Clubs and Activities

Students at Delaware Valley Friends have opportunities to participate in a wide variety of clubs and activities outside the classroom.


Many of the clubs and activities stem from student initiative, and provide a way for them to connect to each other reinforcing the value of community. Each club has a faculty sponsor and faculty oversight.

Clubs and activities are also wonderful opportunities to test out ideas students and teachers have for new sports or course offerings  – and some have been adopted into the main curriculum as courses (ASL, American Sign Language) or as league sports (Ultimate Frisbee, Golf, Girls’ Lacrosse).

Some examples of current clubs and activities include:

STUDENT LEADERSHIP

Quaker Student Government and Subcommittees

Based on the Quaker Meeting for Business model, students, faculty, and administration all come together in a Town Hall Meeting style gathering to share opinions about a variety of issues, provide input to student leaders, and make decisions about school policies and approaches.

Student government subcommittees include:

    • Query Committee (exploring issues such as hunger, immigration, etc., within small groups as part of Quaker worship) 
    • Activities Committee (oversees all grade-wide and school-wide social activities)
    • Service Committee (oversees all grade-wide and school-wide service projects)

Prom Committee

The Prom Committee plans the Sr. Prom, including fundraising, venue, invitations, decorations, and favors. Open to seniors only. Meets on Fridays at upper school lunch as needed.

Senior Class Gift Committee

This is a leadership group open to all seniors. Meets once a week during upper school lunch. The committee leads the senior class in developing, organizing and implementing all-school fundraising activities that benefit theSenior Class Gift to DVFS. 

CLUBS

S.A.F.E. (Students And Faculty for Equality)

A club dedicated to establishing an atmosphere at DVFS that is inclusive and accepting of all people. 

Amnesty International

Advocating for and standing up for human rights around the world, and empowering students to engage in the global community. The club works to raise awareness of cases in the world right now where people are denied human rights such as freedom, justice, and dignity, are suffering wrongful imprisonment, or are forced to suffer inhumane conditions. We tend to pick one focus issue per year, and in past years have focused on refugees in the Sudan and democracy in Myanmar. Our current focus is developing access to education for girls in developing countries.

Diversity

The Diversity Club is open to all members of the DVFS community. At our weekly meetings we:

  • Talk about important issues that relate to diversity, such as race, ethnicity, gender, class, LGBTQ.
  • Discuss topics brought to attention by the community
  • Work to figure out ways to integrate diversity awareness into the DVFS community.
Each year, members are selected to attend the annual National Association of Independent Schools Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC). The SDLC is a "multiracial, multicultural gathering of upper school student leaders (grades 9-12) from across the county that focuses on self-reflecting, forming allies, and building community." 

DV Singers

Upper School vocal ensemble. Performs contemporary popular music. Rehearses twice a week during upper school lunch and the group performs at the Holiday Assembly, Music Department Cafes, and Annual Arts Festival. Open to all interested students grades 9-12. 

DV Band

Upper and middle school band. Performs contemporary rock, folk, and jazz songs. Rehearsals take place on Wednesday and Friday mornings from 7:45-8:25 before school. DV Band performs at Coffeehouses, assemblies, and the Annual Arts Festival.

Improv Drama

Students interested in drama meet weekly for improvisational acting games and workshops. The group performs at the Annual Arts Fest in the spring. 

SeaPerch

High school students learn and practice STEM skills, creating an underwater ROV (remotely operated vehicle) and competing with other high schools in the Tri-state Area.

Literary Magazine

The LitMag club publishes the annual literary magazine everyanything that features middle and upper school authors and artists. Students also act as the editorial staff. The magazine won an American Scholastic Publishing Award in 2010.

Yoga

In Yoga Club, we explore basic yoga postures and breathing techniques to feel the benefits of increased focus and energy, reduced stress, developing strength and flexibility, and having fun with movement.

Oceanography 

Read more here: DVFS Middle School students evaluate science films for the OCEAN 180 PROJECT  

ACTIVITIES

School Dances

School Dances are held three times per year and are planned by the Activities Committee as part of the Upper School Student Government. Dances are open to students in grades 9-12, and students are encouraged to bring friends from other schools. In addition to these dances, the senior class sponsors a Prom each year. DVFS faculty and administration chaperone these events.

Movie and Game Nights

Students in all grade levels are invited to share a fun evening at DVFS with friends watching a movie or playing board games. Snacks are provided and DVFS faculty act as chaperones. The student-run Activities Committee plans these events and students are welcome to bring friends from other schools. There are typically several of these events per school year.

STUDENT LEADERSHIP
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DV SINGERS
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IMPROV DRAMA
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SEA PERCH 
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YOGA
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