Clubs & Activities
St. Sebastian’s broad range of clubs provides students with the opportunity to discover and develop their special interests and talents. Whether behind the debate podium, or as a member of a musical performance, each boy grows in self-confidence and self-reliance as he finds the best in himself. Being part of a club also helps students develop an appreciation for the value of belonging to and participating in something larger than themselves.
St. Sebastian’s encourages students to participate in clubs, as well as sports, building time into the weekly schedule so that boys are able to pursue both. Athletic events, play practices, music rehearsals, student council programs, and other activities are, whenever possible, scheduled not to conflict. Students are often members of multiple clubs, and new organizations develop as student interests warrant.
- The Arrow Yearbook
- Arrowheads (a cappella group)
- Art Club
- Chess Club
- Communications Club
- The Dart (7th & 8th grade newspaper)
- Debate Team
- Drama Club
- Finance Academy
- Freshman Voices
- Harvard Model Congress
- International Club
- Jazz Pop Ensemble
- Latin Club
- Liturgical Ministries
The Drama Club mounts three productions a year: in the fall a full-length musical, drama or comedy. The winter show, often student-written and/or directed, travels to the Massachusetts High School Drama Festival. In May, the Fine Arts Department presents "The Spring Revue", a joint production of the Music and Drama Clubs comprising performances of various bands as well as comedy skits.
Harvard Model Congress is the largest government simulation program in the United States. Each student at the conference assumes the role and political positions of a different member of the executive and legislative branches of the federal government. St. Sebastian's sends students to this annual 4-day event held in Boston every year.
The International Club allows students in grades 9-12 to explore foreign cultures through a variety of experiences such as field trips to museums, movies and plays, in-school cultural presentations by guest speakers, and more. Fundraising projects are held to aid international disaster areas and to support a foster child.
As the School’s premiere instrumental and vocal soloist ensemble, the Jazz Pop Ensemble performs throughout the year at three school events. The group performs in many styles. The winter season provides time to work on classic big band arrangements and popular songs. During the winter, the group prepares to perform at one of our annual semi-formal dances and in doing so, becomes a dance band playing songs from the 1960s through today. Performing at a dance is a favorite tradition for the group and the School community. Rehearsals for the Jazz Pop Ensemble typically occur twice per week.
The Liturgical Ministries at St. Sebastian’s reflects a service to the school community unlike any other club. The ministries are composed of Altar Servers (for daily and monthly masses), Readers (Lectors), Eucharistic Ministers (Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion), the Schola (Liturgical Choir) and Mass Ensemble (Instrumentalists). This program involves both adults and students in the St. Sebastian’s community, working side by side for the greater glory of God. Membership is open to all students in grades 7-12.
- Math Club (7th & 8th Grades)
- Math Team
- Men with Positive Attitudes (MPA)
- Moot Court
- Neuroscience Club
- The Quiver (literary & artistic magazine)
- Robotics Club
- Rock Band
- Spanish Conversation Club
- St. Sebastian's Journal
- Student Council
- Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD)
- The Walrus (School newspaper)
- Ultimate Frisbee
MPA exists for the purpose of exploring and continuing traditions of social and cultural exchange with particular attention focused on communities of color. The group remains faithful to the St. Sebastian’s ideals of social service and charity. MPA educates its members, and the whole School, regarding a variety of racial, cultural and religious issues as they affect individuals and the entire School community.
Moot Court is a mock trial competition sponsored by the History Department and held every spring for the last nine years. Sixteen 2 person teams argue famous Supreme Court decisions culminating in a final trial conducted over the years by Federal District Court Judges, Massachusetts Superior Court Judges and Boston Municipal Court Judges.
The Quiver is a literary and artistic magazine organized by students and faculty members of St. Sebastian’s School. The publication is produced annually and contains poems, creative essays, short stories, photography and art produced by students. Though the publication is led by members of the St. Sebastian’s community, entry is open to any high school student, with submissions received from across the country. The goal of the magazine is to showcase students’ literary and artistic talents, as well as encourage and celebrate creativity.
The Spanish Conversation Club meets weekly for students in level 2 or above who wish to practice their listening and speaking through informal conversation with teachers and peers in a relaxed environment. Conversation topics range from simple discussions about weekend plans to cultural and political debates, depending on the proficiency level of the members in attendance. Additionally, the club will also play board games, such as Scrabble, and show movies popular within Latin American and Spanish cinema.
This academic journal is published twice a year and is a compilation of outstanding academic essays written by students in grades 9 through 12.A group of editors, ordinarily seniors and juniors, oversee the content and editing of The Journal in order to provide all members of the St. Sebastian’s community a window into the academic writing of our most thoughtful students.
Comprised of 16 students who are elected to office, the Student Council members organize activities and fundraisers, and are available to assist at parent and school functions. The members work to bring ideas from the student body back to the Student Council and from the Student Council to the student.
Every student ever to graduate from St. Sebastian’s has picked up a copy of The Walrus and scanned its pages. The first issue of the school newspaper was published in February 1945, just months before the first senior class was set to graduate, and remains a valued tradition at St. Sebastian’s today. The student-run paper is published seven times a year and includes an array of articles, from school sports recaps and drama production reviews to world and pop culture news.