On a recent crisp fall morning, Upper Schoolers at Germantown Friends School gathered on the campus Commons to promote almost 60 student-led clubs available to students.
The Community Jams Club performed, the Earthquake student-newspaper staff displayed their new website, the Theater Tech Club erected a huge archway that they built for a professional production, the Fashionistas rolled out the red carpet and Latinos Unidos enticed students with chips and salsa.
“The groups allow students to pursue and share their passions within the school community and discover new interests and connect with peers in a forum that is completely their own,” says Kim McMenamin, Director of Student Activities.
Matthew O’Connor ’15, who has been a member of Student Advisory Council, Latinos Unidos and A Cappella, said, “I like that clubs allow me to meet people with similar interests.” This year he started a Film Production club, joining other new groups such as Slam Poetry, Animanga, Photography and Medicine and Disease Awareness.
The GFS clubs are divided into four categories – affinity, mission, publications and social – and all allow students to experience leadership and practice organizing, planning, and bringing ideas to fruition.
O’Connor added that the clubs make GFS students well rounded.
“GFS is academically rigorous, and clubs allow students to pursue and expand their interests in a safe environment without having to worry about over-committing themselves,” he said.