he High School is a dynamic and exciting place. The halls continue to be filled with the sound of student voices even after school is out for the day. Students have the opportunity to develop their unique talents and interests through clubs and activities.
A wide range of extracurricular activities encourages students to be fully involved in school life. Many students participate in mathematics, science, literary, art, computer and history competitions. Student-sponsored activities such as dances and parties are supported enthusiastically by both students and faculty.
These are just a few of the clubs and activities students become involved with throughout the school year:
Key Club is an international, student-run service organization. Canterbury ’s Key Club is the largest club in the High School and works with many service organizations in the Fort Wayne community, including Erin ’s House, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Boys and Girls Club and the Fort Wayne Museum of Art.
Junior Classical League
The Junior Classical League works to encourage an interest in and an appreciation of the language, literature and culture of ancient Greece and Rome and to impart an understanding of the debt of our own culture to that of classical antiquity. The JCL at Canterbury School competes twice a year in certamen meets (Latin-related quiz games) and attends the state convention in the spring at Indiana University .
Students have the opportunity to compete in speech meets in the areas of drama, humor, extemporaneous, broadcast, impromptu, discussion, prose and poetry. Students meet with the speech team coach during free periods and after school.
Mock Trial is an inter-school competition that allows students to take on the roles of attorneys or witnesses in a simulated case. This activity begins in December and continues through a regional competition in February and, if the team qualifies, a state final competition in March. Students are expected to devote time to research the case and prepare arguments and testimony. Some weekend practices may be necessary. This activity is open to all grades.
Model United Nations
Model UN is a simulation of the real United Nations: Groups of students represent different countries. Nations then gather at a conference to create, debate and adopt or reject solutions to global problems put forth by each nation. Students develop skills in public speaking, debate, conflict resolution, critical thinking and research. Each school year, they participate in at least two conferences.
Throughout the school year, there are multiple opportunities for students to serve as ambassadors for the school. First among these opportunities is that of serving in the role of tour guide, but resource committee members help with multiple school functions at school and in the community.
Stock Market Club
The Canterbury High School Stock Market Club aims to expose students to the world of stock trading. Students are given an online brokerage account (consisting of fake money) with which they can buy and sell stocks at their leisure. At the end of the year, they will determine who has finished with the most valuable portfolio. Stock market fundamentals and investing strategies are discussed at the monthly meetings.
International Student Organization
ISO meets roughly one time per month to celebrate a world culture. Usually some aspect of an ISO gathering centers around food, but in the end, the group aims to bring together students from vastly differently backgrounds.
The Untitled Paper
The Untitled Paper is an all-school, student-run newspaper distributed to the K-12 community. Articles are written and pictures are taken by students during their free time. All interested students are encouraged to participate. Juniors take on the role of assistant editors, using InDesign to lay out the newspaper. Seniors are eligible for editor positions, creating, assigning and editing articles for the eight issues published each year.
A group of students interested in creative writing meet weekly to share and critique poetry, stories and essays. In these workshops, students work together to critique constructively their peers’ writing. The group eventually becomes the editorial staff for the High School’s literary/arts journal Mimesis. The group’s job is to edit and lay out the journal for springtime publication.
Several years ago motivated students developed a strong interest in publishing non-fiction articles ranging from carefully researched papers to reviews of the arts. Sententia is a magazine that showcases essays and articles that stem from thoughtful reflection and a genuine desire to share one’s thinking.