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Kingswood Primary student elected as Kingston’s new Junior Mayor

15 April 2016

Kingswood Primary School student Isaac Madafferi 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.

Each year a grade six student is elected Junior Mayor of the City of Kingston. The election process involves local primary schools each nominating one pupil who makes a two minute speech. Each of the nominated students then vote for their favourite presentation.

Isaac captivated the audience with a poetry piece that explored how young leaders could help create a better future for young people by demonstrating four key themes: sustainability, equality, empathy and respect.

Runner up in the Junior Mayor election was Aspendale Gardens Primary student Meesha Salaria, with Parktone Primary student Mia Byrne won the Encouragement Award and St Marks Primary student Louisa D’Ambra was given the Young Ambassador Award.

Mayor Tamsin Bearsley said the Junior Mayor program has been running for over 50 years and is sponsored by the Chelsea Rotary Club.

“The Junior Mayor program gives primary school students a taste of public life and highlights the importance of engaging in the political process from a young age,” Cr Bearsley said.

“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.

Issac replaces outgoing Junior Mayor Jasmine Warber from St John Vianney's Primary School.

Mayor Tamsin Bearsley thanked Jasmine for being an outstanding Junior Mayor during the past 12 months. “Jasmine has been an asset to the community and an absolute pleasure to work with and I thank her for her contribution and commitment to Kingston.”

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