Girls on the Run
Girls on the Run inspires St. Thomas School girls, in grades 3-5 to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experienced based curriculum which creatively integrates running. Beginning in March,the girls meet twice weekly, where they are instructed in lessons that integrate games and a workout geared towards preparing participants to complete a 5K in June. Certified Girls on the Run instructors lead the girls through the curriculum that teaches valuable life lessons such as: Setting Goals, Establishing A Healthy Lifestyle, Resisting Peer Pressure, Preventing Bullying, Choosing Good Friends, Serving the Community.
The Ski/Snowboard Club welcomes St. Thomas students in grades 3-8 to participate in winter fun on the slopes. For six weeks, beginning in January, club members participate in the Ski/Ride Program at Ski Blandford in Blandford, MA. All skill levels are welcome to participate, whether you are an experienced skier/rider or just beginning everyone will find what they’re looking for in our program. Fun and safety are our primary goals at St. Thomas. All riders are required to wear a helmet at all times while on the slopes. First time skiers and boarders are also required to take lessons with the experienced Ski Blandford ski instructor staff.
Girls Who Code
Girls Who Code is a nation wide nonprofit organization which aims to support and increase the number of women in computer science by equipping young women with the necessary computing skills to pursue 21st century opportunities. The girls meet for ten weeks where they learn from fun and simple online coding tutorials, build community through interactive activities, and also learn about inspiring female role models in the field of science. Working in teams, they learn to design and build a Girls Who Code project that solves real world problems they care about, through the process of coding. Currently the program is open to girls in grades three through five. We hope to have a program very soon for girls in grades six through eight.
Battle of the Books – Making Reading Fun and Exciting
Battle of the Books is a nationwide reading incentive program designed to encourage students to read quality literature. Starting in October, students in grades three through eight meet once a week after school to discuss the books they are reading and prepare for the competition of the ‘Grand Battle of the Books’ held in May. Students from area Catholic schools come together to test their memories and comprehension by answering questions presented by a panel of judges regarding the books they have read all year at the ‘Grand Battle of the Books’.
The Golf Club is open to St. Thomas students in grades 1-8 and meets at Shaker Farms Country Club in Westfield. While practicing proper etiquette, respect and integrity, club members have fun with friends learning a game that can be played for many years to come.Students who are new to the game learn putting, chipping and driving techniques from the golf professional at Shaker Farms. Student golfers who have taken lessons in seasons past, play on the course under the supervision of school staff and parent volunteers. The Golf Club emphasizes good sportsmanship, honesty, and perseverance.
The Drama Club is open to students in grades six through eight. Depending on the number of members, fifth graders may be allowed to participate. Each spring since 2010, the Drama Club has performed a full-length, two-act play in front of approximately 200 audience members.
Beginning in November, the directors read scripts, send out registration forms, and plan the production. Rehearsals begin in January and are scheduled for one hour weekly through February. In March, those rehearsals run for two hours. Rehearsals increase to two hours twice a week in April, and the performance occurs in early May.
The Drama Club requires a serious commitment from members. During rehearsals, members learn lines, practice basic acting techniques, and learn how to use their voice. They also are expected to practice their lines at home. In the process, members advance their study skills, become more comfortable making oral presentations, and grow in self confidence.