Clubs and Activities
In addition to our athletics and arts programs, Duchesne Academy also offers a robust program of clubs, activities, organizations with something for everyone. Upper School clubs and organizations include the following:
This club promotes awareness of human rights abuses that are occurring globally, discusses oppressive laws and how to create better alternatives, looks more specifically at human rights abuses with Houston, and tries to aid those within our immediate community.
Black History & Culture
The Black History and Culture Club works to raise morale about black history and culture that we don’t always focus on in our everyday lives. Embracing our culture and our cultural differences is what makes a community thrive, so this club strives to bring that contribution to our Sacred Heart Sisters!
The Campus Ministry program at Duchesne contains six aspects: Forming Community, Appropriating Faith, Forming Conscience, Educating for Peace and Justice, Personal Development, and Developing Leaders for the Future. Students participate in Campus Ministry through liturgies, retreats, prayer services, leading morning assembly prayer, service activities, and living out the Sacred Heart Goals and Criteria in each aspect of the program.
Committee for Concert for Uganda
The Committee for Concert for Uganda focuses on efforts to support organizations in Uganda.
Community Service Club
Community Service Club sponsors various projects throughout the year, related to community needs. Examples include collecting school supplies for area schools, educating the community about human trafficking, packing boxes for soldiers overseas, and making cards for local homes for the elderly.
Cyber Patriot is a National Youth Cyber Education Program, created and run by the Air Force Association (AFA), to inspire students toward careers in STEM. This club participates in the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition, where we compete against other high school teams to find the most insecurities in an image as if we were managing a network. The images we have worked on in the past include: Windows Server 2008, Windows 10, Windows 7, Ubuntu, and Windows 8.
Duchesne Spirit Club
The Duchesne Spirit Club encourages the student body to support our athletes. The club works to hold pep rallies and promote upcoming athletic events. Additionally, the club encourages and helps train prospective cheerleaders for St. Thomas High School.
The Environmental Club focuses on global and local environmental issues. Club members participate in activities such as the Galveston beach cleanup, the Duchesne electronics recycling event, Earth Day events, and are involved in school environmental education and the school recycling program.
Film Club is a club dedicated to writing, shooting, producing, editing, and acting in films. Members learn and develop cinematic imagery and visual storytelling in a more creative setting than a classroom. The main goal of film club is to produce several films for ISAS arts festival in April.
Friendship Bracelet Charity
In the Friendship Bracelets for Charity is a club , the members make friendship bracelets and sell them to the student body as a way to raise money for charitable causes. The club members determine which charity or charities to donate the money to support.
The Texas French Symposium is a statewide competition for high school students of French (non-native French speakers). The French Symposium Club aims to prepare students to compete at the March competition by hosting regular meetings to allow students to practice poetry and prose recitation, guided speaking, dictée, sight reading, solo and ensemble vocal, solo instrumental, and several different art mediums.
The German Klub celebrates the German language and culture. Club activities include celebrating German holidays, exploring German art, and experiencing cultural touch points such as food, music, and film.
Global Awareness Youth
Global Awareness Youth focuses on raising students’ awareness of current issues of peace and justice. There is usually a short presentation or film about an issue, and then group discussion.
The Instrumentalist Club showcases the unique talents on Duchesne students. Members of this organization help to put on the First Thursdays and Coffee House events.
The International Club gives students the opportunity to speak about their own culture, which helps form their identity. The club gathers to watch films, taste traditional food, listen to presentations about the chosen country, and get an understanding and an appreciation of one another. Club members aim to be global citizens, who have an understanding and a respect for each other, while having fun.
Iron Plaid Robotics
Iron Plaid is Duchesne's robotics team, and it is the only all girls’ team in the city of Houston. The team builds robots and competes against other schools from across the country. Iron Plaid strives to inspire women to develop an interest in STEM through the power of education from a young age.
Junior Achievement Club is a nationally recognized organization. The club works to equip students with skills they can carry with them past high school including teamwork, communication, and entrepreneurship. Students how to be financially responsible through small lessons and hands-on experiences.
Knowledge is Power
In the Knowledge Is Power Club, students can participate in some friendly competition in a year-round trivia tournament. KIP members put their brains to the test in topics ranging from pop culture, history, and even facts about Duchesne. Open to all high school grades, Knowledge Is Power Club welcomes any student interested in expanding her knowledge, no matter her trivia skill level.
The Mandarin Club introduces students to the Mandarin culture, as well as a little about the language. The club creates an appreciation and understanding of the Chinese culture, and exposes students to common cultural practices, including festivals, activities, and food!
Middle Eastern Cultures
Middle Eastern Club is a group where diverse cultures can meet and thrive. Within this group there are people of various cultures, religions, and ethnicities. Club members celebrate the different cultures of the Middle East by venturing deep into each culture through its traditions including different countries’ specific art, film, and food. This club is an adventure into the world of the Middle East.
Model UN & World Affairs
Model UN is a worldwide club in which students simulate the United Nations in committees. Students will each represent a nation and their policies. Together, all students will participate in a committee to address real issues facing the United Nations; our students have discussed topics such as gender-based violence in conflict regions, or the future of cryptocurrency in a digital age.
National Art Honor Society & Art Club
National Art Honor Society is a chapter of the national organization recognizing students who show outstanding artistic scholarship and service to the school and community through the development of artistic endeavors. NAHS also invites freshman and other students who have not yet had the opportunity to complete a visual art course and therefore, don’t yet qualify for NAHS membership, to work with us through Art Club. The two clubs meet simultaneously and both contribute to projects and club events, including guest speakers, community art projects, and the annual Coffee House event.
National Honor Society
The National Honor Society is an organization dedicated to recognizing outstanding high school students. Selection is based on four criteria: academic achievement, leadership, service, and character. New students are inducted into the National Honor Society each spring.
The Upper School Newsletter is a student-run organization where members can write about topics ranging from those at Duchesne Academy, events within the city of Houston, to global affairs. Members can also choose to submit their art work or photographs to be put within the publication.
Photography club is perfect for anyone interested in the art of photography, from beginner to more experienced photographers. In addition to teaching its members the basic concepts of photo design, the club also provides many opportunities for photoshoots, giving its members the chance to express their creativity in new ways.
Number Sense is a club for students interested in mathematics where they learn how to compute mentally. Students learn how to multiply 2- and 3-digit numbers, work with percents, and apply basic algebra rules to computation. Students are trained for competitions which involve taking an 80-question test in 10 minutes.
The Pre-Med Club is for students who have an interest in medicine and the various medical fields. The club activities include presentations from different types of physicians about their work, learning about the human body, and fundraising efforts to support good causes.
The Spanish Club celebrates Spanish culture and language. Activities include watching telanovelas, eating authentic food, and learning fun dances. Members learn some basic terms in Spanish.
Speech and Debate
The Speech and Debate team competes in local and regional competitions.
The Student Government organizes events and advocates for students.
Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart is home to a chapter of the International Thespian Society, an honor society for secondary school theatre students. Membership is granted for the performance of meritorious work in theatre arts in the Upper School.
The Wildlife Conservation Club seeks to assist with efforts related to wildlife welfare, and makes the community aware of animal issues. The organization discusses various issues and works toward getting involved with specific initiatives that positively impact wildlife conservation.
Women's Empowerment Initiative
The Women’s Empowerment Initiative is open to all and is an independent club that primarily focuses on ensuring that each and every young woman within the student body believes that she can achieve anything she wants, regardless of gender or race.
The Young Republicans club is for like-minded people who are curious about the Republican Party's history and beliefs.
Iron Plaid Robotics
Duchesne's award-winning robotics team, Iron Plaid, competes in the FIRST Robotics Competition which combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. Iron Plaid is the only all-female robotics team in Houston and one of only three all-female teams in the entire state of Texas. The team routinely competes in Regional and World Championship events.
Guided by the motto "empowered girls with power tools," Iron Plaid seeks to inspire women to develop an interest in STEM and to reverse the negative stereotypes associated with women in STEM, so that women are no longer underrepresented in these growing fields.