Bishop McNamara High School has a variety of Cultural Organizations to provide activities and opportunities for the student body. Click on an organization below for more information and moderator for Cultural Organizations.
The Anime Culture views and discusses works of Japanese animation and foreign cinema. After viewings, the club meets to discuss the films, focusing on literary themes and cultural traditions presented.
Moderator: Mrs. Heneghan
The purpose of the Black Cultural Alliance is to increase knowledge of African American history in a meaningful manner. The mission is to gain a better understanding of society and to provide and showcase cultural diversity. Special events include guest speakers, the Black History Month assembly and the ICE (Inter-Cultural Exchange) Night planned with other McNamara cultural clubs.
Moderator: Ms. Jolly
The purpose of this club is to inform the young girls of our school community, which is majority African American females, about the beauty of our natural hair. We have been told for so long that our hair isn't beautiful, isn't good enough and isn't manageable. And sadly, there are still girls who still believe this. Our mission is to inform our sisters on how to take care of your beautiful hair, and to support each other on our individual hair journey. But even though the club is based on natural black hair, this doesn't mean that it is restricted to girls/boys with only natural hair. The group is meant to be open to everyone, to teach and inform everyone about natural black hair, but especially inform to those who have or want to be natural.It is also our goal to fundraise for different groups that are based on helping girls who have lost their hair due to cancer or other diseases which cause hair loss.
Moderator: Dr. Mason
The Korean Culture Club exposes students to the various aspects of the Korean culture including language, food, and pop culture. Students will watch Korean films and TV shows, visit local Korean restaurants, and much more! Learn more about the Hallyu Wave sweeping the globe!
The Filipino Americans for Cultural Enlightenment (F.A.C.E.) Club's purpose is to bring together students of McNamara who want to learn more about the Filipino culture and the country of the Philippines. The group will also share their knowledge in making others aware of the unique language and culture of the Philippine nation. Specific events may include movies, field trips to the Philippine Embassy and Filipino restaurants, foreign language week participation, Tagalog language classes, Filipino cuisine lunches and/or dinners. The F.A.C.E. Club works with other McNamara cultural clubs to plan the ICE (Inter-Cultural Exchange) Night program.
Moderator: Ms. Treichel
The purpose of the French Club is to encourage a greater appreciation and understanding of the French language and culture. Special activities may include a welcome back to school fondue, Noel/Navidad fête, French play, visit to the National Gallery, Mardi Gras celebration, National Foreign Language Honor Societies’ induction, and Foreign Language Week activities.
Moderator: Ms. Apolinares
The Spanish Club provides opportunities for members to learn more about the cultures of people from Spanish-speaking countries through music, dance, videos, games and other authentic cultural activities. Special activities may include field trips to authentic Spanish restaurants, embassies, concerts and theatrical productions. Club members may participate in popular Spanish festivals (Día de los muertos, Cinco de mayo, la Navidad, etc.), celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, and assist with Foreign Language Week activities and the Foreign Language Honor Societies’ induction ceremony.
Moderator: Mr. Ungaro