St. Patrick’s is a school for children. This is their school and all are encouraged to live by the words of the school prayer to ‘build one happy school’. The school considers Student Leadership as an important part of a child’s development. Children are given responsibilities in their classrooms to build on their leadership skills from an early age. There are several formalised structures within the school to promote and encourage leadership skills and student voice including School Captains, House Captains, Environmental Captains, the Student Representative Council, Peer Support and Buddies.
School Captains Each year the year 6 students are encouraged to nominate for School Captain. Each nominee makes a speech to the school. The school students and staff vote to elect the School Captains. The School Captains are the student leaders of our school and form part of the Student Representative Council. At each assembly and whole school prayer they begin the gathering with an acknowledgement to the local custodians of the school, the Waduwurrung people and lead the whole school prayer.
House Captains The school has three House Groups – Gold, Green and Red. Each year the children compete for the St. Joseph’s Cup which is awarded at the final assembly to the House with the highest points in total. Points are given to children who display good school citizenship; i.e. by helping to build a happy school. The point tallies from the School Athletic Sports also count toward the Cup.
The House Captains are responsible for fostering positive spirit within their House during the year. The Cup is named after one of our two founder schools; St. Joseph’s in Lyons Street.
Environmental Captains The Environmental Captains are elected from each class to support the Healthy Living program. As stewards of the earth we are called to work towards building a sustainable future for all people. Our Environmental Captains promote healthy living, positive interactions and sustainable practices as well as helping to look after the animals and gardens in our school.
Student Representative Council Each learning group within the school elects a child as their delegate for the year. All the delegates and the two school captains make up the SRC. The SRC meets regularly with a nominated member of staff and is responsible for deciding which charitable organisations to support and for planning special events to raise funds. In recent years the SRC has organised Footy Colours Day, Crazy Hair Day; and has sold wrist bands, pencils, stickers and badges. The SRC is also the voice of the children and during each meeting there is time for the delegates to share any concerns, suggestions or questions from their classes.
Peer Support and Buddies As each student enters into their final years at St. Patrick’s school they are assigned a buddy from the junior school area. These Buddies form a relationship of support and friendship, which allows the newer students someone who can assist them as they settle into school. It also teaches the older students much about the responsibility of caring for another person. Through planned events the Buddies come to know each other and true friendships form over time.
ST PATRICK'S PARISH PRIMARY SCHOOL 119 Drummond Street South Ballarat VIC 3350
Postal Address: PO Box 82W, Ballarat West VIC 3350