Each year following the opening days of school, grades 6–8 spend two days at camp. Students are housed in cabins and spend the days getting to know their peers and their teachers as they participate in a variety of activities including outdoor initiatives, ropes course elements, sporting events, field games, collaborative challenges, and class meetings. This is a time for individuals and classes to set goals for the upcoming year and to gain a level of comfort and familiarity with risk-taking and collaborative learning. Middle School faculty members chaperone the trip and the camp provides staffing.
The Middle School trip to camp has several specific goals:
To begin to build healthy, comfortable, safe, and trusting relationships among students and between students and faculty;
To provide students with an opportunity to take risks and challenge themselves in a supportive environment;
To provide individual students and class groups with an opportunity to reflect upon their previous experiences and their hopes and expectations in order to set goals for the coming school year
To enjoy an active, fun, and unanxious start to the new school year for all Middle School students;
To celebrate the eighth grade’s arrival at the culmination of Middle School and to promote a sense of leadership, responsibility, and reflection in individuals and within the class itself.
Social and cultural programs are an integral part of the school year in the Middle School. The Middle School Head works with the Middle School Dean of Students and the Director of Student Life to promote and schedule appropriate social activities for Middle School students. The School provides chaperones for School-sponsored events. Events include a Grade 6 outing at the beginning of the school year, a fall Grade 7/8 dance, a spring semi-formal, and open gym nights. Finally, each grade participates in a Cultural Theater Arts outing each year. Recent trips have included Ragtime and James and the Giant Peach at Wheelock Family Theater and The Sound of Music at the Opera House.
In an effort to nurture a sense of social responsibility and promote empathy and a commitment to others through service, Brimmer’s Middle School has Community Service Days throughout the academic year. The goal is to have students experience the joy and satisfaction of moving beyond their own personal, immediate needs to meeting the needs of others in their community and the world. Providing our students with structured opportunities to be global citizens is essential in creating and maintaining a community service program in the School—one with depth and meaning is of utmost importance.
Our Middle School regularly partners with the Great Boston Food Bank. Every Middle School student spends a day volunteering at the Food Bank and we also participate in a food drive in December.The eighth grade embarks on a yearlong, eight-hour independent community service initiative, which culminates in a Service Fair in May. Their objective is to serve the community, reflect on their experiences in writing, and then share their projects with the community.
The Middle School Outdoor Education Program has several goals: to provide students with personal and group challenges outside the classroom, to integrate fitness and problem-solving with outdoor educational experience, to provide students an alternate arena for appropriate and safe risk-taking, and to develop student leadership skills. The Outdoor Education Program commences with the trip to camp at the beginning of the year and continues throughout the year.
One full school day twice a year is dedicated to Outdoor Education, were we take advantage of all New England has to offer! Yearly outings include hiking Blue Hills, a bike trip on the Minuteman Trial, working at the Natick Organic Farm, and white-water rafting on the Deerfield River.
On Monday afternoons from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. in the fall and spring, students have an opportunity to participate in activities such as the After School Creative Arts Program (see below), Creative Technology, Stagecraft, Math and Science Clubs, Photography, Knitting, Book Club, etc. Faculty leaders advise activities groups, but students are encouraged to develop activities from among their interests, assume leadership roles in them, pursue personal interests, and explore new areas. Students have the opportunity to change their activity selection for each activity period. Participation in activities and clubs is optional.
During the fall and spring (concurrently with the athletic seasons), Middle School students can participate in creative arts offerings on Monday afternoons. No athletic practices are held so that students can, if they choose, participate in a variety of offerings that typically include acting (in the Middle School play, which is a drama or comedy in the fall and a musical in the spring), technical theatre, costume design, photography, and music. Other electives, including music, dance, costume design, and studio arts, may be offered when available.
Students in PK through grade 12 have the opportunity to take private instrumental and voice lessons on the campus. Students receive a music education tailored to their individual needs based on their interest, age, and personal goals. In addition, lessons are designed to support students who are committed to participating in our band ensembles. Learn More.