08Oct

Our Lady of the Rosary

As we have mentioned before, there are certainly a significant amount of distinctive features of the Mount Royal experience. Yesterday, we embarked on a spiritual pilgrimage to celebrate the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. We confusingly but miraculously - and partially through the benevolence of the parent - pile into as many vehicles as needed, then travel 20 minutes north of the school to a LaSallate shrine. It is a great sacrifice that the entire school offers in thanksgiving to the prayers of Our Lady, who continues to lovingly watch over our school community. We were also asked to pray...

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08Oct

Knights Are Having Fun!

A quick soccer update... Our overall record is now 2-4-1. Our league record is currently 2-3. In the past week we have matched up against two local private schools: Cardigan Mountain and Proctor. These are all male teams that usually provide the toughest challenges for us. Oddly enough, although we have been struggling to find solid footing against teams in the NHPSAL, we have been playing our best soccer in these two ultra-competitive games. We lost to Cardigan by a score of 3-0, but the score rarely tells the whole story. Typically, we are outplayed and outmatched by Cardigan's 7th - 9th you...

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02Oct

Spirit Week Wrap-Up

WOW! What a great success our first annual spirit week became. We give thanks to the Lord for the rich blessings he shared with us throughout the week, as students were uplifted by quirky but joy-filled days of costumes, skits, and games. Crazy hats, red hair, cowboy outfits, and even the popular movie character brave-heart all made an appearance this week. The response by all grade levels was fantastic. It truly demonstrated that these young men and women appreciate their school, and welcome the opportunity to visibly express their school spirit. Other highlights included a brief but hilariou...

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28Sep

Great Kick-off to Spirit Week

This week at Mount Royal we are celebrating and promoting school spirit. We began our week with a visit from Fr. Jeremy Paulin, of the Oblates of the Virgin Mary order. Devotion to the Mother of God is a true hallmark of the spirit of Mount Royal. Fr. Jeremy visited classrooms, spoke to students of various age levels about what it means to be 'called', and then offered the Mass at midday. He also distributed comic books to students that revealed the story of the order's founder. Students were very hospitable to our guest, and he was certainly appreciative of the time God permitted us to share...

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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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