What are your interests? How do you spend your spare time? At Pennfield there are many unique and interesting ways for everyone to participate and get involved after classes are finished for the day!
Fore! If you like to golf or want to learn to play, this could be you shouting out on a Friday afternoon at the Green Valley Country Club as you hit a long drive to the green. In the winter many students ride or carve the slopes of Wachusett Mountain on Friday afternoons in Ski & Snowboard Club activities. Or perhaps you prefer cornering an opponent in a mind bending game of chess or quickly scoring 50-points for placing “wringer” on the Scrabble board. You can do this and test your abilities at other games in the Chess & Games Club that meets once a week. Is it singing that you really enjoy? Try the Snack Time Chorus, an a cappella group that meets during morning recess to learn popular songs that are performed at special events on and off campus. These and other clubs and groups meet every week during and after school, giving both Lower and Upper School students the chance to expand their interests and skills far beyond the classroom.
In the fall, Fourth and Fifth graders and their teachers and Sixth through Eighth graders and their teachers leave campus to spend 3 days and 2 nights together on a camping trip. The younger group goes to the Alton Jones Nature Center in Western Rhode Island. The older group goes to either a farm camp in Vermont or a nature camp in Maine. All groups work to build leadership and team building skills as they hike, canoe, navigate ropes courses, cut their own firewood, camp in yurts and 3-sided cabins and learn about nature and the environment. Teachers use material from the camping trips throughout the school year in lessons and activities. Both students and teachers can’t say enough about the positive, unique and life changing experiences these camping trips provide.
Opportunities for leadership roles are many for Upper School students:
The Oak Society is a select group of students that assists with Admission tours and events.
The Student Council is an elected group of leaders who plan fund raisers, dances and community service projects.
The Yearbook Committee works diligently throughout the year to capture the spirit of the School in words and images and compiles these memories into an annual Yearbook.
The Spanish Honor Society provides students with a taste of Hispanic culture as they participate in community service projects such as helping with St. Joseph’s church’s Festival de la Virgen de Guadalupe.
The Rhode Island Mock Trial group practices the art of debate in preparation for the statewide Mock Trial Competition where they will argue a case in a real court-style setting.
Teachers, faculty and parents assist with and facilitate all of our extra-curricular activities. If there is interest to form a new club, group or activity we highly encourage it!