Parkdale Primary student elected as Kingston’s new Junior Mayor
27 April 2017
Parkdale Primary School student Tess Ashley has been elected as Kingston’s new Junior Mayor.
Kingston’s Junior Mayor program gives local primary school students a chance to develop their interest in the democratic process and builds leadership skills such as speech writing and public speaking.
“This year grade six students presented their ideas on the benefits of volunteering in the community,” Kingston Mayor David Eden said. “Tess won over the audience by comparing the benefits of volunteering to gems, arguing that characteristics gained through volunteering such as gratitude, empathy and mindfulness were more precious that diamonds.”
The election process involves local primary schools each nominating one pupil who makes a two minute speech. Each of the nominated students then votes for their favourite presentation.
Runner up in the Junior Mayor election was Nikolas Matthews from Aspendale Primary School, with St Joseph’s Primary School student Tyrese Dimalanja winning the Encouragement Award and Max Wheatley from Southmoor Primary School given the Young Ambassador Award.
Mayor David Eden said the Junior Mayor program has been running for over 50 years and is sponsored by the Chelsea Rotary Club.
“Council is very proud to continue its long and unique tradition of electing a Junior Mayor. The program aims to educate and engage young people about how local government works and how they can get involved and make a difference in our community. It also provides support and experience to our next generation of leaders.”
The Junior Mayor, who receives junior mayoral robes, chains and $200 for their school from the Chelsea Rotary Club, is called on to assist the Mayor at a range of official Council events.
Tess replaces outgoing Junior Mayor Isaac Madafferi from Kingswood Primary School.
Mayor David Eden thanked Issac for being an outstanding Junior Mayor during the past 12 months.