Just as parents and students gear up for the new school season, faculty and staff at Chaminade Julienne High School began preparations for the 2010-11 school year with orientation for those new to the CJ family and an opening retreat.
New faculty and staff members spent Friday, August 13 learning about the history of CJ’s founding orders and familiarizing themselves with the school’s unique and strong community—setting the table for an outstanding 160/125 anniversary year.
This year, CJ welcomes aboard 13 fresh faces—some more recognizable to the CJ community than others. Joe Whatley '04, working as a teaching assistant and choir accompanist in the Performing Arts Department, says he felt called to come back and serve his alma mater. “As soon as you walk in the door you feel like you’re right back at home.” Whatley assisted with performing arts programs last year including his work with theater.
Erin Bole, also a 2004 graduate, says she is excited to take on her new role as the assistant director of ministry and service, and spoke from personal experience, “I’m really looking forward to working with campus ministry because of all the great opportunities it offers students.”
All members of the faculty and staff descended upon the Bergamo Center at Mount St. John’s Monday, August 16 before the official start of the school year for an opening retreat. They spent time together reflecting on the important aspects of teaching in a Catholic school.
The day—focused on the theme of CJ’s Catholic identity and history—included breakfast, icebreakers such as games of Jenga and school trivia, large and small group discussions, departmental meetings and a closing Mass. The next day, teachers were back on campus for orientation in anticipation of greeting new students on Wednesday, Aug. 18, and all students on Thursday, Aug. 19.
The table is set, ready for all to join in CJ's banquet of learning.