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Bellarmine Speech League

In 1945 Father A. Frances Coomes, a teacher at St. Louis University High School established the Bellarmine Speech League for parochial grade schools in the Archdiocese of St. Louis. Along with a group of dedicated student volunteers from SLUH, Father Coomes copied and distributed public speaking materials to grade schools in the Archdiocese.

Over sixty years later, the Bellarmine Speech League continues to flourish. The League is organized and run by a group of 20+ volunteer board members. Participating students in grades 5-8 develop and improve their public speaking skills by memorizing and performing material in Humorous, Serious, and Duet categories. Students compete in three Speech Meets with teams from other schools during the school year. Ribbons are awarded to participants based upon the total score received from two judges.

A Final Meet with all participating schools is held at the end of each school year. At the Final Meet, trophies are awarded to the top 20% of participants in addition to the traditional ribbons.

Every year, hundreds of dedicated volunteer coaches and judges guide and encourage students towards their goal of becoming a skilled public speaker. Many of the current board members, judges, and coaches developed their love of public speaking and performance through their own participation as students in the Bellarmine Speech League.
For more information about participating in the Bellarmine Speech League and representing St. Peter at one of the Speech Meets, please contact Barb McDoniel.

Girls on the Run
Girls on the Run is a learning program for 3rd-5th grade girls that has an innovative curriculum designed exclusively for pre-teen girls. The program includes running workouts and games that teach important skills such as how to make healthy decisions and resolve conflicts. It prepares the girls for a 5K run/walk event and challenges and encourages each girl, whatever her fitness level. Most importantly, it provides positive peer group experiences and role models for healthy living. 

St. Peter Sacred Singers
The St. Peter Sacred Singers is a non-auditioned group of singers from grades 4-8. We lead the singing at the all-school liturgies and perform in 2 concerts during the school year. We do community outreach by performing at nursing homes during the holidays. New this year we performed at the Kirkwood Holiday Walk on November 19th. We occasionally sing at weekend masses and will participate in Christmas Eve liturgy.

Wellness Committee
Schools are powerful places to shape the health, education, and well-being of our children. St. Peter joins over 9,000 schools across the country as participants of the Alliance’s Healthy Schools Program in an effort to create an environment where physical activity and healthy eating are accessible and encouraged. The Healthy Schools Program offers a national recognition award program to showcase and acknowledge schools that have implemented changes in order to create healthier school environments. Visit for more information.