Clubs and Activities
Our Lady of Mount Carmel School is pleased to offer a wide range of clubs and activities to boost the student life on and off campus. OLMC students are given the opportunity and encouraged to join school clubs, which open the door to building new friendships, allow them to explore leadership opportunities, and improve academic life. A majority of OLMC students participate in a club or activity to enhance their educational experience.
Pope’s Prayer Club
Pope’s Prayer Club originated when John Paul II was Pope and was inviting young people to pray about their vocations, to not be afraid to give their whole lives to God, whether that be through priesthood, religious life, or marriage.
OLMC hosts a Pope’s Prayer Club, which meets after school until about 4:00 PM on First Fridays. A portion of the time is spent discussing the Pope’s prayer intention for the month and then praying to support that intention. The other portion of the time is spent on a craft or activity that helps to make the understanding of the intention more concrete in the minds of the children.
Band (grades 4-8)
Students are invited to explore instruments and refine their musical skills at this daily practice of band and instrumental instruction for beginning and advanced performers. The band program is divided into two ensembles: Elementary Band and Middle School Band. Elementary Band is for beginning band students in grades 4th through 8th; students learn about all the different types of instruments of the orchestra by testing them out, listening to recordings and videos, and learning how to play the appropriate music literature for each instrument. Middle School Band is for advanced students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade who have committed to an instrument. In this ensemble, Middle school students learn various styles of music, how to collaborate with other instruments, and improve their playing technique and music theory.
Choir (grades 4-8)
Singing is praying twice said St. Augustine. Open to all parish children, students meet on a weekly basis to learn new pieces and to strengthen vocal skills. They sing monthly at the 10am Sunday Mass and prepare special post-communion meditations. Students are taught about the church’s rich musical tradition and the role that music plays in the liturgy. They are challenged to connect what they sing to sacred Scripture and the life of the Church. They are integrated into daily school life through services such as Living Stations of the Cross. They also bring Christ to the community by singing at local nursing homes.
Cantors (grades 3-8)
These young singers lead the congregation at the weekly all-school Mass. After passing a short audition, they are scheduled in pairs throughout the year to learn that week’s hymns, psalm, and Mass parts. They rehearse two days a week before their Mass during the recess period. Students in this ministry have a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the Mass, work as a team, and develop confidence and leadership skills.
Student Ambassadors (grades 6-8)
The student ambassadors assist the Advancement Office in a variety of ways, including offering tours to prospective families, assisting at our Open Houses, phone-a-thons, and other fundraising events including our Cornerstone Breakfast. They practice public speaking and hospitality.
Altar Servers/Ushers/Sacristans (grades 5-8)
Students have the opportunity to serve at the weekly all-school Masses. Eighth grade students serve as ushers, sacristans, and greeters under the supervision of the Liturgical Minister and the 8th grade religion teacher. Students in 5th-8th grade, along with their homeroom classes, take turns serving at the altar and reading petitions during the All-school Masses.
Lego Robotics (grades 5-8)
This club combines math, engineering, and technology into one fun program, where students work in teams to build robots. Working with various types of sensors, students program their robots to receive information, process it, and perform an array of tasks. The Robotics club participates in the First Lego League, where sponsored competitions take place.
National Junior Honor Society (grades 7-8)
Students that are strong academically and demonstrate the four qualities of character, leadership, scholarship, and service, are considered by a faculty board for induction into the St. Thomas Aquinas Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society.
If you are interested in joining a club, please contact Mrs. Hill in the Front Office at 757-596-2754 or firstname.lastname@example.org.