Blessed John Henry and Catholic Education

<p>On this day, September the 19th, the Church beatifies Cardinal John Henry Newman. "What does Blessed John Henry have to do with Mount Royal Academy?", one may ask. Well, he was a holy and gentle pastor, a prolific scholar, and a great spiritual leader endowed with deep wisdom. He has impacted all who are involved in Catholic education immensely.</p> <p>This saint has profoundly influenced Catholic education in the 20th and 21st centuries by promoting a holistic understanding of learning. All truths must be taught and learned under the direction of the primary truth - God Himself - according to Cardin...</p>

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Knights Snatch 1st Win!

<p>The efforts and tenacity of the MRA Upper School soccer team have finally paid off in the win column, after defeating RSEC Academy in Merrimack yesterday by a score of 4-1. A balanced attack, improved positioning, and some superb passing displays led to a solid victory. Three different forwards scored, our defense rose to the occasion when tested, and our goalie made some very timely saves.</p> <p>With such a young team, the inexperience certainly hindered our play over the first 2 games. But now, we can sense that the younger players are gaining some much needed confidence. The elders are persistent...</p>

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Knights Still Learning...

<p>The knights improved their overall play in the second game by passing and playing team defense, but failed to capitalize on dozens of scoring opportunities. After dominating the first half, the knights couldn't overcome a crushing blow to their momentum by a speedy goal in the second half. Final score was not encouraging, but their perseverance certainly continues to shine.</p> <p>We will travel to RSEC tomorrow afternoon in the hopes of catching our first win. Thanks for following!</p>

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1st Game a Learning Experience

<p>MRA lost its first game of the soccer season to Holy Family 4-0. For almost half our team, this was the first competitive soccer experience of their lives. We will return to practice on Monday, and work together to get out some of the kinks that were discovered during the game.</p>

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The First Day

<p>With the first day of school come and gone, students appeared noticeably happy and accepting of what the future holds. Mount Royal is in a transitional year, which presents its own series of challenges and difficulties. However, we are very fortunate to have some new faces, including two international students. Some familiar faces have returned, and we are likewise tremendously excited for the gifts they will undoubtedly contribute to our school.</p> <p>Different than previous years, we have adapted our Upper School schedule to include block scheduling on Tuesdays and Thursdays. This permits courses ...</p>

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<p>And so the anticipation is rising, each passing moment of this final day of summer vacation becomes a perpetual reminder of what tomorrow holds. The first day of school is always filled with an indescribable mixture of emotions. Excitement, anxiety, happiness, sorrow, earnestness, apprehensiveness, hope, and doubt all cloud the hearts and minds of students and teachers alike. And then, before we all exhale, the day concludes.</p> <p>It is a reminder of how quickly the school year passes, which compels us to approach each day with a high level of determination. Because if we fail to act, if we fail to...</p>

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Week 2 Preseason Training Going Well!

<p>God's Providence strikes again! We were forced to begin our practices 2 hours earlier because of Teacher Week, which obviously inflicts a greater strain on some of our families. However, with the onset of a late summer heat wave, we have both especially thankful for early morning practices. We have been spared from extremely difficult humidity. When we begin the weather is cool, but by the time we end the humidity spikes significantly.</p> <p>The student-athletes are improving their physical stamina and strength, as well as their soccer skills day by day. We have returned to fundamentals: PASSING, ba...</p>

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Week 1 Preseason Training OVER!

<p>We completed our first week of training and conditioning for the upcoming soccer season. The efforts of these young men and woman is certainly commendable. They were pushed beyond their comfort zones, and really demonstrated a willingness to reach new physical and mental capabilities. They showed a resiliency unlike never before. Moreover, they continually offered words of encouragement towards each other in those moments when the pain and exhaustion seemed overwhelming. When faced with adversity and new challenges, they really rose to the occasion. Words cannot fully express how excited the c...</p>

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MRA Soccer Begins

<p>We have begun our pre-season training. The young ladies and gentleman are hard at work conditioning their bodies, and their wills, to charge themselves into soccer shape. It is a blessing to witness these young men and women rise to the occasion when challenged physically. Our prospects for the upcoming season are looking especially bright at this point, primarily because of the attitudes and efforts of the student-athletes.</p> <p>We are very fortunate to welcome Mr. Popielarz as our new assistant coach. He is an incoming parent so to speak, as both of his children will now be attending Mount Royal....</p>

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The Special Charism of Mount Royal

<p> <a data-mce-href="http://mountroyalacademy.files.wordpress.com/2010/08/aug-31-2010_0380.jpg" href="http://mountroyalacademy.files.wordpress.com/2010/08/aug-31-2010_0380.jpg"><img title="Aug 31 2010_0380" src="http://mountroyalacademy.files.wordpress.com/2010/08/aug-31-2010_0380.jpg?w=300" alt="" height="225" data-mce-src="http://mountroyalacademy.files.wordpress.com/2010/08/aug-31-2010_0380.jpg?w=300" class="fr-dii fr-draggable" style="width: 300px;"></a>Mount Royal has officially entered the blogosphere! We will certainly try our best to communicate all types of news and information regarding the school to our wider community through this new and effective media tool. We will also strive to feature guest postings from our students, teachers, and our headmaster.</p> <p>The special charism or grace that influences the charity and solidarity of our community ought to be shared with the whole world. We acknowledge that we have received this school community as a gift from God the Father. The hearts and minds of the families and educators involved i...</p></p>

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