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.
As a book club of sorts, St. Bernard’s chose one book for the faculty and boys in grades V-IX to read over the summer and meet in September to discuss. The conversations around last year’s book, Refugee, were very rewarding. This year’s selection was I, Juan de Pareja by Elizabeth Borton de Trevino.
On Friday, September 13, the morning assembly was dedicated to the Good Heart program. It was the first all-school assembly for the kindergarten boys and they seemed happy to be included. The purpose of this assembly was for the whole school community to come together to hear from our headmaster, our boys, and a few of our faculty about what makes a “good heart.”
The Community Gathering committee seeks to foster a deeper understanding and appreciation of the diverse backgrounds and cultures within the St. Bernard’s community. The committee works closely with the school’s Diversity Coordinator to organize events and discussions on topics pertaining to diversity and inclusion as they relate to the boys’ experiences.
St. B’s second graders had the chance to be urban planners on recent trips to the Museum of the City of New York. Their final destination was the Future City Lab at the museum, where they were met by an educational guide.