At St. Gerard’s school we promote good citizenship in a variety of ways. The children have opportunities to hold various positions of responsibility in school aiming to serve each other and improve life in and around school.
The most important people in our school are our children and their voice is of paramount importance.
St. Gerard’s Spiritual Council is formed at the beginning of each year with representatives from each of the Key Stage 2 classes.
These specially selected children play a very important role in Collective Worship and the Catholic Life of St. Gerard’s. They follow a vocation to serve others and lead them in Faith.
Their job is to:
- Strengthen the Faith of our school;
- Lead in class prayer and Collective Worship;
- Be an example of Christ’s teaching to others;
- Follow the Gospel Virtues and Values;
- Meet regularly to develop Collective Worship in our school;
- Disseminate messages to our class mates;
- Attend our places of worship to develop our own Faith every week;
- Be living examples of our Mission Statement: I am a servant of Christ. It is my job to go out in the world as a leader and a servant.
Spiritual Council motto: Faith without action, isn’t faith at all.
Members of our Spiritual Council 2022/23
Our School Council consists of children from Year 1 to Year 6 (two from each class). They are voted for at the start of each academic year.
Children are chosen to represent their house groups. Each child gives reasons why they want to represent their class and school, and are voted for accordingly.
We meet approximately every two weeks to discuss issues that affect us in school, including things we would like to change or improve in our School and Community. We ensure that every child in our school is given a voice through this. Liaising with pupils, staff, parents and governors is a priority, to ensure the life of the school is actively enhanced.
Our primary role is a fundraising one and we pride ourselves in the activities and ways in which this is done. Various charities benefit from these both at home and abroad and of this we are extremely proud.
St. Gerard’s School Council is one to be proud of and our school councillors always rise to the challenge they are given, and always use their God given talents for the good of others.
School Council 2022/23
Year 1 School Councillors
Year 2 School Councillors
Year 3 School Councillors
Year 4 School Councillors
Year 5 School Councillors
Year 6 School Councillors
We have eight pupils from Year 6 that are our House Captains, two for each of the houses.
Our House Groups are:
- St. Pope John Paul II (yellow house)
- St. Teresa of Calcutta (blue house)
- St. Bernadette (green house)
- St. Maximillian Kolbe (red house)
As part of the rewards system within St. Gerard’s, pupils are awarded house points for their respective house groups. Each week the House Captains have the important responsibility to collect the totals from each class. These are collated and totals are announced during Monday’s assembly. The house that collects the most house points throughout a term are rewarded by having a ‘non-uniform day’.
House Captains 2022/23
St. John Paul II Captains
St. Teresa of Calcutta Captains
St. Bernadette Captains
St. Maximillian Kolbe Captains
The society of St Vincent de Paul has been engaging with young people and education since it’s earliest days. The ‘Mini Vinnies’ programme involves young children to help them make a contribution to the future of our society.
Mrs Hepburn leads Mini Vinnies at St Gerard’s with children from KS1. During the school year, they have meetings to discuss where in our local community they could make a difference. The ‘Mini Vinnies’ want to help and support the local community while following in Jesus’ footsteps.
Mini Vinnies Display Board
The sport committee meet regularly to discuss issues and developments in the school. The committee is a sub-committee of the School Council which also discuss similar issues and raise the profile of pupil voice.
Pupil voice is a vital part of our school, especially in sport, as it allows us to cater to what the children want and need.
Throughout the school year, the committee will be in charge of several different tasks. The first task, which is now complete, was to create, deliver, and gather evidence and present the findings on which after-school clubs the children in our school would be the most interested in. This has then allowed us to organise clubs for the upcoming terms based off pupil voice.
Other tasks the sports committee may have are:
- Observing and reporting on active/non-active children at play times.
- Evaluating the play leaders to give feedback and advice.
- To look after and monitor our PE equipment, ensuring we have enough of what we need and that the PE cupboards are kept tidy at all times.
- Help to organise inter-school sporting events.
Aside from these, there will be even more important tasks for the sports committee to complete to make their school a more active and happy place.
Sports Council 2019/20
Our Digital Leader team consists of children from Year 6. They were chosen for their overall enthusiasm and contribution to IT across the school.
We meet to discuss IT and E-safety concerns. Some of their roles will include:
- Maintenance of hardware and software.
- E-Safety awareness role model.
- Attending E-safety meetings.
St. Gerard’s School Digital leaders are very proud of their role and are looking forward to the challenges they will be given. They will be implementing our Gospel Virtues to support them in this task.
Comments from the team include:
- “I am looking forward to working with the IT technician to upgrade our computers and become involved with IT support.”
- “We are excited to be Digital Leaders, as we will be able to raise E-Safety awareness and help our peers on the computers.”
Digital Leaders 2020/21
At St. Gerard’s School, we believe it is important to be as active as possible. We aim to be physically active for 30 minutes each day at school. Our play leaders assist with this goal every lunchtime.
Made up of Year 5 children, these leaders voluntarily organise and run various different activities for all children to play.
The aim of the scheme is that it will increase the amount of physical activity undertaken during playtime and reduce the amount of issues on the playground. It is hoped there will be a whole school impact in terms of children’s behaviour both at lunchtime and in afternoon lessons.
For the Year 5 pupils, this opportunity allows them to introduce and develop leadership skills to transfer into other roles in the future. The scheme will also raise self-esteem and self-confidence of the leaders. We are very lucky to have new and exciting equipment to inspire the play leaders to create engaging and energetic activities for all.
You can spot our play leaders by looking out for their red bibs, which say ‘Play Leader’ on the back. If anyone is unsure of what to play, wants to be active or wants to try something new they can get involved with any activity they like!
Play Leaders 2022/23
St. Gerard’s Cafod School members meet every second Monday during the school term and we take an avid interest in and around the school grounds.
Our aim as a group to care and respect our school and its surroundings by litter picking – sometimes during break times and also within the hour session on Monday afternoon. Taking extra care using the litter pickers whilst wearing protective gloves when items are made of glass or other sharp implements to notify an adult.
Within our school we promote recycle, reduce and reuse. We regularly empty the green classroom paper recycling bags and also the blue recycling bags situated around other offices and rooms within the school, into blue wheelie bins which are collected by the local council.
We care for the surroundings of our school by planting and pruning the flowerbeds, painting the flowerbed boxes and also the wooden railings. We regularly refill the bird feeders with nuts and different seeds throughout the year to encourage several species of birds to our playground.
During the wet sessions we make our own bird food using lard, nuts, seeds and even dried cereals. We design posters to promote our group aims i.e. save water, electricity and of course recycle! We from time to time have raffles to raise funds for supplies.
Cafod School Members 2022/23
We are very proud to have a number of altar servers participating at St. Gerard’s Parish Church each week and supporting our school masses. Anyone from Year 4, who has made their First Holy Communion, can become an altar server, once they carry out the required training.
The primary role of the altar server is to assist the priest in the celebration of the liturgy during Mass. This is done through specific actions and by setting an example to the congregation by active participation in the liturgy (hymns, responses, etc.) and sitting or standing at the appropriate times.
Servers carry the cross, the processional candle(s), hold the book for the priest celebrant when he is not at the altar, carry the incense and censer, present the bread, wine, and water to the priest during the preparation of the gifts or assist him when he receives the gifts from the people, wash the hands of the priest, assist the priest celebrant and deacon as necessary.
Altar Servers 2022/23
To promote reading and allow our pupils more time to access our excellent range of books, our Library Monitors will be running lunch-time clubs throughout the week.
They will deliver reading out loud sessions so pupils can sit, listen and be engrossed in a new story. They will accommodate pupils who just wish to sit in a quiet area and read to themselves. They will also run sessions to help pupils improve specific reading skills.
Along with these responsibilities, the library monitors will ensure the library is kept in order and provide suggestions to improve the reading culture even further in our school.