There are many ways in which our children can take on leading roles within the school.
Every September, the Year 6 children who are interested in becoming a House Captain prepare and present a speech to all the Junior children in their house. Following this, there is a secret vote and the House Captains are elected. House Captains take on many leading roles within the school; choosing the Golden Lines certificate, supervising behaviour in the dining hall and awarding Well Done notes for the best table manners, and leading initiatives in school such as our Page-Turner Reading Challenge. One particularly fun part of the role is coordinating and leading the House Party near to their particular Saint’s Day. For this, the House Captains receive a small budget with which to buy games equipment and party treats. On the day, all children in their house can wear their house colour and enjoy the party!
Year 2 Prefects
We prepare the leaders of tomorrow from an early age! Year 2 children who wish to take on a lead role in the Infant department present a short speech to their classmates, from which two Prefects are elected. Once in role, the prefects help the Deputy Headteacher to select the winning classes of the Golden certificates and present them during Collective Worship. They also help to lead worship at Infant masses.
Our School Councillors are voted for by their classmates, and take on a responsible and busy role at school. The School Council is led by Miss Dodd, and meet regularly. It is the School Council who lead fundraising within the school, ensuring that the charities that we help represent a range of local, national, international and Christian causes. The School Council have also assisted with local initiatives such as tree-planting with Trees for Cities. When children have a good idea for improving the school, it is their class School Councillor who can bring that to Miss Dodd. The idea might then become a reality!
As a Church of England school, our Christian ethos is an integral part of all that we do. For this reason, a number of children in Years 5 and 6 are R.E. Ambassadors. These pupils promote the role of worship in our school, helping to lead worship, particularly through the Friday prayer group meetings at Holy Cross Church. For this, the R.E. Ambassadors on duty that week read through the lectionary and discuss the best reading to use. They then devise questions to ask the children who are attending the prayer group that week. Our R.E. Ambassadors represent the school at important ecclesiastical events such as the welcome for the new Bishop of London at St. Paul’s Cathedral.