Thursday, December 16, 2010

Exam Schedule for St. Bernard Prep

Students – Exam Schedule – Dec. 16-18, 2010
Breakfast for boarders at 8:15 a.m. each day.

Thurs. Dec. 16 9:00-10:30 2
11:00-12:30 8
12:30-12:45 Lunch
1:30-3:00 7

Fri. Dec. 17 9:00-10:30 3
11:00-12:30 4
12:30-12:45 Lunch
1:30-3:00 6

Sat. Dec. 18 9:00-10:30 1
12:30-12:45 Lunch/Dismiss

• Exams will be comprehensive for the entire semester just completed.
• Exam days are “class days.” Each class will meet at its designated time, including study halls. Absences will be non-excused.
• Remain in your classroom until the entire examination period is over (1 ½ hours) and you are dismissed by your instructor.
• Quiet in the school building (hallways, classrooms, library, etc.) at all times Thurs. - Sat., until all exams are completed on Saturday.
• Library will be open for study time before and after exams as announced.
• Dining Hall will be open during breakfast, lunch and break (10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.) periods, Thursday - Saturday.
• Boarding students will have town privileges as announced.
• Any exception to the above regulations must be approved by the Headmaster’s office.

Monday, December 13, 2010

St. Bernard students taught CPR

St. Bernard Health Instructor, Ruth Anne Knight, annually teaches all students in her health classes the fundamentals of cardiopulmonary resuscitation in a course study through the American Heart Association.

CPR is a combination of rescue breathing and chest compressions. If someone isn't breathing or circulating blood adequately, CPR can restore circulation of oxygen-rich blood to the brain. Without oxygen, permanent brain damage or death can occur in less than 8 minutes.

The AHA's basic life support course covers adult, child, and infant CPR and choking. Students practice the techniques on mannequins and can ask questions and get individualized instruction. The final test for the course is a combination of demonstrating CPR skills and taking a written test.

Students learn CPR on adults, children and babies. Knight said the course is designed so students learn the issues involved with knowing when it is safe to approach someone who needs help and how to quickly evaluate whether the person is responsive.

“We teach the ABC’s of CPR,” Knight commented. “Students check the airways, breathing and circulation, and make a determination about what procedure to apply next.”

Knight along with Mrs. Carolyn Peinhardt Johnson, both of whom are basic life support instructors with the American Heart Association, evaluate students on proper techniques during the exams.

Because CPR is a skill that must be practiced, it's wise to repeat the course at least every 2 years to maintain skills. Doing so also allows the opportunity to learn about any new advances or discoveries in CPR techniques.

“We never know when we can help someone who is choking or in need of assistance. Providing this service to our students is something they will remember the rest of their lives,” Knight said. “Soon we will be adding Hands-only CPR to our curriculum. This technique is simpler and easier to remember and removes a big barrier for people skittish about the mouth-to-mouth breathing.”

Monday, December 6, 2010

St. Bernard to present The Festival of Nine Carols and Lessons

St. Bernard Prep School will present the Festival of Nine Carols and Lessons on December 12 at 6:30 p.m. in the Abbey Church. The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols though Protestant in origin, is akin to the ancient office (service) of Matins. A central part of Matins is a number of lessons or readings from Holy Scripture and the Fathers of the Church, each followed by a response to the reading, and all surrounded by psalms and other scriptural songs.

Dr. Rebecca Whited, SBP Director of Choral Music said, “It is an act of worship rather than a concert, dating back to 1918 when it was first held on Christmas Eve in the Chapel of King’s College at Cambridge University in England.” Since that time the tradition has been adapted in many churches throughout the world. While the music changes, the lessons remain the same.

The main theme is the development of the loving purposes of God …’ seen ‘through the windows and words of the Bible. A representative from each class and leaders of the St. Bernard community will present the lessons, while Dr. Whited and the choral music department provide the music and accompaniment.

The public is invited to attend.