Organizations and ActivitiesSTUDENT
At Bolles, extracurricular activities should enrich students' lives by giving them opportunities to pursue or develop new interests, skills, and friends. In many cases, these activities supplement the academic program.
Student Government at Bolles consists of an Upper School Student Council and the Honor Council. Student Council representatives are elected semi-annually. Each boarding campus also elects representatives to Student Council. Class presidents are elected annually. Students electing to run for school office must have their advisor and the Deans' Office sign their candidacy petition indicating their support for the student. Students whose disciplinary records are inappropriate may be disqualified from serving as class officers.
a. National Honor Society
The Alpha Society is a chapter of the National Honor Society. It is made up of students in the upper two classes who have attained distinction in scholarship, leadership, service, and character. A Faculty Selection Committee appoints members. Once appointed, a member is expected to maintain high standards in order to continue as a member.
Because this is one of the highest honors a student can achieve at Bolles, much is expected of its members. Each student, when signing the Alpha Society Constitution, promises to become identified with at least one worthy project which will contribute to the improvement of Bolles.
b. Language Honor Societies
Students are selected for membership in foreign language and other academic honor societies based on standards set by those national organizations. These may include grade point average and teacher recommendation. Specific questions regarding qualifications and selection process should be addressed with the World Languages department chair.
3. Student Clubs
Student Clubs at Bolles are student derived and student driven. They cannot be discriminatory. Clubs are chartered at the beginning of each semester and must meet specific requirements throughout the year. If interested, please see the Director of Student Activities for instructions on chartering a club. Each club, society, committee, class, and organization is required to have at least one faculty sponsor to attend each meeting and organization event. The role of that sponsor is to provide responsible guidance at the group’s meetings and in their selection and organization of activities. Student clubs fall into several categories:
a. Community Service Clubs
In keeping with the Bolles Values Statement, service to our community is an essential part of the students’ lives in the upper school. Through chartered service clubs such as Dreams Come True, Youth Against Cancer and ALS Club, and through individual initiatives, service opportunities are made available to every student.
Community Connections is a special organization open to any student interested in becoming regularly involved with children from a local after-school day care center. At least two activities are planned each month. These activities may include athletics, arts and crafts or music activities, tutoring or recreation activities.
Via an in-house program, students reporting their activities to their advisors will have an ongoing record of the agencies, dates, and hours worked throughout their Bolles career. Email notification to the advisor is sufficient. Should a student have a long-term association with an agency totaling over 20 hours, a written statement from that agency detailing the student’s participation should be submitted.
All freshmen will participate in a service experience called Make a Difference Day. They will be introduced to the practice of volunteering and to numerous local charities
b. Academic Clubs
Academic Clubs include foreign language clubs and other scholastically related organizations. French, Spanish, Japanese, Latin, Chinese Interest clubs are open to grades 9-12. There is a language requirement for membership. The aim of each club is to promote further interest in the language and culture. Participation in local and state language meetings, conferences, and competitions is encouraged. Some school service projects are undertaken. Middle school Latin students may also participate. Additionally, there may be math, science and/or English related clubs interested students may join.
c. Special Interest Clubs
The number and kinds of interest clubs vary from year to year. Some of the interest clubs currently chartered include The Bolles Cooking Club, the Free and Equal Club, Young Democrats and Young Republicans.
4. School Organizations
There are a select number of school organizations that compete, require applications and/or make selections. They are the responsibility of the faculty member in charge but can have students in leadership positions as well. Examples of these from recent years include the Debate Club, Mu Alpha Theta (a math competition organization), Junior Mentors, Model UN Team, J.E.T.S. (Junior Engineering Technical Society), Consumer Counsel and Brain Brawl. Many of these groups provide tremendous development of leadership skills.
Throughout the year various student committees are created to organize school spirit events such as Homecoming, plan social gatherings like dances, and develop student run programs for underclassmen such as Girls’ Night In or Pen Pals. Students are encouraged to join these groups to help develop leadership in themselves and to better the school as a whole.
6. Community Service/Leadership Opportunities
Through involvement in the aforementioned organizations, clubs, societies and committees students are exposed to a wide range of leadership opportunities and development.
There are additional leadership groups that are run by outside entities that solicit students nominated by the school. These include but are not limited to Youth Leadership Jacksonville, the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Foundation, Chain Reaction Youth Leadership Council for the March of Dimes and the Community Pedscare Teen Advisory Board. Students should speak to their advisor if they have an interest in these types of groups.
Bolles student publications include a yearbook, Turris, a newspaper, The Bugle, and a literary magazine, Perspective. Students produce each publication with the assistance of a faculty advisor.
Any student may apply to be a staff member of The Bugle, Turris, or Perspective by contacting the editors or advisors. Publications generally meet daily as an elective course offering.