Rossett School students visit the Council Chamber at Portland City Hall during their American Exchange visit
Rossett School students visit the Council Chamber at Portland City Hall during their American Exchange visit

Students get a taste of American election fever

in Education/Harrogate

Students from Rossett have had a unique insight into the build-up to the American Presidential election.

The Year 8 students spent two weeks visiting their exchange partners in Falmouth, Maine, just days before votes were cast.

The trip marked the 30th anniversary of the exchange programme between Rossett and Falmouth Middle School.

 

Teacher Luke Blackburn said:

It was a fascinating time to visit America and to see election fever as it reached its peak.

During the trip we visited Portland City Hall and the state capital, Augusta, to learn about how democracy and voting works. It was interesting to look at the difference in the way the system is set up compared to the UK, and I was impressed by the way all the students engaged with the local history and politics.

A lot of the Americans we met asked us how we felt about , and and shared their views on the  presidential battle in their own country.

 

The British students stayed with their exchange partners’ families, getting to know local culture and traditions as a result. Some of them were treated to trips  on boats, visits to orchards and even to New City.

 

Rossett students found out much more about the American presidential election – including seeing the ballot papers at Portland City Hall
Rossett students found out much more about the American presidential election – including seeing the ballot papers at Portland City Hall

 

The final two days were spent in Boston, learning about the history of New England and the  American Revolution, which led to the foundations of the United States  governing principles that exist today.

 

Student Sophie Poole said:

I had a fantastic time on the American Exchange.

It was really fun staying with my exchange partner and finding out how they and their family live. There are a lot of similarities with life in Britain, but it was also different in many ways.

I’m really looking forward to seeing the exchange group again next year when they come to Rossett.

 

 

 

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