We’re moving! It’s been a busy couple of months for us at Cardinal Newman Academy, and we are thrilled to announce that our new home is in Bon Air, in northern Chesterfield County. We have agreed to a four-year lease to rent the school building formerly occupied by St. Michael’s Episcopal Elementary School at 8706 Quaker Lane, Bon Air, VA, 23235. Along with welcoming our new Head of School, Steve Fitzpatrick, this move is a significant milestone in our continued growth as we enter our third academic year.
Steve Fitzpatrick (Head of School), Eileen Lapington (Founding Director), and John O’Herron (President)
At our new campus, we now have expanded amenities and room to grow. Inside, we are renting approximately 7,000 sq. feet, which includes an office, four large classrooms, and a large Atrium. We also enjoy shared use of a kitchen, stage, and multi-purpose room. We are excited to also have shared use of a gym (pictured above, on the left), outdoor basketball courts, and fields. These amenities will allow us to continue expanding our athletic, academic, and extra-curricular offerings. We will also be able to create, for the first time, a school chapel.
More outdoor space awaits our students and faculty
Four large classrooms and an office surround a large Atrium
(shown holding furniture during our move)
Head of School Steve Fitzpatrick and faculty member Greg Tito helping with our move
In many ways, the West End facility we opened in was perfect for our size and needs. As we enter our third year and look ahead to sustained growth into the future, we could not be more thrilled with our new facility. We look forward to completing our move and opening our doors to welcome you, our community of supporters, to our exciting new space.
John P. O’Herron
On behalf of our Board of Directors, I am pleased to announce that Cardinal Newman Academy is officially in the candidacy phase for canonical recognition by His Excellency, Bishop Knestout, as an independent Catholic school.
The Diocesan process includes review of both the academic and spiritual life at Cardinal Newman Academy. The candidacy phase will continue until the Office of Catholic Schools conducts a review and offers a recommendation to the Bishop based on our curriculum and instruction. This review is tentatively scheduled for the 2020-21 school year.
In addition, the Vicar for Catholic Mission and Vision will review our adherence to the Diocesan religion curriculum and education guidelines. Following these reviews, Bishop Knestout will make a determination of our status as a Catholic school.
Since our founding, our efforts have been directed at growing an excellent college preparatory high school, preparing our students for college and the modern world, and contributing to the life of the Church here in Richmond and beyond. Critical to these goals is our desire that Cardinal Newman Academy be imbued with the spirit of the Gospel and in communion with the Bishop of Richmond.
We are grateful for this milestone in our continue growth and look forward to working with His Excellency, the Office of Catholic Schools, and the Vicar for Catholic Mission and Vision.
John P. O’Herron
A lecture by Stephen Fitzpatrick.
Q&A to follow.
Saturday: April 27,
7250 Patterson Avenue
Hors d’oeuvres and light refreshments will be served.
Stephen Fitzpatrick holds degrees from Thomas Aquinas College and the University of Scranton, and has been an educator for 15 years. This fall he will assume the position of Head of School at Cardinal Newman Academy.
As our third quarter ended last week, my medieval European history class had a final test on the Crusades. Both the students and I had hopes for this test: I hoped to see our efforts developing prewriting and organizational techniques work to their benefit, and they wanted to do well on a test measuring content knowledge of a topic they enjoyed.
When I wrote the test, I thought of Seneca’s advice on the role of a teacher: namely, that the teacher and the student ought to share the common goal of seeking the advancement of the student.
At Cardinal Newman Academy, we as teachers have several advantages in forming relationships with our students that help them see that our goals match as Seneca suggests. Our small size allows us to be more accessible to our students, enabling additional academic help as needed.
Our students are able to get to know us outside the classroom and as members of our own families and communities, whether that be through athletic events, community gatherings, or service opportunities. We teachers, in turn, learn a great deal about our students’ interests and families, their ways of thinking and forming opinions, and areas in which we can help them grow.
Our class schedule is built to enhance these opportunities also, particularly our Lunch Conference. Several times per week, our longer lunch period enables teachers and students to interact socially and collegially.
We have enjoyed using this time to talk about a book we are reading, a movie we saw, or even to play a board game. Board games are wonderful ways to enjoy the company, competitive energy, and strategic thinking skills of our students.
From Backgammon to Happy Families (in French or Latin) to Senet to Battle Line, board games are truly a time when teachers and students share a common purpose – and winning surely benefits and advances the student!
Eileen M. Lapington
Cardinal Newman Academy