Extracurricular Activities

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Education is not limited to the classroom experience; it is derived from all opportunities that contribute in any way toward personal and social growth. Therefore, St. Columban School offers a wide range of extracurricular activities. With every privilege, though, there is a corresponding responsibility. Students must maintain academic and conduct standards in order to be eligible for participation in extracurricular activities. The eligibility requirements are outlined in the Parent/Student Handbook.

After-School Programs: A variety of enrichment classes are offered after school for students of all grade levels. Programs are based upon the requests and interest of students and have included Kidz Art, Better Babysitters, and Pottery to name a few. Fees are assessed for these programs.

Band: Beginning band is offered to fourth graders once a week prior to the start of the school day. Advanced band is offered to students in grades five through eight once per week prior to the start of the school day.

Book Fairs: Each year the Library sponsors two book fairs, one in the Fall and the other in the Spring. Students can purchase books to read at home, or choose a book from an individual teacher’s “wish list” to donate to their classrooms.

Boy Scouts: Membership in a Cub Scout or Boy Scout troop is open to any boy attending St. Columban School. Contact the school office for information.

Drama Club: This very popular program will divide into a Jr Drama Club for students in grades K-3 and Senior Drama Club for students in grades 4-8. Each club presents an annual production. For example, the Drama Club has presented The Little Mermaid Jr. and The Jungle Book Kids in the past. Drama workshops are also offered during the school year.

Everybody Counts Program: Every year the PTO sponsors a special presentation for St. Columban students to further their understanding and awareness about special needs (e.g. visual impairment, developmental disabilities, chronic conditions, etc.) Each grade focuses on an age-appropriate condition and participates in an interactive mini-workshop conducted by trained parent volunteers.

Girl Scouts: Membership in a Girl Scout troop is open to any girl attending St. Columban School. Call the school office for information regarding the Girl Scout Coordinator for St. Columban.

Golf Team: Boys and girls in grades 6, 7, & 8 are invited to participate on the Bobcat Golf Team each fall to learn how to play golf and enjoy some friendly competition. There are two teams to accommodate both the beginner and the experienced golfer. All golf activities for both teams are directed by a PGA Master Professional. A fee is assessed for participation.

Junior High Youth Group: Open to all 7th and 8th grade parishioners, we strive to provide a fun and faith-filled place for our junior high students to come together. Meetings are 1-2 times per month, and activities include social, spiritual and service components. Activities we’ve done over the past several years have included volunteering at Matthew: 25 Ministries, Hands Against Hunger, and at area nursing homes; rock climbing; Christmas and Halloween parties; Winter Jam Christian rock concerts; activities with St. Columban’s Primetimers; bonfires; cookouts; game nights; and get-togethers in the Parish Hall.  Contact Tricia Gries (tricia_gries@hotmail.com) or Jannette Santamarina (santapromo@cinci.rr.com) with questions or suggestions.

Liturgical Ministries: See the listings under the Spiritual tab.

Sports: The St. Columban Boosters sponsors girls’ and boys’ sports teams for children in the school and parish. See the Boosters website for information about football, cheerleading, girls’ and boys’ basketball, girls’ and boys’ volleyball, dance, golf, cross country and track. You can access the Boosters website under Links.

Student Council: Students in grades 6 through 8 are eligible to be members of the St. Columban School Student Council. This active organization assumes leadership for many student activities, including a Mission Drive and 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament. Members also assist in organizing service projects and a Veteran’s Day celebration at Veterans’ Memorial Park in Loveland.