Chaminade’s First Spanish Honor Society Inducts 18 Students

In March, Chaminade inducted 18 students into the school’s first Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica (SHH) also known as the Hispanic Honor Society. SHH is a nationally recognized honor society for high school students enrolled in Spanish and Portuguese. Sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, SHH currently has more than 2,900 active chapters worldwide. To be eligible, students must be actively enrolled in a second-year honor level Spanish class or higher. Students also have the opportunity to apply for college scholarships and travel awards.

“I am thrilled to have established Chapter Misión Marianista Española for the Hispanic Honor Society at Chaminade College Preparatory,” says Yesenia Macias, program moderator. “We are in our initial stages, but pleased to have initiated 18 students. As part of the expectations, students will participate in community service projects working with the Spanish speaking community. The overall mission is to raise awareness of the Spanish language and culture throughout both Chaminade and the greater community.”

To learn more about Chaminade’s Hispanic Honor Society contact Yesenia Macias at


Jordan Axani Comes to Chaminade April 8

Jordan Axani has a long track record of bold acts that move and inspire people. His unique background and immense vulnerability have made Jordan a sought-after speaker on mental wellness and leadership. To learn more about Jordan, visit

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.

Lent 2019: Here is My Heart Lord

On March 6, Chaminade marked the beginning of Lent with Ash Wednesday prayer services on both campuses. “Here is My Heart Lord” is our Lenten theme for 2019. As we journey through this season of Lent, we are asked to recommit ourselves to God’s merciful love, and act upon our apostolic call to pray, give alms, and fast during this sacred liturgical season.

To help us on our Lenten journey, Chaminade will host events on each campus which our families are encouraged to attend.

LIFE Mass – March 10 at 5:00 p.m.
• West Hills Campus Condon Center Chapel

Sacrament of Reconciliation
• Chatsworth Campus: March 14-15 at  2:20 p.m.
• West Hills Campus: April 11-12 time TBD

Lenten Prayer Service
• Chatsworth Campus: “Stations of the Cross” March 20 at 9:15 a.m.
•  West Hills Campus: “Last Seven Words of Jesus” April 17 at 10:00 a.m.

Founders Day Mass – April 4 at 9:30 a.m.
• West Hills Campus

Last Supper Para Liturgy – April 8 at 10:15 a.m.
• Chatsworth Campus

In the following weeks, Campus Ministry will offer opportunities for our students to serve, including an apostolic works sock drive, service Saturday for middle school students, a service trip to the L.A. Regional Food Bank, and spring cleaning drives throughout March and April for the high school students. Additionally, on March 29, Chaminade will once again host the Special Olympics on the West Hills campus.

More Information regarding campus-specific Lenten activities can be found online and through the Chaminade This Week email newsletter. We invite our Chaminade community to take advantage of these great opportunities to help you in your Lenten journey.

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