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Clubs & Affinity Groups

One of the great benefits of attending a small independent school is the wealth of extracurricular opportunities available to students. Stoneleigh-Burnham is proud of our many, diverse clubs and affinity groups, which allow students to engage in rewarding projects outside the classroom. Many students explore and participate in a wide variety of extracurricular activities during their time here, often trying something new to them. Students are responsible for running clubs, raising funds for a variety of projects, and reporting to faculty and staff advisors. Through involvement in extracurricular activities, they take risks, learn new skills, and become leaders.

A club fair each fall allows students the chance to join established clubs and organizations, but students may form new clubs according to their interests.

Stoneleigh-Burnham’s clubs and affinity groups include:

Blue Key Society
Members introduce prospective students and their families to SBS by giving tours, hosting visiting students in class or overnight, and assisting with special events. Blue Key members are appointed annually via nomination to the Admissions office.

Community Service Club
Dedicated to building the SBS community’s awareness of local, neighboring, and world issues and assisting those in need. Annual efforts have included hunger awareness, breast cancer awareness and Connecticut River cleanups in partnership with local organizations like the Franklin County United Way (Supper for Six), the Connecticut River Watershed Council, and the Rays of Hope Foundation.

Culture Buddies
Offers incoming international students welcome and support as they transition to campus life. Via email and videoconferencing prior to arrival, and eventually meetings and campus events, Culture Buddies provide an important element of peer support.

Debate and Public Speaking Society
One of Stoneleigh-Burnham’s cherished traditions and signature programs, the Debate Society encourages students to articulate ideas with force and clarity. Students participate in public speaking tournaments, planned cross-examination debates, extemporaneous debates, Lincoln-Douglas debates, and parliamentary debates. SBS is a member of D.A.N.E.I.S. (Debate Association of New England Independent Schools).

Gay / Straight Alliance
Provides an opportunity for all students to help foster an environment of awareness, tolerance, respect, and equality for all sexualities in the SBS community, and to educate the school community on issues around oppression and harassment.

Green Team
Educates our school community about resource conservation, recycling, and striving for more sustainable school and global environments. From meeting with the School’s Sustainability Committee, educational presentations at Housemeetings, supporting our annual Spearth Day, and active initiatives in recycling and composting, it’s a busy club making a big difference.

International Students Association
Gives international students support as they adapt to a new culture in America and at SBS. During the first trimester, students meet weekly for orientation. Over time, their activities shift to planning events and collaborating on issues of interest.

Literary Society
Promotes supportive forums for growing artists, poets, and storytellers to express themselves. Annual efforts range from hosting authors to organizing student poetry nights to publishing Minerva, the SBS Literary Magazine.

Math Club
Gives students the opportunity to work together on challenging and unique problems, and to prepare for and enjoy math competitions.

Media Club
Uses student photography, writing, and film to share Stoneleigh-Burnham stories in our online and print publications.

Outing Club
For students interested in outdoor recreation, such as hiking, camping, or snowshoeing. SBOC brings activities to the school at large via the Weekend Activities program.

Photography Club
Meets weekly to share photos and curate exhibits.

Student Alumnae Association
Offers students the chance to develop leadership skills assisting with on-campus alumnae events and fundraising activities. SAA members learn about the history of Stoneleigh-Burnham, network directly with alumnae, and work to create a philanthropic culture in the school community.

Students of Color
An affinity group that supports any student of color interested in joining a broad conversation around identity, culture, social justice, and much more. The group plans special events, organizes trips, and makes community presentations at Housemeetings.

Theater Club
Theater Club promotes theatrical activities at SBS, from putting up our own productions to organizing off-campus outings.