Grade 5 civics competition — Bring it to Council!

Do you teach Grade 5 Social Studies?

This year we are excited to invite Oakville schools to participate in the Town of Oakville's Grade 5 civics competition — Bring it to Council! Participation in this event is a great way for students to learn about municipal government. This learning task links to many of the curriculum expectations as well as promoting a variety of opportunities for student voice and engagement. This is a whole class initiative, with the chance to select one student from each participating school to participate in a mock Council debate with Mayor Rob Burton and other selected students from Oakville public school.

Big idea

What would you do to make Oakville more livable and how would you pay for it?

The competition

Oakville’s Mayor Rob Burton is inviting Grade 5 classes to participate in an educational contest to earn an opportunity to sit in as a Town Councillor and debate and vote on a Livable Oakville topic.

The objective of the competition is to create a learning experience which will enhance the students’ understanding of municipal government, its structure and Council procedure.

A student from each participating school will be selected to participate in a mock municipal Town Council meeting which will be held in Council Chambers at Town Hall and chaired by the Mayor. Each selected student will have a minute to present their topic and four minutes for debate among Council. A vote will take place at the end of presentations. Each student can cast one vote, for an idea other than their own.

Student selection

One student will be selected from each participating school. Each participating school will decide who to select for their Grade 5 student representative. This can be done on a formal or informal basis. The choice is up to the participating school. Once the internal selection process has taken place – schools will notify the Planning Team of the selected recipient by April 21, 2017.

Mock Council Meeting

At the mock Council meeting, students will sit in Councillor’s chairs in Council Chambers where they will discuss and debate their “big idea”. The Mayor will chair the meeting providing guidance and direction. At the end of the discussion there will be a vote amongst the students.

Selected students will also be treated to a meet and greet with the Mayor beforehand.

Mayor Rob Burton is also available to speak with your class about municipal government, and students are always welcome to visit the Mayor's office and Town Hall. To schedule a date, contact lisa.wedmann@oakville.ca