St. Bernard’s offers able young boys of diverse backgrounds an exceptionally thorough, rigorous, and enjoyable introduction to learning and community life. We wish to inspire boys to value hard work and fair play, to develop confidence, consideration for others, and a sense of citizenship, and to have fun while doing these things.
A good heart is as valuable as a well-stocked, well-trained head.
The St. Bernard’s community was fortunate to hear from William Stixrud, Ph.D., and Ned Johnson, authors of The Self-Driven Child: The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives. The authors met with the faculty in the afternoon and in the evening, spoke to over one hundred parents in the small gym.
In December, family members of one of our school’s great masters, Donald Phelan, visited St. Bernard’s to reminisce about what the school meant to their father and grandfather, and also what he meant to St. Bernard’s.
On the 9th of January, the St. Bernard’s Speakers Bureau presented “A Conversation on Impeachment” with St. B’s parent Philip Bobbitt and Old Boy Benno Schmidt ’55. Over one hundred people filled the small gym to hear these two constitutional law experts discuss a topic that is on everyone’s minds.
St. Bernard’s has almost 5,000 Old Boys who have each followed their own unique path after their days on 98thStreet. John Rubinstein, a loyal Old Boy from the class of 1960, is an accomplished actor, composer, director, and teacher. As he fondly describes in this charming letter, John’s career in theater began at St. B’s.
Old Boy Somers Harvey ’19 is now at Avenues: The World School in Chelsea. He and his classmates are studying the quality of drinking water, and they invited St. Bernard’s fifth graders to collaborate on the project.