Message from the Headmaster

As our Lenten journey approaches its end with the beginning of Holy Week, I want to say “thank you” to all the students, Imagestaff, and parents for making this such a prayer filled, holy season.  From the penny drive, the food drive, Stations of the Cross on Fridays, the confessions before Mass, volunteering at the soup kitchens, taking part int he 40 Days for Life Campaign, adoration in the chapel, holy hours at the parish, it is humbling to  see how much our community puts their faith into action.  Mother Teresa once said, 

“How did Jesus love us? He died on the cross; He made himself the Bread of Life to satisfy our hunger for His love and then He mad himself the hungry one so that we, you and I, can satisfy His hunger for our love.  We must thank the poor for allowing us to love Jesus in them…” 

My prayer this week is that all of us continue to feed the physically poor, the financially poor, and all those poor in spirit through our loving Jesus in them. 

May your and your families have a blessed Holy Week and Easter.

In Christ,

David Thibault

1st Grade Language Arts Lesson Inspires Healthy Choices

Last Friday, Mrs. Walsh’s first graders enjoyed salads for lunch. It was a team effort and every student brought in something to help make the salads complete.

“The idea evolved from a discussion we had after reading a story about Farmer Will Allen.” said Mrs. Walsh. “As a class, we took a poll to see what each child’s favorite vegetable was. Once we put everything up on the board we noticed that we had listed all of the ingredients to make a nice salad.”

From there, the students continued to brainstorm what would be needed. Some chose their favorite salad dressings, and others offered to bring in plastic forks and knives. The salad bar included: lettuce, spinach, cabbage, carrots, corn, tomatoes, cucumbers, avocado, and croutons.

The salad endeavor was an extension of the current unit utilized in the Imagine It reading program. It is titled “Away we Grow”, and the stories focus on gardening, seeds, and vegetables.

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Spring Production Promises Continued Success of Drama Program

This year, we will be performing another Shakespearean comedy, Much Ado About Nothing. It centers around two couples: Hero and Claudio, and Benedick and Beatrice. Claudio and Hero fall in love almost instantly, while Benedick and Beatrice have to be tricked into admitting their affection for each other. Things are not all rosy for Hero, though: much of the play is about how Claudio is deceived as to Hero’s character by the wicked Don John, and how Hero’s family and friends set about to make things right.

We have some wonderful returning cast members from last year’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, as well as some fantastic newcomers. There’s a lot of friendly chemistry between our main cast members, and enthusiasm all across the board.

Doing a Shakespeare play is certainly a challenge, but it’s amazing to see how these students – ranging in age this year from 12 to 16 – rise to meet it head on. The beginning weeks are often full of “what exactly am I saying here?” but once explained, they are able to fill those lines with force and meaning, taking words that were written over 400 years ago and making it fun and lively. The most fun are almost always the insults, like the following exchange between Beatrice and Benedick.

“I had rather hear a dog bark at a crow than a man swear he loves me.”
“God keep her ladyship still in that mind! so some gentleman or other shall ‘scape a predestinate scratched face.”
“Scratching could not make it worse, an ’twere it such a face as yours were.”

Rehearsals are always a laugh, whether it is Maria Klucinec (one of our two Heros) learning how to swoon, Alex Kalpakgian (Benedick) ‘conveniently’ getting a bloody nose before having to kiss Bernadette’s (Beatrice) hand, and the many hilariously mispronounced words (“constipation” instead of “consumption”).

I had considered doing a different style of play this year, but ultimately, I knew I wanted to do Shakespeare again. Last year was a challenge in many ways, but the pay-off was completely worth it. I think it’s important that we can challenge our students in all things, not only academics and sports. To get up in front of an audience, performing a work from one of the most revered authors in the English language, takes a lot of guts – but these students have that aplenty. Some may dismiss Shakespeare as “old-fashioned” or boring, but we, at least, are enjoying it!

Mount Royal Academy Inducts Eight Into National Honor Society

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Mount Royal Academy welcomed eight more students into membership of The Saint Thomas Aquinas Chapter of the National Honor Society, in a ceremony held at the school on February 21. Members were selected by a council comprised of faculty members for meeting high standards of scholarship, service, leadership, and character.

Adrianna Kenyon, Maria Klucinec, Miriam Caveney, Matthew Caveney, Vivian Wok, Rebekah Thibault, Ziqing (Kelly) Wang and Maria Lucia Fuentes Forera met all of the requirements necessary to obtain this honor. As part of their induction and election into office, the students must collaborate on a community service project to be completed by the end of the school year. The students must also remain in good standing in all four criteria to remain in the National Honor Society.

“As advisor of our chapter, I am looking forward to the growth of each of our new members and the chapter as a whole, as well as its affect on the entire student body,” said Dr. Mary Bellino, Faculty Advisor. “Striving for excellence in everything one does is the key to true joy. I congratulate our newly inducted members and I challenge them to not only continue with their efforts, but to encourage others to do so as well.”

The National Honor Society ranks as one of the oldest and most prestigious national organizations for high school students. Chapters exist in more than 60 percent of the nation’s high schools and since its inception in 1929; millions of students have been selected for membership.

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Mount Royal Academy is a private Catholic school nestled in the hills of New Hampshire’s Dartmouth – Lake Sunapee Region. Since 1994 the faculty, families and friends of Mount Royal have strived to provide not only a quality education to the children of our community, but most importantly a formation in Christian faith and morals.  What began as an elementary school, grades Kindergarten through eight, has grown to include a preschool with three and four year old programs and a liberal arts college preparatory High School.

Headmaster’s Lenten Message

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Ash Wednesday marked the beginning of the Lenten season.  During this liturgical season we prepare for Easter by imitating Jesus and going out into the “desert” to pray and sacrifice.  Lent lasts forty days (with the exception of Sundays) and during this Lenten season you will notice students learning about the meaning of Lent and the various Lenten practices we traditionally follow, guiding us through this journey.

It is a season of prayer, giving, abstaining, and fasting.  One way students are giving is by bringing in loose change for our penny drive (doesn’t have to be pennies).  All proceeds are going to the 86 orphans in Africa our student have spiritually adopted.  Students are praying the Stations of the Cross on Fridays and each class is doing something special in their own little way.  It is my hope and prayer that all of us will have a renewal of faith this Lenten season and become closer to God and one another.

School Prayer Service Seeks Intercession of Patron to Youth

We capped off Catholic Schools week with a prayer service. Students across all grade levels prepared original general intercessions, a decade of the rosary was prayed, and we also reflected on the life of an exceptionally selfless and tireless servant to youth: St. John Bosco. It was very fitting that St. John Bosco’s memorial marked the end of Catholic Schools week. His life was a total self-donation to young people who desperately needed and thirsted for the unconditional love of Jesus Christ. 

Our prayer is that Mount Royal Academy will continue to bring more and more youthful souls to Christ. May the charism and joyful spirit of St. John Bosco penetrate the hearts of all students, parents, and educators in the Mount Royal school community. Image

Mount Royal Academy Students Undertake Humanitarian Project in East Africa

Mount Royal Academy Students Undertake Humanitarian Project in East Africa

The students of Mount Royal Academy in Sunapee, New Hampshire have begun an international humanitarian project: providing charitable assistance for 86 poor, orphaned children in the East African country of Uganda. The students’ goal is to secure charitable donations through personal appeals to friends, relatives and other potential benefactors. Donations will be forwarded to a Ugandan priest (the orphans’ guardian)Image and used to fund several self-sustaining agricultural projects ( e.g., raising cows and goats; growing coffee).The income derived from these projects will help to provide food, medical care, essential services, and educational scholarships for the orphans, thus giving them hope for a better future and an escape from poverty.

An account has been established at Lake Sunapee Bank for receipt of donations in support of this charitable and humanitarian effort. Checks should be made payable to: East Africa Charitable Projects Fund, and mailed to: PO Box 703, New London, NH 03257.

The Fund is registered with the New Hampshire Secretary of State, but donations are not tax-deductible because the Fund is not a 501(c)(3)   organization. There are no fundraising fees, so 100% of donations goes directly to the projects in East Africa. Those seeking more information may call Mount Royal Academy at 763-9010.


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