Student Organizations in Canterbury’s Upper, Middle and Lower Schools challenge students to discover their interests and exercise a high degree of leadership. New organizations form each year as students’ interests emerge. In addition to service learning—which is organized through advisories—and outdoor education at Canterbury’s fall retreat, faculty members sponsor and students lead a variety of organizations including:
*See also Extended Care Options for students in Lower and Middle School.
Art Club meets Fridays from 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. led by CES art teacher, Marcia Lawrence.
Canterbury Choir is open to Upper and Middle School students, meeting each Tuesday in the Chafin music room from 3:40-4:30 p.m. Participants sing for fun, students download music they want to sing, and they learn music to sing for chapel and graduation. Students bring guitars and other instruments, as well. Mrs. Polly Ferraro serves as faculty sponsor.
Debate is led by Upper School History teacher Mr. Ted O’Connor. Debate is open to all interested Upper School students. The Debate team is a member of the Texas Forensic League. Canterbury competes in Policy Debate and participates in UIL competitions in the Dallas area.
Model UN competes both locally and nationally in mock simulations. Led by Mr. Ted O’Connor, students represent nations at conferences and develop skills in writing position papers, formulating and passing resolutions, public speaking, parliamentary tactics, and caucusing. Canterbury receives numerous awards and commendations at Model UN conferences hosted by Georgetown University, the Ivy League conference at the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of North Texas.
The Noble Chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS) New members from the sophomore, junior and senior classes are inducted each year in the fall. Selection is based on scholarship, leadership, character and service. NHS students support Habitat for Humanity and lead a peer-tutoring program to help students in math, science, history and foreign languages. The NHS faculty adviser is Mrs. Katherine Reves.
Spanish Club is lead by Sra. Kelly and is open to all Upper School students. The Spanish Club is a great way for members in Spanish classes to explore further the Spanish language and culture. Students engage in conversational Spanish, celebrate Latin cultural traditions, watch critically acclaimed Spanish films, and often prepare Spanish dishes to share with the club.
Speech Under the direction of Mrs. Patricia Hummel-Seifert, Canterbury fielded its first Texas Forensic League (TFL) Speech Team in the 2009-2010 season. Events include Domestic Extemp, Forensic Extemp, Original Oratory, Dramatic Interpretation, Humerous Interpretation, and Duet Acting. Students compete in individual events, with scores accumulating for team totals. The team’s goal is to participate in a minimum of 5 TFL events, plus districts in 2010. TFL meets attract AAAA schools and some of the most competitive, larger private schools in North Texas.
The Associated Students of Canterbury (TASC) is a student-led organization responsible for planning Upper School activities. TASC is comprised of an Executive Council consisting of a President, Vice President, a Program Director, and a Treasurer along with a senate made up of two elected representatives from each grade in the Upper School. Upper School faculty members support and advise these students. As a student-led organization, TASC’s scope and structure serves the Upper School community by planning and executing parties, dances, pep rallies, coffee houses, movie nights, prom, fund-raising, and other events.
The Honor Council is lead by Mrs. Madeleine Hoffman. Upper School Honor Council representatives are chosen by a committee of Upper School advisors. Representatives are stewards of the community’s commitment to the Principles of Honor that govern students’ behavior both inside classrooms and around campus. All Canterbury students in Grades 7-12 indicate their acceptance of the Principles of Honor by signing the Honor Contract at the beginning of each academic year.
The Canterbury community expects students to act honorably. The Honor system provides as much a learning experience as anything students will ever be exposed to at Canterbury. The Honor Pledge is required of all students in academic endeavors.
Yearbook is advised by Mrs. Kim Dillard and is open to 10th-12th graders who complete the application process and meet requirements outlined by the adviser. The outcome-based program introduces staffers to layout and design procedures, theme development, journalistic interviewing and writing techniques, photography, sales and marketing strategies, and, most importantly, team management. Staffers attend Spring and Summer journalism workshops with students from all around the Metroplex to learn the latest in yearbook production and develop a portfolio of work useful for college and job applications.
Chess Club is open to grades fourth-12th, meeting Tuesdays from 3:15-4:45 pm; Cost is $50 per session (A Fall session and Spring Session).
Middle School/Upper Elementary
Youth & Government Canterbury is proud to partner with Oak Cliff YMCA's Texas Youth & Government for the fourth year. Last year's participants are still riding high after their stellar showing at the Y & G State Conference at our state capital in Austin last February, receiving both "Outstanding New Delegation" and "Outstanding Delegate" awards. This year, after researching, writing and defending original bills, students will have the opportunity to participate in mock sessions (implementing parliamentary procedure) in an attempt to pass their bills into law. Students will also have the opportunity to campaign and run for "office" at both the district and state conferences. Membership is open to 6th-8th grade students. Membership requirements will be available upon request. Mrs. Robin Lage and Mr. Jason Holder will serve as staff advisers.
Y&G is open to sixth-eighth graders who meet membership requirements. Meetings are Mondays, 3:30-4:30; no fee by the school; costs are involved to compete in district and state competitions.
Chess Club is open to grades fourth-12th, meeting Tuesdays from 3:15-4:45 p.m.; Cost is $50 per session (a Fall session and Spring session).