Lessons in citizenship
At the beginning of the term I reported to you about a project on citizenship education that I worked on during term two. Here’s what I wrote at that time:
Do we expect children to be citizens-in-waiting or can they already be citizens-in-action’? By citizenship I mean being active members of a community; knowing that they belong and that they have rights and responsibilities ...Enabling children to become active citizens is another way of tackling our goal of Wakefield School being a place where children become confident lifelong learners who can set their own goals, manage themselves well and know how to collaborate with others. As you know, we place great importance on children’s learning being connected to their lives and their world; because we know they are much more motivated when they can see a purpose in what they are doing and when they experience the success of having an effect on the world.
We decided to test our ideas of citizenship education this term with a project on elections, to coincide with New Zealand’s general election. It was, frankly, amazing. Wakefield School over the past few weeks has been a hotbed of democracy, with political parties debating policies, wooing voters, campaigning and voting - all leading to a ‘day of power’ this week where the winning party (the Starstrikers) governed the school and discovered that power is very much a two-edged sword - heavy with responsibilities as well as rights.
We want your feedback...
Several parents have talked to us about how our election project spilled over into the home. That’s good news - we like to know that home and school are connected through your child’s learning. So to help us review the project we want your feedback. Did your child talk about the school election project at home? Did it lead to conversations about the real general election? Did your child show an interest in the general election? Please email me (address is below) or your child’s teacher with your response - even if it is ‘no’. That will be very helpful. Do it right now.
We are all ready for a short break after what has been a long and very busy term. I know holiday is often not a break for parents but I hope you enjoy the extra time with your child. Thank you for your support throughout the term.
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