Get Involved!!
Welcome to the Saint John's High School Clubs & Activities page!

Below you will see a listing of all the extracurricular clubs and activities currently offered at Saint John's High School.  Involvement in Clubs and Activities is a perfect way to continue pursuing your interests, develop lifelong friendships, and further engage with the Saint John's Community. While classes conclude at 2:18 PM each day, clubs and activities allow SJ students to further expand their horizons beyond our core academic curriculum.

Adiitional information regarding extracurricular clubs and activities is available in the Student Life office. Please see Mr. Cowan with any questions you may have regarding clubs and activities.

Extracurricular Activities

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  • Audio Production/Acoustic Club

    Moderator: Mr. Bill White 

    The Audio Production Club runs many sound events at school including Masses and Prayer Services, assemblies, and two to three acoustic concerts per year. Students learn to run live sound and work all the associated equipment and procedures that go along with various events. The club works side-by-side with the Acoustic Club, where aspiring musical artists have the opportunity to perform selections of music in front of the greater Saint John’s community.
  • Be Like Brit

    Moderators: Mr. Michael Foley, Mr. Timothy Williams

  • Bowling Team

    Moderators: Mr. Christopher Whelan & Mr. Jim Woodmansee

    Saint John’s Bowling Team competes in the Worcester County USBC High School Bowling League (Ten Pin).  Bowling occurs during the winter sports season, beginning after Thanksgiving and continuing to the state meet during the first weekend in March.  The team practices once a week and competes in meets on Friday afternoons, all at AMF Auburn (101 Southbridge St).  We host numerous teams in various levels of competition.  All are welcome, regardless of experience or skill level!
     
  • Breakfast With Books

    Moderator: Mrs. Stephanie O’Donnell

    Breakfast with Books is a student short story club that meets every other friday morning from 7:30 to 8 in the library. The group meets to discuss short stories that are not a part of the curriculum. Members share conversation over breakfast.
  • Chess Club

    Moderator: Mr. Michael Gualtieri

    The Chess Club invites students of all skill levels to learn, practice, and compete in Chess. The Chess Club is open to chess players of all skill levels. During the year, the Chess Club will host a chess tournament that is open to all faculty and students. The winner of the tournament will be recognized as Saint John’s High School’s “Grand Master.” Learn chess and compete with your friends!
  • Chinese Club

    Moderator: Mrs. Ann Shi

    The Chinese Club is the perfect way to learn more about the culture, music, art, literature, and history of China. Students have the opportunity to examine different themes through weekly meetings and activities, including field trips to museums, restaurants, theaters and culture centers, and through travel experiences. The club sponsors an annual “Chinese Cultural Festival” and is open to all students.
  • Computer Gaming Club

    Moderator: Mr. Greg Blondin
  • Computer Programming Club

    Moderator: Mr. Greg Blondin

    The Computer Programming Club is a place where people with similar interests in computers are gathered to experiment with computer hardware and software, and to expand one’s knowledge of technology. The Computer Club also participates in the annual WPI Programming Competition.
  • Creative Writing Club

    Moderator: Ms. Diane Mulligan

    The Creative Writing Club was founded by a group of student writers in 2006 who wanted to keep the spirit of the Worcester County Young Writer’s Conference alive all year. The club fosters creativity and collaboration, and offers students a chance to develop their writing outside the classroom.
  • Culinary Club

    Moderators: Mrs. Carol Fredette, Mr. Dermot Healy

    The Culinary Club equips students with the ability to make a variety of food items including: snacks, appetizers, desserts, candy, dinner entrees, and breakfast casseroles. The Culinary Club allows students to share their passion of cooking with their fellow peers and teachers.
  • Debate Team

    Moderator: Mr. Bill White 

    Saint John’s is proud of its tradition of debate. The Saint John’s Debate club is the oldest active club on campus.  Each year, students from Saint John’s participate in Public Forum style debate tournaments with elite debaters from across the country. The team travels to two to three debate tournaments every school year, including the Tim Averill Invitational tournament at Manchester/Essex High School the “Big Lex” tournament in Lexington, MA.
  • Engineering Club

    Moderator: Dr. Edward Tonelli
  • Entrepreneurial Studies Club

    Moderator: Mr. Chris Benestad

    The Entrepreneurial Studies Club brings in speakers to talk with students about what it means to be an entrepreneur and about their experiences. There is an annual competition where students design and present a business idea or product and are judged by a panel of local business professionals.
  • French Club

    Moderatos: Mr. Ben Lizotte

    “Learn a Language Live a Culture” is the motto of Le Cercle Français. The World Languages Department believes that language cannot be learned in a vacuum. Language is rooted in art, in music, in theater, in cuisine, in cinema and in traditions. One does not learn a language to use it. One uses a language to learn it. Le Cercle Français is therefore an extension of the classroom environment, providing students the opportunity to use their language skills in an enriched cultural setting. Every French student is considered a member of our French Club. Events are scheduled each month. Past events include dinners at French Restaurants in Boston, French Art exhibits at the MFA, and always trips to France and Québec!
  • History Club

    Moderator: Dr. Russ McClintock

    The History Club at Saint John's is an informal, noncompetitive group of students who enjoy reading and discussing history from all regions and time periods.  Students select their own topics of interest and present their findings to the club.  Recent topics have included the Swedish Empire, Japanese Imperialism in the 20th century, and the dropping of the atomic bomb.  Members also enjoy holding debates on topics selected by the group as well as playing history-related trivia games and other activities.  Meetings are held after school on Fridays, and attendance is purely voluntary.
  • ICON

    Moderator: Mr. Michael Smith

    The ICON is a student literary magazine. Student editors select and edit poetry, fiction, essays, and artwork to create a highly polished literary magazine. The ICON is a showcase for a community of creative thinking at Saint John’s.
  • Improv Society

    Moderator: Mr. Fred Borchelt

    The Improv Society is a popular club on campus that is open to all students who enjoy acting, humor, and improvisation. Members of the club are involved in various aspects of improvisational theater. The Improv Society puts on two featured shows each school year.
  • Intramurals

    Moderator: Mr. Kevin Browne, Mr. Steven Favulli

    The intramural program is open to all students. In line with the mission of Saint John’s, the intramural program helps foster the physical and social growth of our students. The program offers a variety of organized sports which include basketball in the fall, and flag football, softball, and street hockey in the spring
  • Investment Club

    Moderator: Mr. John Berger

    The Investment Club provides students with the opportunity to learn real-life investment strategies, while participating in a simulated market with their own investments. Students will study market trends, the causes of rises and falls in the marketplace, and become proficient in their understanding of the art of investment.
  • Math Team - Freshman

    Moderator: Mr. Michael Gualtieri

    The Saint John’s Math Team enhances the problem solving abilities and further develops the mathematical talents of our students. The team competes on a local, regional, statewide, and national level. Competitions include the Worcester County Math League, New England Math League, Math Olympiad, American Mathematics Competition, State and New England math meets, Purple Comet Math Contest, WPI Competition, and the American Mathematics League Competition.
  • Math Team - Varsity

    Moderator: Mr. Michael Gualtieri

    The Saint John’s Math Team enhances the problem solving abilities and further develops the mathematical talents of our students. The team competes on a local, regional, statewide, and national level. Competitions include the Worcester County Math League, New England Math League, Math Olympiad, American Mathematics Competition, State and New England math meets, Purple Comet Math Contest, WPI Competition, and the American Mathematics League Competition.
  • Mock Trial

    Moderator: Mrs. Carol Fredette

    The Mock Trial is a club sponsored by the Massachusetts Bar Association in which students study and prepare to present legal briefs in a courtroom setting. Students work intensely with several local attorneys in preparation for competition.
  • Model United Nations

    Moderators: Mr. Charles Abdella, Mr. Kevin Browne, Mr. Steven Favulli

    One of the most popular and longest-running clubs at Saint John’s, Model United Nations is a club which is interested in debating and resolving issues which face our world. The club simulates the real U.N. and discusses international affairs while working together to broker reasonable solutions to complex problems. MUN hosts a regional conference in October for nearly 400 area high school students and competes at the Brown University Conference in November and the University of Chicago UN Conference in February.
  • Mountain Biking Club

    Moderator: Dr. John Morse

    All students interested in Mountain Biking should consider joining the Mountain Biking Club. The Mountain Biking Club plans routine trips to various State Parks and other trails to engage in the exhilarating sport of mountain biking. If you enjoy the outdoors and riding your bike, the Mountain Biking Club is for you!
  • Movie Club

    Moderator: Dr. Russ McClintock and Mrs. Fran Olano

    For fans of movies, this club discusses all aspects of cinema, including new releases and trailers, upcoming feature films, and other related news in Hollywood.  Members of this club exchange their thoughts and opinions regarding all aspects of the movies, including acting, filming, cinematography, marketing, and box office results, as well as hold formal debates and play movie-related trivia and other games.  Meetings are held after school on Mondays, and attendance is purely voluntary.
  • National Honor Society (NHS)

    Moderators: Ms. Margie Coggins, Mr. David Wentzell
  • Newspaper (Red & White)

    Moderators: Mr. Michael Hughes, Mr. Greg Blondin

    The Red & White is published four times a year and showcases student life and writing. A venerable tradition, the Red and White represents four areas of life at Saint John’s and beyond: Student Life, Arts and Entertainment, Sports, and News and Government. All students have hands-on experience planning, editing, and publishing the newspaper.
  • Outdoor Club

    Moderator: Mrs. Joanne Diaz

    If you enjoy outdoor activities including trail rides, hiking, and snow-shoeing, consider joining the Outdoor Club.  The Outdoor Club is comprised of students who enjoy outdoor activities as a way to destress and get outside to enjoy all that nature has to offer.  The club meets and plans activities throughout the school year.
  • Philosophy Club

    Moderator: Dr. John Morse

    The Saint John's Philosophy Club meets weekly to explore the greatest ideas of the greatest minds. In a Socratic spirit, students read short excerpts of original texts from the major figures in the history of philosophy. We seek to cultivate wonder in the pursuit of wisdom, carrying on the contemplative tradition, of which Xaverian education is a part. Depending on the year, students explore ancient, medieval or modern thinkers' views on the various questions and disciplines within philosophy: epistemology, natural philosophy, metaphysics, logic, and especially politics and ethics. While grounded in the Western tradition from Plato and Aristotle through St. Thomas Aquinas, we explore the Eastern traditions also, and look for common themes between cultures. New members are always welcome throughout the year, as the Great Conversation which began thousands of years ago continues today at Saint John's.
  • Photography Club

    Moderator: Mrs. Michelle Michel

    The Photography Club helps bring together students who cherish the world of photography. The club meets once a week to discuss both the art of photography and to compare pictures that have been taken over the last couple of weeks. The goal is not to have the best pictures each week, but to learn from one another about what makes for a good picture. Members learn to establish different techniques of photography by using different shutter speeds, focal lengths, and ISO speeds to their own liking. The Photography Club gives its members the opportunity to tell a story with their pictures and keep memories forever, as a picture truly speaks a thousand words.
  • Politics Club

    Moderator: Mr. Christopher Whelan

    Are you interested in politics?  Do you want to know more about this topic?  Do you enjoy debating with people of other viewpoints?  Then Politics Club is the club for you!  Every week, students gather to talk all things politics on Mondays at 2:30 in room 207.  Discussion can range from intense, yet respectful, debate to cordial and calm conversation.  So mark your calendar, bring a friend, and come on down to Politics Club!
  • Powerlifting Team

    Moderators: Mr. Steve Davis, Mr. Greg Blondin

    Powerlifting is a team activity coached by Mr. Davis. Training begins in early October for the January meet held on campus which begins the competition season. Competitions continue through the Massachusetts State Meet in May. The primary lifts associated with powerlifting include squat, bench press, and deadlift.
  • Prism

    Moderators:  Ms. Stephanie O'Donnell & Ms. Linda Whitney

    Prism is a Student Resource Group for LGBT students and their allies.
  • Project Purple

    Moderators: Ms. Maggie Basmajy, Mr. Sean Hastings
     
    Project Purple educates students about the dangers of substance use. The initiative helps students make positive life choices for their health and empowers them to stand up and make a difference.
  • Robotics Club

    Moderator: Dr. Edward Tonelli

    Saint John's has a robotics club for people who want an introduction to robotics, as well as for students with experience but who cannot commit to the rigorous time commitment required of members of the FTC Pioneer Robotics team.  We meet once a week after school and solve problems with CADing, building, and programming.  We work with traditional REV and TETRIX parts and 3-D print our own parts.  Most of our work is with wheeled robots that can perform simple skills, but we are beginning to experiment with some simpler drone technology, too.  All comers are welcome. 
  • Select Jazz Combo

    Moderator: Mr. Jim McCluskey
  • Simon Says Give

    Moderator: Mr. Jim Woodmansee

    To lead is to serve! Simon Says Give offers students service opportunities to benefit our area’s neediest students. Long- and short-term commitments through fundraising for, organizing, and running Worcester’s largest backpack and supply drive for middle school students leading to backpack assembly at Saint John's on service day and delivery to students in June.
  • Ski Club

    Moderators: Mr. Will James and Ms. Diane Mulligan

    Students with any interest in skiing or snowboarding are encouraged to participate in the Saint John’s Ski Club. During each ski season, the Ski Club engages over 150 students. The club’s activities include a six-week after school program at Wachusett Mountain and four separate weekend day trips to other New England resorts, including Loon Mountain, Mount Snow, Sunday River, and one overnight weekend trip to Smuggler’s Notch.
  • Spanish Club

    Moderators: Mr. Bolivar Vivanco, Mr. Michael Aristide, Mr. Albert DeLuca

    All students taking Spanish at Saint John’s are encouraged to participate in Spanish Club activities. The club provides students with an opportunity to experience various aspects of Spanishspeaking culture. In the past, the Spanish Club has organized trips to flamenco presentations and plays, Latin-American and Spanish celebrations and dining experiences featuring Latin-American and Spanish cuisine, and various other events throughout the year. The Spanish Club also sponsors a trip to Spain every other summer
  • Strategy and Gaming Club

    Moderator: Mr. Michael Marsan

    The Strategy and Gaming Club is open to all students interested in games and activities that have logic, reasoning, and good strategy as their central tenants. Students gather weekly to collaborate and play such games as Risk, Magic the Gathering, and Settlers of Catan. Come and learn a new game, or bring your favorite to share and teach others.
  • Student Activities Council (SAC)

    Moderators: Mr. John Berger, Mr. Ed Shoro

    The Saint John's Student Activities Council is tasked with creating, organizing, and implementing school-wide events that bring the school community together.  This group is elected by the student body and consists of three seniors, three juniors, and three sophomores.  Typical annual events include a dodge ball tournament, a flag football tournament, school dances, pep rallies, tailgating events, Thanksgiving Food Drive, and a blood drive.
  • Student Wellness Team

    Moderators: Mrs. Ann Gillis, Mrs. Brenda Hayden

    The Student Wellness Team provides school wide activities to educate students in issues of mental health. The core focus is to promote mental wellness and shatter the stigma often attached to mental illness. Students are invited to join a weekly conversation and collaborate with peers in sponsoring meaningful programs. This year the group will also periodically co-program with Project Purple (the Chris Herron project) to message wellness…living a substance-free lifestyle.

    The Student Wellness Team is a member of the SHINE Initiative, a community-based organization which sponsors student wellness teams throughout Central MA. The purpose of these organizations is not peer counseling or mental health support groups. Education, empowerment and overall wellness campaigns are the goal of this student group and their faculty moderators.
     
  • Studio Art Club

    Moderator: Mr. Michael McMenemy

    The Studio Art Club provides an additional opportunity to foster the formation of the creative and aesthetic side of the student. It is available to art students and students unable to fit art into their schedule. All participating students have space, materials, and guidance to work on projects and be creative.
  • Theatre

    Moderator: Mr. Nathan Colby

    Saint John’s Theatre produces three fully staged shows each year.  Traditionally a Fall Musical and Spring Play are mounted in the new Robert R. Jay Performing Arts Center with full fly space and lowered orchestra pit.  A more intimate Winter Play is produced in the Saint John’s Black Box theatre, allowing students to further develop their technical and performance skills in a concentrated environment.  All Saint John’s students are encouraged to get involved with the theatre productions and can take part as an actor, member of stage crew or set construction.  High School age girls from the surrounding communities are encouraged to audition and all students are led by professional staff. 
  • Tri-M Society

    Moderator: Mr. Jim McCluskey
  • Wiffleball Club

    Moderator: Mr. John Jeniski

    The Wiffleball Club is open to all students interested in playing pickup games of Wiffleball. Students of all ages and abilities can come together and learn a popular variation of our national pastime.
  • Worcester County Young Writers

    Moderator: Mr. Michael Curran, Ms. Diane Mulligan, Ms. Katherine Guercio

    The Betty Curtis Worcester County Young Writer’s Conference is a day-long event for 7-12th grade students from across central Massachusetts. During the day, students work in small groups with successful local writers and the day culminates in a keynote address from a nationally recognized writer. There is a leadership team of 8- 10 students who run the conference which draws over 100 students. The conference allows our students to interact with their peers from across the area who share a love of writing.
  • Yearbook Committee

    Moderators: Ms. Maggie Basmajy, Mr. Renju Paul

    The Yearbook Staff plans, develops, lays out, and publishes the Saint John’s High School Award Winning Yearbook. Tasks include writing and editing; planning the layout of the yearbook; developing the theme, end sheets, and divider pages; and taking and captioning photographs. All those who are interested in graphic and computer design, all artists, and anyone who just wants to take part in chronicling his time at Saint John's High School are encouraged to join.

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