There are currently several clubs available for students to choose from for the 2014-2015 year. Every type of interest is entertained to satisfy a diverse community and offer the best extracurricular program possible.
Each year, sophomore, junior, and senior students are selected by teachers and administration based on their academic performance, student leadership and involvement, and public speaking skills to become ambassadors. Once chosen, students attend continual training to prepare them for answering questions from prospective students and their families and alumnae in a variety of activities. This select group of students represents Fontbonne at local community gatherings, high school fairs, Fontbonne open houses, and special events. They are ambassadors who exude the sense of community, spirit, values, and mission of Fontbonne Academy.
Students learn about the world wide phenomenon of Anime films and Manga novels. Club members discuss the different styles and symbolism of Anime/Manga as they view films and read the books. Students themselves draw and create story lines in these genres. The Anime Club meets in the Library.
Cooking club is an enjoyable after school activity where students gain culinary skills and satisfy their love for food. Each meeting, students study the recipe chosen by the members. Ingredients and utensils are provided through a yearly fee of $20. The dishes are relatively simple and, most importantly, mouth-watering. Students especially enjoy cooking club because they are rewarded with their special gourmet creation!
Creative Writing Club strives to be a space where students feel comfortable sharing their works, improve their writing skills, and most importantly, have fun at the same time. Each meeting, the members will do creative writing activities where they learn the basics of writing such as plot construction and characterization. They will have the chance to share their writings with the club and receive constructive criticism from their fellow members. We will also study works from different famous authors and poets. We focus on a different theme or genre every month, from horror to fantasy. Meetings are held twice a month on Thursdays, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
La Société Honoraire de Français de l’Académie Fontbonne, also known as The French Honor Society, was founded at Fontbonne Academy in 2004. The Society recognizes Fontbonne students’ high achievement in the study of the French language, and provides an outlet for top students to share French language and culture with the wider school community.
The Good Fountain Players is the Fontbonne Academy drama club which was established in 1980. Known for its annual fall and spring productions, its name is derived from the translation of the French words font bonne,, “good fountain.” The club welcomes all interested students to participate in cast, crew, and house management. Come share your talents on stage or behind the scenes!
The International Club celebrates many cultures from around the world. Members take pride in embracing cultural diversity and giving back to the community, as well as sharing the traditions of their ethnic backgrounds.
Each year, the club sponsors an International Festival featuring dances, songs, poetry, and a fashion show of traditional costumes from around the world. This celebration is open to the public, and proceeds are donated to charity. Following the performance, international food is served. All are welcome.
The Jubilee Council at Fontbonne Academy is responsible for spirit-filled expressions of praise and glory in the Lord. Students who serve on the Jubilee Council oversee the planning of several prayer services and spiritual exercises during the school year for the entire learning community. They are music ministers through Gospel Choir, dancers for Liturgical Dance, and they are interested in creating ways and opportunities to deepen our personal and communal experience through prayer. By drawing on the diverse traditions within the Fontbonne Academy community, the Jubilee Council nurtures the spiritual development of every student.
As a club, Fontbonne Model United Nations has many goals, including helping participants to gain a multicultural view of world affairs and to develop speech and debate skills. FBAMUN is education through simulation. FBAMUN cannot be classified simply as a debate activity; it is also a role-playing activity. FBAMUN provides a unique educational experience that extends beyond the traditional academic method. By delving into their roles as diplomats to the U.N., students gain a hands-on understanding of the intricacies of world diplomacy. The club participates in day and overnight MUN conferences.
The National Honor Society was established in 1921 to recognize and foster academic achievement while developing the characteristics essential to citizens in a democracy. Scholarship, character, service and leadership are ideals that remain as relevant today as they were in 1921. The Fontbonne chapter of the National Honor Society expects members to uphold these ideals and live the mission of Fontbonne. NHS serves the learning community through peer tutoring, fundraising for AP exams, and hosting coffeehouse. NHS serves organizations outside of the community such as the Sisters of St. Joseph and Brookview House in Dorchester. Students in grades 11 and 12 are invited to apply if they meet a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.33 and have fulfilled their service requirement. Through the application process, they must demonstrate outstanding character, leadership, and service.
This is a program in which students are trained to assist other students. The members of Peer Education are selected after an application and interview process. Sophomores are eligible to be peer mentors. Only juniors and seniors may be peer mediators and peer educators. The selection process takes place in the spring for the following school year.
Students nearing completion of their sophomore year may be recommended by the administration and faculty to be considered for the two year Peer Ministry program. The Office of Mission & Ministry invites only those select students to apply for the program. Peer Ministers plan and facilitate the school retreats for the sophomore and junior classes. They also offer individual support to their peers. In the first year of the program, the Junior Peer Ministers are trained in communication and listening skills, and they plan and facilitate the sophomore retreat. By their second year in the program, Senior Peer Ministers not only plan and facilitate the junior retreat, but they are also responsible for assisting in the training of the Junior Peer Ministers. Through their words and actions peer ministers are examples of authentic faith for the Fontbonne Academy community. They continue to nurture and nourish their own spirituality while leading other students on their spiritual journeys.
The purpose of the Service Club is to raise awareness about community needs and social justice issues, and to organize weekly service opportunities. Club activities focus on service to others locally and internationally from October to May. Activities include participating in walks and directing school service activities such as pumpkin decorating, Thanksgiving Food Drive, Christmas Giving Tree and Oxfam Fast. All members of the Fontbonne Academy learning community are welcome to participate in the service opportunities. Meetings are held on Mondays from 2:30-3:30 p.m. To be considered a member of the Service Club you must pay a $5 dues. Club dues are needed in order to purchase materials used during the school year. (The Service Club Calendar will come later.)
The Fontbonne Sewing Club is a wonderful experience for those wanting to learn how to sew and obtain experiences as seamstresses. We teach the basics but also more advanced techniques while keeping a fun and enjoyable atmosphere. Projects include: tote bags, waist and full aprons, simple skirts, tops, jewelry rolls, and drawstring bags. We also help with costuming the fall plays and spring musicals. We meet every Monday from 2:30 to 3:30. See you then! Check out our blog: http://fbasewingclub.blogspot.com/
The Ski Club meets for six consecutive Friday evenings during the winter (specific times and cost TBA) for ski lessons and “free” ski time. The Ski Club meets at Blue Hills Ski Area in Canton. Students may use their own ski equipment or rent from Blue Hills. The Ski Club welcomes skiers of all abilities.
The Spanish National Honor Society is a national organization that was founded in 1953 to recognize the high achievement in Spanish by students in secondary schools. To be eligible for our chapter, a student must have achieved the required grade in honors or regular Spanish courses and an overall GPA of 3.0 or better for three consecutive semesters. In addition, a student must have given evidence of character, leadership, seriousness of purpose, and service commitment.
The Spirit Committee was formed to strengthen and enhance the "spirit" of Fontbonne Academy. The members are sophomore, juniors and seniors, chosen by their homeroom teachers. The students were selected because they exhibit spirit and embrace and reflect the 4Rs of respect, responsibility, reconciliation, and reverence. The Spirit Committee meets on Friday mornings before school.
The Spirit Committee sponsors activities for Halloween, Spirit Day, Christmas, Evening of Stars, tournament athletic events and Catholic Schools Week among others.
STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. The STEM club at Fontbonne provides students opportunities to explore the four academic facets of STEM. The club creates awareness in the school community and beyond of the significance of these fields. With the mission of reaching out to the “dear neighbor”, the club initiates STEM activities that make a difference in our community and beyond. The club also encourages students who aspire to careers in STEM by providing information about STEM career paths. The club meets bi-monthly on Friday afternoons.
Student Council is a group of elected student representatives and officers from the four levels of the student body. As a vital student organization, it seeks to establish and maintain a medium for exchanging ideas helpful to high school students and for promoting the growth of student participation in the school administration. To represent the students of the school and to provide a vehicle for service to the school community, the Student Council is involved in many kinds of projects. These include sponsoring school dances, dinners, Big Sister/Little Sister and other Fontbonne special activities that provide experience in leadership, organization, planning, and procedures for working within a system.
Student Council also cooperates in joint projects with Office of Mission & Ministry, the Institutional School Advancement Office, and other school organizations, acting as a support group for the entire school. Leadership training is provided for all members of Student Council, and through weekly participation members gain a facility in planning and conducting effective meetings.
The Fontbonne Academy Yearbook Club works collaboratively to produce a memorable documentation of the seniors’ unique experiences throughout high school. The Yearbook encompasses events in the school, community, nation and world. Its goal is to capture what it is that makes this school year different from others. The Yearbook Club is made up of students from grades 10-12 who are interested in such skill areas as: journalism, editing, graphic arts, marketing, advertising, business software and desktop publishing, and photography.