The Fuqua School Aviation class is currently refurbishing an old experimental plane. Working alongside our knowledgeable volunteers, they have received a good taste of the tedious work it takes to make something new again. Twice weekly, they meet in the aviation shop to disassemble and revitalize some part of the plane. Over the previous weeks they have been peeling off the old coverings of the wings, and sanding down the exposed metal to ensure the new coverings will adhere to the surface. On classroom days the students have been completing the online aviation 101 course and working on piecing together their remote-controlled planes.
Founded in 1993, Fuqua School is an independent, co-educational, PK3-12 day school – centrally located to serve Southside Virginia – that provides children with a well-rounded, values-based educational experience uniquely tailored to create a solid foundation for their individual success.
The best way to experience Fuqua School is to come for a visit! The warmth and friendliness of our community is evident from the moment you set foot on campus.
Our Mission & Core Values
The mission of Fuqua School is to create a safe and supportive learning environment which fosters the development of boundless individual potential.
At Fuqua School, we believe a values-based educational experience truly matters. It is a difference maker. Honesty, responsibility, kindness, compassion, fairness, respect, commitment, perseverance, and cooperation are woven into the classroom and campus activities. Each month activities focus on one of these core values. These fundamental core values guide our decisions and actions.
This year, the 7th and 8th graders are able to participate in the Art Elective Wheel. Each quarter, the students will be introduced to new classes designed to explore the arts in more depth. This quarter, students in the 3D Printing class enjoyed using Tinker Cad and Makers Empire.
"This class was amazing. It has been a really fun place to come every day. We learned how to design and print. We started on an app called Tinker Cad where we did most of our projects. We also used Makers Empire for a little while. One of my favorite projects was we got to make a truck. Unfortunately, there was a small flaw and I lost some progress, but I recovered from it. I hope to use 3D printing on future projects." - Bradley French
"I learned how to make an original design in Tinker Cad. My favorite design was to make a car. That was challenging and fun. I would like to take my skills to another level to do bigger and better things. I also liked using the Makers Empire program for 3D Design. Makers Empire and Tinker Cad are for beginners. I think I was very lucky to be able to do a class like this and learn to make 3D designs." - Isaac Satterfield
On Thursday October 10th, eighteen Fuqua School students joined students from Cumberland County and Prince Edward County High Schools at Hampden-Sydney College to participate in the Farmville Youth Summit sponsored by the Farmville Chamber of Commerce. The theme of the day was developing the entrepreneurial mindset and ecosystem. In the morning sessions the students were divided into three groups and attended presentations on business planning, financing a business, and then marketing a business. Afterwards, the students teamed up to develop business models. Some of the ideas from our students included starting a taxicab business in Farmville, opening a Five Guys Restaurant, creating biodegradable fishing nets, and launching a motorized scooter rental business. After lunch, the students heard from a panel of business and community leaders.
Both PK classes had a fantastic time on their field trip to Richlands Dairy Farm, and were able to learn more about cows and pumpkins. Students learned about milking cows, how farmers store the milk, how farmers keep track of the cows using “cow Fitbits”, and how they monitor what the cows eat. Students were also able to learn about the pumpkin life cycle, and were able to select a pumpkin of their own to take home. The students were also able to enjoy a hayride, the petting barn, a picnic lunch, and the farm playground.
On Tuesday, October 1, the Fuqua School Battle of the Brains Team composed of Zachary Eason (junior), Josh Huggard (sophomore), George Magnotti (sophomore), and Hunter Melton (sophomore) prevailed over the team from Thomas Dale High School in Richmond in the first round of this year’s Battle of the Brains competition. The team is coached by history teacher, Dr. Katherine Blank, and supported by team alternates Catherine Rutherford (junior), Margaret Walters (senior), Sebastian Cannady (junior), Aiden Schwerdtfeger (freshman), and James Royal (freshman).
On Thursday, October 10, the team competed against Hermitage High School in Richmond during the second round of competition. Results for this competition will be announced after its television air date.
A number of upper school students observed “See You at the Pole 2019” on Wednesday, September 25 during lunch. The SYATP idea was started by a group of Christian teens from Texas who wanted to begin a student-led movement that highlighted the freedom to gather and pray during the school day. Wednesday’s gathering around the Bell Tower and flag poles included prayer and reflection led by Youth for Christ officers Abbie Schmidt and Hannah Ostrander. Ms. Kara Jones, US Biology teacher, is currently the YFC club sponsor.