Jordan Axani Comes to Chaminade April 8

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The Chaminade Wellness Program welcomes Jordan Axani, mental wellness and leadership expert, Monday, April 8, to speak to parents, students and teachers about the biggest problems facing our mental wellness.

During his visit, Jordan will give the following presentations:

  • Middle School: What’s Your Big Truth?
    Jordan shares stories and lessons of his struggles with letting his family and friends in on some of his mental health challenges and ways to cope by being open and honest.
  • High School: What’s Your Big Lie? 
    Jordan focuses on the mental health struggles that affect high school students today and offers coping skills such as acceptance, peer support, and awareness of local mental health resources.
  • Parent Presentation
    5:30 p.m. Reception  |  6:00 -7:00 p.m. Presentation

    Tutor Family Center for the Performing Arts, West Hills campus
    Jordan talks about the state of mental health in teenagers and discusses how parents can better communicate with their children on this important topic. All parents with a student(s) in grades 6-12 are encouraged to attend. Click here to RSVP for the parent presentation.

This event is made possible by funds raised from the 2018 Chaminade Gala Benefit and Auction providing Chaminade the tools to expand our vision to develop resilient young men and women who can advocate for themselves and successfully balance school life.

Follow The Yellow Brick Road!

This weekend, the Chaminade Players will transport audiences somewhere over the rainbow in their production of The Wizard of Oz. Follow the yellow brick road with Dorothy, Toto and her friends the Tin Man, the Scarecrow, and the Cowardly Lion to the Emerald City. Complete with munchkins and flying monkeys, audiences will be blown away by this spectacular celebration of the academy award winning 1939 MGM film. “This is the 80th anniversary of an iconic piece of musical theatre history,” says Director, Yvette Bishop. “We have a tremendous cast and crew and audiences are going to see a show unlike any other in Chaminade history.” The Chaminade Players will perform classic song favorites including “Over the Rainbow”, “If I Only Had a Brain”, “We’re off to See the Wizard” and many more.

There is no place like home, join us at the Tutor Family Center for the Performing Arts at 7500 Chaminade Ave, West Hills. Purchase your tickets today! Buy Now

Show dates and times are:

  • Friday, March 15 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 16 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 17 at 2:00 p.m.
    An American Sign Language interpreted performance
  • Friday, March 22 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 23 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 24 at 2:00 p.m.

The Chaminade Players are making an effort to go green and protect our environment, The Wizard of Oz Playbill is now available in a digital format! A limited quantity of printed Playbills will be available at the shows. Thank you for supporting The Chaminade Players.

Chaminade Film Festival 2019

By Karen Ann Thumm, Film Program Director

Our annual Chaminade Film Festival celebrated some of the best work of Chaminade’s talented filmmakers on Saturday, February 23. Twenty-nine finalists were selected to be showcased on the big screen in The Tutor Family Center for the Performing Arts. Most of these films were produced by film students while enrolled in film classes. Each year, nearly a thousand short film projects are created by students in all seven levels of film here at Chaminade. The festival is only a sampling of the best work the students have created during the previous twelve months, and all of them have been posted to the Chaminade Film YouTube Channel.

These films are so beautiful, personal, and artistic that it was undoubtedly challenging for our panel of expert judges to make their decisions about the best film in each category. The awards this year were decided by Producer Chris Cheramie, Actress/Singer/Dancer Maria Louisa Figura, Cinematographer Artur Gubin, and Marketing Executive at Panavision Camera Systems Sean Jenkins. The awards are an important part of the festival and they would not have been possible without the participation of these four people, some of whom are members of our own Chaminade family.

The evening concluded with an award ceremony celebrating the best film in a variety of categories and also recognizing outstanding achievements in filmmaking. One very special award, Chaminade Filmmaker, is awarded each year to a Junior who excels in many ways as a filmmaker and artist. The recipient receives a one-week scholarship to the New York Film Academy summer program and will have the opportunity to film on the Universal backlot this summer. This year’s Chaminade Filmmaker was presented to Luca Beninati, who is an exceptionally talented writer and cinematographer. Luca is currently a student in Film V, and he is also the president of Chaminade Studios, the extracurricular club for filmmakers and photographers.


Next of Kin created by Co-Writer/Director Aidan Hall
and Co-Writer Editor Harry Bebejian

Spags created by Bella Spagnoli

Quest created by Writer/Director Cameron Han,
Producer/Cinematographer Matthew Stewart, and Editor Sarah Tang

Ingenuity created by Lexie Pang

Atlas created by Director Matthew Stewart, Writer/Editor Carter Skyers
Cinematographer Alexander Kagan and Producer Dylan Turbow

Outstanding Achievement: Original Concept
Pushing Up Daisies Created by Director/Co-Editor Montse Irwin-Azpiazu and Cinematographer/Co-Editor Luca Beninati

Outstanding Achievement Production Design
Underwater by Writer/Director Montse Irwin-Azpiazu
and Cinematographer Ali Watson

Outstanding Achievement Screenwriting
David Torres for Challenge Accepted
(from a story by the 2018 NFFTY team: David Torres, Aidan Hall,
Ali Watson, Matthew Stewart, and Carter Skyers)

Outstanding Achievement Cinematography
Anna O’Rourke for Bare
created with Jacob Cassar and Bella Katab

Outstanding Achievement Cinematography
Ali Watson for Underwater
created with Montse Irwin-Azpiazu

Outstanding Achievement: Editing
Pauline Manlucu for My Life

Outstanding Achievement: Editing
Carter Skyers for Challenge Accepted

Official Audience Selection
Quest created by Writer/Director Cameron Han,
Producer/Cinematographer Matthew Stewart, and Editor Sarah Tang

Jordan Axani, Mental Wellness and Leadership Expert, comes to Chaminade


jordan_axani-may2015-2On April 8, 2019, The Chaminade Wellness Program welcomes Jordan Axani, mental wellness, and leadership expert, to speak to parents, students, and teachers. Jordan Axani has a long track-record of bold acts that move and inspire people, and he uses that entrepreneurial and creative spark to attack the biggest problems facing our mental wellness. Audiences will walk away knowing how to have simple, relatable, and actionable conversations on mental wellness and nurture relationships that encourage connection, trust, and teamwork.

Jordan Axani is one of several speakers the Chaminade Wellness Program plans to host this year. In September, motivational speaker Joe Beckman visited the Chatsworth campus. Through humor, and music Beckman shared personal anecdotes that stressed the importance of human connection and encouraged students to become “Difference Makers.” Beckman returns Monday, March 4, to speak to middle school parents on “Positivity Matters.”

These events are made possible by fundraising efforts of the Chaminade Gala Benefit and Auction. During the Fund-A-Need portion of the 2018 Gala, Chaminade parents, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends were asked to invest in the newly created Wellness Program. Together they raised more than $111,000 to jump-start the program and give Chaminade the tools needed to expand the school’s vision to develop resilient young men and women who are adaptable self-advocates and can successfully balance school life.

Chaminade’s Wellness program will address topics such as alcohol and substance abuse prevention, sexual abuse and rape prevention, and anxiety and depression, as well as offer faculty additional in-service and professional development opportunities. As stated in Chaminade’s strategic plan, it is a priority of the school to help students achieve school/life balance, manage stress and prepare students for success. Integrating the wellness program into the curriculum through religion and health class, guest speakers and the creation of on-campus activities such as of “Mind/Body/Spirit” events, Wellness Wednesdays and Mental Health Awareness week, students, teachers and even parents will have the knowledge and resources needed to physically, emotionally and socially balance school life.

Four Eagle Wrestlers Head to State Championship

After three weeks of qualifying tournaments from Mission League to CIF Divisional’s to CIF Master’s Regional’s, four Eagle wrestlers punched their tickets to the California State Championships February 21-23. States is one of the most prestigious athletic events in California. Out of more than 900 schools and 27,000 wrestlers in the state, only 2% of wrestlers ever reach this level of competition.

It has been a record-setting year for the Chaminade’s wrestling team. Under the direction of coach Bill Wilson and assistant coach Vlad Kochiev, Chaminade qualified 12 wrestlers out of 14 weight classes for CIF tournaments in a single season. The team also qualified for the CIF Dual Championships and is ranked 21st in the state.

Through the sweat, blood, tears, and grueling tournaments here are the four remaining eagles and their weight class achievements and rankings:

Patrick Rowland ’19 has shown tremendous growth in the last four years. Introduced to wrestling at Chaminade’s middle school, Patrick (138-pounds) got serious when he entered 9th grade. This season, he is Mission League Champion, 3rd at CIF, placed 9th at CIF Masters and is currently ranked 12th in the state. Rowland will go on to wrestle for Duke University.

Erich Osteen ’19 is no stranger to the tournament circuit. Erich (220-pounds) has been wrestling since the age of six, and it’s his third time at States. He is Mission League Champion, CIF Champion, and placed 2nd at CIF Masters. Erich is currently ranked 3rd in the state and is committed to play football for UCLA next season.

Zeth Romney ’22 is at the beginning of his high school wrestling career and is showing that he is a contender with which to be reckoned. Zeth (106- pounds) is Mission League Champion, CIF Champion, and placed 3rd at CIF Masters. He is currently ranked 8th in the state.

Katja Osteen ’21 is the only girl on the Chaminade wrestling team. Like her brother, she has been wrestling from a very young age she began at only four-years-old. In 2018, Katia (160-pound) became the school’s first State Champion in wrestling. This year she is CIF Champion and Masters Champion. She is currently ranked 1st in the state.

For up to the minute State Championship coverage, follow the Chaminade Wrestling team on twitter @nadewrestling.