In St. Mary’s, we believe that pupil participation in school is about much more than simply attending classes and following the taught curriculum.
It is about young people being involved in activities that contribute to their personal and social development, their development as responsible citizens, their ability to express their point of view and their ability to make informed decisions. As such, participation is crucial to pupils’ learning and growth.
In St. Mary’s, pupils are encouraged to participate fully in all aspects of school life and to seize every opportunity presented to them, including those beyond the classroom.
To promote participation, we:
- offer an extensive extra-curricular programme that enriches and extends the curriculum, encouraging pupils to explore and develop their personal interests;
- provide wide-ranging opportunities for pupil leadership to enable pupils to develop the skills, knowledge and qualities they will need to be leaders in the future; and
- support and encourage pupils to play an active and responsible role in society, to develop as global citizens and to use their talents for the service of others.
Depending on its nature, participation in school can help pupils to:
- enjoy a physical and active lifestyle;
- develop time-management skills;
- understand the importance of commitment;
- develop friendships;
- develop skills in working as part of a team;
- develop and share skills, gifts and talents;
- build confidence and self-esteem;
- manage stress; and
- develop a personal portfolio for university and employment applications.
As a parent/guardian, you have an important role to play in encouraging and supporting your son/daughter to participate fully in school life. This section of our website provides you with an overview of the many opportunities for pupil participation within St. Mary’s.