El Salvador Martyrs 30th Anniversary Remembrance

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Members of the Bellarmine community gathered today in remembrance of the six Jesuit priests at the Universidad Centroamericana (UCA) and their housekeeper and her daughter who were assassinated on November 16, 1989, by the Atlacatl commando unit of Continue Reading...

Bellarmine Holds Vigil in Support of DACA

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On the afternoon of November 12, many members of the Bellarmine community stood in solidarity with other Jesuit schools and community organizations nationwide in support of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients and young undocumented people in this country.  Several dozen students, faculty, and staff members attended the lunchtime vigil, which coincided with the date that the U.S. Supreme Court began hearing oral arguments to determine the Continue Reading...

An Historic Day at Crystal Springs

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The afternoon of November 6 at the Crystal Springs course, the 2019 Bellarmine cross country program swept all four divisions, setting the all-time course record “in stunning fashion,” noted coach Patrick McCrystle.  The Varsity ran 76:10, breaking the 34 year record set by Jesuit High School by Continue Reading...

Saints in the City Awards

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Last evening, Friday October 25, the Diocese of San Jose held an awards banquet to honor young people nominated by schools and parishes throughout the valley for living their faith and making a difference in the lives of others. 

There were several Bellarmine students in attendance who received awards from their parishes. These students are living their faith and exemplifying being men for and with others outside of school.
Each parish wrote a tribute to each honoree.

Please congratulate them when you get a chance!

Also, special thanks to Bill San Hamel.

Bellarmine President’s Award Dinner

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Bellarmine President’s Award presented to Frank Fanger in recognition of 25 years of volunteer service.

Bellarmine College Preparatory held its 41st Annual President’s Award Dinner the evening of October 29 at the Samuel A. Liccardo Campus Center.  The donor recognition event, attended by 250 guests, culminated with the presentation of the President’s Award, given each year to those who have demonstrated support to Bellarmine in a variety of ways.   

BCP MUN at the Model United Nations Conference

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On October 26, 2019, our small but effective BCP MUN delegate team participated in the 7th Annual Monterey County High School, Model United Nations Conference, at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies located in Monterey. 

On the Committee of UN Habitat, Environmental Effects of Trade Liberalization,
Representing Fiji, James Egbert and Alex Yun were awarded with an Outstanding Representation for their position paper

Bellarmine Theatre Arts presents Coram Boy

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San Jose, CA – Bellarmine College Prep Theatre Arts presents Coram Boy.  Adapted by Helen Edmundson from the novel by Jamila Gavin, Coram Boy is described as a Dickensian tale of human trafficking, and the salvation of music and faith. In 18th-century England, a slave-trader takes advantage of impoverished parents and young mothers facing unwanted pregnancies.

Strong Performance at Speech & Debate Tournaments

A number of Bells competed in the first Coast Forensic League Speech tournament of the year and the Opening League Debate tournament. Several of our very own Bells were able to earn a Wild Card to the State Qualifying Tournament next March!

Please congratulate the following students who placed 1st-7th at the Coast Forensic tournament:

Dramatic Interp: Nate Morgan ‘21—6th, Sherwinnypoo Lai ‘20—7th, (Eric Gottlieb—Semifinalist)

Wine to Water Assembly and Filter Building

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Bellarmine students, faculty, and staff gathered for an assembly held October 14, during which they heard from Doc Hendley, founder and president; and David Cuthbert, CEO; of Wine to Water (www.winetowater.org), a nonprofit organization committed to supporting life and dignity for all through the power of clean water.  After school that day, more than 400 students returned to the Patrick Wayne Valley Memorial Gymnasium to assemble 850 filters that will enable people in Nepal and other countries to have access to clean water.

Bellarmine Joins with Other Local Jesuit Schools to Meet with Member of Congress

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Local Jesuit school representatives met with U.S. Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D- CA) at her District Office in San Jose on October 7.  Bellarmine College Prep, Santa Clara University, Cristo Rey San Jose Jesuit High School, and Sacred Heart Nativity Schools joined in solidarity to encourage Rep. Lofgren to continue her efforts in asking for immigration policies that honor the human dignity and family unity of migrants, especially asylum-seekers.

National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

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A total of 19 Bellarmine seniors were named among the 16,000 semifinalists in the 65th annual National Merit Scholarship Competition.  Those students are: Aditya Behal, Arnav Bhau , Anson Bridges, Tarun Chiruvolu, Akshaj Dwivedula, Justin Garlepp, James Garrow, John Gnibus, Jacob Gonzalez, Aditya Gupta, Yun Jae Kim, Anuj Kothari, Sherwin Lai, Marcus Ma, Tanay Menezes, Matthew Nazai, Shaan Patel, Matthew Phan, and Jay Vishwarupe.

Climate Solidarity March

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During break on September 20, many Bellarmine students, faculty, and staff marched in solidarity with others throughout the world calling for the need for all to Care for Our Common Home, one of four Universal Apostolic Preferences (UAP) outlined by Society of Jesus Fr. General Arturo Sosa, S.J.  Through this UAP, we are called to “collaborate, with Gospel depth, for the protection and renewal of God’s Creation.”    

Varsity Football Defeats Vintage 21-13

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Bellarmine's varsity football team posted an impressive home opener on Friday night, defeating the Crushers of Napa's Vintage High School 21-13 in front of an excited crowd of students and parents.  

Inaugural Unity Picnic

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Bellarmine’s Department of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion hosted the inaugural Unity Picnic on September 8.  The goal of the on-campus event, with support from the Bellarmine Mothers’ Guild Community Engagement Team and the school’s Unity Council, was to bring the Bellarmine community together to celebrate the rich diversity of our school and encourage families to engage in the various cultural events we present each year.  Thanks to all the many participants who attended and who brought such wonderful and tasty multicultural meals for all to enjoy.

Kitchen Sustainability at Bellarmine

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What’s Cooking? In addition to great meals, special initiatives have been prepared recently in the Bellarmine kitchen.  While “going green” in the dining areas for some may refer to consuming more vegetables, it also speaks to the school’s efforts to be mindful of sustainability.  That mission is evident in such implementations as using biodegradable napkins and serving utensils and offering cage-free eggs and free-range chicken.  Fair Trade coffee is being served, with coffee grounds and other food waste being used in the Bellarmine Garden for composting and fertilizing.

Cross Country Starts Season Strong

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Bellarmine's cross country team opened the season on Saturday at the Lowell Invitational in impressive fashion, placing first in the Varsity, Junior-Varsity, and Sophomore races, and 2nd in the Freshman race. 

Cast for Fall Production of Coram Boy Named

Coram Boy

Adapted by Helen Edmundson from the Whitbread Award-winning novel by Jamila Gavin, Coram Boy is a Dickensian tale of human trafficking, and the salvation of music and faith. In 18th-century England, a slave-trader takes advantage of impoverished parents and young mothers facing unwanted pregnancies. Meanwhile, orphan children—at the Coram Hospital for Foundling Children—and upper-class choirboys alike struggle for the freedom to pursue their dreams, from finding families to following in the footsteps of composer George Frideric Handel.

Bellarmine Honors Four Hall of Fame Inductees

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San Jose -- Four distinguished Bellarmine College Preparatory alumni were inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame at an on-campus event that included the ceremony, reception, and dinner held on August 24.

The 2019 Hall of Fame inductees are Kevin Frandsen, Class of 2000 (Athletics); Bill Del Biaggio, Jr., Class of 1958 (Business); Jim Harville, Class of 1963 (Humanities & Fine Arts); and Major General D. Scott McKean, Class of 1986 (Public Service).  

Bellarmine College Prep to Explore Economic Justice this School Year

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San Jose -- As is tradition for Jesuit schools, Bellarmine College Preparatory began the 2019-20 school year the morning of August 19 with the Mass of the Holy Spirit.  Faculty, staff, students, and the Bellarmine Jesuit community gathered for the outdoor Mass with Fr. Bob Shinney, S.J., as presider.