Pupils vote to save teacher

PUBLISHED: 14:19 14 February 2008 | UPDATED: 15:40 11 May 2010

CAMPAIGNING: Pupils giving their support

CAMPAIGNING: Pupils giving their support

THE Queen was among several celebrities thrown out of a balloon by pupils at Steeple Morden Primary School. But don t worry, they gave her a parachute. On Friday, the school held its Great Balloon debate, which saw each class pick a celebrity who they wan

Teaching assistant Jackie Dix after the vote.

THE Queen was among several celebrities thrown out of a balloon by pupils at Steeple Morden Primary School.

But don't worry, they gave her a parachute.

On Friday, the school held its Great Balloon debate, which saw each class pick a celebrity who they wanted to stay in the balloon.

They then had to come with reasons why their chosen star should not be evicted, which they presented to fellow pupils in assembly.

Tutankhamen taking part in the great debate

Organiser Victoria Pentey said: "The children have been putting their arguments together and campaigning for the last couple of weeks.

"After the assembly the pupils had to vote for the candidate, other than their own, that they wanted to stay in the balloon the most.

"It's been a really good exercise in terms of improving speaking and listening, and they've had a lot of fun as well."

While compelling cases were put forward for the likes of Winston Churchill and Tutankhamen, it was a more familiar face that triumphed in the ballot.

Some of the other candidates looking for votes from the pupils at Steeple Morden Primary School.

Teaching assistant Jackie Dix topped the poll, after being nominated by the reception class for all her hard work with them over the year.

Head teacher Richard Lloyd, who was among those ejected from the balloon, said: "We made sure everyone had a working parachute!

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