Family Style Dining in Middle School is an integral part of Saint Patrick’s mission to educate the whole child. Each round table includes a faculty or staff member who acts as the table's host and eight students from various grade levels which fosters relationship building between our youngest Wolfhounds and their older counterparts. Assigned tables dine together for nine weeks before switching to a new table for the next nine week period. By the end of a school year, students have the opportunity to foster relationships with many new school mates and faculty. This family style dining design helps students see that they are not only part of a small classroom community, but also one member of a family of 400.
Additionally, lunchtime is an opportunity to teach invaluable social skills. The meal begins with a blessing after which the table’s host serves the meal family-style. Each student takes a turn in the role of server, assisting the table host and serving his or her table mates. The adult models manners and courtesy, facilitates conversation, and guides students toward healthy eating choices. Middle School students are encouraged to take a leadership role in guiding the younger Wolfhounds to follow their example. Students work together to clear the table. At the end of the meal, birthdays are celebrated, guests are introduced, and the gathering closes in prayer.