24 May, 2011

NJ Governor's Award

This past weekend, our SHAC Club (Students Helping All Children) and PBJ Team (Peace & Justice Club) were honored with nineteen other young people/groups in New Jersey for the Make Service Count Challenge sponsored by the Star Ledger and Jefferson Awards. It was an amazing time for our student leaders to receive recognition for their outstanding volunteer efforts in addressing two serious injustices in our country and across the globe - child slave labor and bullying.

God being a God of surprises added to the excitement when they announced that Mrs. Michalski, their Campus Minister, received the Outstanding Mentor of the Year Award. All of this translates into Benedictine Academy being an A+ Leadership School in forming students who are Global Leaders of Change in making our world a better place. "Character, Critical Thinking, Determination and Compassionate Hearts are the key attributes of a Benedictine Student", says C0-Leader Sr. Donna Jo Repetti, OSF.

21 May, 2011

Peer Mentoring Program

The school year may be ending, but we are already looking to the future. Nine outstanding Juniors have been carefully selected to become the Peer Mentors for the new school year. The application process is rigorous involving academic and discipline review, reflection questions, interviews, and letters of recommendations. Once the process had been completed, our Campus Ministry Leaders were off to the Ramapo Mountains to begin their intensive three day training, which is held in three separate intervals.


At Benedictine Academy, we are more than a College-Preparatory High School. We are a true Prep Academy with a formation program that transforms our students into strong leaders with a love of learning. Our young girls learn to listen with the ear of their hearts to the Spirit of God empowering them to make sound moral, ethical decisions and to become global leaders of change for the betterment of our world. Perhaps more importantly, they graduate as beautiful young women of God. This is every parent's unspoken hope and dream for their daughters.

The ten hour workshop included team building, diversity training, communication skills, confidentiality, and prayer. The key distinguishing factor of Benedictine Academy's Peer Mentoring Program is that it is a Ministry, not a service club. The Peer Mentors, following in the footsteps of St. Paul, form small communities of faith within the freshmen class, to offer encouragement, guidance, friendship and support.