The Prefectorial system is an essential feature of St. Paul’s. It assists the Rector and his staff in maintaining discipline and is also a channel for communication between the staff and the boys. Senior boys showing suitable qualities are chosen to be prefects. This is an honour and, at the same time, a means for stimulating responsibility and initiative, and for encouraging an understanding of human nature and balanced judgement. The ultimate honour in this system is to be chosen as School Captain in charge of the Prefects and with other school duties. In our system a boy may be appointed, first of all, as a Class Monitor. He may then become a Dormitory Monitor, pass on to become a Prefect, then a School Prefect or House Captain, and ultimately may be chosen as School Captain.