In seeking an activity to balance their academic work, Collegiate School students may choose from among more than thirty clubs and committees. There are options ranging from groups whose focus is - community service, environmental issues or human rights, for example - to committees that explore diversity and ethnicity in the School or local society. Students may opt for more artistic activities in the areas of photography, music, film, dramatic productions and studio art. If they are interested in public policy and government, they may choose to participate in Model United Nation and Model Parliament programs; those interested in quantitative reasoning or science and engineering may join clubs devoted to mathematics, cryptography or robotics.
Every good school should offer a menu of extracurricular activities, and some will surely be longer than others. At Collegiate Schools, we have trouble keeping our menu up to date because students are always inventing ways to support a common cause or pursue a common interest. We also accept that not every group of students - especially those who seize a moment to be creative - will feel the need to evolve into an organization.
The following is a list of student Clubs and Societies at Collegiate Schools. It is not complete, as students constantly are creating new organizations.
The Diversity Committee consists of faculty and students devoted to increasing awareness and appreciation of differences within the Collegiate Schools community, with the goal of making the School a comfortable and welcoming place for everyone. Meetings take place once a week during morning break, and the student members plan and lead discussions several times during the school year. The Diversity Committee also selects and distributes the Common Book, which inspires thematic discussions in the community. Membership is open to all interested students and faculty; visitors are invited to attend at any time.
Model United Nations (MUN)
All members of MUN participate in Model United Nations, a four-day mock United Nations conference for secondary and higher secondary students in January. Each participating school represents a country, and each student is assigned to an MUN committee to discuss a currently relevant "global issue". Committee members are given the topic in advance and are responsible for writing two one-page position papers and preparing for their respective committees.
Also known as "The Mathletes," this club offers mathematics enrichment, promoting excitement, enthusiasm and interest in mathematical topics and programs. The Math Club team will use weekly meetings to prepare members for monthly regional competitions as well as Interschool events.
Model Parliament is open to students in Classes IXâ€“XII who love to discuss, debate and propose resolutions for current issues facing our government and the nation. Members of Model Parliament may participate in two national mock sessions. For both programs, delegates spend three intense days simulating the central government with other secondary and higher secondary school students from around the country. Students assuming the roles of parliamentarians discuss policies, draft bills and pass laws. Others may be members of the Cabinet or the Supreme Court.
Model Parliament meets once a fortnight throughout the school year; attendance is mandatory. Meetings are devoted to learning about the Indian government, parliamentary procedure and effective debate in order to prepare for the various conferences and competitions. The Model Parliament also has guest speakers discussing current events.
The purpose of the Robotics Club is to provide Collegiate School students who are interested in science and technology the opportunity to design and build a robot, with the goal of participating in a national competition. The Club is usually divided into four teams. The build team focuses on the engineering concepts required to build the robot, such as electronics and mechanics (gears, pulleys, pneumatics, etc.). The programming team writes the code (in C++ or other programming languages) that allows the robot to function autonomously or remotely. The publicity team creates and maintains a Website (if required), designs the team shirts and writes articles for school publications. The fund-raising team helps raise the money required to buy the equipment and supplies necessary to build the robot and pay the registration fees for competitions. Working together, the Robotics Club as a whole draws attention to engineering as a career choice for students.
The Art Club is committed to making art a more active part of the Collegiate School student and staff community through trips to galleries, special exhibits and visits to artists' studios in nearby towns and cities. The Art Club is for everyone - students with artistic talents and also students who don't draw, paint or sculpt, but who enjoy learning about art.
Business & Financial Awareness Club
Business and Financial Awareness explores topics related to finance, economics and entrepreneurship. Members engage in discussions pertinent to current events in the business world and perform case studies of influential individuals and companies in the business world. The Club also engages in a wide variety of simulations and hands-on projects, ranging from friendly games of Monopoly to participation in a stock market simulation program, in which club members team up to form their own businesses and design, create, market and sell their own products and services in the ultimate entrepreneurial competition. Business and Financial Awareness is dedicated to increasing financial literacy among Collegiate Schools student body.
The only requirement for Debate is an interest in public speaking. Debate competes in two categories, Lincoln-Douglas and Original Oratory. Lincoln-Douglas is the formal back-and-forth debate most people imagine when they think of debates. It is good practice for students interested in learning to write cohesive arguments. For the more creative, Original Oratory gives debaters a chance to write a speech on any topic and then deliver it. The Debate Club strives to prove that debate is fun and exciting. There is one mandatory meeting a week during the school day.
The Film Club is dedicated to the process of film-making and viewing. For an idolizer of films of any genre, or an aspiring director, producer or editor, the Film Club offers interesting seminars and screenings, as well as discussion of both current and classic films. Some other clubs which have active members and participation are: