Message from the Assistant Headmaster, 10/21/16
I would like to begin by thanking everyone who played a role in making this year’s Homecoming week such a success. We could not have asked (or prayed) for better weather to gather as a community. The collaborative efforts of so many in the Development office and on the Alumni Board, our athletic program and maintenance staff, and various student leaders made it possible for us to participate in and enjoy the many events that took place throughout the weekend, from the alumni reception and school bonfire on Friday night to the numerous athletic competitions and the Homecoming dance on Saturday. I want to also congratulate the newest members of our student leadership team, our Junior School STUCO, and thank these young men for committing themselves to work, on behalf of their classmates, to enhance the Priory experience for all of our boys.
As we continue through the second half of the fall trimester, our students and faculty remain actively involved in many facets of campus life. Congratulations to both our JV and Varsity soccer teams for their outstanding accomplishments to date. Our Varsity players were named District Champions last night after defeating Principia 5-0, and our JV team is looking forward to next week’s Metro League Championship match against Westminster. Three of our most popular student activities — Model UN, Robotics, and Mock Trial — have either begun their competitive seasons or are meeting to plan for this year’s upcoming challenges. Service learning such as participating in World Food Day 2016 and the ongoing effort in support of the work done by The Covering House continue to provide opportunities for our students to fulfill the Church’s mission of serving those in need. And a group of faculty are working together on an upcoming off-campus opportunity for our Form I students at Forest Park. I firmly believe that this type of collaboration, supported through individual or departmental professional development experiences, enhances the learning experiences for our students by helping them make connections across a variety of disciplines.
On behalf of so many, I want to thank everyone for their continued prayers and support for all members of our community, in particular for the special intentions that have been offered this fall. Mr. Justin Orlando recently received a favorable prognosis from his physicians and is eager to move forward with his recovery over the next few months. The Junior School student injured earlier in the week is safely recovering at home and looks forward to returning to campus next week and getting back to his studies and his friends. And, as was announced yesterday, we pray for Brother Dunstan during this time of transition and for those who will assume additional responsibilities as they prepare to work with his students next term. Although each of these situations, and assuredly others with which we are individually or collectively confronted, can be a source of pain, confusion or suffering, as Brother Dunstan reminds us in his letter, we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him.
Dr. Jared M. Rashford
Saint Louis Priory School