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Around 400 St John’s pupils took to the ballot box on Thursday 24 September, to cast votes as part of the UK Youth Parliament’s ‘Make Your Mark’ campaign.
The vote is the UK’s largest youth consultation, last year involving over 875,000 pupils from across the UK. Thursday’s ballot was to decide what the UK Youth Parliament’s members, who meet in the House of Commons, should debate and vote on to be their annual campaign for the year ahead.
After listening to pupils from the School’s politics society speak in Chapel on the issues at hand, pupils chose between 10 varied topics on their ballot papers. From transport, climate change, mental health and austerity, to votes at 16 and tackling discrimination, there was certainly much to consider for voters.
Voting took place around the Quad during morning break and lunchtime, and in a sign of the considered maturity of St John’s pupils, votes were spread across the full range of issues. Pupils voted for transport, votes at 16 and tackling discrimination as their three highest priority issues for the UK Youth Parliament.
Head of Politics at St John’s, Julian Thomas, said: ‘This is a great opportunity to get pupils thinking about wider political issues. Going forward, we would like to give pupils the opportunity to become even more involved in debating these issues and exploring how their political views can make a difference in society.’
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