Clubs & 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:

Athletes in Action

Athletes in Action is a club of girls who love sports and want to give back because sports have given us and taught us so much. Our goal is to help give others more opportunities in sports, so they can experience similar important life lessons.

Badminton Club

Badminton is not an offered sport at Duchesne, so we decided to bring it in as a club. Badminton club’s main goal is to connect the entire Upper School and allow students to have a break from their heavy schedules once a month and have some fun.

Bayou B.A.B.E.S.

Our club focuses on cleaning up the bayou, teaching our community about it, gaining awareness on how we can help, serving and beautifying these ecosystems, and inspiring girls to do the same. We host monthly cleanups where we head down to the local bayou next to Duchesne and pick up the trash that has been left. Our mission is to inspire girls to learn about the ecosystem and actively care for our nearby habitats. Our goal is to inspire girls to learn about ecosystem and actively care for our nearby habitats.

Black History and 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!

Campus Ministry

The Duchesne Upper School Campus Ministry Team consists of an elected team of students and volunteers who work to spread God’s Word on and off campus through liturgies, prayer services, retreats, community outreach, and various youth ministry events. It serves the evangelizing mission of the Catholic Church through formation, discipleship, service and prayer. In practicing the Sacred Heart Goals, our Campus Ministry programs seek to strengthen the faith formation of the student body and to promote the development of a Christian community. All members of the Duchesne family, regardless of faith tradition, are invited to participate in the spiritual life of the school. Our Catholic ministry recognizes and honors the diversity that exists in our faith community. The Campus Ministry Team honors the foundresses of the Religious of the Sacred Heart, Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat and Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne in all that they do.

Catholit

CathoLit is a Catholic faith-based club that seeks to create a space where members can celebrate their faith through activities and prayer. We aim to bring the Catholic faith into the world of teens today so that students can engage in their faith with others and grown in their faith through fun activities.

Chai Club

Chai club is a pro-life club dedicated to protecting the dignity of life at all stages. We discuss and advocate issues not only surrounding unborn life but also issues like human trafficking and the death penalty. Advocacy in Chai club includes working inside the Duchesne community, in Houston, and through volunteering.

Committee for Concert for Uganda

The Committee for Concert for Uganda focuses on efforts to support organizations in Uganda.

Cyber Patriot

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 world’s largest National Youth Cyber Defense Competition, where we compete against other high school teams to find and fix cybersecurity vulnerabilities in virtual operating systems as if we were managing a network. The images we have worked on include: Windows Server 2016, Windows 8 and 10, Ubuntu 12 and Debian.

Dance Club

A hip hop/cheer based dance club that focuses on beginner-intermediate levels of dance in a fun and supportive setting. The goal of the club is to create a stress free environment for anyone who enjoys dancing, build teamwork skills, and have fun!

DA Poets' Society

DA Poets’ Society is a collection of creative writers and thinkers who express themselves through poetry and creative writing to enhance their literary abilities and provide a creative writing outlet in the Duchesne Community.

Duchesne Speech and Debate

The Duchesne Speech and Debate program focuses on preparing students for excellence in the world of competitive speech and debate.  Involved students can develop and refine the skills of effective communication through the use of rhetoric, argumentation, research, analysis and delivery. The team provides students the unparalleled ability to enhance essential academic and professional skills in a creative, supportive, demanding, joyful and successful setting. 

The team practices multiple days a week and competes in local, regional, and national competitions throughout the school year. In the past few years, the program has travelled all over the country, including Boston (MA), Dallas (TX), Des Moines (IA), Minneapolis (MN), Austin (TX), New Orleans (LA), Chicago (IL), Lexington (KY), Charlotte (NC), San Diego (CA), and more! This year, all debate competitions are virtual, but the opportunities for participation and success remain vast and flexible, so all levels of experience and students are welcome. 

The program has qualified multiple students to the Texas Forensics Association State Championship in Public Forum and Lincoln Douglas Debate. Nationally, students the past few years have qualified for the following national championships: National Debate Coaches Association (NDCA), the Tournament of Champions (TOC), and the National Speech and Debate Association (NSDA) National Championship. 

The team welcomes veterans and novices alike and encourages all skill and interest levels to learn more about this wonderful extracurricular opportunity. To learn more about debate, students can reach out Mr. Aaron Markham  or Team President Brooke Blanton ’22 through Microsoft Teams or e-mail.

Duchesne Spirit Club

The Duchesne Spirit Club encourages the student body to support our teams. The club works to honor each athlete as an individual, hold pep rallies, and promote upcoming athletic events. Spirit Club further boosts school spirit by making banners and locker decorations. Additionally, the club helps train prospective cheerleaders for St. Thomas High School.

Environmental Club

The mission of the Duchesne Upper School Environmental Club is to educate the community and the club members on local and global environmental issues. Club members have been involved in various activities over the years ranging from Galveston beach cleanups, assisting with Duchesne electronics recycling events, raising funds for Houston Memorial Park, and sponsoring activities and speakers for Earth Day.

French Symposium

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.

Handbells

The handbell club works together to learn simple handbell choir music. In the fall, we practice Christmas music, leading up to a short performance at the beginning of the choir Christmas Concert. We hope to continue learning more techniques with fun music selections in the spring. 

Iron Plaid

Iron Plaid is Duchesne's robotics team, and it is the only all girls’ FIRST Robotics Competition team in the city of Houston. The team builds robots and competes against other schools from across the world. Iron Plaid strives to inspire women to develop an interest in STEM through the power of education from a young age.

Junior Achievement

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. Junior Achievement teaches students how to be financially responsible through small lessons and hands-on experiences.

Mandarin Club

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 and 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 Honor Art Society and 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.

Newsletter

The Upper School Newsletter is a student-run organization where the 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 which is released quarterly.

Photography

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.

Student Government

The Student Government organizes events and advocates for students.

International Thespian Society

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.

Wildlife Conservation Club

 

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.

Young Democrats

Young Democrats club, the Duchesne chapter of High School Democrats of America, is a student-run organization created to promote Democratic ideals and awareness, encourage students to become active within the American political system, and provide a powerful collective voice for progressive students.

Young Republicans

The Young Republicans club is for like-minded people who are curious about the Republican Party's history and beliefs. Additionally, we provide opportunities for the club members to hear professionals in the field speak on their beliefs. Our goal is to teach the basis of republican 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.

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