As athletic competition promotes conditioning, character, leadership, and teamwork among the students, Nativity Prep sponsors various competitive teams throughout the school year. All students must participate in sports four days per week. While every effort is made to accommodate the interests of all students, space is limited on certain teams. Depending on the coaching expertise of the staff, the program will involve appropriate seasonal sports, including soccer, basketball, baseball, swimming, sailing/golf, cross country, and field games.
During winter sports, all students will be required to pass a swim test. New Bedford is a coastal town, and Nativity Prep believes that everyone should know how to swim. If the students are not able to pass the swim test, they will be given lessons from certified lifeguards on how to swim until they are able to pass the test.
Students are prohibited from playing on other sports teams outside of Nativity Prep’s during their first year at school in order to allow them to focus on their studies and to become more familiarized with the Nativity way of life.
Once per week, students will have an opportunity to participate in a club run by a Nativity Prep Teacher. Student input on offerings will be sought ahead of time throughout the year. Club offerings in the past have included Culinary Arts, Community Service, Bowling, Flag Football, School Newspaper, and Film Club.
Every student is invited to participate in “Fun Night” at school on Friday evenings. At Fun Nights, Nativity faculty members play games and conduct activities with the students, giving the boys an opportunity to relax and get to know each other in a purely social setting free of academic pressures. Also, the Student Council will be designated to plan special Fun Nights with various themes, including sports competition and musical performances.
Nativity Prep field trips, scheduled for most Saturdays during the school year, are designed to add cultural, educational, and community service elements to the program. These trips introduce students to educational and historical sites, monuments and cultural institutions in the area, and give them opportunities to become involved in service work. They are designed to offer a learning experience in which students and members of the community can build ties of friendship and Nativity spirit together. All field trips provide an active learning experience for each student that reinforces classroom instruction with hands-on activities. Recently we have visited the Fuller Craft Museum to view socially conscious modern art, the Museum of Science, and the New Bedford Whaling Museum. More adventure oriented trips include rock climbing, nature hikes, mountain biking, as well as a trip to an interactive Egyptian tomb adventure in Boston.
While most field trips are optional, every student is required to take part in designated community service field trips, which occur once a quarter for each grade level. Part of Nativity’s mission is to reinforce an awareness that much has been given to Nativity students and faculty, and that much is therefore expected of them in return, through service to others in the community. Service trips range from cleaning up the local shoreline to Operation Clean Sweep to cooking for bake sales.