Schools given a taste of Council During local Government Week

Thursday, 6 August 2020

Some of Griffith’s youngest residents have been given a taste of Local Government this week, with special packs delivered to schools to help them understand the role and responsibilities of Council.

Local Government Week 2020 runs from 3 August – 9 August 2020. This year’s theme is Councils Do.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing restrictions, the annual Mini Action Day for Year 4 students will not be held at Pioneer Park Museum. To ensure that students don’t miss out, Griffith City Council has developed a resource pack being distributed to local primary schools throughout the week.

Each school will receive information on Council services, activity sheets and books.

Griffith Mayor, Councillor John Broi said he hopes students and their teachers enjoy the packs created especially for them.

“We usually hold Mini Action Day as a way to help schools understand what Council does,” Councillor Dal Broi said

“It’s always well attended and lots of fun. We know how much the students enjoy coming along to the Museum to learn about Griffith’s history and about Council so we didn’t want them to miss out this year.

As part of the promotion, local primary school students have been invited to complete the “If I Were Mayor” worksheet.

“I would love to hear what our students would do if they were Mayor,” Councillor Dal Broi said.

“I think it’s important to start teaching our younger residents about Council nice and early after all, these are our future leaders.”

Mayor Dal Broi and General Manager Brett Stonestreet visited Hanwood Public School to present school leaders and Principal Monica St Baker with their pack.

Mr Stonestreet spoke to the students about some of the major projects being undertaken by Council around Griffith including the 50 metre outdoor pool.

Meanwhile, on Tuesday 4 August Council hosted the fifth 2020 School Leaders Civic Reception remotely via Zoom. This event was previously scheduled for mid-March 2020 however due to COVID19 it had to be postponed.

Deputy Mayor, Councillor Doug Curran and Acting GM Mr Max Turner hosted the event, with Mr David Lamb, Director Educational Leadership, Department of Education NSW and school leaders from around Griffith also joining them online.

During this reception each of the leaders are normally presented with a certificate and pin. However this year, the school leaders will be receiving their certificates and pins via the post directly to the school.

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