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 jordanaxani.com.

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.

Homecoming Victory for the Eagles

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photo by: Christopher Mora

After a bye week, the Chaminade Eagles hosted the Loyola Cubs at Booster Stadium for Homecoming. On its first offensive possession of the game, the Eagles scored a touchdown with eight minutes remaining in the first quarter. At halftime, the score was 35-0, Eagles.

Chaminade improved to 4-2 with its 42-0 Mission League win over Loyola. Next up for the Eagles is an away game against the Alemany Warriors. Kick off at 7:00 p.m.

In addition to the victory, festivities included spirit activities and rallies for students at both campuses throughout the week. Theses events culminated in the crowning of a Homecoming King and Queen, Lawrence Hwang ’17 and Catherine Dauw ’17.img_9876

Homecoming was also Reunion Weekend for Chaminade alumni from the Classes of 1966, 1976, 1986, 1991, and 1996 (the Classes of 1956 and 2006 celebrated their reunions earlier this year). Class parties were held on Saturday evening, but Reunion Weekend started with the football game on Friday night. Before the game began, Golden Eagles (alumni who graduated from Chaminade 50 or more years ago) stood on the Deep Blue C and were introduced to the crowd. Alumni from all years gathered in the end zone to cheer on their football team and catch-up.

Golden Eagles

Golden Eagles

Chaminade Holds Blessing of the Animals

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In honor of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, Chaminade College Preparatory held its annual Blessing of the Animals prayer service. While the celebration occurred the day before the October 4 feast day, the service welcomed families and their pets to the school’s Chatsworth campus.

Middle school students and faculty who did not bring pets lined up around the edge of the 8th Grade Lawn for a pet parade. At the end of the route, pets and owners were met by school chaplain, Fr. Ted Ley ’58, who blessed each animal.

While this is one of the more lively prayer services held, it is an opportunity for the middle school honor St. Francis and all of God’s creatures.

Campus Ministry Renovations Completed

When students and faculty returned to Chaminade College Preparatory in August, they found updated and renovated Campus Ministry spaces. Thanks to fundraising efforts during Chaminade Gala in April 2016, the school was blessed with much-needed updates to two of the most popular spots on its campuses.

Campus Ministry at the middle school has moved to a more central location and is now across the library. The office space has been transformed into an area where students spend their free time, and during lunch, they fill it wall-to-wall! Multiple sitting areas offer comfortable spots for lounging, homework, board games, and more.

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In addition, middle school student clubs and teachers use the new Campus Ministry office as a meeting space. From SHINE gatherings to prayer opportunities and movie club meetings, to a place for family spirit and community building, in a matter of weeks, the office has added significant value to the school community. Faith, fellowship, and fun continue to flourish in Chatsworth.

image1The high school Campus Ministry office was also transformed over the summer. While it remains in its same spot (near the Cohasset entrance), the space feels and looks different. Affectionately known as Chaminade’s West Hills “living room,” Campus Ministry was repainted, and new furniture and flooring were installed.

Like a true living room, students relax here after a hectic day, watch movies, play heated battles of Madden or FIFA on the Xbox360, or catch-up with one another. The LIFE Team has more planning space in which to better build small faith communities on campus, and as retreat season approaches, the whole of Campus Ministry looks forward to many reunions during which retreatants can relive their memories and experiences.

Renovations for the Campus Ministry rooms at both campuses were made possible by a campaign known as fund-a-need during Chaminade Gala. In a matter of minutes, 88 donors raised their bid paddles and contributed more than $76,000 to this transformational project.

The Volunteer Mixers Came and Went but You Can Still Sign-up

IMG_1068Volunteer Mixers have become part of the back-to-school tradition at Chaminade College Preparatory, and last week more than 200 parents attended one both events.

The mixers are an opportunity for new and returning parents to learn more about the different ways they can volunteer at the school. Representatives from various committees were on-hand to answer questions and encourage people to sign-up for an activity.

Thanks to the help of parents, grandparents, alumni, and friends, Chaminade has a robust group of supporters who help to plan events such as the Golf Tournament, Holly Berry, and Chaminade Gala. In addition, volunteers work with Chaminade Boosters to sell uniforms and spirit wear, as well as to cook and sell food at various sporting events throughout the year. Beyond events and Boosters, parents can also help with specific groups such as Robotics, the Performing Arts, The Chaminade Fund, and more.

There are always many opportunities available for all levels of time commitment. For more information on volunteering, please contact the Advancement Office at (818) 360-0615. The parent volunteer form can be filled out and returned to the Advancement Office on the Chatsworth campus.