The new eighth grade students of St. Paul’s School were recently welcomed into brotherhood during Eighth Grade Orientation, the first Principal’s Assembly, and the Five Core Rally. During these events, the new brothers learned about the importance of the five core principles as well as what it truly means to be a student at St. Paul’s.
“I love all the options for clubs and everyone just being so open to me,” noted new eighth grader Cole Knobloch.
Activities at Eighth Grade Orientation held on Aug. 5 included a scavenger hunt, Shipwreck, prayer services, a mini schedule to allow students find their new classes, and a talk by Student Council President David Conroy.
“I think that eighth grade orientation is a big deal because this is their first exposure of St. Paul’s. We take on a big responsibility in making their first impression great, and I think we did a good job of doing so,” stated Michael Stewart, President of Lasallian Youth Leaders, one of the campus groups that helped welcome the new students.
At the first Principal’s Assembly of the 2013-2014 school year on Aug. 13, Bro. Ray Bulliard, FSC, President of St. Paul’s School, welcomed the pre-freshman, as the eighth graders are now called, to the school and traditions upheld by the students of St. Paul’s.
Bulliard noted, “We invite our eighth graders in to fill those empty bleachers as a way of welcoming them and showing them that they are the future of the school, continuing a tradition that goes back to 1911.”
The Five Core Rally, held on Aug. 16, helped introduce the five core principles taught to all Lasallian students and the importance of these principles to their upcoming St. Paul’s career.
“This is another early experience for the eighth graders that contributes to uniting their class,” noted Stewart.
In addition to the Five Core Rally, the Lassallian Youth Leaders are also in charge of planning and running the Eighth Grade and Freshman Retreats, Wolf Jam, Food Drives, and many other service and community events at St. Paul’s.