Hokusai class thought long and hard about which two students they wanted to nominate as their school council representatives. Candidates put themselves forward and confidently stepped up to deliver their carefully written speeches, before their classmates took part in a vote to see who had convinced them the best.

The chosen students will benefit from being able to help their peers voices be heard as well as having the opportunity to learn about how a democracy is supposed to work and to develop confidence. They will hold regular class meetings about local and global issues, and share the students’ views with the wider school community.