Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart
Clubs and Organizations
Sacred Heart Academy encourages each student to participate in extracurricular clubs and activities. These opportunities provide outstanding leadership experiences for students and occasions to build friendships with peers who share similar interests. The extracurricular clubs and activities at SHA are designed to foster social awareness and debate, develop talents and skills, and enhance our students’ commitment to others. Some of the diverse opportunities available at SHA include:
Amnesty International focuses on helping the vulnerable and unfortunate in the impoverished and war torn areas of the world. SHA’s chapter emphasizes women’s rights and freedoms in these disadvantaged countries.
Book Club is a group of SHA students who enjoy reading great books and discussing them with others. Each year we travel to Rochester to attend the Teen Book Festival where we get to listen to and meet authors. As a service project we critique books for the Museum of disABILITY History.
Cooking for a Cause is a culinary club with a passion for cooking combined with a desire to help those who are less fortunate. Club members offer culinary services to local nonprofit organizations.
Couch to 5K is a group whose goal is to move students from the couch to running 5 kilometers in just 9 weeks.
Diversity Club is founded on the philosophy that awareness and respect are the most effective ways to learn about and treat our fellow human beings. Its main focus is to allow members to address their individual issues, become engaged in the community, and understand one another. Members promote tolerance and the belief that all people should be honored and respected. Its goal is to bring people together through understanding.
Donate Life is a club that seeks to raise awareness about the power of organ and tissue donations to give critically ill patients a new chance at leading healthy, productive lives.
Drama Club/Musical Production members participate in SHA’s fall musical and/or spring drama. On-stage and behind-the-scenes roles offer everyone a chance to get involved.
Drill Team is a diverse group of students with advanced rhythm capabilities who form step routines. Members develop routines and perform them at various events.
Environmental Club combines learning, service, and fun in monthly activities. Speakers, many of them alumnae, inform the group about the latest environmental problems in the Western New York area and the world. Service is performed with groups such as Riverkeepers, and students raise money to beautify the grounds at SHA as well as assist families in need. Field trips, such as snowshoeing, provide time to relax and meet new friends. The Club is open to all classes.
Film Club is an opportunity for students to establish an appreciation for film, to learn about the work and skill required to create a film, and to grant our girls a creative outlet to channel their thoughts, beliefs, and selves. Students learn about the filmmaking process and create their own original works.
Franciscan Scholars are SHA students in advanced placement or honors English classes who read and discuss various plays and musicals and attend the theatrical productions.
Life Skills allows juniors and seniors to learn and discuss what is to come after graduation from SHA. Students will learn how to budget money, get help applying and interviewing for jobs and colleges, and talk with SHA graduates about all aspects of college life. They will also learn about relationships, compatibility, time and stress management.
Literary Magazine is comprised of a group of SHA students who enjoy creative writing and artwork, and who work together to produce SHA’s literary magazine, Quoth The Raven.
Mixed Martial Arts will teach students some valuable personal safety techniques while helping them to become more self-confident and physically fit.
Mock Trial learns about the principles of case development and trial techniques and competes against other schools in mock trial tournaments.
National Honor Society is a group of juniors and seniors who maintain a grade point average of 3.6 or higher. Members participate in activities that help improve the community.
Puzzle Club is an opportunity for students to stretch their minds and think out of the box. This club is for those who enjoy jigsaw puzzles, crosswords, Sudoku, Mad Libs, and word search/word scramble.
Respect Life provides an opportunity for students to raise awareness of life issues in the SHA community. Members discuss ways to support life-enhancing causes and provide information on life issues to their classmates. They are also given the opportunity to participate in rallies or prayer services for life.
Sacristans help to prepare the SHA auditorium for school religious services and participate in the Academy liturgies.
SADD, or Students Against Destructive Decisions, explores the issues confronting teens and develops strategies to encourage smart choices.
Science Olympiad is a competitive team that will prepare, train, and compete in a variety of science-based events. Our team will compete against other high schools at the regional and state levels.
Service Club provides numerous opportunities for members to volunteer at various events that help the underprivileged and vulnerable in our community. Examples of events that Service Club members have volunteered at include Habitat for Humanity, the Western New York Down Syndrome Association Christmas Party, and the Easter Food Drive for St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy.
SHA Shouties are a group of students overflowing with school spirit who cheer on the school sports teams at competitions with rival schools.
SHA-TV offers students the opportunity to develop their media and communication skills by preparing and making morning news announcements along with members of Student Council.
Ski Club offers a great outdoor winter activity for those students who enjoy the thrill of the slopes. Students ski at Holiday Valley on Friday evenings through the St Joe’s Ski Club.
Spanish/French Club offers exposure to the Spanish and French speaking world and its cultures in a fun environment. It looks beyond the Foreign Language classrooms and encourages the understanding of diversity of other people and cultures.
Torch publishes the school newspaper, which contains articles about issues and events occurring within SHA, our community, and the nation. Students are responsible for all stages of the production process, from research and writing, to layout and editing, to printing and distribution.
Yoga and Meditation will teach students techniques to relax, stretch and de-stress.