iMpact

Who are we?

How does one succeed at school? School success is measured in many different ways. Some say academic achievement is the most important while others focus on extracurricular activities such as sport or cultural involvement. Ultimately, the foundation of any success is pride, unity and spirit within the school. If you are proud of what you are involved in, you will be willing to put in effort towards your academics, towards your cultural involvement and towards your sport.

iMpact is a learner leadership body that aims to foster a sense of unity, pride and spirit in the Fairmont family. This family consists of learners, staff and parents. We believe that every student has something valuable to add to the success of Fairmont and we strive to create an atmosphere where everyone feels that they belong here. We also believe that we can all encourage each other to succeed in whichever sphere of school life we find ourselves.

iMpact has only existed in this capacity for the last two years. Before that it was the Circle of Trust.

Every individual’s actions, no matter how small, can make an impact – imagine the impact we can make together, as one, unified school!

Roles and Responsibilities

Our Mission Statement says that “We will endeavour to awaken and establish a spirit of unity, love and pride for the Fairmont High School community."

The role of iMpact is laid out by their mission statement. We are to help create spirit, unity, love and pride within the school. We aim to do this in the following ways:

  • Set an example of what it means to be a Monty. This includes living out the core values: Respect, Integrity, Service, Excellence.

  • Encourage spirit within the school and positively promote Fairmont in the community.

  • Embrace and foster a sense of togetherness / community and have a welcoming attitude where everyone at our school feels accepted.

  • Encourage relationship development (between pupils, pupils and teachers, pupils and community)

  • Members of iMpact should be involved in a variety of school activities and show their support and encouragement for others.

  • By being intentional and purposeful about the way we approach tasks and people we hope that all Monties will be valued.

  • Serve our school - it’s pupils and it's staff.

The nature of iMpact’s role, means that as a body they will work collaboratively with the other learner leadership bodies in helping them achieve their goals too.

Some of what iMpact will be involved in is the following:

  • Facilitating cheering support for Interschools and Derbys

  • Monty Bear presence at events

  • Pay-It-Forwards

  • Acknowledging and celebrating special days on the the school calendar

  • Organising and running Spirit Weeks alongside the other leadership bodies

  • Organising, assisting and supporting at various school functions

  • An annual community project

  • Assisting Prefects and RCL with Grade 8 and new pupil orientation.

  • Host training and talks for student leaders, sports captains and society chairpersons in the school and learners that are interested

  • Father/Daughter-, Father/Son-, Mother/Daughter- Days

    • Creating unity within our school includes our parent body and wider community

  • Use this body as a vessel to grow student leaders who love Fairmont, who are involved, well-balanced pupils who are passionate about wanting Fairmont to be the best it can

  • Once a term open up the iMpact committee meeting to anyone who would like to attend to get a feel for what we do

  • Create a caring, enthusiastic atmosphere within iMpact so that they are able to give of themselves to the school

All members of iMpact will attend a weekly iMpact meeting and their specific responsibilities will be dependant on which portfolio they are in.

Structure of iMpact

iMpact consists of 25 committee members, made of 3 Executive members and 22 members divided into portfolios.

In the last two years iMpact has only included learners from Grades 9 -12. However, we feel it necessary to include Grade 8s when they arrive in 2021, so that our goals of creating school pride and growing young leaders filters throughout the entire school. In 2021 iMpact will therefore consist of 25 learners from Grades 8 to 12. While we would like a fairly even spread of members throughout the grades, we will reserve 3 places per grade, and thereafter member positions will be based on suitability to iMpact and results of the application process.

The iMpact Executive

Chairperson

A Grade 12 learner who will run iMpact and see to the overall needs.

Vice-Chairperson

A Grade 11 or 12 learner who will assist the Chairperson and oversee the Portfolio heads.

Secretary

A Grade 10, 11 or 12 learner who will be responsible for all iMpact's administration and finances.

The iMpact Portfolios

Service

This portfolio looks after the well-being of the learners within iMpact and is involved in service with the Fairmont community as well as reaching outside to the wider community.

Spirit

This portfolio are our 'firestarters' and will be assisting with driving school spirit at big events such as Interschools, Derby days and Spirit weeks but also encourage general school spirit throughout the year. They will work via the sports office to help notify the learners of home games that they can support.

Events and Functions

This portfolio will plan and facilitate all events hosted by iMpact and liaise with other bodies whose functions we are assisting with.

Media & PR

This portfolio will be responsible for communicating iMpact's activities, events and information with the relevant people and school as a whole. They will run the iMpact noticeboard and Instagram page and ensure that iMpact related news is relayed to Marketing.


The iMpact Committee is lead by the iMpact Executive as well as two teachers in charge: Mrs Melissa Taylor and