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Extracurriculars and Committees

Newton Country Day offers many opportunities for participation in extracurricular activities. The following is a list of clubs and committees that enrich the life of the school.

A Cappella (Heartbeats)

A Capella, also known as the “Heartbeats,” is a group of approximately sixteen singers from grades nine through twelve. Admission to the group is by audition. This group sings a variety of unaccompanied musical genres and performs twice a year at our Advent Vespers Prayer Service and in April at the Upper School Spring Concert.

Amnesty International (Upper School)

Amnesty International (Upper School) is a worldwide movement of people who campaign for internationally recognized human rights. The NCDS chapter meets regularly to discuss social justice issues, write letters and petitions for prisoners of conscience worldwide, raise awareness in the community about human rights abuses, participate in local and state-wide actions, and attend regional conferences.

Campus Ministry

Campus Ministry coordinates weekly chapel services, liturgies, and retreats.


Cantilare (Middle School) is a select chorus open to students in grades seven and eight. Admission to the group is through audition. Cantilare is designed to improve vocal and choral technique through more demanding choral works of various styles. Pieces range from liturgical selections for school worship services to a cappella arrangements of contemporary composers.

Cantilare-MS Chapel 12.2.15 from Newton Country Day School on Vimeo.


The Chemistry Committee is a charter of the American Chemical Society's ChemClub program. It provides students with a unique opportunity to experience chemistry beyond the classroom. Students participate in experimentation, get involved in community building, learn about careers in science, and better understand how chemistry plays a role in our everyday lives. Throughout the years, students have planned and enjoyed a variety of chemistry-focused activities beyond the weekly club experiments, including performing demonstrations for elementary and middle school students and raising money to support clean water programs through the annual "Periodic Table of Cupcakes" bakesale at science fair.


Students learn about ancient Greek and Roman traditions. Each year, committee members participate in Classics Day at Holy Cross.

Danse Espirit

A dance group that performs at school events throughout the year. Included in their performances are forms of hip hop, en pointe ballet and liturgical dance.

Drama (Middle and Upper School)

Drama (Middle and Upper School) - The Middle School performs one winter musical and a spring musical revue each year. The Upper School stages three productions each year: a fall drama, a winter entry to the Massachusetts Drama Festival and a spring musical. Recent productions include Xingu, The Tempest, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Utopia Limited, and Babes in Toyland.

Economics Committee

The Economics Committee (Upper School) enables students to participate in the major economic events of our society through research, field trips and hands-on experience. Students study the workings of corporations and the stock market and create business plans for new products. Students operate The Nest: a bagel and drink stand. All profits benefit a charity chosen by the Committee.

Environmental Education Committee

The Environmental Education Committee (Upper School) enables students to serve as leaders in the school community, promoting environmental action through awareness and conservation. Students organize environmentally themed field trips, manage the Upper School recycling initiative, gather and post current statistics and information concerning local and world events, and announce community events in which the school can participate. The Middle School has also started its own environmental action initiative through a Recycling Program.


Students in the Film Committee watch and share videos and short films as well as create films of their own. Students participate in three projects throughout the year, including creating a film as a group to submit to the annual Sacred Heart film festival.

Happenings in Health

Happenings in Health Committee is open to anyone interested in medical science and public health. Committee members aim to educate the NCDS community of health concepts in need of attention. Members utilize the community's interest in service, the 5 Sacred Heart School Goals, and social justice to help bring attention to these topics.

Literary Magazine: Medley

The Literary Magazine Medley, a collection of student-submitted poetry, fiction, sketches, and photographs, is published annually. The staff reads and discusses each submission and then makes their recommendations for publication. The magazine is a testament to the creative spirit alive in the school. Each student receives a copy of Medley.

Mock Trial

Mock Trial gives students the opportunity to learn about the legal system and court room procedures. Students learn how to examine and cross-examine witnesses, and make strong opening and closing statements. In preparation for trial, students exercise their debate, problem solving, listening and analytical and critical reasoning skills. The team's hard work will culminate with the statewide Mock Trial competition, sponsored by the Massachusetts Bar Association.

Model UN

Model UN (Upper School) is a committee that affords students the opportunity to work on solutions to global problems and serve as delegates to conferences at which students from around the world simulate the workings of the actual United Nations. Members of the committee attend several conferences every year, and have the opportunity to meet students from all over the world.

Newspaper (The Heart)

The student-run Newspaper, The Heart, gives members a chance to write, edit and take photos.

The National Honor Society (Upper School)

The National Honor Society (Upper School) membership is based upon a student's performance in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, and character. Students are elected to the National Honor Society at the end of their junior or senior year.

Peer Education (Upper School)

Peer Education is a unique committee whose primary goal is to increase self-knowledge and educate peers about health issues that particularly impact the lives of adolescents today. The students review and critique health and science material and evaluate educational and entertainment media, social norms, pressures, and trends, in order to plan and implement educational programs. The committee has focused on issues such as alcohol abuse, eating disorders, nutrition, healthy and destructive relationships, smoking, mental health, and media influences. The committee organizes and conducts Middle and Upper School assemblies, creates posters, fliers, and brochures on these topics.


P.R.I.S.M. (People for a Racially Inclusive Society of Multiculturalism) explores diversity in our community.

Retreat Leadership (Middle and Upper School)

Retreat Leadership (Middle and Upper School) - From 8th Grade through senior year, students participate in a series of retreats, lead by Campus Ministers, members of the faculty, and student leaders.


The Robotics/STEM club takes a closer look at current STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education topics. Members have the chance to participate in a robotics competition as well as a decoding competition.

Service Committee

The Service Committee (Upper School) educates the community about social justice issues and provides opportunities for students to engage in direct service. The committee volunteers for organizations including Best Buddies, Hearts for Haiti, Christmas in the City, and Cradles to Crayons.

Speech and Debate

Speech and Debate inspires students to be confident communicators through individual and collaborative opportunities for creative expression and intellectual discussion. The committee also participates in speech and debate tournaments.

Student Government

The central purpose of Student Government (Middle and Upper School) is to help implement Goals Four and Five of the Goals and Criteria of Sacred Heart Education: "Building Community as a Christian Value" and "Personal Growth in an Atmosphere of Wise Freedom." Student Government provides visible structures for increased faculty-student communication within a framework that encourages mutual respect and confidence.


Yearbook allows students to be involved in choosing pictures, page layouts and ideas for the upcoming yearbook.