In the Rule of St. Benedict that governs monasteries, St. Benedict entrusted the care of the monks to their elected Abbot. The Abbot, in turn, would appoint monks of the monastery to undertake various duties and offices. If a monastery was very large, then the Abbot would appoint deans to oversee some activities (chapter 21). In some cases, the Abbot would also be asked to seek the advise or wisdom of the mature elders of the community (in Latin: seniorum...consilio and senpecta) since they would serve on his council to give advise (chapter 3) or assist in particular matters (chapter 27). These men were wisely chosen not only due to their seniority, but also by the way they faithfully lived out their Christian monastic life.
Our Academy, reflecting this monastic ethos, is overseen by our Headmaster. He, in turn, looks to the class officers and the executive council for the good and right governance of the Academy. In a particular way in our Academy, it is also to the Seniors wearing the classring of Subiaco to which the Headmaster entrusts a unique responsibility to set the example for the younger students in what it is to be a man of Subiaco.
The student council's purpose is to develop the student's attitude so that he may get the full benefits of the Subiaco Academy program through democratic leadership, scholarship, and spiritual and social development. The council foster cooperation and common effort between students and faculty in accordance with the mission of the Academy.
The executive council consists of of a president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer, and parliamentarian. The president, vice-president, and secretary are elected each April to serve the following school year. The president appoints the treasurer and parliamentarian. In the fall each class elects a president and three class representatives to serve on the student council for that school year. The headmaster appoints a member of the faculty to serve as advisor.
Some recent activities of the council include raising funds and purchasing a Trojan mascot costume, raising funds for the local charity Angel Tree Project each Christmas, and providing the parents association with set-up and clean-up crews for school dances. The student council assists the parents association at the school carnival each spring, and also coordinates the Spirit Week activities for homecoming.