The extracurricular program at Saint Ann School is designed to enhance and support the school's mission and philosophy. Competitive as well as cooperative opportunities are provided to meet the various needs and interests of the students. Participation in the extracurricular program presents students with opportunities to develop leadership skills and heighten their awareness of the need to render service to others. Extracurricular Activities include choir, yearbook, book club, student council, Model United Nations, Junior National Honor Society, music recitals, forensics, chess club and scouts. Each student also participates in Quality Projects and Service Projects during school hours throughout the year. These projects are designed to allow the students to focus on a collaborative effort with their peers with tangible, real-world results.
The Forensics Program
The Forensics Program at Saint Ann School was developed to provide students with the opportunity to participate in public speaking events as individuals, duets, and teams. Students learn the skills necessary for these events and for use in their adult life. Our Forensics team is part of the Nashville Diocesan Middle School League. Saint Ann School is a charter member of the National Middle School Forensics Society. Team membership is available to any interested student in grades five through eight. The program consists of many different categories in drama and public speaking, including poetry, prose, storytelling, humorous and dramatic interpretation of literature, mime, duet acting, duo improvisation and audition monologue. In addition to our weekly practices during Study Hall, children may participate in the league tournaments held throughout the year. These tournaments are wonderful learning arenas for the students, where they meet teams from other schools and are exposed to many other students of differing experience levels. The Forensics Program enhances the confidence and self-esteem of the students who participate and encourages them to grow in ability and creativity. Every student who has participated has shown growth in speaking skills and academic responsibility. Forensics is an important part of the arts program at Saint Ann School.
The choir and liturgical band lead the Saint Ann community in song during our school liturgies and prayer services. They enhance the liturgical experience for our students by praising God through song in a contemporary style. Members sing in English, Latin, Spanish, Afrikaner and Hebrew. Chorus members also sing for Grandpals Day, the Christmas Program, Catholic Schools Week events, the International Festival, and other events both on and off campus.
Junior and Senior Book Clubs
The Saint Ann Junior and Senior Book Clubs meet during study hall in the library, with the librarian as facilitator. This club provides an opportunity for student members to read for fun, and to talk about their reading. Students share their thoughts on books (and life) in lively discussions, and the literary society evolves into a venue for making new friends.
Junior National Honor Society
Membership in the Junior National Honor Society is nationally recognized as one of the highest honors that can be given to a junior high school student. Students do not apply for membership; they are selected as members by a majority vote of the Faculty Council on the basis of Character, Scholarship, Leadership, and Service. Throughout the year, the members participate in many service related activities.
The purpose of the Student Council is to promote school spirit, set an example, and serve as a liaison between students and different offices in the school. Two members from each class, grades 3 and up, are elected to attend these monthly meetings in the 5th grade classroom. They discuss student concerns and ways to improve the school, and the officers meet monthly with the principal.