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:
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!"
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.
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.
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 all students from MS to Gr. 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.
The purpose of the VC Knitters club is to help others by learning to knit. Members are encouraged to knit items for those in need. Students will be able to make items that can then be distributed to the homeless through Sandwich Patrol. Experienced knitters are welcome and encouraged to attend as well.
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.