Nichols School strongly believes that the students’ educational experience should include daily physical activity. Nichols is proud of the fact that all 5th and 6th grade Middle School students participate in a well-rounded physical education program that introduces and exposes them to a variety of sports and activities. The 7th and 8th grade students further develop these experiences though participation on the many individual and/or team sports programs in which Nichols is involved. Through these experiences, we believe a student develops strong character, a solid work ethic and a desire to compete.
The Middle School Physical Education program is designed to build students’ competence and confidence in physical activity and to lay the foundation for a lifetime of fitness and activity. A supportive, respectful and positive atmosphere – in which each student feels safe taking risks and is challenged at an appropriate level – is established through all physical education activities. Cooperation, sportsmanship and effort are emphasized in the program.
- to provide the building of skills, techniques and fundamentals with competitive and recreational activities.
- to provide the students with exposure to a wide variety of sports, particularly team sports, so that when they get to 7th and 8th grades they have a solid basis on which to make their sport choices.
- to incorporate coordination, muscular strength and endurance, along with agility, footwork, and cardiovascular endurance.
- to emphasize teamwork, cooperation, positive peer interaction, sportsmanship and developing a sense of fair play.
- to coordinate the transition from the 5th and 6th grade age‑appropriate activities to the competitive sports or recreational activities offered in the Upper School.
- to provide a positive, worthwhile and enjoyable environment that promotes life‑long learning.
Students are introduced to a variety of sports and games in the fifth grade. The main purpose of the sports program is to teach the fundamentals of the various sports that are offered. Students also learn the importance of cooperation, teamwork, sportsmanship, and fair play. Each class period consists of stretching, warm‑up games, fundamentals of the sport being taught, and small‑sided games to practice the sport.
All Middle School students participate in sports each day. The sports program recognizes developmental differences among students. Its goal is to develop individual competence in a number of sports and to build confidence in each student about her or his physical abilities. The school encourages students to practice good sportsmanship and to value the team experience.
Fifth and sixth graders are introduced to the skills and rules of team sports. These include soccer, field hockey, touch football, ice hockey, basketball, lacrosse, softball, tennis and baseball. Physical fitness is increased through a variety of games: pickleball, skating, handball, badminton and volleyball.
We want our students to enjoy sports and learn the fundamentals, but above all, we want them to understand the importance of daily exercise and its life‑long value. We also want them to learn to follow rules, socialize, play and simply have fun.
The seventh and eighth grade sports program emphasizes interscholastic and intramural team competition.
The fall choices are soccer, dance and cross‑country for boys and girls, field hockey and tennis for girls, and football for boys.
The winter choices are squash, basketball, hockey, dance, or intramurals for boys and girls.
In the spring, boys can choose baseball, tennis, lacrosse or dance, and girls can choose lacrosse, softball or dance.
Most of the teams have a schedule of games and play against other similar teams in the area. Games are scheduled during and after school or on Saturday mornings. The school provides transportation to and from the games. After all away games, students are returned to campus.
The coaches teach the fundamentals, rules and tactics of the sports. They also stress the importance of fair play, sportsmanship, camaraderie and teamwork. Students are encouraged to play to the best of their abilities. It is most important that all the students realize that the main goal is to get great exercise and have fun.