01Apr

Rare, Intimate Musical Concerts at MRA

There is a well-kept secret hiding in Sunapee NH. Only a privileged few are aware that Mount Royal Academy has hosted five high caliber musical concerts over the past six months. The series has been dubbed the Concert Spirituel. The title pays homage to the tradition that began in late 18th century France. At that time, musical performances were heard by the privileged few in the homes of society’s elite. The Concert Spirituel was proffered to the public at large through the purchase of a ticket - a truly novel idea at the time. The series underway at Mount Royal Academy has revived the concep...

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23Mar
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Headmaster's Triduum Message

Dear Families, There is a famous Catholic saying that captures the reality of what we are about to enter: "It must be Holy Week." The saying signifies that because the God of the universe endured the greatest injustice in human history for our sake, we should expect a heavy dose of the bizarre ourselves. But even though bad things happen to good people, we don't stop at the mere recognition of evil. We can see beyond evil because of the resurrection faith. The eyes of faith provide clarity of vision and perspective, since we know that the battle between good and evil has already been won. Holy...

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08Mar

Thrilling Performance by Moscow Pianist Ilya Vanichkin at Mount Royal Academy

  On February 27th, Moscow piano virtuoso Ilya Vanichkin wowed an intimate group of concertgoers from all over Sullivan County.  He exhibited complete mastery of the school's new grand piano. Indeed, Vanichkin performed with subtle shadings and a musical sensibility that is extremely rare. "We had the audience sit in a close-knit semicircle around the keyboard.  When Ilya first came in and saw how close to the piano I had put the chairs, he told me to back them up a bit," says Simeon Morrow, Mount Royal's Music Director and producer of the Concert Spirituel series for which Vanichkin performe...

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07Mar
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Mount Royal Academy Launches Violin Program

A large Vermont Violins truck was seen unloading at 26 Seven Hearths Lane recently; thirty-three new violins were delivered into the eager hands of Mount Royal Academy students, grades Pre-Kindergarten to Sixth Grade.  This group of selected students will be training to play as an orchestra under the tutelage of nationally acclaimed Suzuki violin master, Alicia Casey, Program Coordinator at the Upper Valley Music Center, Lebanon. "I am thrilled to be able to work with the Mount Royal Academy to start a Strings in Schools program right in Sunapee. The Upper Valley Music Center's mission is to p...

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03Mar
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Mount Royal Academy Inducts Four into National Honor Society

Mount Royal Academy welcomed four students into membership of The Saint Thomas Aquinas Chapter of the National Honor Society, in a ceremony held at the school on February 25. Members were selected by a faculty council that evaluated the applicants based on the four criteria of NHS; scholarship, service, leadership and character. Aila Wenger (10th grade), Autumn-Rose Prunier (11th grade), Bernadette Klucinec (11th grade), and Johanna Fitzgibbons (11th grade) were approved. As part of their induction, the students must collaborate on a community service project to be completed by the end of the...

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03Mar

Athletic Director Goes Above and Beyond

  The life of an Athletic Director is consumed by scheduling, scheduling, and more scheduling. Now add creating a new website for a league featuring over 100 basketball teams, as well as a full-time teaching load, and you can imagine that managing time, acting efficiently, and engaging in real interactions with colleagues, parents, and students is somewhat impossible. Andrew Mihaly is able to do it all, and do it all very well. His efforts were recently recognized by the Merrimack Basketball League. Mr. Mihaly was named 'Volunteer of the Year' by the community of directors, coaches, and paren...

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23Feb
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Lady Knights Earn First Championship in Granite State Conference JV Girls’ Basketball Tournament

The Lady Knights of Mount Royal Academy finished their 2016 season with the school’s first ever high school championship. The girls’ basketball team won the 2016 Granite State Conference Junior Varsity tournament down at Pittsfield Middle High School on February 23rd. MRA entered the tournament for the second consecutive season as the number one overall seed (12-3). The Lady Knights finish the season at 14-4 overall, as they were able to put last year’s defeat in the championship game behind them, proving to be strong contenders even though MRA is the smallest school in the entire NHIAA. MRA d...

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19Feb
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Mount Royal Academy Announces Catholic Schools' Week Awards

Mount Royal Academy is pleased to announce the winners of its Catholic Schools’ Week mission competitions. During the week of February 1-5, students participated in academic and collaborative activities focused on the Jubilee Year of Mercy, instituted by Pope Francis. Students from every grade (K-12th) participated in a door decorating contest, just as Pope Francis inaugurated the Year of Mercy by entering through the Holy Door. Each class creatively expressed their understanding of God’s mercy on their classroom doors. Headmaster Derek Tremblay judged each door and announced winners for each...

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19Feb

"Which Door to Open? What Keys are Needed?" - College Planning Seminar

Navigating the college admissions process can be a stressful and pressurized experience for both students and parents. We firmly believe in keeping doors open, but there is certainly one door that is a better fit for each individual child. The role of parents in the decision is also a critical factor, even though there are identifiable influences suggesting otherwise. The goal of the seminar is to introduce high school students and parents to the college admissions process, but also to reflect on what it takes to discern which is the right door to open. The featured speaker will be myself. I h...

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11Feb

Mount Royal Academy 2nd Quarter Academic Honors

Mount Royal Academy has announced academic awards for the 2nd Quarter of the 2015-2016 school year. 21 students earned a position on the Headmaster’s List with a 4.0 average for the 4th quarter. More than 55% of the student body attained Honor Roll recognition; placing on the Headmaster’s List, the High Honors List (no more than one B), or the Honors List (no more than one C). In total, 118 students received Academic Honors. Grade 1 Headmaster’s List: Lindsey Smrkovsky, Mary Walsh High Honors: Jackson Barns, Emily Beturne, Lucy Fryckowska Honors: Hope Goyette, Blake La Mothe, Nicholas L...

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