Prefects are significant role models at Saint Paul’s and therefore are expected to demonstrate the values of the school in their daily lives as well as encouraging them in others – both in and out of school.
The prefects are selected based on them having a caring and sensible nature, being reliable and honest, trustworthy, mature, patient and kind, being a good listener, well behaved and responsible with a good attitude.
The position of prefect is a position of responsibility and one which provides an important connection between pupils and staff. The Prefect Team has an important role throughout the entire school community; they are responsible for helping set the tone amongst the student body and for maintaining and enhancing the culture of Saint Paul’s.
Prefects undertake various roles and responsibilities around the school, both during the school day and at extra-curricular events. They are expected to establish and maintain the highest standards of behaviour and attitude at all times, providing a positive role model for other pupils across the school. They assist in the organisation and running of various functions and actively participate in the development of school spirit and pride and upholding the traditions and values of Saint Paul’s Catholic High School.
Mr Michael Whiteside, Deputy Headteacher at Saint Paul’s, said: “There are many benefits from being a prefect, pupils gain many skills such as leadership skills, as the prefects have had the opportunity to work with the lower years in the school. They also learn how to manage responsibility as they attend weekly meetings and are given individual tasks which allows them to be more independent.”
Mr Whiteside added: “Becoming a prefect is a valuable goal and the position of prefect forms an important part of a pupil’s personal development, opening their mind to new levels of responsibility and participation in a very positive way.”
“Prefects play a vital part in the running of Saint Paul’s; assisting and supporting both staff and pupils They are a tremendous help to the school and play a particularly important role in supporting younger students,” explained Mr Alex Hren, Head Teacher.
“The title of Prefect is given in recognition of the importance that the school places on leadership, teamwork and collective responsibility. The Prefects act as guardians of our high standards and as ambassadors for the school. They put a lot of effort in to making the school’s systems run smoothly and helping organize fun events for other pupils.”
Head Girl & Head Boy
The Head Boy and Head Girl play a key role in the school community and the appointments follow a lengthy interviewing and selection process.
Shalom and Zepheniah will act as role models and figureheads at Saint Paul’s. They will represent the school at a wide variety of events and work with a team of carefully selected prefects to help ensure the smooth running of the school. They will assist staff, support younger students, help to maintain our high standards, organise events and represent the school in the community.
The school sees the position of Head Boy and Head Girl as a significant recognition of responsibility and the role provides an important connection between the students and staff. The Head Boy and Head Girl are very visible and respected characters around school and set an excellent example to other students with their approach based on the five Christian values of service, respect, stewardship, compassion and love which have been adopted by the school.
“Becoming Head Boy or Head Girl is a valuable goal; it plays an important part in a student’s personal development and opens their mind to new levels of responsibility and participation in a very positive way. When selecting the Head Boy and Head Girl we take a range of factors into consideration; they must be good public speakers, be able to motivate other students, have good organisational and communication skills, have a mature and thoughtful outlook, have excellent leadership and team work skills, be responsible and reliable and have the confidence to speak to parents, staff and the community,” explained Mr Michael Whiteside, Deputy Headteacher at Saint Paul’s.
“In the past our Head Boy and Head Girl have acted as excellent role models to the other students. We are sure that Shalom and Zepheniah will behave similarly and will be a real credit to our school and their families.”
“We put a great deal of time and effort into selecting and training our Head Boy and Head Girl as they will act as guardians of our high standards and as ambassadors for the school”, commented Mr Alex Hren, Head Teacher. “I am delighted to appoint Shalom and Zepheniah . They have always shown themselves to be very thoughtful, mature, responsible and proactive young people which are essential traits for the holders of these positions.”