At ICS, we are dedicated to forming the whole student. This important basis for our students' education prepares them to succeed academically in high school while enriching their personal lives. Students graduate with a well-rounded education, intertwined with knowledge of their faith and the ability to put the virtues learned into practice. As young adults they are prepared to share their knowledge with the world as positive contributing members of their communities.
As part of our mission to educate the whole person, ICS offers students the opportunity to enrich their classroom education through participation in a variety of school sponsored clubs. Activities include sports, fine arts, and service activities tailored to fit each student's interests.
Weekly instrumental instruction and band rehearsal is provided for those children wishing to participate in our music program. Our award winning music department has won various area competitions and many of our children continue on to Immaculata High School’s nationally recognized program. Our chorus performs locally and shares its talents through community outreach programs and competitions. Students have the opportunity to join Piano Club, Jazz Band, and Folk Group, and participate in small instrumental ensembles. We also offer participation in clubs with other interests such as Forensics, Art, Technology, and Sports.
Our athletic teams participate in the Diocese of Metuchen Catholic Youth Ministry leagues and other area invitational tournaments. We offer competitive teams in girls’ and boys’ basketball as well as a cheerleading squad that performs at home games and area competitions. Our running club provides an opportunity for students interested in cross country competition to gain an introduction to the sport.
At the heart of ICS is servant leadership. Students are able to faithfully serve their community within the Church, as well as meet local needs. ICS hosts holiday-themed donation drives, promotes Random Acts of Kindness week, and designs centerpieces for The Samaritan Hospitality Interfaith Program’s Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter meals. Additionally, students are able to take a role in the Church. Students in Grades 5-8 are invited to become altar servers, assisting at school Masses and Sunday Masses. Altar servers can also be asked to serve at funerals and weddings.
"There are some things we really need to take care of: the children, and grandparents. Children, whether they are young or older, they are the strength that moves us forward. We place our hope in them. Grandparents are the living memory of the family. They passed on the faith, they transmitted the faith, to us." - Pope Francis
Each year, our students celebrate a special mass dedicated to a group of people whom support, guide, and mentor them throughout their lives: their Grandparents. Our ICS students invite all grandparents to take part in a sacred blessing and celebratory acknowledgement of all they do. Following Mass, the children and their families are able to tour the school, followed by a reception in which students are able to spend quality time with their loved ones while enjoying a variety of refreshments.
ICS Got Talent
At ICS, our students have numerous talents that can’t wait to be shown off! ICS Got Talent is a fantastic event where our children can reveal hidden skills and celebrate their gifts with each other. Some play the piano, perform a dance routine, sing, act, etc. Even our teachers can get in on the action and perform! This experience brings our ICS community together and allows every student, faculty, and staff member to shine if they so please.
"When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled, they were all in one place together. And suddenly there came from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind and it filled the entire house in which they were. Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire, which parted and came to rest on each one of them and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim." Acts 2:1-4
Confirmation empowers us through the gift of the Spirit to live as faithful disciples of Jesus Christ and courageous witnesses to the Good News of salvation. Confirmation is for the baptized person, and it is administered with the anointing of oil, the laying on of hands, and the words, “Be sealed with the Gift of the Holy Spirit” (CCC, 1300). During Confirmation, God the Holy Spirit comes upon the person, accompanied by God the Father and God the Son.
This sacrament is celebrated each Spring for ICS’s seventh grade class. The ceremony takes place at Mass and is celebrated by the Bishop of the Diocese. Typically the bishop wears red vestments to symbolize the red tongues of fire seen hovering over the heads of the apostles at Pentecost. Each individual to be confirmed works with their chosen sponsor throughout the year to learn more about their own faith life. As one of three sacraments of Christian initiation, students are called to go deeper and deeper into our faith so as to grow in our relationship with Christ and the Church. Confirmation strengthens, deepens, increases and matures baptismal grace in the very depths of a person’s soul.
Stations of the Cross
Each year, the eighth grade class of Immaculate Conception School presents the Living Stations of the Cross on Good Friday. Using meditations and song, the students retrace Jesus’ final footsteps on the path to His crucifixion. This rendition takes place in Immaculate Conception Church and all are invited.
Hundreds of people look forward to witnessing this annual tradition; especially ICS seventh graders, who are always excited to take on this coveted role the following school year. The students learn the importance of this sacred event, creating their own realistic costumes and props, and then solemnly performing their presentation for the student body. The Living Stations offer our students, families, and parishioners an opportunity to walk in Jesus’ path and witness the vastness of His sacrifice in real time. This educational and emotional event is a meaningful and memorable experience for all involved.
First Holy Communion
When we receive Holy Communion, we must let ourselves be changed, because as St. Augustine said, “every time we approach the Eucharist, we are transformed into Jesus.” - Pope Francis
First Communion is considered one of the holiest and most important occasions in a Roman Catholic's life. The communicant receives the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ in the Sacrament of the Eucharist. By continuing to receive Holy Communion for the rest of their lives, Catholics become one with Christ and believe they will share in His eternal life.
Children celebrate First Holy Communion after a two-year preparation in 1st and 2nd grade religious education. At ICS, receiving this sacrament is a joy for all involved, and our students’ new spiritual journeys are represented in a beautiful ceremony.
ICS hosts an annual “Blue Mass” to honor the men and women of law enforcement that keep our school and community safe each day. The color blue relates to the blue-colored uniforms predominantly used by these services. The Mass is attended by all students and staff, as well as 100+ members of law enforcement. May God bless and protect each of them!
May Devotions to the Blessed Virgin Mary refers to special Marian devotions held in the Catholic Church during the month of May, honoring the Virgin Mary as our queen and mother. The ICS Eighth Grade, participates in the Crowning Procession by crowning Mary with flowers and singing the Magnificat at a special Mass attended by the entire school community.
Field Day is a long-standing tradition at ICS that incorporates physical fitness, student comradery, healthy competition, and a day out in the fresh air! Teachers and volunteers work together to plan a fun, safe event for all students to enjoy. Near the end of the school year, students are taken to Immaculata’s turf field to compete in a variety of team-building exercises, relays, and obstacle courses. Students, faculty, and staff look forward to Field Day each year as a beloved event that is enjoyed by all.