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Upper School Clubs

Ad Fontes seeks to offer clubs and activities that engage student interest, enhance student fellowship and further the intellectual and spiritual development of our students. There are clubs for all interests and skills – arts, science and technology, community service, public speaking and debate, and Latin.

Community Connection Club (Grades 6-12) Dean Luckenbaugh
This club will learn and put into the practice the biblical call “to love our neighbor” and “to seek the peace and prosperity of the community”. Ad Fontes has established a partnership at Centreville Elementary School (CES). who has identified students in challenging circumstances who can benefit from friendship, mentoring, recreation, and tutoring.  Students will be matched with a student with some similar interests for a time of encouragement and friendship.

Debate (Grades 6-10) –  Zach Rallo
The purpose of the debate club at Ad Fontes is to encourage students to glorify God with their hearts, minds, and tongues through the practice of academic, competitive public forum debate. Students will glorify God with their hearts by engaging teammates and opponents with a posture of humility, grace, and truth-seeking. Students will glorify God with their minds by learning how to construct valid and sound arguments to support various positions, and by thinking well and critically about important issues. Students will glorify God with their tongues by presenting arguments with care, humility, poise, and honesty; not seeking to deceive, but seeking to be understood. Students will participate in at least three debate tournaments with schools in our area on Saturdays in early December, early February, and late April.

Drama Club (Grades 7-12)Laura Pritchard
The Upper School Drama Club will work in depth on improvisation and character development. Our main project will be our Shakespeare play performance in late April (this year – Much Ado about Nothing).  Students will audition for specific parts in the play, while all club members will have a role in the play. Throughout the year, we may also do community performances of select scenes from the play or other scenes/monologues.

Latin Club (Grades 5-12)William Carey and Rachel Stahr
The ORIGINAL Ad Fontes Club! Latin Club is for students who have an interest in classical antiquity beyond what they study or learn in a classroom. Latin Club will focus on Certamen, a competitive quiz game among teams of AFA students to reinforce the Latin language, classical history, and classical culture and mythology – all topics befitting an educated individual properly instructed in the Western Liberal tradition. When our teams are trained, we will have the opportunity to compete with other Certamen teams in Northern Virginia and to attend the annual VJCL (Virginia Junior Classical League) Convention in Richmond, where the students will be able to participate in many activities, including Certamen, lectures, and classical presentations.

Mock Trial (Grades 9-12) – Kerry Lockhart
After seven  years in Mock Trial, Ad Fontes has won three Virginia State Championships and competed in the National Championships, has three second place finishes, and one third place finish. The high school mock trial program is designed to encourage students to explore constitutional concepts, courtroom protocol and basic litigation skills. All the schools in a state are presented with the same mock case, usually modeled from a real-life case. The school must be prepared to prosecute and defend the case against teams from other high schools in a real courtroom before real judges. The students learn how to distill facts from opinion, strategize a plan for victory and then write both direct and cross examinations. They learn a scaled down version of the Federal Rules of Evidence and must use them to make objections and defend against objections, based on the law. They are also required to present their case, including five-minute opening and closing statements. This legal sport brings together many distinctive aspects of classical and Christian school program including the ability for students to decipher source documents, and the study of logic and rhetoric.

Peru Missions Club (Grades 8-12)
Ad Fontes has established an ongoing school partnership with Refuge of Hope in Peru. AFA was the first ever school partner with the Refuge! The Missions Club plans the annual missions trip and coordinates programs to increase awareness and support of Refuge of Hope at Ad Fontes and in the community.  The Refuge has near 40 teen boarding students with physical disabilities or from at-risk situations, and near 400 day school students from the community. The Peru Missions Trip is in June each year and provides construction work, classroom support, Vacation Bible school, and builds friendships. This is a life changing trip!

Photography Club (Grades 7-12) Emily Murphy
The Photography club is designed to stretch our artistic side. We’ll take pictures using a variety of themes (creative lighting, fairy tales, black and white, silhouettes, to name a few). We’ll challenge ourselves to develop our artistic eye, share and critique the photographs of peers, improve our technical skills, learn some editing techniques, all while having tons of fun.

Sketch Club (Grades 5-12)Shawn Overos
Students work on their own drawing projects with guidance from AFA’s art teacher.

Techne Society (Grades 6-12) – Bill Carey
The students develop an understanding of how things are made and engage in hands-on design whether computer programs, robots, or student ideas. How does a lawnmower work? When I was young I had no idea, so I asked my grandfather. He said, “Let’s find out!” Two hours and dozens of bolts and screws later, the dismembered guts of a lawnmower lay before us, and I had learned about pistons, spark-plugs, gears, valves, motors, and blades. My grandfather taught me that what one person creates, another can understand, and that some things are best learned by doing.  The Greek poet Homer recognized three great virtues: courage, cunning, and techne. Techne, the oft–overlooked third Homeric virtue is the root of our word “technology” and means something like “craftsmanship” or “skill with tools”. As with every virtue, Techne requires cultivation and practice. That practice is best done in community, where the learning and skill of each can aid the learning and skill of all.  The Techne society will encourage its members to be a part of the culture of creation, not part of the culture of distraction. There are no pre-requisite skills or knowledge, but commitment and enthusiasm are vital.

Yearbook, (Grades 6-12), Julie Docherty
The Yearbook Club will be responsible for putting together the AFA Yearbook. Students will be involved in envisioning the yearbook theme and page layout and be assigned individual responsibilities including photography, page content, page layout and other tasks to complete the yearbook by April.