Pupils step into councillors’ shoes

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In favour... West Gore School pupils Sophie Craig and James Ruddenklau (both 6) cast their vote at the Gore District Council chambers on Wednesday. PHOTO: LUCY MCDONOUGH

Some pupils from West Gore School got to fill Gore district councillors’ shoes on Wednesday during a visit to the Gore District Council chambers.

Six pupils visited the chambers as part of an extension for selected pupils.

Teacher Fiona Gemmill said the visit was to enhance the pupils’ thinking skills and creativity.

“They wanted to do some construction work, so we looked at planning new buildings and connected with [council economic development co-ordinator] Ceri [Macleod] at the council to see how they plan new buildings for Gore,” Mrs Gemmill said.

“They are thinking about the problem solving that goes into it, so it just takes it to the next level of thinking,” she said.

The pupils were given two ideas and asked to vote on which idea they thought would be better for the town.

is bringing what they are doing at school into the real world,” Mrs Gemmill said.

Mrs Macleod, who is also chairwoman of the West Gore School board of trustees, said the pupils enjoyed themselves throughout the process.

“They asked good questions, gave good ideas and challenged us.”

Mrs Macleod said the excursion was a great way to encourage pupils to have an input into their community “and to help spark their imagination, bring education to life and to give them really meaningful learning opportunities”.