Five films created by Chaminade filmmakers were selected as finalists for the 5th annual Calabasas Film Festival. The films were screened during the Student Filmmaker program on Sunday, September 16. The five films selected — Underwater, Graduates, Motive, Tomorrow, and Breaking Down Barriers — showcased the work from current students and recent graduates in the role of Producers: Dylan Turbow and Matthew Stewart; in the role of Directors: Montse Irwin-Azpiazu, Aidan Hall, Carter Skyers, Izabella Pivo, and Tony Restivo; as Cinematographers: Ali Watson, Justin Thomas, and Carter Williams; as Editors: Tony Restivo, Alexander Reed, Sam Beder, and Izabella Pivo; and as actors: Julia Wilson, Jater Webb, Erin Redor, Carter Skyers, Delaney Duffy and Charlotte Felton.
Blessed William Joseph Chaminade said, “We are all missionaries, and we consider ourselves on a permanent mission.” In September, high school and middle school students were commissioned to start or continue their journey of service in a special Apostolic Works Commissioning Mass held on each campus. Throughout each Mass, the message was clear, as a community we must continue the mission of the apostles and follow in the path of Mary and become agents of change.
“No matter what type of service you choose, no matter what organization you help, you are making a difference to someone,” said Chaminade student Gia Frank ’23 during her presentation at the middle school Mass. Frank continued to reflect upon her first experiences as a fifth-grader visiting Chaminade for the first time and how one student recognized her trepidation and made an effort to make her feel welcomed. “I just came here in search of a school, but I found a home and family I didn’t know was missing from my life. I have witnessed the power of God’s love through this community, and it is a powerful thing.”
The Mass was not only a call to action but also a reminder that God has blessed us all with unique talents and gifts to help one another. “If there is one thing God gave you that is powerful and cannot be overlooked, it’s your voices. What you do well, and what you are passionate about, is what makes you special. It is what makes you…you, and it is what makes you a servant leader.”
The Apostolic Works Service Learning Program is rooted in the Catholic, Marianist tradition of being in alliance with Mary’s mission: to nurture Christ in others and communities to transform the world by giving service to those in need through various methods of outreach. It empowers students to discern their gifts and apply them to organizations that expose them to life situations different from their own to become agents of change. From middle school through high school, students will experience a progressive growth in their responsibility of service from one grade level to the next. The program also spurs students to question why service and transformation are necessary, what changes have to be made, who needs to be served, what motivations move one to serve, and how adaptations and changes might be practically affected. Students discover an opportunity to connect the knowledge or skill they learn in a classroom with how it can be used to help others or transform conditions in their community.
Click here if you would like to read Gia Frank’s full reflection.
Chaminade’s second annual Oktoberfest is Saturday, October 6, 2018. This year’s festivities, hosted by Chaminade’s Gala committee at the Marianist Community House in West Hills and sponsored by Laura and Michael Galieote, feature authentic German food, beer, music, games, and other fun activities.
“It’s a great community builder,” says Chaminade’s President, Rob Webb “parents from both the middle school and high school attend and it draws our community closer creating that family spirit.”
Chaminade’s Oktoberfest is a fundraising event leading up to the Chaminade Gala Benefit and Auction in March. All proceeds directly benefit student programs on both campuses. “We had so much fun,” says Karen Friedman, who attended last year’s festivities with her husband, Adam. “The food is great, and the music is fun, people dance and best of all, it’s a great way to help our children’s school.”
Guests can either bring a Gala auction item valued at $50.00 or more per person or pay $50.00 per person at the door by check, cash or credit card. Click here to RSVP today!
Homecoming is coming up on Friday, September, 28. Chaminade Eagles will face Bishop Amat Lancers. The annual festivities include a midway of food booths and Boosters spirit wear sale.
Chaminade needs parent volunteers for food booth ticket sales, set-up, and clean-up. Click here to sign-up today for booth volunteer opportunities.
Additionally, volunteers are needed for Boosters clothing sales during Homecoming. Please sign-up here to help Boosters.
Become a Stadium Club member today! Membership gives you an enhanced Eagle fan experience during the football and varsity basketball seasons. Annual membership for two members is $500. Click here to register today!
All members receive the following benefits:
- Two member passes and two guest passes for the regular season, home football games at Booster Stadium*
- Two member passes and two guest passes for the regular season, basketball games at Uribe Sports Center*
- One reserved parking space in the Stadium Club area for each regular season, home football game
- Invitation for four people to Stadium Club tailgate on September 7 (alcohol is not permitted)
- Invitation for four people to Stadium Club End of Season Party on October 19 (alcohol will be served, and any person under 21 will not be permitted entry)
- A Stadium Club gift will be distributed at the game on September 7
For more information please contact
Office of Advancement at (818) 360-0615 or