Clubs & Societies
National Honor Society
The National Honor Society recognizes students for their outstanding academic achievement in Scholarship, Service, Leadership, Character and Citizenship. Through a rigorous selection process based on current GPA, leadership initiative and community service, students can join NHS in both the upper and lower schools and begin to develop essential leadership. Meetings are held monthly with community service projects and activities scheduled throughout the year. NHS members have a true sense of honor and consider it a privilege to work as a team to improve their school and community.
Bears in Action
Service in the community is a priority for many people today. We don’t have to look far to find people and organizations in our area and beyond that can only fulfill their missions with the time, energy, efforts, and donations of others. Even colleges recognize this and ask their potential freshmen for an accounting of service hours. The Banff School also values community contribution from our students.
Bears in Action is a club which focuses on students’ service in our community as volunteers in many areas. We discuss ways and places to contribute time and effort to organizations that need help, in school and in the greater community. We encourage individual volunteer efforts, and from time to time we go out in the community to serve together. In addition, the adviser helps students maintain records of their service and keeps copies of those records on file for use in college and scholarship applications.
Any junior or senior high school student may join Bears in Action. There is no application process, no grade requirement, and no character reference necessary. A student just needs a willing heart, an open mind, and a desire to help those in our community who are in need.
Houses and Prefects
At Banff School we have a “house system” in which the students are divided into four groups or teams called houses which are named after different species of bears...our school mascot! Our houses are named: Kodiak, Spirit, Grizzly and Atlas. Each student in Banff School competes with other students academically and athletically for the benefit of his/her house. Academic scores are tallied at the end of each 9 weeks based on the achievement in quarterly reports, while athletic points and other competition points are added throughout the year.
The houses are led by four senior students called prefects – who are given the responsibility to supervise students in the school as well as in their house. Prefects help with the smooth running of the school, act as role models for younger students and help new students settle in. They develop a sense of self-reliance and sense of duty as they take on the responsibilities associated with the position. They act as ambassadors for the school in their contact with visitors and show a high level of courtesy and appearance.
Every school year students in grades 6-12 elect representatives for Student Council which is comprised of a representative for each grade level (6-12) along with 4 cabinet positions: President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary. The Student Council is tasked with planning and organizing important events as well as initiatives intended to improve student life at the Banff School. Student Council members are expected to set an example for their classmates and, if possible, address their concerns effectively and amicably.
Elementary Student Council
One student is elected from each grade to represent his or her classmates as a member of Elementary Student Council. The overall goal of the student council is to represent each grade and the students as a whole and to provide leadership for the student body. Student Council representatives are expected to be role models for others by being helpful, courteous, and positive. Under adult supervision, representatives will meet once a month after school to plan events for each month of the year. These events are designed to promote school spirit, help the community, build character and raise money/donations for charities.