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Student Life at Connelly is characterized by a strong sense of community. The school offers a broad co-curricular component that includes opportunities in the fine and performing arts, student government, clubs, community service, sports, cheerleading and song-leading dance. Activities provide students with the opportunity to build and strengthen friendships and develop self-confidence. Connelly's co-curricular activities empower students to contribute to their school and community life, expand their exposure to other cultures, and discover new strengths and talents within themselves.

Connelly traditions are rooted in the 150-year history of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus. They serve as a bond between Connelly's first graduating class of 1965 and today's students. These traditions build class unity while providing each student an opportunity to organize and participate in events that challenge both individual and group creativity.

Big and Little Sisters
In her first year of high school, each ninth-grade student is linked with a senior "big sister." Likewise, sophomores have juniors as their Big Sisters. Big Sisters help introduce new students to Connelly by serving as mentor and guide. Throughout the year, big and little sisters participate in a variety of activities together. The girls are partnered up with someone new as their Big and Little Sister at the beginning of each academic year, which fosters even more close-knit relationships among students. The relationships cultivated between Big and Little Sisters often continue long after graduation. 

Spirit Week
Held at the beginning of each school year, Spirit Week instills school spirit and class unity. Various activities such as games, dress-up days, and pep rallies are planned throughout the week. Each class chooses a theme and they create posters and dress according to that theme. Seniors, as part of their Senior Privileges, are allowed to spend the night on campus to decorate the school.  On Friday, Spirit Week culminates with the annual BEACH DAY. On this day, students and faculty enjoy a fun-filled day at Corona del Mar beach.
Class Plays
Completely student-produced from start to finish, Class plays provide yet another opportunity for students to participate in a collaborative project. Class Plays were initiated in Holy Child Schools over 150 years ago by Cornelia Connelly, and are a highlight of the school year for all students. Each Spring each of the classes select or write a one-act play and produce it from auditions to performance. Directors and stage managers are elected, auditions are held and sets are built. Rehearsals are conducted behind closed doors and the title of the play and identity of its cast members are kept secret until Class Play Day. On this day. each class presents its play to the school community and a panel of professional theatre judges. Click here to view photos of this year's Class Plays.

Junior Ring Ceremony
One of Connelly's most treasured traditions, the Ring Ceremony, is a very special event for all Junior year students. In a beautiful, candlelit ceremony, the Senior class members present the Juniors with their class rings.

Connelly's elegant graduation is a signature of Holy Child Schools. Our graduates were a formal white gown and carry a bouquet of red roses. Family, friends and faculty proudly look on as each graduate receives her diploma.

In addition to an array of school sponsored clubs and activities, Connelly students participate in numerous events throughout the year along with students from our brother school - Servite, and our sister school - Rosary. These Tri-School events offer Connelly students the chance to collaborate with students from other schools when planning major events.

Other Connelly Traditions
All-School Service Day
Family Gardening Days
Class Retreats
Tri-School Freshman Picnic & Dance
Tri-School Welcome Back Dance
Family Day
Spirit Week/Beach Day
All-School Reading
St. Teresa's Day
Tri-School Homecoming Game & Dance
Koala Bowl
Tri-School Theatre Shows
Grandparents Day
Talent Show
Christmas Service
Father-Daughter Dance
Catholic School's Week
Close-Up Trip to Washington D.C. for juniors and seniors
Career Day
Tri-School Winter Formal
Religious Education Congress Youth Day (9th Grade)
Connelly Class Plays
Senior Trip to San Francisco
Tri-School Sadie Hawkins Dance
Senior Service Project Presentation
Mother-Daughter Tea
Tri-School Prom
Senior Prayer Breakfast
Awards Day
Tri-School Grad Night
Disneyland Grad Night
Baccalaureate Mass
Senior Family Reception

Reminders for the month:
APR 4 - Edline course registration begins
APR 4-5 - ASB Officer Campaigning
APR 6 - Parents Association Meeting @ 6:30 p.m.
APR 6 - Junior Class Performs Play @ Servite 8 a.m.-noon
ASB Officer Speeches & Elections 
 - 5/7 SAT Registration Deadline
APR 9 - ACT Testing
APR 11 - Ambassador Applications Available 
APR 11-13 - Cheer Tryouts
APR 11-15 - Global Solidarity Week
APR 12
All-School Service Day
APR 13
 - Academic Council Meeting @ 3:15 p.m.
APR 14 - Global Solidarity Day
APR 14 - Comedy Sportz Match @ 6:30 p.m.
APR 15 - Ambassador Applications Due
APR 16 - Spring Fling Dance @ Rosary - 7-11 p.m.
APR 18-20 - Senior Exit Interviews; Classes begin @9:45 a.m.
APR 19 - Spring Concert Dress Rehearsal
APR 19 - Graduation Orders - Pickup @ Lunch
APR 21 - Early Dismissal
APR 21 - Spring Open House @ 6 p.m.
APR 21 - Spring Concert @ 5:30 p.m.
APR 22 - Earth Day Mass; Formal Uniform Day
APR 22 - Comedy Sportz Match @ 6:30 p.m.
APR 23 - Family Gardening Day 8 a.m.-noon
APR 24 - National College Fair
APR 25 - Spring Pep Rally
APR 25-26 - Class Officer Campaigning
APR 26 - AP Pre-Admin for all AP Students
APR 27 - Class Officer Elections
APR 27 - GAA Banquet @ 6 p.m.
APR 28 - Int'l Student Meeting
APR 28-30 - Tri-School Theatre Spring Musical @ 7 p.m.
APR 29 - Edline Course  Registration Ends

"The dedicated and supportive teachers and faculty, the energetic and welcoming students, the openness and comfort of the campus, I knew Connelly was the school for me."
Katherine, Class of 2011

"Catherine has become a caring, lovely, confident, well-rounded young lady. We are grateful that she has received such an excellent foundation in her religious and academic education. She is well equipped to handle life's challenges."
Grandparents, John & Anna Wippler

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