Summer is here. Let the fun begin! From art and athletics to cooking and coding, we have many opportunities to inspire, challenge, and excite students.

  • Two weeks available: June 10 – 14 and June 17 – 21
  • SGHS Summer Camp is open to girls, rising fifth grade through rising ninth grade
  • Morning and afternoon sessions available (see below for session information); combine sessions to create a full day
  • VCU athletic trainer onsite for athletic camps
  • If participating in a full day, camper must bring a bagged lunch and a filled water bottle
  • If participating in a full day that includes athletics, transportation (between SGHS and the OAC) is provided
  • All campers will receive a special SGHS Summer Camp t-shirt; please note size in your registration

Summer Camp Schedule

AM: 9 a.m. – Noon
PM: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

SGHS Summer Camp Registration

Rising 5th - 6th Graders Session Descriptions

Drawing and Painting
Instructor: Kristin Polich
Open to: Rising 5th – 9th Graders
Week:  June 17 – 21, AM
Cost: $160

Students will create drawings and paintings on paper and canvases. Multiple materials will be explored including charcoal, pastels, watercolor, and acrylic painting.

Kristin Polich is an artist and art teacher at SGHS. Kristin has exhibited her work throughout Richmond including artspace and the Reynolds Gallery. Kristin is a graduate of Hollins University

E-Textiles
Instructor:  Dr. Chad Suhr
Open to: Rising 5th – 9th Graders
Week:  June 10 – 14, AM
Cost: $160

When combining technology with fashion, the possibilities are endless. Kids will sew with conductive thread and use led lights to create a functioning piece of technology. Craft materials are continually evolving as technology advances. Looking back at several ways craft and technology have intertwined will help students notice the many ways e-textiles are quietly becoming a part of our everyday lives. Combining art with tech is a fun way to express your interests and personality.

Dr. Chad Suhr joined Saint Gertrude in 2016. He has a B.S. from Texas A&M University, a M.A. in Philosophy  from Northern Illinois University and Ph.D. in Physics from Northern Illinois University. Dr. Suhr worked at the Large-Hadron Collider in Cern, Switzerland. He is teaches all physics classes at Saint Gertrude as well as advises the SGHS Robotics Team.

Gator Lacrosse
Instructor:  Fran Pochily
Open to: Rising 5th – 6th Graders
Week: June 10 – 14, AM
Cost: $160

This camp is designed for beginner and intermediate lacrosse players in 5th – 6th grade. We will learn the basics of the sport including cradling, throwing, catching, shooting, dodging, defensive and offensive techniques, and draw controls. A stick, goggle/eye wear, and mouthguard is required every day.

Fran Pochily, SGHS athletic director, is a graduate of Syracuse University where she was a two-time captain of Syracuse Lacrosse. Fran was the head coach of VA Wesleyan before coming to Saint Gertrude.

Robotics
Instructor:  Dr. Chad Suhr
Open to: Rising 5th – 6th Graders
Week:  June 10 – 14, AM
Cost: $160

In this hands on camp, students will design, build, and program a robot to perform a simple task. We will learn how to think through a design problem, use tools safety to bring our ideas to life, and write a program to achieve a goal. No prior experience with robotics or programming is required, and the challenge will be geared to the experience level of the students involved. Students will learn the importance of trial and error, testing, and critical thinking as they design and modify their robot based on the current challenge. We will study the mechanical and electronic workings our our robot, including motors, gears, and circuits.

Dr. Chad Suhr joined Saint Gertrude in 2016. He has a B.S. from Texas A&M University, a M.A. in Philosophy  from Northern Illinois University and Ph.D. in Physics from Northern Illinois University. Dr. Suhr worked at the Large-Hadron Collider in Cern, Switzerland. He is teaches all physics classes at Saint Gertrude as well as advises the SGHS Robotics Team.

Gator Soccer
Instructor: Juan Garcia
Open to: Rising 5th – 9th Graders
Week: June 11 – 15, PM
Cost: $160

This camp is designed for beginner and intermediate soccer players, rising 5th – 9th grades. We will learn the basics of the sport including dribbling, passing, shooting, defensive and offensive techniques, and game scenarios. Shin guards and a water bottle are required every day.

Juan Garcia, current varsity soccer coach at Saint Gertrude. Juan has coached soccer in the Richmond area since 1997 with various organizations including Strikers Soccer Club and Chesterfield United Football Club. Coach Garcia will bring a great focus on the fundamentals of soccer, teaching and promoting creativity and leadership, and instilling a love for the game.

STEAMing Ahead
Instructor: Dr. Chad Suhr
Open to: Rising 5th – 9th Graders
Week:  June 10 – 14 (PM) and June 17 – 21 (AM)
Cost: $160

This camp will help develop student leaders and learners through hands on activities in science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEAM).  By looking at examples from aviation, electronics, architecture, and other scientific and creative fields, we will examine how beauty and science combine to create our modern world.  Throughout the course we will conduct hands-on projects and activities that allow students to creatively explore these ideas.

Dr. Chad Suhr joined Saint Gertrude in 2016. He has a B.S. from Texas A&M University, a M.A. in Philosophy  from Northern Illinois University and Ph.D. in Physics from Northern Illinois University. Dr. Suhr worked at the Large-Hadron Collider in Cern, Switzerland. He is teaches all physics classes at Saint Gertrude as well as advises the SGHS Robotics Team.

Story Tellers (Theatre Arts)
Instructor: Jane Mattingly
Open to: Rising 5th – 6th Graders
Week:  June 10 – 14 , PM
Cost: $160

This one week theatre camp will explore the performing arts through various forms of acting, improv comedy, character building, creative movement, and scene work.

Jane Mattingly is the theatre director at Saint Gertrude High School and graduate of TheatreVCU’s MFA program. She directed and choreographed “Annie Jr.” and “The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940″ at Saint Gertrude this past year. Originally from Louisville, KY, she also works as an actor, dramaturg, and teacher in Richmond. Other recent credits include “River Ditty” at Virginia Repertory Theatre (Dramaturg), “Invalid” at Firehouse Theatre (Co-Adapter & Dramaturg), “Orlando” (Orlando) at VCU’s Shafer Alliance Laboratory Theatre, and her solo show, “The Oldest Person in the Room” at VCU.

Gator Volleyball and Basketball
Instructor: Andre Spencer and Robyn D’Onofrio
Open to: Rising 5th – 9th Graders
Week: June 10 – 14, PM
Cost: $160

Spend three days learning the fundamental skills in volleyball and two days learning offensive and defensive basketball skills and techniques. This camp is for both the novice and the more experienced basketball player.

Andre Spencer is the SGHS head varsity volleyball coach. He is former assistant volleyball coach at VCU and master coach for RVC JRs program. Andre is a member of the board of directors for RVC and the RVC Juniors development committee.  

Robyn D’Onofrio, current varsity basketball coach at Saint Gertrude. A former college basketball captain and MVP from Norwich University, Robyn has spent the previous two years at The Steward School where she turned a 11-12 record in 2017 to a 20-9 record, a regular season TCIS Co-Championship and a Quarter Finals finish in the VISAA in 2018. Robyn is a board 90 rated official and a true student of the game. She is extremely passionate about basketball and growing her programs to compete at a high level while encouraging the team members to keep ever-present a love for the sport, their teammates, their school, and their faith.

Rising 7th - 9th Graders Session Descriptions

Actors’ Workshop
Instructor: Jane Mattingly
Open to: Rising 5th – 6th Graders
Week:  June 10 – 14, AM
Cost: $160

This one week, fast paced, high energy camp focuses on the exploration of the actors toolbox with lessons in acting, improv comedy, movement, character building, and script writing.

Jane Mattingly is the theatre director at Saint Gertrude High School and graduate of TheatreVCU’s MFA program. She directed and choreographed “Annie Jr.” and “The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940″ at Saint Gertrude this past year. Originally from Louisville, KY, she also works as an actor, dramaturg, and teacher in Richmond. Other recent credits include “River Ditty” at Virginia Repertory Theatre (Dramaturg), “Invalid” at Firehouse Theatre (Co-Adapter & Dramaturg), “Orlando” (Orlando) at VCU’s Shafer Alliance Laboratory Theatre, and her solo show, “The Oldest Person in the Room” at VCU.

Gator Basketball
Instructor: Robyn D’Onofrio
Open to: Rising 5th – 9th Graders
Week:  June 17-20, M-Th (AM)
Cost: $130

Come and learn offensive and defensive basketball skills and techniques as well as free throw shooting and the rules of the game. Build good practice habits, routines, and mental game prep. This camp is for both the novice and more experienced player.

Robyn D’Onofrio, current varsity basketball coach at Saint Gertrude. A former college basketball captain and MVP from Norwich University, Robyn has spent the previous two years at The Steward School where she turned a 11-12 record in 2017 to a 20-9 record, a regular season TCIS Co-Championship and a Quarter Finals finish in the VISAA in 2018. Robyn is a board 90 rated official and a true student of the game. She is extremely passionate about basketball and growing her programs to compete at a high level while encouraging the team members to keep ever-present a love for the sport, their teammates, their school, and their faith.

Drawing and Painting
Instructor: Kristin Polich
Open to: Rising 5th – 9th Graders
Week:  June 17 – 21, AM
Cost: $160

Students will create drawings and paintings on paper and canvases. Multiple materials will be explored including charcoal, pastels, watercolor, and acrylic painting.

Kristin Polich is an artist and art teacher at SGHS. Kristin has exhibited her work throughout Richmond including artspace and the Reynolds Gallery. Kristin is a graduate of Hollins University

E-Textiles
Instructor:  Dr. Chad Suhr
Open to: Rising 5th – 9th Graders
Week:  June 10 – 14, AM
Cost: $160

When combining technology with fashion, the possibilities are endless. Kids will sew with conductive thread and use led lights to create a functioning piece of technology. Craft materials are continually evolving as technology advances. Looking back at several ways craft and technology have intertwined will help students notice the many ways e-textiles are quietly becoming a part of our everyday lives. Combining art with tech is a fun way to express your interests and personality.

Dr. Chad Suhr joined Saint Gertrude in 2016. He has a B.S. from Texas A&M University, a M.A. in Philosophy  from Northern Illinois University and Ph.D. in Physics from Northern Illinois University. Dr. Suhr worked at the Large-Hadron Collider in Cern, Switzerland. He is teaches all physics classes at Saint Gertrude as well as advises the SGHS Robotics Team.

First Aid and Infant/Child CPR
Instructor: Maddie Brannau
Open to: Rising 7th – 9th Graders
Week:  June 17-21 (AM)
Cost: $160

This course includes pediatric first aid and CPR/AED training. The course will follow the American Red Cross guidelines. The student will be able to provide the care necessary to sustain life until professional medical personnel arrive.

Maddie Brannau is a health and wellness teacher at SGHS. She is the coach of SGHS field hockey and is graduate of Lynchburg College.

Gator Lacrosse
Instructor:  Fran Pochily
Open to: Rising 5th – 9th Graders
Week: June 10 – 14, AM
Cost: $160

This camp is designed for beginner and intermediate lacrosse players in 5th – 6th grade. We will learn the basics of the sport including cradling, throwing, catching, shooting, dodging, defensive and offensive techniques, and draw controls. A stick, goggle/eye wear, and mouthguard is required every day.

Fran Pochily, SGHS athletic director, is a graduate of Syracuse University where she was a two-time captain of Syracuse Lacrosse. Fran was the head coach of VA Wesleyan before coming to Saint Gertrude.

Sew Fun: Sew 4U
Instructor:  Christine Nagi
Open to: Rising 5th – 9th Graders
Week:  June 10 – 14, AM
Cost:  $235 (All materials included)

This camp is meant for both beginner and more advanced sewers. We will be making a mini-capsule wardrobe of three pieces of clothing that will work seamlessly together and provide campers with the foundation for their own handmade wardrobe. Participants will learn the basics skills, plus many advanced skills to sewing their own clothes. All materials and fabrics provided.

SewFun is a company that offers sewing lessons in Richmond, VA. Their mission is to teach the art of sewing with a healthy dose of fun. Christina Nagi is an enthusiastic sewer and knitter who loves to teach others how to create their own wearable designs. Christina has been on the PTA Board at her children’s school where she worked to provide educational activities, after school enrichment classes, coached Lego robotics, and developed the Environmental Program and Monarch Waystation Gardens. Currently, she is a Dancing Classrooms Teaching Artist who teaches ballroom dance to 5th graders in the greater Richmond area.

Gator Soccer
Instructor: Juan Garcia
Open to: Rising 5th – 9th Graders
Week: June 10 – 14, PM
Cost: $160

This camp is designed for beginner and intermediate soccer players, rising 5th – 9th grades. We will learn the basics of the sport including dribbling, passing, shooting, defensive and offensive techniques, and game scenarios. Shin guards and a water bottle are required every day.

Juan Garcia, current varsity soccer coach at Saint Gertrude. Juan has coached soccer in the Richmond area since 1997 with various organizations including Strikers Soccer Club and Chesterfield United Football Club. Coach Garcia will bring a great focus on the fundamentals of soccer, teaching and promoting creativity and leadership, and instilling a love for the game.

STEAMing Ahead
Instructor: Dr. Chad Suhr
Open to: Rising 5th – 9th Graders
Week: June 10 – 14 (PM) and June 17 – 21 (AM)
Cost: $160

This camp will help develop student leaders and learners through hands on activities in science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEAM).  By looking at examples from aviation, electronics, architecture, and other scientific and creative fields, we will examine how beauty and science combine to create our modern world.  Throughout the course we will conduct hands-on projects and activities that allow students to creatively explore these ideas.

Dr. Chad Suhr joined Saint Gertrude in 2016. He has a B.S. from Texas A&M University, a M.A. in Philosophy  from Northern Illinois University and Ph.D. in Physics from Northern Illinois University. Dr. Suhr worked at the Large-Hadron Collider in Cern, Switzerland. He is teaches all physics classes at Saint Gertrude as well as advises the SGHS Robotics Team.

Gator Volleyball and Basketball
Instructor: Andre Spencer and Robyn D’Onofrio
Open to: Rising 5th – 9th Graders
Week: June 10 – 14, PM
Cost: $160

Spend three days learning the fundamental skills in volleyball and two days learning offensive and defensive basketball skills and techniques. This camp is for both the novice and the more experienced basketball player.

Andre Spencer is the SGHS head varsity volleyball coach. He is former assistant volleyball coach at VCU and master coach for RVC JRs program. Andre is a member of the board of directors for RVC and the RVC Juniors development committee.  

Robyn D’Onofrio, current varsity basketball coach at Saint Gertrude. A former college basketball captain and MVP from Norwich University, Robyn has spent the previous two years at The Steward School where she turned a 11-12 record in 2017 to a 20-9 record, a regular season TCIS Co-Championship and a Quarter Finals finish in the VISAA in 2018. Robyn is a board 90 rated official and a true student of the game. She is extremely passionate about basketball and growing her programs to compete at a high level while encouraging the team members to keep ever-present a love for the sport, their teammates, their school, and their faith.