At St. Patrick’s, we encourage our children to be actively involved in school life and to challenge, discuss and debate issues which are important to them and our school community. The aim of the various teams within the Pupil Leaders is to enable children the chance to have leadership within the school, ensuring that their voices and opinions are heard. These are the groups that we have in school that children have the opportunity to be part of on their learning journey with us.

School Council

Activities will sometimes link with other pupil groups in the school and CTK and St.Theresa but should centre on: teaching and learning-curriculum ideas, planning and evaluations, school environment- suggesting changes and improvements, fundraising initiatives, links with Thornaby Town council, planning whole school celebrations, school meal evaluations and suggestions.

Community Ambassadors

Activities will be involved in establishing with other World Faiths and Places of Worship in Thornaby. Strengthening relationships with local shops and businesses through Children’s Charter. Supporting the Dementia Hub and local Nursing Homes.

Eco-Warriors

Activities will be centred around the areas of Eco-School standard and fulfilling Pope Francis’ message of Laudato Si: Water, Waste, Litter, Transport, Bio-diversity, Energy. Healthy Living, School Grounds, Global Citizenship.

Mini-Vinnies

Activities will be centred on the acts of mercy: We feed the hungry, we visit the sick, we support the homeless, we befriend the lonely, we comfort the bereaved, we support the imprisoned, and we welcome the stranger.

Class Chaplains

Activities will be centred around the spiritual life of the school: Help to prepare weekly Gospel Preparation assemblies, ‘Saints Day’ celebrations, organise various charity fund-raising events, suggest ideas for RE resources, help to lead assemblies, Work with other Chaplaincy Teams. Promote bible stories and maintain our Prayer Garden- lead Stations of the Cross.

CAFOD CLUB

Activities will be centred around guiding the school community to live more simply (outdoor liturgies, setting up a mini library, planning disconnect to reconnect)To live in solidarity with the poor (link with national and local charities, donate to food banks, set up uniform stall)To live sustainably with creation (using own talents and resources to create products to share with others, develop vegetable card, strengthen links with CTK to help the bee garden).The group will work together to achieve the Live Simply Award. A CAFOD assessor will visit the school to assess whether the school is a ‘Live Simply’ school.

Librarians

Activities will be centred on the importance and love of reading to enrich the curriculum, make appropriate book suggestions to other pupils and staff, support the use of technologies appropriate to promoting reading and managing the library-Junior Librarian system, authors invited to school,  design posters or leaflets or add a post or comment to a blog to share a book review,, train others to be able to use the Junior Librarian program to allocate, return, remove and add books, assist in planning themes and events in the Library throughout the year, make others  aware of the layout of the Library and the way books are sorted and arranged so that you can support pupils in looking for specific books as well as ensuring the Library is well organised and tidy, assist in planning Library Challenges and visual displays.

Sports Crew

Encouraging children to participate in different clubs at lunchtimes and playtime, sorting out the teams for competitions, holding inter-class competitions to help them choose the teams, assisting with whole school events like sports day.. Help to organise games & activities for younger children in the playground, Be responsible for handing out & collecting in play equipment, Help to make your playground a safe & happy place to play,

Class Prefects

As part of our citizenship education, we believe that children need to experience duties and responsibilities that come with being a member of a community, particularly a Christian community, in order to help them prepare to play an active role as citizens.
At St.Patrick’s we believe that our prefects have a very important role to play in the day to day organisation of our school and as only Year Six pupils are allowed to apply for this position, it is considered to be very prestigious. The position not only allows the Year Six pupils to lead by example and demonstrate their responsibility, it also enables the younger children to learn from a good example The Prefects at St.Patrick’s must lead by example at all times in their behaviour, the respect they show to others and their school uniform.  A prefect’s role is varied from class to class and to be awarded a school prefect badge is considered to be a real privilege. Class teachers decide as and when the prefect badge is to be awarded in assembly.