Clubs and Organizations


Learn more about clubs and organizations at Saint Gertrude High School.

This club meets once a month to discuss a student selected book. All students and teachers are welcome to attend the thought-provoking book discussions. The club enjoys exploring books from various genres, especially young adult literature.

The purpose of the Honor Council is to educate the student body on the ‘spirit of honor’ within the school community. Also, the council handles violations of the Honor Code. With each member serving a two-year term, the Honor Council consists of six members, three from the senior class and three from the junior class. A faculty moderator oversees the Honor Council and attends all hearings.

Sponsored by the Virginia YMCA, members of Model General Assembly gain a greater sense of civic responsibility while interacting with students from throughout the state of Virginia. The group will research and sponsor bills to be debated in the student-operated Model General Assembly. Students journey to the Virginia State Capitol for a long weekend in the spring, taking on the roles of senators, delegates, pages, lobbyists, and reporters to get a hands-on view of how state government works and how a bill becomes a law.

The Model Judiciary Program is a joint effort between the Virginia YMCA and the Young Lawyers Section of the Virginia Bar Association. This program is designed to give students from Virginia high schools the opportunity to gain first-hand experience with the operation of our judicial system. Students work throughout the year to take on the roles of lawyers and witnesses on one side of a trial that will be presented before a real judge. Students in the past have had the opportunity to go on and present arguments at the appellate level and before the Supreme Court of Virginia.

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics is a national organization that hosts engineering competitions with a focus on developing intelligent and conscientious critical thinkers and problem solvers. FIRST provides a unique opportunity for students to build self confidence, knowledge, and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, and engineering. SGHS students build a robot and participate in regional and state competitions for FIRST Technology Challenge (FTC) in the winter, and a much larger robot through a coed team with BCP for FIRST Robotics Challenge (FRC). Both FTC and FRC include awards not only for design, programming, and performance of a particular task, but also teamwork, community outreach, and professionalism.

This is a school-wide organization which coordinates volunteer service projects in the local community through the Theology classes. Forty hours of service is required of each student to introduce her to volunteerism, but numerous students perform many more hours of service. Service within the community includes such projects as tutoring at St. Benedict School, staging a Halloween carnival for local elementary schools, feeding the hungry at the Salvation Army, delivering Meals on Wheels, and educating children at museums. S.O.S. also accepts other projects undertaken through churches, hospitals and nursing homes.

The purpose of the SCA (Student Cooperative Association) is to provide opportunities for student leadership and to establish a spirit of cooperation between the student body, the faculty, and the administration. Members of the SCA are elected by the students and faculty approval is required. The SCA President, Vice-President, and Secretary/Treasurer are elected school-wide. In addition, each class elects a Class President and three class representatives who serve on the SCA. The President of the National Honor Society is also a member. The President of the SCA represents the students on the PTSO Board.

The Spirit Club nurtures a positive spirit for athletics and encourages young women to get involved in sports. This club strives to acknowledge the dedication and hard work of individual athletes as well as the value of teamwork. Often the Spirit Club sponsors pep rallies for the promotion of school-wide recognition of athletic teams and their accomplishments.

Stuart Avenue Players is a club for students interested in drama, including acting, technical theatre, and attending live performances. Activities include participation onstage or backstage for our fall musical, winter one-act, and spring play; drama workshops with guest speakers; group tickets to community shows, and backstage theatre tours. Student members direct the one-act play, and suggest ideas for future school musicals and plays. Benedictine cadets are invited and encouraged to take part in all activities.

See our current drama activities at www.saintgertrude.org/sap

Students on the yearbook staff learn skills in layout, design, writing, and editing a major publication using a web-based software program. They are also involved in the photography and graphics. Tower members are creative preservers of school history as they design an imaginative and fun record of the school year for posterity.

Women for Change is devoted to empowering the people at Saint Gertrude and providing a safe, accepting space. We advocate for minority groups and spread diversity throughout our school. We strive to live out and showcase our values of equality, kindness, and solidarity.

The World Language Club is open to all students who are taking or who have taken a foreign language at SGHS. The club sponsors two main projects during the year, Christmas caroling in foreign languages at a local nursing home and hosting World Language Week. Members meet once a month to learn about the culture and customs of a specific country, often featuring an authentic meal or dessert from that particular country for all to enjoy.

Faculty

Colleen Carpinelli
Director of Student Activities and Ministry
James Madison University - BA and MEd
National Center for Youth Ministry Development Certification
ccarpinelli@saintgertrude.org