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)
- Amnesty International (Upper School)
- Campus Ministry
- Danse Espirit
- Drama (Middle and Upper School)
- Economics Committee
- Environmental Education Committee
- Happenings in Health
- Literary Magazine: Medley
- Mock Trial
- Model UN
- Newspaper (The Heart)
- The National Honor Society (Upper School)
- Peer Education (Upper School)
- Retreat Leadership (Middle and Upper School)
- Service Committee
- Speech and Debate
- Student Government
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) 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 (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.
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.