Community activities are an important facet of our student life.
We offer programs throughout the day, in evenings and on weekends to round out our solid offerings in other areas and ensure all students who graduate are ready mentally, physically and socially for college and life beyond.
We make sure that every student has the right mix of activities so he stays busy and involved and develops skills that will help him in the future.
We assess our extracurricular program offerings and make changes or additions to mirror students’ current interests.
South Kent School offers leadership opportunities in many different areas for our boys to develop the courage and strength of character to set out on the Hero's Path. Each leadership position carries different responsibilities, but all bear the same expectations:
- To lead by example, abiding by all of the expectations of the school community and expecting a similar level of support for school rules from peers
- To exhibit a positive attitude, contributing to school spirit at all times
- To address violations of school expectations when observed
- To support and supplement the work of the faculty in making school life enjoyable, healthful and productive
South Kent Student Leadership Opportunities
- Form Councils
- Ambasadors (Tour Guides)
- Dorm Junior/Senior
- Peer-Led Honor Court
- Concert Master
- Pigtail Editor
- Team Captains
The guiding principles of South Kent's Form Program are the four stages of the "Hero's Journey," the last of which is "Service and Moving On." While this final stage is emphasized in the upper forms, each South Kent boy is encouraged and expected to engage in meaningful acts of community service. These expectations are not limited to several days each term but infused in subtle as well as more apparent ways in everything we do on campus every day. Third Formers may take a lead role in on-campus recycling efforts. Boys may volunteer to read stories to faculty and staff children in the library's reading room. Regularly-scheduled "Midnight Runs" take place throughout the year to take donated clothing and food to the homeless in New York City. "Service" takes practice, and many of the boys come to realize that the reward may be greater than their sacrifice as they give back to their school, local and national communities.
Dorm life is the very center of South Kent’s boarding school community and therefore crucial in creating a positive school experience. Dorm living provides each student with the opportunity to learn valuable lessons about living with others and becoming self-reliant.
A faculty dorm-parent or family lives in each dormitory. Along with non-resident faculty members, they are responsible for seeing that the School’s guidelines are followed in the dorms. Assisting the dorm-parents are student dorm supervisors whose responsibilities range from maintaining order and cleanliness to fostering a positive community. Ultimately the quality of dorm life is controlled by each resident’s commitment to taking pride in himself and being considerate of his neighbors.
The Director of Student Activities and the Prefects make a joint effort to help coordinate weekend activities during the academic school year.
Being a member of the Association of Independent Schools, South Kent is able to offer weekend activities for students every weekend of the academic school year, with South Kent hosting a few of its own events. The Association consists of single-sex boarding schools from Springfield, MA to Westchester County, NY. Weekend activities might include: dances, trips to movie theaters, making ice cream sundaes, trips to the mall in Danbury and New Milford shopping centers, bowling, laser-tag, form trips to Six-Flags, and bus trips to the town of Kent for access to a grocery store, various restaurants and local stores.
Cardinal and Black
Since 1940, South Kent boys have been competing for the coveted Cardinal and Black Cup. The competition began one night when the student body leaders decided the School should be divided into two clubs in order to boost competition and increase the boys’ interest in events which had not appealed to them beforhand.
The competition begins at the beginning of the academic year with an all-school assembly in which the new boys are assigned their color for the first time and join their club.
The competitions have changed throughout the years, but the idea remains the same: a year-long competition that will challenge the boys' minds and bodies.
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Longest Streak – 6 years
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Longest Streak – 4 years (twice)
Examples of events that may be used:
- Winter Canoe Race
- Flag Football
- Scavenger Hunt
- Beach Vollyball
- Human Curling
- Chili Cook-off
- Trivia Bowl
- Effort List/Study Hall
- Anything that Floats
- Big-Wheel Race
- C&B Olympics
- Ultimate Frisbee
- Giant Basketball
- Hot-Dog Eating Championships
Advanced Media Group
South Kent School's Advanced Media Group (AMG) offers students the opportunity to learn video broadcasting, editing, and commentary. Inaugurated in 2003, AMG began as a film production club to record athletic events on VHS tapes. Ten years later, the club has grown with the evolution of technology, now offering students access to iPads, mobile technology, and drones with GoPros to gather high-quality footage.
Using state-of-the-art HD cameras and digital video editing tools, the student-run organization currently directs and produces live webcasts of many of the School's events. AMG students have traveled to many campuses to share their knowledge and technology so that other schools might begin similar programs.
If you are interested in learning more about the group or have specific questions, you may email the group at [email protected].
The Pigtail Newspaper and Cardinal News Network
South Kent School has a proud tradition of giving students a voice to tell their stories of campus life through The Pigtail, which these days is coupled with the world of digital technology and communications through the Cardinal News Network.
The Digital Communications classes regularly produce multimedia story packages that offer a student view of life on the Hillside and publish them on the online publication, the Cardinal News Network. Often collaborating with writers from The Pigtail student newspaper, students develop their own story ideas, research and report to “tell the story” in text, video and stills.
Cultural Exchange and Off-Campus Programs
South Kent School offers interested students many off-campus academic, experiential, and cultural opportunities.
The Call to Adventure affinity group prides itself on pushing the boys to new limits. No experience encapsulates this goal more than the yearly trip to the West. Led by Patrick Bonis, the Call to Adventure group travels to Colorado and Utah. The boys begin their journey with the goal of summiting Mt. Elbert, the highest point of the Rocky Mountains located in Colorado. The peaks altitude is 14,443 feet, making it the second highest point in the contiguous United States. After the freezing cold of Colorado, the boys venture to Utah. There boys join many other hikers on beautiful desert trails. They traverse rocky scenery and see beautiful sights, including the iconic Delicate Arch.
The Czech Student Exchange Program has been in existence between South Kent and a secondary school in Brno in the Czech Republic for over nine years. In alternating years, South Kent School sends eight students and two faculty to Brno and hosts a group of students and faculty from Brno. Additionally, the international occasionally hosts other international groups for a two-week cultural exchange here in the United States.
Eligible students in the Fifth Form may apply to attend in the High Mountain Institute in the Colorado Rockies or the Chewonki Semester School on the Maine Seacoast. These are very competitive half-year programs that combine rigorous honors level and Advanced Placement academics with outdoor experiential learning.
Students may participate in VISIONS Service Adventures. VISIONS community service programs stretch from Alaska, Mississippi, and Montana in the US, to the Caribbean and West Indies, to Central and South America, and to Vietnam. These programs focus on ambitious community service, cultural immersion, and adventurous exploration.
Fifth Formers may join Ocean Classroom’s Semester at Sea program and sail up the Atlantic Coast from the Caribbean to New York City. In addition, South Kent School participates in the CIRENAS program in Costa Rica where students engage in intensive environmental and sustainability studies in the Costa Rican rain forest.