On Friday, 5th November, Marlow Town Council hosted a mock election for Marlow C of E School, as part of its project: ‘A Taste of Democracy,’ which aims to raise awareness of democracy and the voting process in local schools.
The children spent time campaigning for their favourite sweet treat. Voting took place with real polling booths and ballot boxes to make the event as realistic as possible, and members of the School Council helped with the vote count.
The whole school voted, and the result was kept secret until later in the day. At the election the outstanding winner was Rocky Road – the school’s favourite cake. The children were all very excited and proud that they had taken part.
Headteacher Sharon Reynolds said: “The ‘Taste of Democracy’ project brought the concept of elections alive for our pupils in a meaningful way. It was tailored well to the age of the pupils and they were really engaged throughout. Needless to say they were keen to hear the result!”
Town Mayor, Cllr Richard Scott, visited the school earlier in the week (before the election) and talked about the importance of voting. “Though it will be fun for the children, ‘A Taste of Democracy’ has a serious message,” he said.
Hundreds of Rocky Road cakes were then brought into the school by Marlow Town Council officers for everyone at the school to enjoy.