Chichester primary pupil got to be mayor for a day

Chichester mayor Anna Scicluna shows her young mayor for the day Tess Grant the Planetarium.  Picture by Louise Adams
Chichester mayor Anna Scicluna shows her young mayor for the day Tess Grant the Planetarium. Picture by Louise Adams
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VISITING the planetarium and taking a boat trip was all in a day’s work for mini mayor Tess Grant.

The real mayor of Chichester Anne Scicluna held a ‘junior mayor for the day’ in association with Kingsham Primary School.

The day lets a selected pupil experience what a major might do on a normal working day, alongside three more pupils to be junior councillors. The councillors job was to accompany the junior mayor during the course of the day.

Tess Grant, Year 6, was picked as the mayor for the day, so she was taken to the Council House to be robed, so she would dress as a ceremonial mayor would.

She was accompanied by three other Year 6 pupils, Owen Stevenson, Saqib Rahman and Lucy Rock. The four students were picked as they are head boy, head girl and their deputies.

The four schoolchildren then accompanied Cllr Scicluna to the fire station, festival theatre, the planetarium, and the canal basic for a boat trip and lunch.

They were joined by assistant head teacher Rachel Pallett, who said the school would definitely get involved in the event again.

“At the fire station they got to try out the hoses and get to go in the fire trucks. At the festival theatre they saw the laying of the foundations, and we went for lunch at the Richmond on the canal, followed by a cruise of the river,” she said.

“And at the planetarium we got a mini lecture on the stars.”

The junior mayor and the junior councillors then returned to school after a long day of mayoral duties.

A few days later they gave an assembly and powerpoint presentation about their experience to the rest of the school.

The following week the mayor Anna Scicluna returned to Kingsham Primary to plant a ceremonial tree at the school with the students.

Cllr Scicluna said the students had a great day in their roles, and they learnt a lot about planting trees and about the job of a mayor.

“It went very well,” she said.“The young people thoroughly enjoyed themselves and they were very mayor-like.”