24Sep

Knights Dominate at Home

The MRA soccer team is finding a rhythm! After a near-crushing defeat to Parker on Tuesday - by a score of 2-1 - the Knights bounced back with a lively victory against Tri City Academy. Tri City previously defeated the Knights by a score of 7-0 when we traveled to Somersworth 2 week ago. The final score at home was 3-0, but the score doesn't capture the determination and story of Knights nearly enough. Throughout the season any spectator could sense a conditioning and skill superiority in the Knights over their opponents. In nearly every game, the Knights have won the battle of possession, but...

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23Sep

Liturgical Happenings

A particularly distinctive component of education at Mount Royal Academy is the numerous liturgically based celebrations that are included in our academic calendar. We cherish these moments as an opportunity for giving thanks to God for our school, and also to form the total person: body and soul. Children are impressionable learners, and it can be a great benefit to their spiritual development to honor special feasts in the Church during the school day. In addition, we also celebrate the Holy Mass every Monday during school hours, and we pause each Friday morning to pray the Rosary as...

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22Sep

Letter from Headmaster

Dear Friends, Mount Royal Academy is a private Catholic school in Sunapee, NH with a clear vision and philosophy, which makes the academy a unique and special option for families in the Upper Valley. Our philosophy recognizes each student’s dignity as a child of God, uniquely created with their own strengths, weaknesses, and “calling”.   It is built on the principles of classical education, in that we appreciate the developmental stages of students, and use that understanding when making important curriculum decisions. In the elementary years the focus is on developing a strong foundation in p...

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19Sep

Blessed John Henry and Catholic Education

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. 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...

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17Sep

Knights Snatch 1st Win!

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. 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...

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16Sep

Knights Still Learning...

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. We will travel to RSEC tomorrow afternoon in the hopes of catching our first win. Thanks for following!

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12Sep

1st Game a Learning Experience

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.

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08Sep

The First Day

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. Different than previous years, we have adapted our Upper School schedule to include block scheduling on Tuesdays and Thursdays. This permits courses...

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06Sep

Anticipation

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. 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...

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01Sep

Week 2 Preseason Training Going Well!

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. 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...

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