Upper School Clubs
At Villanova our goal is to cultivate a well-rounded student. The Augustinian tradition of education focuses on forming the whole person: spiritually, intellectually, socially, and physically. The collaboration of academics and extra-curricular activities, formal and informal learning, is essential to the development of a campus environment in which students live, learn, and grow in faith.
Some of a student's most valuable experiences at school will happen outside of the classroom. Villanova offers a wide variety of extra-curricular activities to our Upper School students. We encourage students to be involved in at least one extra-curricular activity throughout the school year. In addition to our music ensembles, we offer the following clubs and activities:
The Debate Society is currently a member of the Fulford Debate and Public Speaking League, which consists of 18 schools from the Conference of Independent Schools. The club members participate in three formal debates during the course of the year: The Fall, Winter and Spring Fulfords. The students learn two different styles of debating: Parliamentary and Cross-Examination. Society members also have the opportunity to participate in public speaking competitions that occur throughout the academic year. The Debate teams have experienced success in parliamentary style at the Junior level , and many of the participants have been awarded top honours in after-dinner, declamation, interpretive and persuasive speaking. The Debate Society is a great extra-curricular activity in which students can cultivate their oratory and critical thinking skills. As the saying goes, "It's Great to Debate!"
VC DECA, now in its 4th year and growing in popularity, is a year round co-curricular program that is open to all students from grades 9-12. Through conferences, competitions and leadership opportunities, DECA helps develop critical thinking, time management and presentation skills which will help students succeed at the Secondary and Post-Secondary levels. Through exposure to various fields such as marketing, business administration, financial literacy as well as entrepreneurship, DECA helps students gain further insight into the business world.
Students in grades 9 – 12 work collaboratively or independently on design challenges that can be submitted to the National High School Design Competition. Whether you are enrolled in a design course at VC or not, this club helps you develop your skills in technical design. Past projects have included designing desk lamps, public water fountains, vending machines, refueling stations of the future and eco-friendly tree houses.
Villanova College is proud to be recognized as an Ontario Eco School. The ENS continues to encourage and support environmental initiatives, with an emphasis on stewardship. Some activities we have been involved in over recent years include conducting a number of energy and waste reviews as well as creating welcoming outdoor space for staff and students to find some quiet and an opportunity for interiority in nature.
Even if they aren't planning to pursue a law degree, Mock Trial helps students develop critical skills that will help them succeed in any field – analysis, oral communication and advocacy. Prepare a fictional criminal case to be argued in a real courtroom in front of real judges in the York Region Judges' Cup Mock Trial Tournament.
Here at Villanova, Programming is not just an activity, nor is it a club … Programming at VC is a way of life! Students in grades 9 – 12 who have a keen mathematical awareness and a desire to learn a new language are encouraged to join Programming. Former team members have gone on to programs in Engineering and Mechatronics and an internship at Google's headquarters in California.
Reach for the Top is a trivia competition in which schools across the country compete against each other to determine Canada's top quiz team. High school students (Grade 9-12) compete at the regional, provincial and national level, answering questions about topics ranging from medieval history to sports records. This year, VC is introducing an intramural league, where teams of four will compete against each other to crown a school champion. Our goal is to put together a team to compete at the regional level, with the hopes of making it to the national championship. So, whether you are a Renaissance buff, you watch Jeopardy every night and keep score, or are filled to the brim with knowledge about the Billboard Top 40, Reach for the Top is for you!
The Science Society is a student-led organization that helps promote a love of all things science in students. We meet once a week for experiments, demonstrations, videos, and challenges. Our yearly schedule is divided into the four strands of science: chemistry, biology, physics and earth and space science. Our activities are extensions and enrichments of the science program. In the past, we have extracted DNA from strawberries and bananas, made ice cream using exothermic reactions, celebrated Mole Day and set our hands on fire! We also work towards an end of year Science Olympics competition.
The purpose of the Strategic Board Games Club is to promote team building and strategic/logical thinking in a fun setting with other students from the Villanova Community.
For students who want to be involved, but prefer to be behind the camera instead of in the spotlight, Yearbook is a great club to join! Help record the memories that will last a lifetime in Excalibur. This club focuses on collaboration while allowing you to show off your creative flair, develop your writing and editing skills, and learn how to use an SLR camera.
Open to both Middle and Upper School students, Art Club meets twice a week to receive one-on-one art based tutorials and instruction. The Art Club provides students opportunities for creative problem solving through the exploration of various art tools, materials, and techniques. It also gives students the opportunity to develop, refine, and reveal their personal creativity and arts-based skills.
Showcase your singing, dancing and acting talents in VC's annual spring production. Performed at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts with a live band, the musical is collaborative and creative. Past shows include Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Little Shop of Horrors, The Wiz and Oliver!
The Sears Ontario Drama Festival is an annual province-wide competition that showcases high school theatre arts clubs and drama classes. For several years, Villanova has had interesting and entertaining entries in the festival, including productions of original scripts. The Sears Drama Club begins rehearsing mid-autumn, and performs at the festival in early spring. Rehearsals are run during lunch and after school, two to four times a week. Actors, stage technicians, and set designers/painters are all part of the club.
This club is a collection of students from all grades who work behind the scenes, painting, building, creating sets and props for theatrical events. The students also work back stage to make sure shows run smoothly and improvise when things need help in a hurry. The club builds team work, cooperation, creativity and skills working with tools and other materials.
The Villanova Skeet Shooting Club allows Upper School students a unique opportunity to participate in a fast-paced, high-skilled shooting sport. The ultimate goal is to instill in young participants a commitment to safe firearm handling, teamwork and leadership. Based out of the Uxbridge Shooting Sports Club, the Villanova Skeet Shooting Club runs for six consecutive weeks in the spring.
Open to all students from MS to Grade 12. We participate in a number of ski club trips that take place at Blue Mountain after school. Students of all levels can take lessons, rent equipment or bring their own. They have the evening to ski or snowboard as well as grab a hot chocolate in the village. The bus returns to the school afterwards for the parents to pick up their child.