The Middle School is proud to offer a broad and diverse selection of clubs.
Students in the art club this trimester are exploring clay by using the wheel and a variety of decorating techniques. Last trimester, students were exploring the media of drawing and painting. Always a surprise and many paths to explore, the Art club gives students a chance to explore personal expression outside of the Art class.
Join the world of Badminton! Through the reflex and dexterity challenges of a fast-paced racket sport, students have fun while developing coordination and reflexes.
Students build wooden boats from scratch, and in the process develop woodworking techniques, knowledge of tools, and patience.
Students practice and refine their skills in medieval calligraphy and illumination. Perfect for the creative and detail-oriented artist.
Students meet in head-to-head combat on the chessboard. The challenge is both to refine their game and to survive.
First Lego League
First Lego League is a team competition that combines a hands-on, interactive robotics program with research and innovation. Team members take on a two-part challenge during their season: they work together to create and present an original solution to a real-world problem, and they design, build, and program an autonomous robot that can work through a timed obstacle course during a regional tournament. STAB's First Lego League team is open to 7th and 8th graders. The First Lego League season starts in late August and ends in early November.
Games of Strategy and Logic
Stratego, Risk, UpWords, and a host of other games build the backbone of this club- who can be the master strategist?
Students practice the steps of Latinoamerican dance to a variety of beats. Both partner and solo dances are included.
Mirabella (Literary Magazine)
Refining the writing process, learning to edit for publication, and figuring out the intricacies of producing a literary journal are hallmarks of this club.
This service club is dedicated to feeding neighbors in need. Students celebrate food by meeting and eating fun foods each week during lunch and the club period. They make their own meals together or sometimes bring in dishes to share. Club members learn about neighbors in need of food and about the organizations that are already in place to help the economically disadvantaged in our area. They plan special activities that provide food for those in need, such holding fundraising events or or volunteering in soup kitchens.
Students in grades 6-8 have the opportunity to participate in MathCounts, a math competition for talented and enthusiastic math students. Beginning in the fall, interested students spend an hour per week honing their math skills, learning new topics, and having fun! In January, 8 students are chosen to represent St. Anne's-Belfield School at the regional competition. Individual and team competitions take place in February at Blue Ridge Community College with opportunities for advancement to the state competition in Richmond.
Adventure on the local trails, refine your riding skills, and have fun outside on your set of wheels. Helmets required.
Knitting, crocheting, sewing, and an exchange of useful, artistic knowledge are hallmarks of the Needleworks club. One of our most popular clubs, students get to make their own clothing and accessories.
Developing the photographer’s eye and practicing the techniques of good photography, the Photography Club provides a crucible for the young shutterbug to hone the skills of mastery through observation, consulting with a professional, and by sharing success.
Learn the basics of self defense. Students in this club learn techniques for dealing with common attacks and challenging situations, including non-physical forms of assertion and escape. Appropriate for all ability and confidence levels.
Silver Key Club
The Silver Key Club was established in 2007-2008 as an 8th grade student leadership group. This group, selected by faculty, serves as ambassadors for the Middle School. Silver Key members, like their Upper School counterparts in the Gold Key Club, help with admissions touring and various Middle School functions. Silver Key members also consult with the Middle School Head and grade-level leaders on a variety of topics.
Watch, learn, and discuss meaningful films from all genres. The STAB Flix club members learn to appreciate film through exposure and discussion.
Take a few minutes to realign in the middle of a Wednesday! The Yoga club improves centeredness, flexibility, breathing, and alignment.