Activities & Clubs
Saint Thomas' Episcopal School offers students opportunities to pursue their academic and service interests beyond the classroom. Extracurricular academic activities are designed to promote critical thinking and reasoning skills, as well as teamwork. On-campus clubs offer students a variety of activities designed to promote character building and leadership.
Mock Trial is a student activity in which six to 10 high school students form a team. Half of the team members play the roles of attorneys and the other half play the witnesses in an imaginary court case. Cases alternate between criminal and civil cases.
Competition begins locally at the regional tournament, which is typically held at the Court of Appeals. The regional winner advances to the state competition, and the state champion advances to the national championship.
Mock trial participants not only learn about the law and our judicial system, but also develop life skills such as teamwork, case analysis, public speaking, quick thinking, and professionalism.
The Math and Science Club gives Upper School students an opportunity to gather and discuss math and science related topics. The Math and Science Club fields Science Bowl Teams that compete in the Department of Energy’s Science Quiz Bowl Competition each year. The club also offers several social events throughout the year that help raise math and science awareness in the community.
Quiz Bowl is a competitive, academic, interscholastic competition that includes questions from areas of knowledge including history, literature, science, fine arts, current events, sports, and popular culture. Open to Middle and Upper School students, the Quiz Bowl program prepares teams to participate in local, regional, and national competitions.
Saint Thomas’ Episcopal School is a member of Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS). In addition to athletics, TAPPS sponsors academic and arts competitions; our Upper School students compete in and excel at both the academic and arts categories.
Members of the TAPPS academic team participate in up to two competitions annually. The top three in an event advance to the state competition. Categories include:
- Persuasive Speaking,
- Solo Acting,
- Duet Acting,
- Original Oratory,
- Prose Interpretation,
- Literary Criticism,
- Ready Writing,
- Current Events and Issues,
- Social Studies,
- Advanced Math,
- Calculator, and
- Number Sense.
Seventh and eighth grade students have the opportunity to participate in Junior Cotillion (offered by the National League of Junior Cotillions) on our campus. Participants receive instruction and practice in etiquette, manners, character education, and traditional dancing. Cotillion, which meets on campus one evening a week for five weeks beginning each January, culminates with the Cotillion Ball at a local country club in February.
HOPE Club is an Upper School group dedicated to community outreach. Students meet bi-weekly to plan and organize upcoming service projects. Monthly projects have included work at the Food Bank, Life House, Open Door Mission, CCSC, Nehemiah Center, and various churches, as well as in-house work here at STE.
Student Ambassadors are Middle and Upper School volunteer representatives who help at open houses, Grandparents and Special Friends Day, accepted student shadowing, kindergarten acceptance parties, and other school events. Ambassadors greet guests, give tours, and answer questions from parents and students.
Comprised of elected homeroom representatives, as well as representatives from other organizations on campus, the Student Foundation’s main purpose is to serve Saint Thomas’. The group meets weekly and tackles issues important to the student body. Student Foundation also sponsors a Teacher Appreciation Week and provides signage in the Upper School building in support of our sports, music, and academic teams.
The upper school Honor Council is comprised of four seniors and four juniors.
The Headmaster and Upper School teachers nominate junior students at the beginning of each year, and then their classmates vote on the list of nominees. Elected juniors serve for two years.
In its judicial role, The Honor Council reviews and judges any case that comes before it concerning violations of the school’s Honor Code.
It then makes recommendations for action to the Headmaster, where the final appeal rests.
The Honor Council discusses the Honor System at the beginning of the year at a student assembly and at other appropriate times during the year.