Clubs & Activities
Expand Your Horizons with KO's Clubs & Activties
What a Difference Clubs & Activities Make
All students participate in Kingswood Oxford’s many faculty-mentored clubs and activities which keep things interesting and lively on campus! Beyond that, Kingswood Oxford’s clubs and activities teach leadership and problem-solving skills, as well as enhance our already-strong sense of community service and participation. Have an idea for a club that’s not already established? Go for it! There’s always a way to make our community even more vibrant.
In the student clubs, there’s a sense of initiative,
spirit, and activism
There's something for everyone!
Here are a few club favorites of the KO community:
epic: epic is Kingswood Oxford’s arts and literary magazine, created entirely by students. Not only do they submit art, photography, poetry, and prose for publication, but students serve as editors, as well as plan, organize, produce, and market each edition. The epic team also hosts an annual Coffee House, an evening of music, readings, and food for Kingswood Oxford students. Learn more about epic!
Forensic Union: Kingswood Oxford’s debate and public speaking team is popular with students. Each year approximately 70 students attend weekly meetings and prepare to compete in local, national, and international debates — including the World Debate Championships. Just this past year, two students made it to Worlds. Very impressive! A member of the Debating Association of New England Independent Schools, Kingswood Oxford competes in 14 debates or tournaments per year, and hosts its own each February. And did we mention they serve pizza at the meetings?
Mock Trial: Interested in a legal career or just testing your analytical skills? Then join Mock Trial, which works on hypothetical legal cases developed by Civics First. You’ll compete against high schools across the state. In 2022, KO won the state title for Mock Trial in 2022 and was declared co-winner in 2020!
Model UN: Participating in Model U.N. provides students with a forum to apply the academic content and skills they have learned in the classroom, hone their public speaking and debate skills, meet other intellectually motivated students from around the world, and learn from world-renowned experts.
Students submit an essay to apply for a spot on the Kingswood Oxford team. Team members meet weekly to prepare for the Model UN Conference at Yale University, where they’ve won top awards for 14 consecutive years!
Power of Women: The POW Club, the largest club on campus, is for female-identifying KO students from Upper Prep to Form 6, moms/guardians, and alumni. The group works to connect women in the KO community with students to develop authentic and engaging dialogue around women’s leadership and empowerment issues. The group hosts several events throughout the year, organizes drives, and publishes a monthly newsletter.
KO News: As the campus newspaper, KO News serves as a forum for news and open expression. Under the guidance of a faculty leader, students write, edit, and lay out each issue.
“I joined so many clubs and found so many new interests. I was able to figure out how to manage my time and how to connect with other people, and so I think that really pushed me to become the best version of myself at KO.”
— Diya, junior
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1080s Computer Club
Description: Learn more about technology while working towards creating and building computers.
ARCH (Architecture Radically Changes Hearts)
The goal of this club is to educate students on architecture, its purpose in society, and its importance. The students learn about the design process and related careers (interior design, urban planning, and civil engineering.)
This club is for anyone interested in social justice issues. The group will be organizing fundraisers, planning events, and discussing current issues.
Attorneys of the Future
This year the club will feature guest speakers. The members will also debate key issues.
The purpose of this club is to build and fly aviation projects, fly drones, and practice with a flight simulator.
The goal of the club is to improve physical quality and badminton skills and enhance a student’s teamwork ability.
The goal of this club is to learn how to make beats and sell them online for a profit.
This scholarly club focuses on scientific inquiry and allows students who enjoy biology to learn more about the subject beyond the curriculum.
Black Student Alliance
The club aims to provide fun events for Black-identifying members of the KO community, including dances, movie nights, and other activities hosted throughout the year. The group hopes to educate the students about ongoing issues and current events through speakers and assemblies.
The club seeks to broaden the genre and number of books the students read and find joy in reading with others.
The club aims to bring students the skills, resources, and time needed to create a positive cash flow for one’s passions. In the past, the group has competed and placed in multiple entrepreneurial pitch competitions, such as the Diamond and Blue Ocean Challenges, and started a clothing brand and small hedge fund. This year the group will be attending angel conferences to sell its ideas to investors.
The club offers lessons on how to play specific openings and the game in general.
Chinese Chess Club
The group teaches others how to play Chinese chess, develop logical thinking, and learn more about Chinese history.
Chinese Culture Club
The club’s mission is to share China’s rich and complex culture. The group plans on hosting several events to share the traditions and celebrations of Chinese culture.
Learn to make just about any fun crafty idea with a lively group.
If you are interested in STEM, or tech, or just want to learn more about cybersecurity, this is the club for you. The group plans on participating in online events like CyberStart America.
Get a move on with the Dance Club. No prior experience is needed; it’s a fun way to relax and express yourself.
The mission is to teach students about engineering and fun activities related to specific engineering topics. This club will help cultivate curiosity and a passion for science and math.
epic is a fantastic forum for self-expression – short essays, poems, photography, and art are featured in this publication.
This group discusses their favorite movies and why they love them. The group explores how movies are made and create their own short films each week.
This group engages in heated sports debates like 1 v 1 or 2 v 2 setup with organized debate topics.
Fishing Club meets off-campus at various locations throughout Connecticut. The mission is to relax, unwind and learn more about tackle and casting methods.
The goal of this club is to teach people how to debate, play games, compete in competitions, and host public speaking tournaments.
The Green Team informs the KO community about our impact on the environment and try to make our campus as sustainable as we can.
Gender Sexuality Alliance
This is a safe space for LGBTQ+ students to be supported by allies and other queer students. The group will learn about queer history, intersectionality, and LGBTQ+ identities.
The goal of the club is to expose students to the medical field through experiential learning. The group will promote healthy lifestyle habits through peer-led activities.
The club learns about and invests in the stock market with KO’s $100,000 portfolio. The students are involved in the management of the portfolio and help grow it.
KO Health Organizations
This year the group hopes to host multiple speakers, a medical panel, and a blood drive to help support the community.
The KO News serves to unify the KO community in the form of relevant articles that highlight marginalized voices, inspire civil discussions, and inform the public.
KO Music Appreciation Club
KOMAC believes that all music is good. No matter how popular or obscure your music tastes, the club approaches music with an open mind and believes there’s something to enjoy about all types of music.
KOmmunity Service Club
The mission of the club is to create an environment where all students can have a positive impact on the KO community and non-profits in the greater Hartford area.
Letters for Hope
Many communities face hardships and are in need of some cheering up. Through paper and pen, we can do so! Once a month, this club will choose one cause to send letters to and raise money/supplies for.
The goal of this club is to provide a space for mathematical exploration and creative problem-solving. The group aims for its members to see the beauty in mathematics.
Mental Health Awareness
The goal is to spread awareness of the reality of mental health and to work towards stopping the stigma around mental health struggles.
The goal of this club is to study the law and compete in hypothetical cases.
The group teaches the fundamentals of Model UN, prepares for and attends Yale Model UN Conference, and host and lead KO Model UN in the spring.
The group educates and brings awareness surrounding toxic relationships, partners with One Love – the nation’s leader in educating young people about healthy relationships, and creates leaders of change.
Orange is the New Grey
This group spreads awareness about feminist issues through discussions about female issues at KO and the world.
Ancient philosophers were warriors, and leaders who fought for equality, developed modern science, and made the world a better place through their minds not fists. The group would like to bring the same process of thought to the club members for the betterment of themselves and those around them.
Power of Women (POW)
The POW Club is for female-identifying KO students from Upper Prep to Form 6, moms, and alumni. The group works to connect women in the KO community with students to develop authentic and engaging dialogue around women’s leadership and empowerment issues. The group hosts several events throughout the year, organizes drives, and publishes a monthly newsletter.
Roll Initiative (Dungeons & Dragons Club)
The goal of this group is to provide for students to connect and enjoy one another via a game of dice, roleplaying, and chaos.
Take in some fresh powder with the ski and snowboarding club on the local slopes.
Learn to play in a chamber orchestra and support the community. The group will travel to nursing and senior homes to volunteer.
Table Top Games Club
Everyone loves the games when we were kids! Scrabble, anyone?
The mission of Team Tobati is to increase the opportunities offered to poor youth in Tobati, Paraguay, and offer young U.S. students a fantastic experience for the greater good in the developing world.
thread Magazine’s mission is to create a space on campus where students passionate about fashion, photography, art, graphic design, and writing can find a voice and creative outlet by collaborating to create a student-run fashion publication. The group also gives back to the community by holding clothing drives and other charity events.
UFC (Ultimate Frisbee Club)
The club’s mission is to provide a space for students to relax while building a stronger community through frisbee.
Wiffle Ball Club
This game is for everyone, and it’s led by former Olympian and Seattle Mariner Ryan Radmanovich.
World War II History Club
The goal of this club is to elucidate how the socioeconomic quagmires, as well as the industrial/technological discoveries from WWII have influenced modern-day international relations, political alignments, and trade.