Throughout Saint Mary’s history, clubs and organizations have been an integral part of student life. Today, Saint Mary’s boasts clubs that have been active on campus for more than a century as well as those launched and created by students just this year.
Participation in Saint Mary’s clubs and organizations offers girls myriad opportunities to discover new passions, develop their talents and interests, and grow as leaders. There is truly something for everyone to try and explore through clubs and organizations at the school.
“Whether you’re interested in photography, robotics, math, skeet shooting, cooking, origami, anime, coding, global issues, or music, just to name a few, you can choose from a wide variety of clubs and organizations,” said one student.
Saint Mary’s offers service organizations, interest clubs, academic clubs, music clubs, dance clubs, traditional organizations, and leadership groups. Many clubs are extracurricular in nature, but share foundation with academic interests, such as math, science, political science, coding, literature, world languages, the arts, and more.
The annual club and organization assembly in Pittman Auditorium and club fair in Chan-Poyner Hall was held Monday, September 16, to introduce this year’s clubs, facilitate students signing up for open membership groups, and officially kicking off the year’s club activities.
There are numerous examples of longstanding clubs that have thrived for years. The oldest existing club on campus is the Granddaughters Club, founded in 1909 for daughters and granddaughters of Saint Mary’s alumnae. The Beacon honorary leadership society has been active on campus since 1948. The Echo senior washtub was founded by a group of seniors in 2001. The Ladies in Blue a cappella group was founded by a voice student in the early 2000s. The Garden Club offers a chance for students to support the school’s community garden, which provides produce for those in need, and offers students a chance to unplug and work with their hands in the earth and the outdoors. Saint Mary’s Model U.N., Debate Club, and Science Olympiad represent the school in competitions with other schools and conferences beyond the gates and around the state and nation.
“My hope for girls in our community is that everyone finds something they’re passionate about, and that they have an outlet to pursue these ideas,” says Meredith Primm, residential and student life coordinator. “With some 40 student-led organizations, I think our clubs provide each Saint Mary’s student the chance to explore new concepts, spread knowledge amongst their peers, and establish leadership skills. Each semester, proposals for new clubs are accepted. These new clubs fit seamlessly alongside organizations that have been a part of our community for decades, and evolve as our community grows with them.”
Here is a complete listing of all of the clubs and organizations active at Saint Mary’s School this year.
Clubs and Organizations at Saint Mary’s School 2019-2020:
Art Share Press
Black Student Union
Fine Arts in Business
Folding For Fun
French Culture Club
Global Concerns Club
International Thespian Society
Knitting for Kiddies
Ladies in Blue
Model United Nations
Music Composition Club
National Honor Society
One Love Club
Saints Who Code
SMS Trapshooting Team
Women 4 Women
Young Entrepreneurs Club