Promoting Active Citizens - Developing Leaders
In Cross and Passion College we place great importance on developing young leaders. We give pupils the opportunity to develop key skills which will be essential for many aspects of their lives. We also promote the development of a sense of social responsibility in our pupils by encouraging them to be meaningful contributors in the local and global community.  Many of our young people have outstanding leadership potential and, throughout their school career, we provide the opportunity for them to develop leadership qualities and skills.
The Pupil Leadership Team
This team of Year 14 students is nominated by staff and pupils to become leaders of the student body. Following a rigorous selection process involving a written submission and interview, they are allocated roles within the team. The Leadership Team strives to promote inclusion and friendship in Cross and Passion. These students bring many positive qualities and attributes to their role and represent the rich diversity of talents that make up the Cross and Passion College School Community. They are given the opportunity to develop key leadership skills while feeling their voice is being listened to and their opinions valued and respected.
They have opportunities to:
  • Represent the pupil community at public events;

  • Become involved in public speaking;

  • Lead and organise pupil activities- Collaborative inductions to Year 11 and 13 pupils

  • Organise and plan the contribution of pupils to Open Evenings;

  • Engage in mentoring programmes with younger pupils;

  • Play an active role in planning and organising aspects of sixth form provision;

  • Be positive role models and a source of inspiration for younger pupils.

MAD Group

MAD - Who are we?

Cross and Passion College is a community of Faith, Service, Prayer and Worship. Our school is inspired by the spirit of Christ and therefore the distinctive nature of our school is the way our faith affects what we do, how we do it and why we do it.

Mad stands for MAKING A DIFFERENCE. Membership of the MAD group offers pupils the opportunity to actively live out their faith and foster the core values of compassion and the pursuit of Justice, moral integrity and honesty, respect for self, others and the environment.  

Our mission is to use our many God given gifts and talents to make a difference in the lives of others to make a positive contribution to our school and wider community.

“Suppose there are brothers or sisters who need clothes and don’t have enough to eat. What good is there saying to them, “God bless you! Keep warm and eat well!” if you don’t give them the necessities of life. So it is with faith: if it is alone and includes no actions, then it is dead.”

James 2: 15-16

Year 8


We asked our fellow classmates to design a poster that encourages the entire school community to respect the school environment.

These posters were displayed during care for the environment week and at our Eco –Assembly. You will see a select few of these on Eco Code notice board.


Year 8, 9 +10


We surveyed our peers on the school environment, their attitudes and

From these responses we were able to draw up our schools very 1st Eco –Code. (The Eco Code is displayed on the Eco Code notice board)This was presented to our school community at Assembly.

Our role in the 2nd + 3rd term is to ensure that the School Eco Code is being implemented.

  • We joined with Trocaire’s Lenten campaign to promote Climate Justice in our school community.
  • We identified corridors where lights did not need to be on and designed and put up posters to encourage people to turn these lights off.
  • We worked with Mr. Paul Mc Killen to discover that only 10% of school waste was recycled.
  • We wrote to the Chairperson of Moyle district Council Councilor Donal Cunningham to ask for support in our school recycling campaign. The council were able to give us 10 blue bins free of charge!
  • We put blue bins in every classroom in school.
  • We have educated the school community on what to put into these bins through speaking at Assembly, form class and registration, designing posters and power points. (It only takes 21 days to form a new habit. We are getting there! )
  • We help and support our peers and school staff to put the right things in our blue bins.
  • We empty our Form Teachers blue bin every Monday and Thursday.
  • We work with Mr. Gregory Walsh to monitor the schools energy expenditure.
  • We pioneered the 1st ever Power down day.
  • We hope to make a difference to our schools energy bills.
  • We hope to take part in “Big Spring clean” Run by Tidy NI
  • We hope to achieve ‘Eco Schools’ status.


Year 11 + 12


We are working on the Organ donation campaign

  • Only 33% of us have signed the NHS Organ Donor Register.
  • There’s a real shortage of organs and every year around 15 people in Northern Ireland die waiting for an organ transplant.
  • This issue has affected some members of our group personally.
  • We have learned about the current organ donation system and looked at the proposed changes.  
  • We aim to encourage our school community to sign the Donor register.

Year 13 + 14


  • We are the founding members of MAD!
  • We help to organize and deliver various School Liturgies: Opening School Mass, Year 8 Mass, Carol Service, Stations of the Cross.
  • We use our skills of Art work, Music and IT to enhance these Liturgies.
  • We spear head the schools fundraising campaign during Advent and Lent.
  • We assist and encourage younger pupils with fundraising.
  • We support the work of the Junior M.A.D and MAD in Year 11+ 12 and ensuring their voice is heard in the Senior School.
  • We have an input into School assemblies ensuring they are relevant and interesting to the pupil community of CPC.
  • We work with Saint Vincent De Paul in their visitation of the Elderly in the local care homes and assist with their dinners and luncheon clubs.
  • Some of us volunteer with Green light Gateway, Save the Children, SPRED, and Children’s liturgy in our local Parish.


Click Here for MAD Group Photos

We believe that our pupil community has much to contribute to the plans we make to improve and enhance the quality of young people’s experience in Cross and Passion.  Student Elections are held each year for membership of the Student Council.  At present pupils contribute to planning and evaluation in the following areas of school life:

  • Teaching and learning;

  • Pupil welfare;

  • Extra activities/extra curricular experiences.

  • Development of whole school policies.

The opinions of our pupils are actively sought through questionnaires and focus group discussions. The Council also focuses on a specific charity each year and organises fundraising events for pupils in school to attend and enjoy. 

Senior pupils are strongly encouraged to become involved in the Learning Mentor Scheme, which enables them to make a positive contribution to the life of the school:

  • They work in pairs with junior pupils under the direction of a teacher.

  • They offer support at lunchtime for English, Reading and Mathematics.

  • They support younger pupils with revision.

  • They become involved in Primary School Reading Programmes.

  • They act as ‘buddies’ for the Year 8 pupils through the ‘Cara’ system.

In 2010 we established a Joint School Council between Cross and Passion College and Ballycastle High School. The aim of the Council is to deal directly with the collaboration between the two schools, to listen to the voice of the pupils involved to ensure they are having as positive an experience as possible. The Joint school council is always busy dealing with any concerns pupils any have and discovering new ways to which enhance the collaboration further. 
Prefects serve a very important role within Cross and Passion. Prefects are elected at the beginning of each term. They then attend training sessions where their role and expectations with the life of the school are outlined. Again, this gives pupils of all ages the opportunity to develop key leadership skills which will prove invaluable to them in the future. 

The PE department offers a range of opportunities for pupils to develop leadership skills and achieve worthwhile qualifications at all key stages.  These include:

  • Opportunities to lead ‘warm up’ and ‘cool down’ activities in lessons;

  • Organisation of tournaments for younger pupils;

  • Community Sports Leader Award (Post-16);

  • Coaching awards in a range of sports.



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