St. Giles offers a wide range of extra-curricular activities.
St. Giles Student Council consists of six officers and homeroom representatives from grades 5-8. Officers are elected in May for the following year. Seventh graders run for President, Vice President and Executive Officer. Sixth graders run for Secretary and Treasurer, and fifth graders run for Sergeant at Arms. Homeroom representatives are elected in September. Three staff serve as moderators.
8th Grade Choir
8th-grade students are given an opportunity to participate in the Yearbook Committee moderated by St. Giles Staff. Students create lasting memories of the school year in words and pictures. Yearbooks are sold in the spring.
These are open to students of St. Giles School and children of St. Giles Parish. Parents volunteer as leaders and prepare field trips and all activities, held both at St. Giles and off campus.
There are four levels of active participation in the Girls (Cross Roads Council)
• Daisies – Kindergarten
• Brownies – 1st – 3rd grades
• Juniors – 4 – 6th grades
• Cadets – 7th – 8th grades
There are four levels of active participants in the Boys (Des Plaines Council)
• Tigers – 1st grade
• Cubs – 2nd & 3rd grades
• Webelos – 4th & 5th grades
• Boy Scouts – 6th – 8th grades
Older students may be trained by the counselor in peer mediation. When students request mediations to help solve a problem/conflict, a mediation is led by two peer mediators with an adult observer in attendance. Peer Mediators assist on the primary playground during lunch recess.
Students in grades 5-8 are given the opportunity to assist at daily and Sunday liturgies. The parish Ministry Coordinator trains and schedules altar servers.
A club for 6th to 8th graders, members of the Diplomat Club serve their school as ambassadors, escorting guests and giving tours at events, taking pictures of school functions for the archives and managing a bulletin board display of school activities.
Girls on The Run
The Student Council Sponsors three dances a year for the 7th and 8th graders. The council picks a theme, decorates the gym, and organizes special events during the dance. The dances are enjoyed by all of our junior high students.Reading Olympics
Interested 5th and 6th graders from teams and read several books selected by the area-wide reading Olympics. They meet during recess at various times to discuss the books and practice answering questions. A school Olympics is held and the winning team gets to compete against other schools’ winning teams at an event held at the Oak Park library.