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Hope Crowns Monthly Virtues

Virtue formation remains a critical component of the mission of Mount Royal Academy. Powerful cultural forces run contrary to the Christian moral principles this school aims to uphold and teach. Children need a constant reminder that true happiness is acquired through the pursuit of virtue.

The school year begins with gratitude so that students can focus on the myriad blessings in life. Docility enables the receptivity so essential to learning. Each successive virtue adds another shade to the canvas, so that, a vibrant picture of the well-formed character emerges by the end of the year. As yea...

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Milestones and Memories Highlight Commencement Ceremony

The largest graduating class in Mount Royal Academy’s history enjoyed a memorable commencement ceremony last Saturday. The Saint Joseph’s Center was at full capacity as twenty-one eighth grade students joined ten seniors as they processed into the gym. There were several notable moments throughout the ceremony.

Andrew Mihaly, the junior high and high school history teacher, delivered the commencement address. As a former student turned teacher, Mr. Mihaly offered unique insights for the graduates. After recounting some candid and amusing moments during his own years as a student, he concluded ...

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Friendly Fun Rules the Day on the Field

Spirits were high and competition fierce as students from all grades participated in Mount Royal’s annual field day last week. Students fought hard to win a series of games such as, best cheer, pie eating, hoop and ball exchange, tug of war and more.

"One of the great things to witness at our field day is the collaboration that takes place between the older and younger children. Each team is made up of a selection of students from grade one through twelve. It’s beautiful to watch the natural friendship and mentoring that occurs spontaneously." said Matt McMenaman, teacher and admissions direct...

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A Commencement to Remember

Below are the prepared remarks of Headmaster Derek Tremblay and the keynote speaker, Andrew Mihaly.

Introductory Remarks (Derek Tremblay):

On behalf of the soon-to-be graduates, their parents, and the faculty of Mount Royal Academy, welcome to the 2016 commencement exercises.

At approximately 2:30 p.m. yesterday, I received a text message from one of our seniors. She asked, “How many students were there back in 2002?” And as I was looking through the archived registration, I came across some interesting names. Names to be noted include the following, some of whom are present here today: Dean M...

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Senior Seminar Presentations Focus on the Truths of the Great Books

Seniors completed their final year of high school with a fourth year English course that culminated in a ten-page essay on a topic they presented to the entire high school in brief speeches addressing the main themes and conclusions of their arguments.

They spent the year studying classical works like Homer’s Odyssey, Sophocles’ Oedipus the King and Antigone, Virgil’s Aeneid, Milton’s Paradise Lost, and Dante’s Purgatory. They then contrasted them with modern works like Montaigne’s Essays, Herman Melville’s Billy Budd, Sailor, and C.S. Lewis’ That Hideous Strength.

Several students wrote essay...

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Student Violin Orchestra Performance Highlights Accomplishments

There were no arrows, to be sure, but thirty-two bows certainly were flying at Mount Royal Academy June 2nd. The inaugural violin class of thirty-two students showcased their new found skills before a packed Saint Joseph Center last Thursday night.  Led by the acclaimed Alicia Casey, the premier Suzuki violin teacher from the Upper Valley Music Center, students in grades one through six patiently stood before the crowd as Casey recapped the purpose and progress of the weekly lessons.  Grades one through three then began by performing several pieces that featured the foundational skills they ac...

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May Crowning Marks Mission Success

Even though our patron is St. Joseph, it is no secret that Mount Royal Academy has a special devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Each year begins with our pilgrimage to the shrine of Our Lady of La Salette and all year the students gather weekly to pray the Rosary together. Thus, it is fitting that as the school year draws to a close, the entire school community gathers to take part in the annual May Crowning Mass.



This year’s May Crowning took place last Friday, May 27th in the St. Joseph’s Center. Students from Pre-K through twelfth grade took part in the liturgy presided over by Rever...

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Say Hello to Shakespeare in Sunapee

With a standing room only crowd at the St. Joachim Parish Hall on Friday, May 20th, the Mount Royal Academy Drama Society opened the first performance of Hello, Shakespeare! What began as a simple lecture from our austere narrator turned into a magical and exciting journey thanks to the hijinks of his pesky helper and a myriad of timeless characters.

Featuring Bernadette Klucinec (11th grade) and Peter Yost (10th grade) as well as students from grades 6th through 12th. There was even a surprise appearance by 3rd grader Luke Moorehouse. The MRADS had the crowd laughing from curtain to closing w...

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Bike Clinic for 1st Graders a Huge Success

For a hands-on finish to their science unit on force and motion, Mount Royal’s first grade class invited Sunapee Police Department to provide bicycle safety training on campus this week. Much to the envy of the rest of the elementary grades during recess, the first graders enjoyed riding their bikes, speaking with Sunapee Police Chief David Cahill and Officers Neill Cobb and Rob Riessle. Students received safety instruction, helmet checks and the chance to sit inside the squad car.

Karen Walsh, who teaches first grade at Mount Royal Academy, was thrilled, “It was such a great event. Each chil...

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Callan Rees (17’) of Mount Royal Academy Receives 2016 Women Who Make a Difference Award

The Lake Sunapee Region VNA and Hospice has been hosting their annual Women Who Make a Difference luncheon for 17 years. The luncheon celebrates remarkable women in our area who give back to the community in a big way. Callan Rees graciously received the award given to an area high school student at the annual luncheon on Wednesday, May 18, which was held at Colby Sawyer College.

Callan was nominated by Headmaster Derek Tremblay. Tremblay stated, “Callan is an amazing young woman. She always has a smile on her face, and a kind word for both faculty and students.  Callan is an integral part of ...

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