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.

Connections Club was established in 2013 to educate the student body about the prevalence and effects of stereotypes and prejudice in our society and the bullying that results from those attitudes. The club hosts assemblies, guest speakers and activities to promote an inclusive community at SGHS.

The Foreign 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 Foreign 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.

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.

The National Honor Society is an honorary society to which students are selected who have excelled in scholarship, leadership, character, and service. Juniors or seniors may be eligible if they have a 3.5 cumulative grade point average, two leadership activities and more than forty hours of service, with ongoing service. The National Honor Society sponsors a food and clothing drive, Song Contest and May Day.

This club is a service-based group that helps the American Red Cross fulfill its humanitarian mission to reach out to those in need in our community and the world. The club members organize projects in conjunction with the Greater Richmond Chapter of the American Red Cross. Such projects include collecting supplies for children involved in disasters such as house fires, helping with the needs of patients at McGuire Veterans Hospital, and raising money for the worldwide Measles Initiative.

The purpose of the Respect Life Club is to promote recognition of the Catholic value of the dignity of life at all stages, from “womb to tomb”. In an attempt to raise consciousness, this club attends the Annual March for Life in Washington DC. Also, the Respect Life Club spreads awareness of issues concerning the elderly and aids disabled persons in the community. The Respect Life Club meets once a month.

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.

Students Against Destructive Decisions is a club dedicated to addressing the issues of underage drinking, impaired driving, drug use, and other destructive decisions that cause harm to young people. SADD’s mission is to provide students with the best prevention and intervention tools possible to deal with serious issues faced by young adults today. This club sponsors worthwhile school and community projects, including Prom Promise, in an effort to promote a message of “No use” of alcohol or drugs.

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 club’s goal is to raise awareness of environmental issues and allow students to take action to help save the environment. They learn about recycling and better choices that can be made to reduce the amount of material they use and waste they produce. This club also brings students into the environment so they can experience first-hand the complexities of the world around them and how they effect the environment. They also work toward helping people in underdeveloped parts of the world become more independent and not have to harm their environments to live. They donate to organizations like Heifer International and Nature Conservancy.

The focus of this peer facilitator group is to promote positive self-images and values for Saint Gertrude students. Junior and senior members of SPAAP, or “SPAAPers,” visit 9th and 10th grade Theology classes and generate a discussion of issues facing young adults today. Current SPAAP members and faculty select new members from an application process.

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.

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Teens Uplifting God (T.U.G.) helps students grow in their faith while having fun and sharing life-changing experiences. T.U.G. meetings occur in the morning before school once a month and include music, games, and a spiritual message.

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.