Every Year 14 student is eligible to apply to become a prefect. This is a unique opportunity to develop leadership skills and personal capabilities in a number of different ways.
Pupils may apply to be a class prefect, a library prefect or a subject prefect.
Class prefects are in the privileged position of being mentors to younger pupils. In a very special way they help Year 8 students settle in, advising them on how to organise themselves to cope with the move to secondary school and the variety of subjects they are faced with, as well as physically conducting them around the school until they become familiar with the geography of the building.
They work closely with the class tutor and year head, helping anyone who needs a word of encouragement or a bit of advice. They keep a special eye out for anyone who appears to be isolated and help to solve minor relationship problems.
With the older year groups their advice is often sought when making subject choices or on study and revision techniques at exam time.
Library and Subject Prefects
Library and subject prefects help with the necessary administration and develop their own skills and interests in these areas.
All prefects involve themselves in the day to day running of the school under the leadership of the elected Head Girl and Deputy Head Girl.
Head Girl and Deputy Head Girl
The Head Girl and Deputy Head Girl positions are highly prized by the senior pupils. Candidates are nominated from within the prefect body by fellow prefects and seconded by other members of the year group. They are required to produce a C.V. and to address an assembly of their peers and members of staff, outlining their reasons for standing for election and their vision and aspirations for the position. The Head Girl and her Deputy are then elected by secret ballot by their year group and members of staff.
The Head Girl and Deputy Head Girl are the leaders of the prefects, their year group and the entire pupil community. They represent the school at various functions both inside and outside the school throughout the year. They liaise closely with the Principal and members of the senior staff and are an indispensable part of the pastoral structure within St Dominic's.