All students are eligible for participation in school activities. Click on the tabs below to learn more about those offered at Chaminade, as well as contact information.
- App Development Club
- Art Club
- Aviation Club
- Bagpipe Band Club
- Catholics for Life
- Chaminade Business Club
- Chaminade School Store Staff
- Chaminade Vocal Chamber Ensemble
- Chess Club/Team
- Communications Club
- Computer Technology Club
- Flyers CrossFit
- Catholic Literary Society
- Culinary Club
- Drama Club
- Economics Club
- Element Media
- Emmaus Apostolic Program
- ETV Service
- General Student Organization
- Glee Club
- Golf Club
- Hiking Club
- Hospital Volunteers
- Intramural Officials Club
- Language Clubs
- Literary Club
- Literary Magazine
- Mathematics Club
- Mathematics Team
- Music Club
- Parish Religious Education Program
- Production Crew
- Robotics Club/Team
- Science Club
- Science Olympiad
- Science Research Club
- Social Studies Club
- Speech and Debate Club
- String Orchestra
- Woodworking Club
The App Development Club serves as an outlet to students who are in interested in learning programming, real-world application design and architecture, critical thinking, and user interface design. Programming has countless uses, and this club seeks to inspire students to apply programming to a variety of different fields.
The Art Club provides students of all divisions with the opportunity to work creatively in the field of art and hand crafts. The club provides individual instruction to its members in a variety of media and works as a group on various schoolwide projects. Further, the club assists the art program in a service capacity.
The Bagpipe Band Club offers the opportunity to learn the necessary skills and develop the talents of students interested in playing the Highland bagpipes or drums. For the advanced students who are already proficient in performance, the band offers the chance to further their abilities while representing Chaminade High School at selected school functions.
The Band provides interested students with a variety of cocurricular and extracurricular musical activities. Chaminade has three Concert Bands and a Pep Band. The Concert Bands, in conjunction with the Chaminade Glee Clubs and the String Orchestra, give two public performances each year at the Christmas and Spring Concerts. The Pep Band performs at home league varsity football and basketball games and their playoffs. All members of the Band are required to take individual, weekly music lessons which are scheduled during regular school hours. The weekly thirty minute lesson fee is $25.00 and is paid directly to the music teacher. Because of the dual purpose of the Band Department, personal proficiency in instrumental music and participation in a performing art, school and Regents credit may be earned by Band members. Members of the Band participate fully in the activities of the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) and the Nassau Music Educators Association (NMEA), regularly sending students to the All-County and All-State concerts. Band practices are held every school day as a regular part of the school schedule.
Students who are members of Catholics for Life defend the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death, and every stage in between. Students participate in weekly discussions and monthly evenings of adoration, in addition to retreats and service events throughout the year. Catholics for Life members seek to understand, protect, and enhance the religious and civil rights of all people, especially Catholics. They defend the rights of the unborn, the elderly, those with special needs, those facing religious discrimination, and other groups whose rights are not always protected.
The Chaminade Vocal Chamber Ensemble is a cocurricular activity in which students who are already members of the Glee Club, audition for a spot in the Chaminade Vocal Chamber Ensemble. The Chaminade Vocal Chamber Ensemble gives two public performances each year at the Christmas and Spring concerts. In addition, the Chaminade Vocal Chamber Ensemble sings at various events throughout the year, both on and oﬀ-campus. The Chaminade Vocal Chamber Ensemble practices after school on days scheduled by the director. Membership in the Chaminade Vocal Chamber Ensemble is contingent upon interest and singing ability.
The Computer Technology Club is open to all divisions, and provides members with the opportunity to learn about computer and telecommunication hardware, software, and infrastructure. The club is responsible for maintaining all computer hardware used by students, as well as voice and data cabling throughout campus. At weekly club meetings, students are given the opportunity to sign up for upcoming projects. Project teams, consisting of 2-10 members, then schedule and work on projects after school during the week.
Oﬃcially opened during the 2014-2015 school year, Flyers CrossFit is an oﬃcially recognized CrossFit aﬃliate. The CrossFit program was founded in order to provide another option for Chaminade students to become physically ﬁt by developing a variety of physical skills in a competitive and supportive environment. Flyers CrossFit is staﬀed by CrossFit certiﬁed instructors and is open to all four divisions, regardless of level of ﬁtness or experience level. Students who wish to participate in CrossFit must complete a mandatory introductory course. CrossFit classes occur after school.
The C.S. Lewis Society offers the student body the opportunity to meet on a weekly basis and share an appreciation for the literary works of C.S. Lewis. Students read excerpts from some of his classic works and discuss the theological and philosophical significance. The C.S. Lewis Society is open to all students.
The Drama Club offers interested students an opportunity to develop in the creative theatre arts. These arts include acting, singing and dancing, stage management, set design, stagecraft, costumes, make-up, and the opportunity to play in the pit band for the musical. The group usually produces a play and a musical each year.
The goal of the Economics Club is to promote and develop an interest in economics, finance, financial investments, financial markets, etc., and to present student access and information in regard to further academic studies and preparation into economic and business careers. In addition, our mission is to provide interest and support among students and faculty; and to provide a forum for the presentation of innovative ideas to the benefit of Chaminade H.S. In doing so, the Economics Club involves guest speakers, field trips, use of The Bloomberg Business Center and other activities. All students at Chaminade High School are eligible to be active members.
The Emmaus Apostolic Program is a school-wide effort which seeks to engage students in service to the Church, the school, and the community. The name is taken from a passage in the Gospel of St. Luke (24:13-35), in which two disciples meet Jesus on the road to Emmaus. The disciples recognize the Risen Christ after walking, talking, and breaking bread with Him. In a similar way, Emmaus volunteers come to a deeper relationship with Jesus and discover new ways to actively express their faith. Emmaus volunteers participate in a wide variety of projects. Planting, painting, visiting the elderly, and working with children are just a few of the many types of service that Emmaus volunteers perform. Emmaus volunteers also perform service and lend their support to many of the spiritual programs on campus.
The object of the General Student Organization (GSO) is the participation of the student body with the faculty and parents in promoting the goal of the school: the formation of the Christian man in all areas of life -- religious, moral, intellectual, social, physical and emotional. To this end, the GSO organizes apostolic, recreational, intramural and social activities for the students. Through their activities, the members of the GSO render a service to their fellow students while they experience themselves the maturing demands of responsibility and commitment which help to develop reliability and competence. The GSO is organized by various committees. The GSO has two levels of committees: Schoolwide Committees, and Divisional Committees. The Schoolwide Committees include a Dance and Intramural Committee. Divisional Committees are organized by their respective moderators. In order to encourage greater participation from the Student Body, the General Student Organization is organized on a volunteer basis. Membership on any committee is open to all students.
The Glee Club is a cocurricular Activity which is open to all students who are interested in choral music. Chaminade has two Glee Clubs and, in conjunction with the concert bands and String Ensemble, give two public performances each year at the Christmas and spring concerts. In addition to these concerts, the Glee Club also sings during the Masses for the student body. Accordingly, both sacred and secular music are of interest to the Glee Club. The Glee Club participates fully in the activities of the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) and the Nassau Music Educators Association (NMEA). All members of the Glee Club are required to take individual, weekly music lessons which are scheduled during regular school hours. The weekly thirty-minute lesson is $25.00 and is paid directly to the music teacher. Glee Club practices are held every school day as a regular part of the school schedule. A calendar of all mandatory Glee Club activities, as well as volunteer opportunities, is published in September as well as posted on the Chaminade website. Membership in the Glee Club is contingent upon interest, cooperation and singing ability.
The Golf Club provides the student body with an opportunity to enhance their knowledge of the game of golf through participation in a variety of activities, including actual play in golf outings in both fall and spring. Members learn about golf rules and etiquette, participate in trivia contests, watch videos on golf instruction and places of interest, and attend practice sessions during the winter months. Members also compete in a variety of golf contests throughout the year.
Chaminade students commit themselves to three hours or more of service per week after school or on weekends. They assist the following departments: X-ray, accounting, admitting, physical therapy, pharmacy, and the emergency room. The majority of Chaminade’s students participate in a program administered by the community hospital, which is within five blocks of the school. However, Chaminade also sponsors participation in volunteer programs in the students’ local communities. Application is made to the program by students between fourteen and eighteen years of age. Once accepted, a student may work all four years of high school. Working papers are required in filling out an application for volunteer work. Students are required to complete a minimum of 35 hours of service to receive credit. The hospital volunteer program is endowed in memory of Philip C. Kantz, Jr.
Members of the Intramural Officials Club assist the Intramural Program through effective refereeing of the various intramural events after school. Emphasis is placed on learning the rules of various sports by means of clinics and experience. The club is open to all students and awards are presented on the basis of the number of games in which a student has been a referee.
The Language Clubs allow interested students to further pursue the cultural and linguistic aspects of the language that they are studying. The clubs provide the members an opportunity to increase their appreciation of a diﬀerent culture though various activities such as games, movies, celebrations of holidays, ﬁeld trips, guest speakers, discussions, etc.
The Mathematics Club, Mu Sigma, is open to all students with an interest in mathematics. The purpose of the club is to stimulate an interest in mathematics and to challenge the student with problems and opportunities beyond those encountered in the classroom. Mathematics research opportunities are also aﬀorded to its members. Members of the Math Club also assist in tutoring students in mathematics.
Music Club promotes the enjoyment and understanding of Classical music beyond playing an instrument and the scope offered in the classroom. Members are not required to play a musical instrument or have any prior musical knowledge, although an intermediate understanding of music is assumed since all members have either passed or will currently be studying the freshman music course.
Tarmac is the school newspaper, published by the students of Chaminade. The word "tarmac" means an airport runway, an appropriate name for the newspaper of Chaminade students, who call themselves “Flyers.” Membership on the Tarmac staff is open to all students interested in the various aspects of newspaper publishing, such as writing articles, selecting and cropping photos, layout design, and desktop publishing. The Tarmac is published in both school-wide and divisional editions, with school-wide Tarmac appearing both in print and online. The divisional editions reflect the particular interests and personalities of the divisions. Students who work on divisional editions gain valuable experience for use on the schoolwide staff.
Chaminade sophomores, juniors, and seniors have the opportunity to perform service to the local Church by instructing children in religious doctrine through the religious education programs of various parishes. Chaminade provides transportation and supervision for this instruction. Instruction in methodology and direction of class preparation are provided for these student instructors on a daily basis during the school day. All students involved in parish religious education through Chaminade are scheduled for this instruction. Sophomore and Junior members also participate annually in a retreat for teachers. The Parish Religious Education Program is endowed in memory of Philip C. Kantz, Jr.
The Robotics Team offers students the opportunity to learn more about the essentials of designing, building, coding, and controlling robots for specific tasks. Students work in teams using parts and materials to construct a robot. These robots are designed to compete in a new challenge each year and will be brought to competitions at various sites competing against other schools and teams. The Robotics Team is open to all Chaminade students.
Members of the Sacristans, a volunteer service organization, are responsible for the liturgical appointments for all school Masses. The Sacristrans meet the day prior to each school Mass to arrange everything necessary for the celebration of the liturgy. On the day of the Mass, the Sacristans assist in vesting the celebrants, preparing the sacred vessels, and in cleaning after the celebration of the liturgy. The Sacristans are endowed in memory of Philip C. Kantz, Jr.
The Science Club has as its objectives the cultivation of an awareness of science, the familiarization of the student with scientific research, the encouragement of critical thinking, and the involvement of students in activities of a scientific, technological, or environmental nature. The Science Club’s activities include meetings, lectures, videos, and field trips to places of scientific or technological interest. The club sponsors the annual Science Fair and the Chaminade Invitational Science Fair for seventh and eighth grade students in Catholic schools.
Chaminade’s Science Olympiad Club is a multidisciplinary cocurricular activity. Its ultimate goal is allowing students to enthusiastically participate across a broad sampling of the sciences, such as the natural sciences, physical sciences, diﬀerent aspects of engineering, mathematics, and problem-solving skills. Club members demonstrate these skills during interscholastic competitions held across the NY-metro area and beyond. The club also participates in the North American Envirothon, a nationwide competition focusing exclusively on ecology and environmental science. Through all their preparations for these competitions, students learn personal accountability, the importance of team dynamics, and how to collaborate with their teammates to achieve shared goals - all critical skills for today’s professional.
The Science Research Club aims to promote student-based, translatable, scientific research. The research is conducted at Chaminade’s state of the art Science and Technology Center. Students gain knowledge for initiating and conducting all aspects of scientific research. The fundamental use of the Scientific Method will be emphasized. Collaborative initiatives with local hospitals and research facilities allow students the opportunity to gain real world experience. In addition, students have an opportunity to enter their research projects in both local and national science competitions.
The Social Studies Club has for its object the investigation, discussion and debate of the major national and international issues of the day. This organization restricts its activities to the school proper, and does not directly participate in the political life of the community. Once per trimester, the Club sponsors a field trip to some area of historical interest.
The Sodality of Our Lady of the Pillar is an organization whose purpose is:
a) To foster a greater awareness of oneself as a Christian,
b) To develop a greater sense of community among its members,
c) To promote among the members of the group an interchange of ideas and practices, and
d) To acquire a deeper knowledge of Christ and Mary by studying and discussing the Scriptures.
These purposes are achieved through the following:
a) The weekly meetings of the group, usually held on a Monday afternoon from 3:10 until 3:40 p.m. No other activity meets during this time period;
b) A personal interview with the Moderator of the group;
c) Participation in one of the programs at Meribah, the Chaminade retreat house; school-wide prayer services; and in the various Sodality Days of Recollection;
d) Participation in some form of apostolic activity.
Membership in the Sodality is open to all students. The groups will be organized according to division by the Director of Sodality.
The String Orchestra is a co-curricular activity open to interested students. In conjunction with the Band and Glee Club, the String Orchestra gives two public performances each year at the Christmas and Spring Concerts. All members of the String Orchestra are required to take individual, weekly music lessons which are scheduled during regular school hours. The weekly 30-minute lesson fee is $25.00 and is paid directly to the music teacher. String Orchestra practices are held every school day as a regular part of the school schedule. Members of the String Orchestra participate fully in the activities of the New York State Music Associations (NYSSMA).
The Crimson and Gold, Chaminade’s yearbook, is an artistic and literary work published specifically to memorialize a year in the history of the Chaminade High School family. Yearbook staff members participate in various aspects of production, including writing, photography, layout, and desktop publishing. Membership on the yearbook staff is open to all divisions. Each member of the student body automatically receives a copy of the yearbook. An advertising campaign is conducted at the beginning of the school year to finance the yearbook.