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Through the various activities offered at Benedictine, we are able to cultivate an atmosphere of well-rounded young men who are challenged in areas such leadership, exploration, and interest. We encourage all Cadets to get involved and use their gifts and talents to make a difference within our school community. Our broad range of extracurricular activities also allows students to expand upon the leadership skills formed through our military program and the knowledge they’ve gained in the classroom. Students are also encouraged and supported to create, organize, and run their own clubs, and many have done so! Explore our current offerings to see how you can get involved today!
Battle of the Brains is Central Virginia’s longest running TV high school academic quiz show. Broadcasted throughout Virginia over the years, Battle of the Brains has highlighted the diversity and intelligence of more than 3,500 of the brightest young minds of The Commonwealth. Benedictine’s Battle of the Brains team competes in a bracket-style championship competition against other schools answering a variety of topics ranging from social sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, literature, culture, art, and current events.
Benedictine’s ceremonial Color Guard teams are assigned to present the colors at various school events. Details can range from three-to-five Cadets but always consist of at least two rifles and the American Flag. The Color Guard is renowned throughout the greater Richmond area, presenting colors at local sporting events, community events, funerals, and veteran’s ceremonies.
Benedictine offers plenty of chances to get involved in the theater arts through its partnership with Saint Gertrude. Our sister school puts on superb plays every year, and each of the performances needs male actors. The resultant partnership is responsible for a Fall musical, a Spring play, a mid-Winter coffeehouse, and a one-act play.
The BCP Drill team strives to become experts in military Drill and Ceremony. They perform and compete in armed and unarmed individual, squad, and platoon drills. Influenced by US Army Drill and Ceremony traditions, all drill teams must exhibit skills of discipline, bearing, snap, command, and control in order to be competitive.
The Emmaus Club, named for the story in Luke’s gospel of the disciples who are joined by the risen Christ on the road to Emmaus, is intended for young men who would like to nurture their faith in a way that goes beyond what all Cadets do. Members attend talks, go on excursions, assist with Mass duties, and pray together. While this club provides a means of exploring the possibility of a vocational calling, it also promotes student leadership within the Church.
The purpose of the Honor Court is to educate the student body on the ‘spirit of honor’ within the school community. Also, this student-led council decides the guilt or innocence of Honor Code violations and the punishments associated with a guilty verdict. A faculty moderator oversees the Honor Council and attends all hearings.
The Key Club is an international student-led organization where members learn how to lead and stand for what’s right through service and volunteerism. In partnership with the local Kiwanis Club, Cadets are making a positive impact as they serve others at Benedictine and in their communities.
The Latin Club is dedicated for those Cadets who enjoy learning and studying the culture and literature of the ancient Romans and the Roman Empire, along with the Latin language itself. Benedictine sponsors chapters of the Virginia Junior Classical League, the National Junior Classical League, and the National Latin Honor Society. These chapters attend and compete in the VJCL Latin Convention and engage in service throughout the community.
Sponsored by the Virginia YMCA, members of Model General Assembly gain a greater sense of civic responsibility while interacting with students from throughout the state of Virginia. The group will research and sponsor bills to be debated in the student-operated Model General Assembly. Students journey to the Virginia State Capitol for a long weekend in the spring, taking on the roles of senators, delegates, pages, lobbyists, and reporters to get a hands-on view of how state government works and how a bill becomes a law.
The Model Judiciary Program is a joint effort between the Virginia YMCA and the Young Lawyers Section of the Virginia Bar Association. This program is designed to give students from Virginia high schools the opportunity to gain first-hand experience with the operation of our judicial system. Students work throughout the year to take on the roles of lawyers and witnesses on one side of a trial that will be presented before a real judge. Students in the past have had the opportunity to go on and present arguments at the appellate level and before the Supreme Court of Virginia.
Membership in the National Honor Society (St. Thomas More Chapter) is reserved for juniors and seniors who meet four qualifications: scholarship, leadership, character, and service. The guidelines for selection are discussed with all classes during the school year and are reviewed at each of the annual induction ceremonies. Eligibility is restricted to juniors and seniors who have a minimum GPA of 3.5. Only courses taken at Benedictine will be counted in determining the GPA. Students must have been in attendance at Benedictine for one academic year to be eligible for consideration.
Benedictine’s Pipe and Drum Corps is the brainchild of BCP’s master bagpiper, the late Tim Macleod. You’ll find no other musical unit to match our Pipe and Drum band. Composed of bagpipers, drummers, buglers, and trumpeters, the band sets the beat when the Corps is on the march and leads our football team onto the gridiron. The band has traveled to Europe twice to play in Paris and Normandy, France, for the anniversary of the D-Day Invasion. Additionally, the group is a mainstay at celebrations across Richmond.
FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics is a national organization that hosts engineering competitions with a focus on developing intelligent and conscientious critical thinkers and problem solvers. FIRST provides a unique opportunity for students to build self confidence, knowledge, and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, and engineering. Members of Benedictine’s Robotics Club work together with Gators from Saint Gertrude to build a much larger robot for FIRST Robotics Challenge (FRC). awards not only for design, programming, and performance of a particular task, but also teamwork, community outreach, and professionalism.
The choir leads liturgical music for weekly school-wide Masses and at various special events, performs annual concerts, and practices weekly. On some occasions, Benedictine’s choir will join Saint Gertrude’s Honor Ensemble. There is no prior musical experience prerequisite to join the choir, which includes representation from a wide swath of the Corps of Cadets.
The Spanish Club is dedicated for those Cadets who enjoy learning the different aspects of varied Latino cultures, along with the language itself. Members plan and implement educational activities for the school for Hispanic Heritage Month, participate in a community service project each semester, and read in Spanish at local elementary schools for Read Across America Day.
The Student Government Association (SGA) assists in the planning and execution of special school events and fundraisers for the school and various charities. Members of the SGA are elected by the students and faculty approval is required.