Last Friday was the day for us to vote in the General Election. As we were taking part in the Electoral Commision's Kids Voting Programme, we cast a vote that let us see what it would be like to take part in the election. We used special ballot papers that looked nearly identical to the ones used for the General Election in our electorate, Christchurch East.
The election is something we have used as a driver for our learning this term, which has had us learning all about engaging in democratic processes, learning about how people and the communities they belong to make rules and laws, and how everyone has a right to be involved in decisions that affect them.
During our school-wide learning exhibition last week, we shared our thoughts about what we each see as important for New Zealanders. The display was called 'Future voters of New Zealand' and we were very proud to share our opinions.
This week, as we reflect on our learning, we are taking time to look closely at the results of the General Election, looking for similarities and differences with our own election results, and asking many questions about what will happen next.
We have heard some wonderful, emotive discussions so far this week that clearly tell us that Koru 1 students are genuinely interested in the communities we live in and understand that we play an important part in how they function.