Crowie


Kierah Wade


Keegan Yon


Regan Backhouse


Andrew Turner


Andrew Yon


Sasha Osbourne


Thomas Hickling


Callum Ellick


Tristan Francis


Jordan Thomas


Gemma Yon


Sefton Yon


Anelka Leo


Weston Clingham


Tara Plato


Chelsea Young


Adam Peters


Alexia Lawrence.


Public Relations/Information Office


The Secretariat


20th October 2011

 

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