Bishop Connolly offers a variety of student clubs ranging from the Debate Team and Chorus to the van Gogh Art Club and Yearbook. Students are encouraged to get involved in club activities; new clubs may be established by students if there is sufficient interest. The diverse range of activities offers opportunities for developing new interests and skills and builds community across grade levels.
Campus Ministry provides students with opportunities for retreats, days of recollection, Celebration of the Eucharist, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and other prayer experiences that enable them to grow in faith.
The BCHS Chorus rehearses weekly and performs throughout the school year at our monthly school Masses and at Connolly’s Fine Arts Night held twice a year. All members of our student body who like to sing are welcome to join.
Student Ambassadors serve as tour guides to 7th and 8th graders, as well as leaders for our Open House and other events that promote Bishop Connolly. Applications for the program are accepted near the end of the school year, and the selection process results in a diverse representation of the student body. All students are welcome to apply.
BCHS’s Debate Team is a great activity to develop confidence and public speaking skills that can benefit students throughout their lives. Students are coached and practice weekly in various forensic events in order to prepare for competitions and tournaments held throughout the season. Students may participate in this club throughout their four years at Connolly and are encouraged to begin their debate careers as freshmen.
A youth service chapter sponsored by the Rotary Club of Fall River, the BCHS Interact Club is a student-led group that organizes and supports service projects in the local community and around the globe.
The Bishop Connolly Mock Trial Competition is an academic competition in which a team of six to eight students simulate the roles of both attorneys and witnesses in a fictional trial situation. Students have approximately five months to prepare for their roles.
Mu Alpha Theta Mathematics Honor Society
Founded in 1957, Mu Alpha Theta is a national organization that promotes scholarship in mathematics in high schools and junior colleges. To become a member of Mu Alpha Theta, a student must complete the equivalent of two years of college preparatory mathematics, including algebra and/or geometry, and have completed or be enrolled in a third year of college preparatory mathematics. On the Society’s 4-point grading scale, members must have at least a 3.0 math grade point average.
National Honor Society and National Junior Honor Society
The National Honor Society (NHS) and National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) are the nation’s premier organizations established to recognize outstanding high school and middle grade students. More than just an honor roll, NHS and NJHS serve to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of Scholarship, Leadership, Service and Character (and Citizenship for NJHS). These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since their beginnings in 1921 and 1929, respectively.
The Recycling Club at BCHS is a service organization that encourages the entire BCHS community to recycle paper products in the classrooms, as well as bottles and cans during lunches. On a weekly basis, paper is collected around the school and recycled, thereby reducing the amount of trash and the negative impact it has on our environment. The club is open to all students.
Student Council is a group of students elected by the BCHS student body to hold leadership positions within the student government. The purpose of the Student Council is to promote student activities and to foster school spirit and social interaction.
Van Gogh Club
The van Gogh Club is an after-school program that provides materials, instruction and support for students seeking a creative outlet beyond their academic schedule. Participating members gather weekly to work on a variety of artistic skills and techniques. Students can choose to produce independent and/or group projects using art materials and equipment available in the Art Department.
World Language Honor Societies
Bishop Connolly’s chapters of the Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica and the Société Honoraire de Français recognize the academic achievements of BCHS students enrolled in Spanish, Portuguese and French who meet the national honor societies’ requirements. In order to be selected and admitted to a society, a student must have an average of 90 or better in their chosen language over three consecutive semesters, as well as maintain a minimum 3.5 GPA overall. Once a member, a student is expected to perform service in their school or community. At Bishop Connolly, one of the most important service contributions is world language tutoring for fellow BCHS students. The World Language Honor Societies also sponsor a yearly coat drive that collects and distributes coats and clothing donations to churches and soup kitchens throughout the Greater Fall River area.
The BCHS Yearbook is a colorful capsule of each school year’s happenings and highlights. The club’s mission is to capture the special moments and memories shared by the school community, particularly each year’s senior class.