Leadership & Service


We often say that the best leaders are the ones without a title. Our students grow into strong leaders over time here at the Abbey. Whether students serve as captains of a team, organizers of a new club, tutors, or Prefects, they naturally grow into leadership roles empowered by the characteristics true to our mission of reverence, respect, and responsibility. All of our students are leaders in their own right and we seek to cultivate those skills as they grow in knowledge and grace at Portsmouth Abbey.

While we emphasize that being a leader does not require a title, our students do take on more formal responsibilities including:

  • Team Captain
  • Club Founder/Organizer
  • Red Key Head
  • International Student Leader
  • Honor or Disciplinary Committee Member
  • Peer Tutor
  • Altar Server
  • House Representative
  • Class Representative
  • Stage Crew Manager
  • Head Boy/Girl
  • Prefect

Community Service

Portsmouth Abbey students engage in a wide range of community service activities, both within and outside of the local community. Our students work with local agencies such as St. Philomena School Afternoon Programs (elementary school age), Star Kids Scholarship Program, Aquidneck Atria (senior living), and My Brother's Keeper (home assistance). Students also continue many active connections in service in their home communities or through off-campus trips.

During the fall and spring terms, the School offers Service Internships as one option for students to complete their afternoon requirement. Internships include a range of types of service, to give students a range of experiences to discover local needs as well as their own talents. Students are engaged five days per week in the Internship program, should they select it as their afternoon program. Current programming involves assisting My Brother’s Keeper in delivery of furniture to the needy, visitation of seniors at local senior living agencies and nursing homes, working with kids after school, and outdoor work at the Norman Bird Sanctuary in Middletown, RI and the Green Animals in Portsmouth.

The school also asks all students to complete a minimum of ten hours of service in the community. Most students find ways to assist in the community far beyond this goal. This minimum involvement provides a window on existing volunteer work in the community, and can lead to more extensive projects. Students can be creative, take some initiative, and put together their own volunteer project or work with friends. This ten hour commitment may now be completed by the end of Form IV, as best fits a student's schedule.

Student ClubsLove to cook? Play an instrument? Budding investigative reporter? Future talk radio host? We offer a variety of ways for you to get involved and be a leader, no matter where your interests lie. A small sample list of our clubs shows the depth and breadth of available activities:

The Beacon Student Newspaper
Chess Club
Culinary Arts Club
Debate Club
French Club
Human Rights Club
Model United Nations
Radio Station
Social Committee
Student Council