Clubs and Organizations

Lower School Clubs

Music Ensembles
Beginning Strings (Grade 2)
Students are selected for participation in this ensemble by an interest lottery. Second grade string players are introduced to basic string techniques by master teachers. They learn correct posture, note reading, rhythm recognition and how to follow a conductor. Violin, viola and cello are available, and private lessons are offered on campus. Students play in an end-of-year performance in a concert setting.
 
Lower School Choir (Grades 3 and 4)
Students learn basic choral skills with attention to pitch accuracy, appropriate diction, good tone quality and posture. Students sing unison and two-part songs, canons and partner songs. Throughout the year, students experience a variety of music from different periods and styles. The choir sings five or more performances per year, including special chapel services, alumnae events and a spring concert. The Lower School Choir also appears in regional choral festivals.
 
Beginning Band (Grade 4)
Students are introduced to embouchure, breath support, posture, hand position and instrument maintenance for their chosen instrument. Band participants choose from flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, baritone or percussion. They engage in a group lesson once a week and a full band rehearsal once a week. Emphasis is placed on reading musical notation and ensemble playing. The beginning band plays two or more performances per year.
 
Lower School String Ensemble (Grades 3 and 4, co-ed)
String students continue to develop their ensemble skills, especially bowing. Students continue to study privately as part of their overall string curriculum. Eight to ten pieces of music are studied per year, and the string ensemble performs two or more concerts per year. They also take part in special services and school events.
 
Robotics Team
The St. Catherine's LEGO Robotics Team is just the place for enthusiastic grade 4 and 5 girls who are interested in math, science, technology, and engineering. Applications are accepted in the spring of each year. The goal is to participate in a local, F.I.R.S.T LEGO League tournament. The team spends twelve weeks in the fall of the year building and programming a LEGO robot to carry out missions on an obstacle course. The team members also research a real world problem and design a presentation to deliver their data to the tournament judges. Teams have experienced excellent success in F.I.R.S.T LEGO competitions.

Optional 4th Grade Leadership Opportunities:
Inclusion

Inclusion recognizes the mission and vision of St. Catherine's. The work of Inclusion is intentional in developing character, nurturing spiritual growth, celebrating individuals and building community. The students meet weekly to work on activities involving diversity, culture and religions. This group is open to all interested students in the 4th grade. 

Ecology Club
The Lower School Ecology Club practices the three "R's" - Reduce - Reuse - Recycle. Weekly collection of paper products from classrooms and common spaces provides hands-on experience with product use and re-use. Club members participate in community efforts that affect the wider environment as well.

Community Service Club (Outreach)
OUTREACH provides leadership opportunities for fourth grade students who feel passionate about making a positive difference in the lives of others through community service. Outreach Club members will help other Lower School students live out our school motto in our community and beyond.

Middle School Clubs

Middle School students are given the opportunity to investigate new topics and find their passions in a non-graded environment.  Exploration period, or E-Period, is a time for students to join clubs, do research, and get involved in activities.  Students can choose from several selections, or even create their own.  E-Period options change each semester.  The girls are encouraged to try new things, dig deeper, and tell their own stories.  Additional opportunities, such as Prejudice Awareness Summit, are available during alternate times.
 
E-Period offerings include:
Altar Guild works together to create new ways of loving the Episcopal Church by thinking about chapel, outdoor experiences, new music, and fun camp games!
 
Art Studio thinks outside the box using various medium to create collaborative art projects.
 
Cipher Sisters figures out “Who dunnit?” while exploring (and perhaps even solving!) mysteries.
 
Creative Writing and Journaling draws, writes, collages, scrapbooks by expressing oneself visually in a journal or stepping into the world of a writer!
 
Express Yourself explores singing, dancing, moving, musical theatre, improv, etc.
 
Global Girls investigates languages, places, cultures, and current events while building connections with people around the world.

HER-story researches and explores student-chosen historical events.
 
Junior Classical League immerses students in the literature and culture of ancient Greece and Rome, while preparing for the JCL convention and meeting other classics lovers in RVA.
 
Leadership elected teams from each grade level meet together to brainstorm how to expand our Core Values.
 
Library Leaders helps shape and inform the future of the Wright Library as a student hub for our St. Catherine’s community.
 
Outdoor Adventures learns to pitch a tent, plan a trip, and explore the great outdoors all while attending to safety and working together.
 
Robotics builds robots, solves challenges, and competes! Students who are part of our FIRST LEGO League robotics challenge will be preparing for their competitions during this time.
 
SOCKS (Serving Our Community Kids’ Style) makes a hands-on difference in RVA and around the world.
 
Slideshow Bob and the Daisies students become their own personal mix-masters as they learn to mesh image and sound to create personal, meaningful, and smileful slideshows using Photos, GarageBand, and iMovie.
 
Sports Reports helps spread the word about our impressive sports teams by planning pep busses, communicating sports scores, and capturing the action in photo and video!
 
The Visionary creates and publishes the Middle School online newspaper.
 
Walk and Talk exercises together with friends and faculty and discovers more about our campus and classmates one step at a time!

Upper School Clubs

Altar Guild
American Sign Language Club
Ampersand
Arcadian/Forum
Art Club
Atelier
Baking on Birthdays
Bible Study
Book Club
Censations
Community Service League
Equestrian Club
Feminism Club
Gay/Straight Alliance (GSA)
Gold/White
Honor Council
Houlagan's Rest
Knitting Club
Laurasian Club
Math Club
Model Judiciary
Model UN
Outdoors Club
Peer Advisors
Political Awareness Club (PAC)
Quair
Robotics
Students for Environmental Awareness (SEA) 
Serve the Soldiers Club
100 4 100 
Space Club
Speak Up Mental Health Club
Special Olympics
Student Ambassadors
Student Council
STC Med
Surfrider
TAR (Teenage Republicans Club)
Young Democrats
Unity
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