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Academics
Upper School | Gr. 9–12
Student Life

Clubs and Activities

Over thirty clubs and activities at Gill St. Bernard’s offer opportunities outside the classroom which enhance our students’ overall experience and help to provide the balance we strive for as a school. Extracurricular activities change yearly based on student interest.

List of 30 items.

  • Academic League

    Gill St. Bernard's is one of twelve high schools in Somerset County that belong to the Academic League. Students compete against other area schools in a quiz-bowl type format in over 25 academic categories including science, math, geography, sports, and computers.
  • Admission Hosts and Tour Guides

    Student Hosts: A group of students (mostly 9th graders) who serve as hosts to visitors applying to the Upper School. Student Hosts play an important role in the application process by showing others what a day in the life is like at GSB.

    Tour Guides: A group of 10th-12th grade students who attend our fall Open Houses and show prospective families around campus. Tour Guides are able to convey important information about GSB and also share stories about their own experiences.
  • Chess Club

    As the chess team, our goal is to study and excel in the art of chess. We compete in several tournaments throughout the year, such as an ICA tournament (International Chess Association) and the World Amateur Team tournament. We hope to improve the skill level of all members of the GSB chess club.
  • Community Art Club

    The Community Art Club aims to promote interest in the fine arts amongst students. The club will serve as an outlet for expression and appreciation, to serve the entire GSB community. Our goals are to foster and maintain instruction in art and to develop an interest in the knowledge of art and culture and share it within the GSB community. All students are welcome to join the Community Art Club. Students meet in the Upper School art studio in Founders during meeting time to work on specific community art projects. 2015-2016 club activities include: posters and banners for events, the gingerbread contest, Care Team cards and a GSB garden poll.
  • Current Events Club

    The Current Events Club meets to discuss topics currently in the news cycle, with meetings often focusing on local concerns.
  • Environmental Club

    The Environmental Club at Gill St. Bernard's strives to not only make GSB a greener place, but to encourage students to take care of the environment and to help in the transformation of our school.
  • Fishing Club

    The GSB Fishing Club meets seasonally in the warm days of fall and the warming days of spring. There are occasional meetings, about once every other week, to plan outings. Most of the outings involve visiting the pond at Home Winds to take advantage of this terrifically convenient fishery. This club is noncompetitive and supportive. Fishermen and fisherwomen of all ages and abilities are encouraged to come out. Its goal is to get students outside to enjoy nature and their own camaraderie while learning a thing or two about fooling and catching fish.
  • For the Love of Animals

    FLA was established in 2014 by two GSB students who wanted to make a difference in the lives of animals. FLA meets every Thursday during the scheduled meeting time in Mrs. Wendell's classroom. The members of this club are led by its two founders, who present their ideas to the group each week. These ideas include ways in which they plan to raise funds and donate money to a number of non-profit organizations that provide programs and services to help animals. FLA attempts to focus on a different organization each week, depending on the scope of the project. Many projects include volunteering their time at the organization in addition to the donation of funds raised. FLA welcomes new members who wish to compassionately and responsibly create a more humane world for animals.
  • G.S.B. (Give Something Back) Club

    Gill St. Bernard's offers a wide array of community service opportunities on and off campus throughout the academic year. The Office of Student Life coordinates student-driven activities which help to serve local institutions and community organizations. Specific activities involving the New Jersey Food Bank, the Samaritan Homeless Interim Program, New Jersey Blood Services, Habitat for Humanity, the Interfaith Food Pantry, and many others allow students to develop their generosity of spirit while having a positive impact on those in need. Although community service is not required at GSB, student participation is extremely high and the program fosters the school's mission and core values, which include commitment, compassion, honor and responsibility.
  • Gay Straight Alliance

    The Gay Straight Alliance brings students together to support each other and create a platform for bringing awareness to the community about issues regarding LGBTQ youth. The club will host student forums, the National Day of Silence and No Name Calling Week.
  • Gender Equality Club

    The Gender Equality Club discusses ideas and solutions towards inequality in education, workplace, media and more. We strive to be a safe environment for expression; every member is encouraged to share their thoughts through group discussion, as well as, lend ideas for solving issues. The club meets every Friday in Mr. Gilbert's room, and anyone is free to join a discussion! 
  • Gill For Diversity Club

    The Gill for Diversity Club (GFD) is an Upper School leadership group of students who have attended various conferences and summits, participated in facilitation skills trainings and have demonstrated an interest in working with other students on issues of diversity and social justice. Their mission is to educate their peers about issues concerning diversity and equity that affect the school community and the world as a whole. GFD meets every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. This past year, GFD has hosted several student forums focused on religious identity, body image, and race identity where students are provided the space to voice their perspectives in a respectful and meaningful environment. In addition to student forums, the club initiated a “kindness matters” campaign, hosted a movie night and participated in a student exchange experience with Franklin High School in Somerset, NJ to compare and contrast life in public and private schools.
  • Girls Who Code

    Girls Who Code club is a free, afterschool activity for girls in grades 6 to 12.

    This club is a chapter of the national Girls Who Code organization and is focused on inspiring girls to get involved in computer coding. Currently, girls and women represent 18% of all college graduates majoring in computer science. According to the Girls Who Code website, in 2020 there will be 1.4 million computing related jobs and women are on track to represent just 3% of those workers.

    The Girls Who Code curriculum and activities focus on active project-based learning in a fun and friendly space. The club will meet from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Wednesdays in Hockenbury room 201. Ms. Mruk and Ms. Petrone sponsor this club.
  • GSB Book Club

    The GSB book club meets weekly to discuss books, share novel suggestions, plan author visits, suggest books for the library collection, etc. Additionally, once a month, group members come together to discuss a book that they have all read. These books are chosen by the book club after hearing suggestions from the club’s members. This year the group is hoping to build upon the success of the summer reading discussions to create more dialogue regarding reading at the school.
  • H.O.P.E.

    H.O.P.E. is a community service group that works in collaboration with the G.S.B. (Give Something Back) Club. H.O.P.E. stands for Helping Other People and the Environment. The group meets once a week to plan and carry-out several annual events including the Fall and Spring Blood Drive, Earth Day Tie-Dye T-Shirt Celebration, Christmas Toy Collection for El Centro Hispanoamericano, and other fundraiser endeavors to support a variety of causes on both a local and global scale. This is a student driven organization. Each year, students can propose different events and fundraisers they would like to see fulfilled that year. Our purpose is to help bring hope to those in need, whether they be our neighbors or friends abroad. 
  • Math League

    GSB students compete in the NJ Math League, which has six competitions throughout the school year. In addition, the students compete in the American Math Competition, which is held each February. The students meet once per week during the school day from October - March to prepare for the competitions.
  • Mock Trial

    Mock Trial is a statewide competition sponsored by the New Jersey State Bar Foundation. Students are presented the opportunity to hone their logic and speaking skills as they try a case in the roles of attorneys and witnesses. For more information, visit NJSBF.org.
  • Model U.N.

    Model UN is a simulation of the actual United Nations in which students research critical international issues and then represent selected national delegations at selected conferences. The activity involves considerable research, writing and extensive committee negotiations at the conferences.
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  • Outdoor Club

    The Outdoor Club is open to any student who is interested in hiking, camping, canoeing and other outdoor activities. Three to four trips are planned per school year.
  • Reading Buddies

    Reading Buddies is a cooperative effort between Upper School "Big Buddies" and 1st grade "Little Buddies" to share a love of reading. The students are paired at the beginning of the program, so they can develop a relationship over the course of the school year. The program uses the book series Martha Speaks by Susan Meddaugh and the PBS show based on the books as a starting point for the discussions. Every other week, the Big and Little Buddies watch a Martha Speaks episode, then the Big Buddies select a picture book on that theme to read to their Little Buddies. There are also vocabulary words and special activities to go with each biweekly visit. The Reading Buddies club is a lot of fun for both the Big and Little Buddies; each group really looks forward to getting together! 
  • Relay For Life

    Relay for Life is an event sponsored by the American Cancer Society to raise money not only for cancer research, but also for helping cancer patients with transportation to treatments, the cost of treatments, and in-house care. At Gill St. Bernard’s, we have a club that streamlines fundraising and organizes the event. Our Relay For Life club hosts mini fundraisers throughout the year, and meets once a month to discuss planning and other aspects for our main event in the spring.
  • Robotics

    "Team Chaos?" you ask. "What kind of name is that for a robotics team?" Well, our nominal meaning is twofold. First, our team works in a sense of organized chaos. Every year the FIRST Robotics Competition releases a new game, and we have just six weeks to understand it and use our knowledge to build and code the best possible robot that will compete well in said game. We are constantly preparing for the FIRST Robotics Competition every way we can, covering all the basics: programming, mechanical, and strategy are just a few of the duties we work on. Another chaotic factor that makes it more accessible to be part of the team is the fact that in addition to having our core work squad, we allow people to drop in whenever they can make it. This way, students who have busy schedules or simply do not know much about robots in general can still experience the team setting, allowing them to gently ease their way into the field of robotic engineering. Finally, we're called Team Chaos because while we are always there with help and support for other robotics teams with FIRST's expected gracious professionalism, on the field we are the dominating chaotic factor the opposing alliance was never expecting us to be. Visit the club's website at chaos2458.com.
  • Ski & Snowboard Club

    Ski and Snowboard Club meets on Fridays throughout the months of January and February at Camelback Mountain in Pennsylvania. Participants depart campus at 3:30 p.m. and return to school by 10:00 p.m.
  • Social Committee

    The social committee club members are responsible for organizing the Homecoming dance, which takes place in September, and the PROM, which takes place in May. The members assign themes for the dances, purchase the decorations and are responsible for setting up prior to each event. They are expected to attend several meetings prior to each dance and be a team player with the rest of the committee.
  • Student Government

    Student Government is comprised of a President (senior) and Vice-President (junior) along with three representatives from each grade level. The group meets on a weekly basis throughout the year to plan events, discuss student life and meet with members of the administration. Throughout the years, student government has been instrumental in providing input on student life, as all members are encouraged to be advocates for their respective classes. 
  • Tech Team

    This community service club was established in the 90’s at GSB. For almost two decades, the goals have been to recycle tech waste and help keep our planet healthy, to serve as peer tutors helping classmates, and to serve as teacher aides helping teachers/staff. The recycling efforts of the Tech Team earn “reward points” that have been used over the years to purchase equipment for our school and they have also been converted to cash and donated to charitable causes (GSB Tech Team donated $1,300 to Hurricanes Katrina & Sandy victims). Tech Team members this year did a wonderful job during the “Hour of Code” week in December. Throughout the week, they visited Lower School classes and helped the teachers to introduce and spark interest in computer coding at an early age. 
  • The Fourth Estate (Newspaper)

    The Upper School newspaper is run by students with a faculty advisor. Students generally meet once a week during meeting time to work on articles, brainstorm ideas for the next issue, and edit copy. Students do layout, and printing is done on campus. Students in all grades are encouraged to participate. Photographers and cartoon artists are also needed. Effort is made to publish every six weeks or so.
  • The Unknown Muse (Literary Magazine)

    Staff members create and edit an annual creative writing journal featuring poetry, fiction, essays, and art work. The magazine hosts and organizes several poetry readings during the academic year as well as writing workshops.
  • The Voice (Op/Ed Online Paper)

    The Voice is the Upper School student online publication. During the 2015-2016 academic year, the format of this publication changed from an “online magazine” format to a fully-functioning website. This website is designed, authored, and updated on a continuing basis by GSB students and can be viewed at the following URL link: http://stuweb1.gsbschool.org/thevoice/
  • Yearbook

    Students are responsible for creating the Upper School yearbook. They are involved in all aspects – taking photographs, planning interesting and creative pages, designing layouts and meeting deadlines. The senior yearbook includes a multimedia CD supplement which is created by the yearbook staff.

Office of Student Life

List of 3 members.

  • David Pasquale 

    Dean of Student Life
    908-234-1611, Ext. 221
    University of Notre Dame - B.S.
  • Michael Wendell 

    Assistant Dean of Student Life
    908-234-1611, Ext. 256
    Guilford College - B.A.
    University of Richmond - M.S.
  • Mrs. Lauren O'Leary 

    Office of Student Life Admin Asst P/T
    908-234-1611, Ext. 456
Gill St. Bernard’s is a private, coeducational day school for students age three through grade 12, located in suburban New Jersey. Each of the three school divisions provides a vigorous, meaningful and age-appropriate curriculum, and all students benefit from the environmental learning opportunities that exist on our 208-acre campus.