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Leadership Development

Group Facilitation

A program for students in grades 9-12 that trains interested students to facilitate our Difficult Conversation Series. Our facilitators choose the year’s focus, which ranges from sexism to racism. They attend monthly meetings to brainstorm, plan, and train to facilitate these conversations for their peers. In pairs, they create thought-provoking questions and discussion points for small groups of students in grades 8-12. In addition to the main focus, they are also called upon to facilitate discussion about difficult situations that arise during the year. 

Peer Mentor Program

Peer Mentoring allows about 25 selected students in grades 10-12 with a diverse range of interests, backgrounds, skills and talents, and character traits to actively teach and talk with their younger peers students in grades 6-10 throughout the year on various topics.This program promotes healthy decision-making and leadership skills. Peer mentors are trained to teach other students lessons about social issues such as communication skills, body image, friendship, responsible use of technology, and decision-making. Peer mentors also facilitate academic discussions for upper school students. Peer Mentors are expected to maintain strong character and sound decision making in order to set positive examples.

Senior Speeches

All seniors are required to give a speech to the whole school community. The senior speech is both an important part of our leadership program and our community

interaction. A student’s speech is an opportunity for her to share something

that she values with the entire school community. Each student  is assigned a mentor who spends about six weeks, helping her through various stages of planning, drafting, practicing, and polishing. 

Prayers

All SPSG students (grades 5-12) join together for Prayers on Monday, Thursday, and Friday mornings. This student-run convocation allows us to begin the day as a community and enables middle and upper school students to share in the celebration of SPSG traditions, such as senior speeches, "Fun Fridays", and theatre and dance previews. It is also a venue for school-wide announcements, guest speakers, special performances and recognition ceremonies.

Student Government Association

In the Upper School, student government is comprised of two levels: all-school officers and grade-level officers. The Student Government Association is a group of leaders who have been elected by their peers to guide the school. Students develop initiatives to enhance student life and participate in the decision-making process throughout the year. The SGA president, supported by the other all-school officers, plans, runs, and hosts Prayers, taking care to inform the student body of upcoming events, introducing speakers, supporting 12th grade speeches, and engaging the rest of the school in "Fun Fridays" games and trivia.  

SGA plans and runs activities both during the school day and during the evening throughout the school year. Each class elects an SGA representative to present their class needs and share their voice in the planning of these all-school SGA initiatives. 

Some of these include: Spirit Week and Spirit Dance, contests, movie nights, coffee houses, and more. SGA officers model the qualities of empathy, inclusion, positivity, joy, stewardship and community activism. The SGA President and Vice President as well as class presidents and class SGA reps serve on the Honor and Disciplinary Boards.

All-School SGA Positions:

  •     President
  •     Vice-President
  •     Fine Arts Association Representative
  •     Athletic Association Representative
  •     Treasurer
  •     Spirit Representative
  •     Green Team Captain
  •     White Team Captain
  •     Code of Conduct

Class Positions:

  •     President
  •     Vice President
  •     SGA representative
  •     Treasurer
  •     Green and White Team Captains
  •     Code of Conduct

Club Presidents

We have a wide variety of club offerings including cultural awareness clubs and community outreach clubs. Students in grades 10-12 are able to be elected as an officer by their peers in their club. Once elected, club officers in coordination with their club’s faculty mentor, plan, organize and implement programming for the year. 

Green Key: 
Students in the upper school are invited to join the admissions staff to support their efforts. Members of Green Key act as tour guides for visit days, serve on admissions panels for parent informational sessions, and host prospective students throughout the year. 

Athletic Leadership:
Students on Upper School teams in all sports are eligible to be selected by their peers and/or coaches as team captains. Once selected, the team captains coordinate with the coaches to encourage team spirit and model good sportsmanship. 

Other Opportunities

SPSG fosters a sense of leadership throughout all of our programming. We encourage

students to take on new leadership opportunities within and beyond our walls, whether through initiating a new position at SPSG or through participation with the Baltimore Girls School Leadership Coalition or at the IAAM Athletic Conference. 

ST. PAUL'S SCHOOL FOR GIRLS
11232 Falls Road
P.O. Box 8000
Brooklandville, Maryland 21022
TEL: 410-823-6323
SECURITY: 443-862-2294
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