Athletics is notably strong at St. Bernard’s. All boys take part in the athletic program, whose goals are to develop skill, to cultivate a sense of teamwork and sportsmanship, to channel and release energy and exuberance, and to have fun.
The Junior School boys learn the basics of many sports, among them soccer, basketball, baseball, and fencing. They play floor hockey and McWhippit, a precursor to lacrosse. The coaches, many of them accomplished athletes and all of them well trained in teaching and coaching young boys, work with each boy to ensure his development. Intramural games begin in Grade III. They give boys an opportunity to compete among themselves in a friendly manner.
Middle and Upper School boys play on teams against other schools and compete in a program of intramural games of all kinds. St. Bernard’s has varsity and junior varsity teams in all sports. We even form a third team for boys in Grades V and VI when there is a demand for one. Participating on a team encourages leadership and sportsmanship and generates pride in one’s school and oneself. Most of the boys in fifth through ninth grade play on one team or more each year.
St. Bernard’s is a member of the Manhattan Private Middle School League and competes in soccer, cross country, basketball, baseball, and track. Boys may join an ice hockey team, with games on weekends, for an additional fee. The school has three gymnasiums, used by all boys throughout the school, a weight training room, a fencing room, a recess deck, and a kindergarten play yard. Central Park provides us with numerous playing fields just across Fifth Avenue.