Clubs & Activities

All-School Council 

Mission: The All School Council is an organization of appointed student leaders who organize and facilitate Homecoming activities, the Christmas Basket Drive, and other student initiatives on behalf of the student body.

Membership: By appointment

Meeting Time: Every Thursday at 7:15 am in E-36

Student Leaders: 

Faculty Moderators: Mrs. Katie Hausauer and Mrs. Jacqueline Kelly

Art Club:

MissionTo grow community through art.

Membership: Open to all students

Meeting Times: Once per month on Thursdays in W-16.

Faculty Moderator: Mrs. Maggie Off

Astronomy Club:

Mission: Astronomy club gives students the opportunity to learn about and enjoy the stars, planets and astronomical events together.

Membership: Open to all PND students.

Meeting TimesApproximately once a month, in Mr. Brown’s room, E-33

Student Leaders:

Faculty Moderators: Mr. Mark Brown and Mrs. Wendy Strauss

Bishop’s Leadership Committee 

Mission: The Bishop’s Leadership Committee exists to develop a select group of juniors in virtue and Christlike servant leadership. The Campus Ministry Department meets with these juniors to discuss the virtues of leadership and to plan ways in which through their involvement or planned activities can lead their peers to develop a healthier and holier school community.

Membership: Juniors who are chosen based on teacher nomination for their natural example of leadership evidenced in faith, academics, service, and/or athletics.

Meeting Times: Once per month in Campus Ministry during A & B advisory

Faculty Moderators: Fr. Kyle Lucas, Theology Teacher & Campus Minister, Sr. Sara Kowal, Theology Teacher & Campus Minister, Ms. Diane Butler, Theology Teacher & Campus Minister,


Book Club

Mission: The Book Club encourages students to become familiar a wide range of literature and informational texts by reading for personal satisfaction.

Membership: All students are invited to join the PND Book Club.

Meeting TimesMeeting times are either before of after school, based on student availability.

Student Leaders: TBD

Faculty Moderator: Mrs. Maureen Vadis

Campus Ministry Small Groups

Mission: Small Groups provide a more intimate setting for students to grow in relationship with God and with each other through weekly meetings with their peers and an adult leader.

MembershipMembers must sign up for a particular small group via Google Form sent out by Campus Minister at beginning of each trimester.

Meeting TimesMeeting times are decided upon by each group; typically, they are Wednesdays during B & C advisory.

Faculty Moderators: Fr. Kyle Lucas, Chaplain, Teacher & Campus Minister , Sr. Sara Kowal, Theology Teacher & Campus Minister, Ms. Diane Butler, Theology Teacher & Campus Minister

Chess Club

Membership: No requirements. We welcome everyone from experienced players to people who have never played but want to learn.

Meeting Times Wednesdays after school in E-15

Student Leaders: Johnny Lawless

Faculty Moderators: Ms. Christine Pinheiro


Concert Choir 

MissionConcert Choir is an academic course for credit, and all PND students who want to sing together and learn about music are welcome.

Membership: Concert Choir is open to all PND students who enroll for credit. Concert choir members are eligible to receive CSP hours for singing at all-school Masses.

Meeting Times: During Advisory in the gym on Mondays and Wednesdays. After school in the music room on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Student Leaders: No appointed leaders.

Faculty Moderators: Mrs. Wendy Strauss

Drama Club 

Mission: Drama Club’s mission is to enrich the education of high school students by involving them in the creative process of theater by bringing diverse young persons together in an environment of creative and imaginative stimuli where theater can be witnessed, experienced, ingested, talked about, and lived through opportunities to showcase their talents on and off the stage.

Membership: Drama Club is open to any student who has a desire to be involved in the process of theater. Students must work a minimum of 10 hours during each production to be considered a member.

Meeting Times: Meetings take place the first and third Wednesdays of every month prior to and after a show is being produced. During production, Drama Club members work on the show after school. More information may be found on the website.

Student Leaders:

Faculty Moderators: Mrs. Kathleen Svoboda and Ms. Amada Connon

Earth Club:

MissionEarth Club’s goal is to practice and promote the responsible use of the earth’s ecosystems and resources; to educate and enlist others to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment.

Membership: Open to all students

Meeting Times: Every other Friday at 7:25am in W46

Student Leaders:

Faculty Moderator: Mrs. Jill Bucher

Film Club 

Student LeadersGabby Hernandez, Cian Magner, Sophia Mullowney

Faculty Moderator: Mr. John Donnelly

Flag Club 

Mission: To increase patriotism by promoting knowledge of how to display, salute, and store the American Flag.

Membership: By appointment from the principal.

Meeting Times: Before and after school.

Student Leaders: Terry Flaherty, Drew Fulcher, Matt Kauppi, Daniel Kerns, Patrick Menke, and David Robison.

Faculty Moderator: Mr. Randy Simmons 


French Club

Mission: Sharing and promoting the French language and culture at PND.

Membership: Must be enrolled in a French course.

Meeting Times: Once per month with Mme Girsch dans les salle E-14

Faculty Moderator: Mrs. Kara Girsch

Frisbee Golf Club

Meeting Times: Weekly during the fall trimester

Student Leaders: Isaac Rudolph and Ben Bucher

Faculty Moderator: Mr. John Donnelly


Mission: To publish fiction and poetry by PND students, once per year.

MembershipSubmission of stories and poems, in the spring.

Faculty Moderator: Mr. Thomas Laird


German Club

Mission: German Club promotes German culture and language through food, games, movies, conversation, and more.

Membership: Open to all students.

Meeting Times: TBD

Faculty Moderator: Ms. Shelby Harrison


Hiking Club

Meeting Times: Once per week, in the fall.

Student Leaders: Molly Driscoll

Faculty Moderator: Mr. John Donnelly

Irish Guard 

Mission: Irish Guard is a color guard that performs with the PND marching band to enhance the music of the marching band performance.

Membership: Open to those who communicate with the Band Director, Ms. Amanda Connon

Meeting TimesPractice is held in the first school trimester, during advisory along with the band as they practice.

Student Leaders: Celine Khoury, Guard Captain

Faculty Moderator: Ms. Amanda Connon, Band Director

Key Club

Mission: Key Club is an international student-led organization which provides its members with opportunities to provide service, build character and develop leadership.

Meeting TimesEvery other Tuesday in W-34

Student Leaders: 

Faculty Moderators: Ms. Toniny, Kiwanis Advisor, Ms. Amanda Williams, PND Advisor

Latin Club

Membership: Members must be current, former, or future Latin students.

Meeting Times: TBD

Student Leaders:

Faculty Moderator: Ms. Christine Pinheiro

Lumen Christi 

Mission: Lumen Christi is a group committed to illuminating our school with the Light of Christ: the only Light that brings true light, peace, beauty, love and goodness. Those who are part of Lumen Christi commit themselves to first receiving the Light of Christ through prayer, Confession and especially the Eucharist. Thereby, they then become carriers and givers of this Light: authentic Christian witnesses – Bright Lights of Christ – that shine in this school, transforming the lives of those around them with their light.

Membership: Members must fill out & turn in application to Campus Ministry.

Meeting TimesLumen Christi Large-Group Meetings (required for all members to attend): about once a month in the auditorium during A/B advisory; Lumen Christi Core Team meetings (required for all Core Team members): about once a month in Campus Ministry during A/B advisory

Student Leaders: TBD

Faculty Moderators:Fr. Kyle Lucas, Chaplain, Theology Teacher & Campus Minister , Sr. Sara Kowal, Theology Teacher & Campus Minister, Ms. Diane Butler, Theology Teacher & Campus Minister,

Newspaper Club 

Meeting Times: As needed

Student Leaders: Katie O’Russa

Faculty Moderators: Mr. Donnelly and Mr. Irwin

Photography Club

Meeting Times: TBD

Student Leaders: Cecilia Sader, Fiona Whitson, and Jacey Bare

Faculty Moderator: Ms.Julie Santen

 “Scattered” Vocal and Jazz Choir

Mission: Scattered! is an auditioned ensemble, for course credit, for the purpose of introducing more advanced singers to jazz/pop styles and techniques.

MembershipScattered! is an auditioned ensemble. All members must be concurrently enrolled in Concert Choir and be selected by audition with the director.

Meeting Times: Mondays and Wednesdays after school in the music room. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays during Advisory in the gym.

Student Leaders: No appointed leaders at this time.

Faculty Moderators: Mrs. Wendy Strauss


Spanish Club

Mission: The Spanish Club explores the cultural side of the Spanish language

Membership: Open to all PND students

Meeting Times: Monthly, Thursday mornings in E-12

Student Leaders: TBD

Faculty Moderator: Mr. John Zyck


Speech Team

Mission: Events range from writing your own speech to presenting a published script ranging from funny to heartbreaking material.

Membership: Membership open to students interested in speaking

Meeting TimesThursday mornings before school.

Student Leaders: TBD

Faculty Moderators: Ms. Julie Santen and Ms. Maddie Zois

St. Jude Club 

MissionThe Peoria Notre Dame St. Jude Club supports the St. Jude ALSAC by raising funds and awareness for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. 

Membership: Open to all students.

Meeting Times: 1st and 3rd Fridays in the auditorium

Faculty Moderators: Ms. Jill PlunkettMr. Mike Plunkett, and Mrs. Valerie Schifeling

Student Leaders:

Student Ambassadors 

Mission: Student Ambassadors is an organization of students who individually and collectively represent the values of Peoria Notre Dame High School with passion and enthusiasm. Together, we welcome and support past, present, and future members of the Peoria Notre Dame community in order to continue the tradition of Catholic secondary education in Peoria.

Membership: By appointment. Interviews take place in the spring of each year.

Meeting Times: 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month at 7:15 am in the auditorum

Student Leaders:

Faculty Moderators: Mrs. Katie Madison and Mrs. Peggy Sue Brown 


Table Tennis 

MissionTo provide students a place to interact in a competitive setting without having to participate in a sport. 

Membership: Open to all students. $5 membership fee.

Meeting TimesTuesday through Thursday in the west hallway immediately following school during the winter trimester. 

Student Leaders: TBD

Faculty Moderator: Mr. Josh Smith


Teens for Life 

Mission: Teens for Life educates students about pro-life issues and the sanctity of all human life from conception to natural death, and encourages students to live in a way that is authentically pro-life through personal prayer, community service, and participation in local and national pro-life events.

Membership: Open to all students interested in pro-life and chastity education. Members must complete & submit application to Campus Ministry.

Meeting TimesMeeting are on Wednesday (1st and 3rd) mornings at 7:15 am in the auditorium.

Student Leaders: 

Faculty Moderators:  Fr. Kyle Lucas, Chaplain, Teacher & Campus Minister , Sr. Sara Kowal, Theology Teacher & Campus Minister, Ms. Diane Butler, Theology Teacher & Campus Minister


Yarn Club 

MissionThe ultimate goal in the formation of the yarn club is to make a charitable donations with the items we make through the craft of yarn.

Membership: Open to those student who have a  love for all things yarn. (No prior knitting experience required.)

Meeting TimesThursdays from 3:10-4:00 pm

Student Leaders: Jon Fulton, President and Grace Tony, Vice-President

Faculty Moderators: Ms. Amanda Connon and Ms. Mary Wnorowski


MissionYearbook club continues the “Irish Odyssey” tradition by using graphics, pictures, and stories to show how the Peoria Notre Dame community lives out the school’s mission statement.

Membership: Open to all students

Meeting Times: The large group meets on select Fridays during C advisory and other days as necessary

Student Leaders: Shelby Franken, Editor and Katie Highfill, Editor

Faculty Moderator: Mrs. Rebecca Goodell