Global Primary Academy hosts mayoral election

On Monday, Sept. 9, Global Primary Academy third graders listened intently to the carefully prepared speeches from four of their classmates, all vying to serve as the school’s first mayor. 

Aside from their work as full-time third graders, the four candidates have been busy on the campaign trail, creating posters, crafting slogans and listening to the dreams and desires of fellow classmates and staff. 

School safety, kindness, and helping teachers were the leading agenda items for all candidates, as well as book drives and general happiness.

GPA’s election day wraps up the “Who We Are” Unit of Inquiry, which is a part of the school’s International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme. Global Primary Academy became an authorized IB PYP school over the summer. The Primary Years Programme challenges students to think for themselves and take responsibility for their learning as they explore local and global issues and opportunities in real-life contexts – such as school elections.

As a part of this unit, third graders learned about being members of a democratic society and how they can actively participate in the democratic process. Students discussed local government, the role of the mayor, and citizens’ rights and responsibilities.

Inspired by the topic, students asked to host an election for the first mayor of GPA. Third graders worked together to find candidates and organize a primary election. Two candidates from each third grade classroom moved on from the primary election to compete in the general election.

After listening to the speeches, students received their ballots and were asked to select one candidate from each classroom. Although all candidates ran a great campaign, the third graders ultimately selected Gisselle E. and Juliana D. Congratulations!

The new mayors will become founding members of the Global Primary Academy City Council and will work with other students and school leadership to launch the school’s first student council.