Commencement ceremonies were held on June 16 for the Brooklyn Jesuit Prep graduating class of 2016! The 27 graduates will be attending thirteen different Catholic high schools in the fall, including: La Salle Academy, Xavier High School, Notre Dame School, Cristo Rey Brooklyn, Cristo Rey New York, Fontbonne Hall Academy, Saint Peter's Prep, Saint Vincent Ferrer, Bishop Loughlin High School, The Mary Louis Academy, St. Jean Baptiste High School, Cardinal Hayes High School, and Saint Joseph High School. They were offered an estimated $245,495 in scholarships and accepted an estimated $203,245 of the monies offered. After four years of summer camps at Fairfield University and as students in Brooklyn, they now move into the third pillar of the BJP program, the graduate support program.
What do you get when a young boy can't go to sleep and has an interest in zombies? A comical middle school play where common items found in the refrigerator, like bacon and carrots, come to life! "The Bacon, Carrot, Zombies, and Other Things I Hide From My Parents" was this year's performance by ten of BJP's young actors. You'd think it would be all fun and games to bring things to life, but it turns out to be quite the pain as the bacon and carrot get ideas of their own beyond what their creator wanted. The entire school community, students and parents alike, thought the play was well done and can't wait for next year's performance.
News 12 Brooklyn paid a visit to BJP to feature the after-school program in their What's Cool At School segment. They were so impressed by the array of activities offered by BJP to form the whole child, from sports to yoga to service, that they came back the next week to follow the sixth grade class on their Lenten service project to St. John's Bread and Life. Click the buttons below to see the two segments.
Before winter break, students celebrated the end of Spirit Week with the 5th Annual Friendship Dance. Each day during the week the students showed their spirit in one way or another. At the end, the student government put on the party of the year full of decorations, good music, good snacks, and, most importantly, good friends!
The first day back from Christmas Break marked the tenth annual Renew the Spirit of Camp all-school retreat. Students spent the day in their camp advisories reminiscing about the good times at Fairfield University, the many activities at camp, the growth they made during the summer, and the goals they set for themselves. Of course, it also included a whole lot of teamwork challenges and some good ol' fashioned dodgeball. At Mass, Fr. Allen from Fairfield University celebrated the Feast of the Epiphany with the student body. His homily of the wise men and Jesus being flames that light other flames, our camp theme, encouraged students to have goals, overcome obstacles, and share their talents with others. Six students were recognized at the end of the day with a "Guiding Star" award for the work they have done since the end of camp. It was a great day to get centered for the rest of the school year.
Brooklyn Jesuit Prep students, staff, and families used the month of November to give thanks and give back. The student government organized a successful canned food drive where homerooms exceeded their goals and helped to meet the school's goal of providing over 600 cans to the St. Teresa of Avila food pantry. Furthermore, students spent November's Saturday Program, a time usually set aside for projects for the kids to take home, making place-mats and candy bags for Christopher Martins, a restaurant in Connecticut that serves meals on Thanksgiving to those in need. The month ended with the most popular Family Night, the Thanksgiving potluck. Families and staff sat down together to eat a good meal and enjoy good company. While the academics in school are important, the relationships built in the BJP community make the school a strong and loving environment where everyone strives to be men and women for others.
On Saturday, October 24, 2015, friends of BJP gathered at the Douglaston Club in Little Neck, NY to honor Brooklyn Prep graduate Peter T. King, U.S. Representative for New York's 2nd congressional district, with the "Ignatian Award." Current students of BJP and alumni of Brooklyn Prep socialized and discussed similarities and memories of their Jesuit education, focusing on an education beyond just academics and care for the whole person.
BJP wrapped up its celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month with a heritage luncheon. Families brought dishes representing the 17 African, Caribbean, and Hispanic nations at BJP. It was all very delicious! Throughout the month, students from Ms. Malcousu's 7th grade English course gave presentations at assembly on noteworthy Hispanics, students came dressed in their traditional garb, and guest speaker Charlie Vargas inspired students with his life story of growing up to become a criminal defense lawyer. Learn more about the many cultures that make up the BJP community by clicking here.
The first week of school was a busy time at BJP. In addition to getting back into the routine of classes and catching up with friends we haven't seen since the end of summer camp, students welcomed new teachers, reflected on their goals for the year, prayed for a successful year of building a loving community in a Mass of the Holy Spirit, and blessed a new school sign! Plus, they went to school on SATURDAY! 33 students chose to come into school for homework help from volunteer tutors and then participated in Balloon Ballooza, a series of games and challenges with tons of balloons. What a start to the new school year!
The students returned from the campus of Fairfield University at BJP's Camp Montmartre! This year's theme was Un Fuego Que Enciende Otros Fuegos. The campers worked throughout the summer to be a flame that lights other flames, which means to be an inspiration to others. This could take form in being open to growth so that others see you trying new things and do so themselves, spreading positivity and love no matter the situation (even if you lose a game), or building sister/brotherhood. Campers worked to find their inner flame and then spread that to others. They were challenged at the end of the summer to "go forth and set the world on fire"! Check out the video below or read more about the camp from the student perspective and see pictures on the camp blog.