Middle 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 Middle 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:
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.
Open to both Middle and Upper school students, the Chess Club meets once a week, from February onward, to learn new chess strategies, solve chess-based puzzles, and play chess matches. The Chess Club provides students with opportunities to hone their inductive reasoning skills in a fun and challenging environment.
Coding Club offers an introduction to block coding, encouraging problem solving, critical thinking, determination and team work. Students encounter different challenges each week through games and tasks; building their computer science and technology skills in a fun and interactive environment.
The Debate Society is currently a member of the Fulford Debate and Public Speaking League, which consists of 19 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 national level success and have participated in competitions at the international level. Our students 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!"
Villanova College is proud to be recognized as an Ontario Ecoschool, achieving one gold and six silver designations over the past seven years. The Environment and Nature Society (ENS) encourages and supports environmental initiatives and education, with an emphasis on environmental stewardship and awareness. Students in the ENS participate in educational conferences, complete energy and waste reviews at VC, as well as model ways of conserving and preserving nature. Through initiatives such as the Atlantic Salmon Restoration Program and the planting of wild flowers to support bee populations on the VC campus, the ENS seeks to reconnect students with the natural world and recognize the environmental crisis that exists in the world today.
Open to Middle School students, Flag Football meets every Friday in the fall to learn the basics of football. Students will develop football related skills like throwing, catching and running with the ball. After a brief instructional period students will apply their newly acquired skills in a supervised, contact-free scrimmage. Participants are divided by age group and skill level to ensure a fun and safe experience for all.
Through discovery and collaboration, students in Grades 4, 5 and 6 are provided with the opportunity to explore and develop their design and building skills. Students are provided with a challenge and work together to solve the problem with LEGO.
The goal of Villanova's Robotics Club is to engage students through innovation and discovery, to create and explore in a safe, challenging and fun environment. Members will collaborate to organize and plan the construction of various robots using LEGO Mindstorms and then program them to accomplish simple movements and tasks using basic computer programing skills. The Robotics Club emphasizes working collaboratively to problem solve using technology.
With experiments, demonstrations and challenges geared to the Middle School, this club provides an extension and enrichment of the science program.
Ski Club is open to all students from Grade 7 to Grade 12. We participate in a number of recreational ski trips to Blue Mountain on Friday evenings during the winter term. Students of all levels are invited to participate. Blue Mountain offers evening skiing and snowboarding. The bus returns to the school afterwards for the parents to pick up their child.
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.