Ma’ayanot’s extensive and diverse extracurricular program includes 15 academic teams, a dozen athletic teams, almost 30 clubs and committees, seven performing arts societies, five publications, a full slate of student government officers and a myriad of Ma’ayanot “crews,” which are founded and run by students. All leadership positions are held by the young women of Ma’ayanot; every publication editor, club leader, committee head, academic or athletic team captain or management position is an opportunity for another Ma’ayanot student to shine.
On September 27, Ma’ayanot held its annual Student Life fair in conjunction with the publication of the annual Student Life Guidebook, designed to help students decide which co-curricular activities are the best fit for them. Freshmen also had dedicated time to review the guidebook in small groups with a faculty member.
At the fair, Ma’ayanot juniors and seniors represented each co-curricular offering, and student leaders took pride in sharing their excitement and knowledge of school culture with other students. Junior Temima Weissmann, founder of the Creative Writing Club, was gratified by the level of enthusiasm. “It was an amazing feeling to see our hobbies bloom into clubs including so many students with similar interests!” Senior Yedida Baer, co-editor of the Sambatyon literary journal, noted, “I’m grateful for this leadership opportunity to help other people’s talents shine, and to encourage fellow students to try new opportunities outside of their comfort zone.”
Whether it is debate, athletics, engineering, creative writing, visual or performing arts, learning ASL or participating in Torah or Hebrew language studies outside the classroom, Ma’ayanot co-curricular activities are “a place to make new friends and have fun in a relaxed and social setting,” explained Rabbi Zev Prince, assistant principal for Co-Curricular Life, who organized the Student Life Fair and Guidebook. “Co-curricular experiences invite our students to strengthen their core values, build leadership skills, develop perseverance, and enhance meaningful relationships across all grades and with our dedicated faculty advisors.”