Extracurricular activities are a big part of a well-rounded middle school experience for boys. There is more and more evidence that extracurricular activities actually enhance academic learning rather than distracting from academic study. There are numerous benefits to participating in these activities, not the least of which is developing good teamwork skills and discovering a personal passion.
At Seven Hills, we believe that extracurricular activies benefit our students in the following ways:
- Social Skills
Engaging in non-academic pursuits helps encourage teamwork, leadership skills, cooperation and social development that students aren’t able to gain in the classroom.
The transition from elementary school to middle school can be stressful, and one of the ways to mitigate this major change in a child’s life is with extracurricular activities.
- Academic Performance
Extracurricular activities help develop areas of the brain that may not be fully utilized by strictly academic work, as well as promoting important skills that can transfer into academic performance and future success, such as creative problem solving and teamwork.
- Non-Academic Interests
Extracurricular activities can foster a life-long passion. Middle school is a time for students to begin discovering personal interests and passions that they may want to pursue later in life.
Examples of extra- and co-curricular activities at Seven Hills have included:
- Student Government Association
An association led by students chosen by their peers in a general election.
- The Seven Hills Honor Council
A formal council, comprised of, and led by students elected by the student body. This committee reviews and makes decisions with respect to written submissions, by students, concerning potential honor code issues within the school.
- First Lego League Robotics
Seven Hills has distinguished itself in such competitions. For example, the school recently was named Overall Champion in a regional competition at the Maggie Walker Governor’s School, and won Fifth Place in a state-wide competition held at Virginia Tech University.
- Model United Nations
Sponsored by the United Nations Association of the USA, these annual competitions are designed specifically for students in grades 5-8. Committees and topics cover international issues such as techno-terrorism, the future of nuclear power, and protecting the Arctic . Students from Seven Hills have won a number of awards at the regional competition in Richmond.
- Richmond Peace Essay Contest
Each year, the Richmond Peace Education Center sponsors an essay contest. The contest encourages young people to elaborate, clarify, and organize their thoughts about a critical topic related to peace. Students from Seven Hills School have won First Place honors, as well as two Honorable Mentions in this competition.
- Student-Founded Clubs
Our students are regularly imagining and creating new clubs around their interests and the interests (and abilities) of our faculty. These have included: Game Club, Model UN, Journalism, Warhammer, Manga, and GO Tiles.
- Future Problem Solving
Future Problem Solving Program International (FPSPI) promotes critical thinking skills, encourages students to develop a vision for the future, engages them in creative problem solving, and provides competitive opportunities to shine in these areas. Seven Hills has excelled in these competitions, with teams and students winning numerous first, second and third place medals as well as honorable mention recognition at the state level and qualifying for the International Bowl.
- Art Portfolio Classes in Numerous Media including Photography
Seventh and eighth grade students further develop visual arts skills and prepare high school admissions portfolios.
- Game Club
As popular as any of our athletic teams, Game Club invites boys to this weekly after-school gathering to have fun and challenge their minds with new and traditional board and card games.
- Inter-Scholastic Sports and League Play
The Seven Hills “Phoenix” have participated in competitive sports including basketball, baseball, tournament dodgeball, golf, soccer, and tennis. Every year, our two soccer teams participate in both fall and spring league competition as well as in other scheduled non-league games. Also, our two basketball teams compete in competitive league play during the winter months.