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|Title:||Students get political|
|Author:||Doncaster College |
|ID & Publication:||20140411020 ~ The-Villager.co.uk |
Eight students and a volunteer ambassador from Doncaster College got the chance to look around the new Doncaster Council offices recently.
The students are representatives on the college student council and were particularly interested in the council chambers where debates and decisions are made for the local community.
Councillor Nuala Fennely, who is part of the Mayor’s cabinet, showed the students round and her portfolio includes Education and Skills, she also represents Balby, an area of Doncaster. Brendan Martin, Head of Democratic Services and Kay Marelli, Manager of the Civic Mayor’s Office were also on hand to help the students.
Students learnt how the council was structured, and how councillors are elected and had the chance to use the chambers voting system.
Mike Batty, Student Development Enrichment Worker at the College and, who accompanied the students said,
‘It’s been a great opportunity for students to experience the workings of local government and to ask questions of councillors. The experience was highly enjoyable and extremely rewarding as the students make connections to learning when they see things in real life. We are extremely grateful to the council and particularly Nuela, Brendan and Kay for their help.
Sherrie Heseltine, a Volunteer Ambassador at the College said, ‘I found the outing to the civic offices fantastic. It was a great experience going into the chambers, I never really understood how politics worked but I now have a better understanding. If I was given another opportunity like this again I would grab it with both hands, as it is one of the best experiences I’ve had.’
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