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Primary Democracy Debate

I have been to many events at the St. Helens Town Hall, representing Rainford High and I have loved it every time!  My last visit was to chair the Primary Secondary Debate. I was given this opportunity because I get involved as much as possible in school life. For example, I am on the school council, the debating team, which has led several Year 9 assemblies, the committee which is working towards the school getting the RRSA (Rights Respecting Schools Award) and have helped new pupils who have started at Rainford High to settle in.

Although I have made many visits to the town hall, when I was asked to do this, I was very nervous as I did not know what to expect.  However, as soon as I walked into the town hall, I was taken to the Mayor’s Parlour where I met the Mayor and Mayoress who were really nice and welcoming, which eased my nerves. All of the St. Helen’s council staff were also very welcoming and determined to make the day as stress-free as possible.

During the day, I met lots of younger children from various primary schools who were keen to get involved in changing different aspects of their schools and were aware of the big issues facing schools in St. Helens. It was my role to help them to argue and debate in an orderly fashion, which can be very difficult! Nevertheless, the day ran smoothly and it was really enjoyable. I feel privileged to have been given such an amazing opportunity.
 
Jenna Downey.