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How are preferential votes counted?

What? Learning about how preferential votes are counted.
Why? This will help us understand how to calculate the votes for our own year 6 election.
How? I will be able to post a quality comment stating what I found out about the preferential voting system.

 

Click on the following link to work through steps 1 & 2 in the interactive to learn about how the preferential voting system works. Step 3 will be a useful tool after we hold the election.

Be sure to read all of the instructions as you go and you will also need some headphones too. 

Voting Tool – Interactive about preferential voting

What did you find out?

What questions do you still have?

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What is an electorate?

What? We are learning about what an electorate is.

Why? This will help us understand how our democracy system works.

How? I will be able to record key information as I watch the video and then answer the questions with a partner and post as a quality comment.

Watch the BTN story ‘What is an Electorate?’ and answer the following questions in pairs:

1. At election time, people vote for the ______________ who are running in their________________
2. What is an electorate?
3. How many federal electorates are there in Australia?
4. How many square kilometres does the electorate of Grayndler cover?
5. Which is the largest electorate in Australia? How many square kilometres does it cover?
6. How are electorates worked out?
7. Who are electorates named after?
8. What is a safe seat?
9. Why do politicians spend a lot of time campaigning in marginal seats?
10. What do you understand more clearly since watching the BtN story?

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Vote for the S.T.A.R.R.R Party!

Here is our Party’s speech Tyler presented at assembly.

Here is our speech:

S.T.A.R.R.R SPEECH!

Greetings, Werribee primary School. I am Tyler, leader of the STARRR party.

For your Information, STARR stands for:

Students That Achieve Respect, Responsibility and Resilience.

Vote for us, and you shall see this school TRANSFORMED.

Our slogan is:

STARR party is number 1,

You won’t regret were number 1.

Here are some of our ideas.

First off, Education and Training:

  • We will promote to make more workshops suggested by you, the people.
  • We can also put more safety on the iPads so we can protect you.
  • We will try to get a writing and technology club so we can improve your learning skills.
  • Also, for the iPads, we want you to suggest more appropriate iPads games that you can have a more fun time when you play the iPads.
  • If you guys have any more suggestions, please come to room fifteen.

Now for Sports:

  • Sport more times a week,
  • More Year 6 helpers when it comes to house sports,
  • We believe sport can be made safer in the playground. To achieve this we will place posters around the school to tell kids to play safe (for example – NO TACKLING).
  • Combining classes to help build school comradery.
  • Teach kids how to use sports equipment
  • We want a fundraising for new soccer goals
  • Have more sports clinics

Now from art:

  • Art club that we have thought of is called the VIA club (very, important, artists club). Second is the
  • Drama club called Da Drama club. We have made many plans and have thought of all of the ways to make them come true.
  • Art will be held in the art room at lunch times.
  • Drama club will be held in the Gym at lunch times.

Finally, Environment:

  • Cook fresh produce from garden reward, so if you help out on an event you get to cook and eat a meal from the garden
  • Fundraiser (gold coin donation and will decide what to do)
  • Container canteen
  • Garden monitors
  • Garden fences
  • Lights out day
  • Fix the toilets

And much more!

To wrap this up, I say to vote for the S.T.A.R.R.R party because we shall listen to your ideas, because we care for each and every one of you, and we shall respond. Because each and every one of you deserves to have their voices heard, and our Ministers and their teams will be ready for anything. Remember, we are the Stars of the year 6 Party election.

Thank you all for listening.

 

 

Please vote for us!


 

 

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The history of voting

What? We are learning about the history of voting in Australia.

Why? This will help us understand how our democracy system works.

How? I will be able to record key information as I watch the BTN episode and then answer the questions and post as a comment.

History of Voting – BTN episode

After watching the BTN episode on the history of voting answer the following questions and post as a comment below.

  1. When did women get the right to vote in Australia?
  2. When did all Indigenous people get the right to vote in federal elections?
  3. In which year did the voting age change from 21 to 18 years of age?
  4. Voting in Australia is not compulsory. True or false?
  5. Do you think the right to vote is important? Explain your answer.
  6. What was surprising about this story?
  7. Do you have any other questions or comments about the voting process?
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Levels of Government

What? We are learning about the levels of government in Australia.

Why? This will help us understand how our democracy system works.

How? I will be able to record key information as I watch the videos and then answer the questions and post as a quality comment.

BTN episode 31/5/16 – Levels of Government

Click on the link below to watch a 2.27 min video about the three levels of government in Australia.

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PEO website – Three levels of Government

 

 

 

After watching both the BTN episode and the video from PEO website answer the following questions. 

1.  What are the three levels of government?

2.  Why do we have three levels of government?

3.  Name some responsibilities of each level of government?

4.  What happens when local, state and federal governments disagree?

5.  Why do you think we need three levels of government in Australia?

6.  What was surprising for you?

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What is Democracy?

What? We a learning to understand what Democracy is.

Why? This will help us to understand Australia’s form of government.

How? I will be able to show my best efforts at recording key information and answer the questions.

  1. Before you watch the BtN story, record what you know about democracy.
  2. What happened in ancient Greece that led to people wanting a say in decision making?
  3. The word `democracy’ comes from which two words?
  4. Monarchies became popular in the Middle Ages. Explain what a monarchy is.
  5. Why was Magna Carta an important document?
  6. In Australia we have something called a ________________ democracy.
  7. Who represents us in parliament?
  8. Give an example of another form of government.
  9. What do you understand more clearly about democracy?
  10. What questions do you still have? (How could you find the answers to your questions?)

BTN episode – What is Democracy?

Take a look at this fun and engaging infographic, The Story of Our Freedom, to get a picture of the origins of democracy and how it has influenced our rights and freedoms today.

Copy and paste the questions into word to answer and then post your completed answers as a comment below.

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