What’s Happening Around Bishop Guertin
Bishop Guertin students, staff and faculty are busy throughout the year as the calendar is always full of activities, volunteer opportunities and events to participate in.
The following list highlights a few of these moments that make Bishop Guertin so special.
Cardinal Bootcamp | Aug. 4
In the first real event of the new school year, members of our Class of 2027 had a fun-filled day of games, activities and information sessions intended to get our incoming Cardinals acclimated to BG in the weeks before classes started. Current members of our student body served as ambassadors to assist in familiarizing our newest students to the community.
Freshmen Orientation | Aug. 21
After Cardinal Bootcamp, our first-year students officially joined ‘The Nest’ with our annual orientation day. It was their first opportunity to meet their teachers and walk through their class schedule with the help of several members of our junior and senior classes.
BG Named Best High School and Private School in the 603 | Sept. 7
For the third straight year, Bishop Guertin was named the gold medal recipient for best High School in the 603 by the Manchester Radio Group. The Best of the 603 Awards honors the best services and companies in New Hampshire and Bishop Guertin is a regular winner. In 2023, not only did BG win the Best High School category, but also claimed gold in Best Private School, as well.
Clubs and Activities Fair | Sept. 12
BG offers its students nearly five dozen options for clubs and activities. Students had the ability to learn more about each during the Club Fair in Mid-September. Held in the gymnasium, the fair allowed all students to talk with members to learn about their respective club and all it has to offer its current participants. The fair is a great opportunity to join the many offerings provided by BG for its students.
Back-to-School Night | Sept. 13
Back-to School Night saw our parents given the opportunity to walk through an abbreviated version of their student’s class schedule. Parents spent time in each of their student’s classes, getting a brief overview of the curriculum and what was ahead for the semester and year.
Blackout Cancer Football Game | Sept. 16
Bishop Guertin once again partnered with Project Blackout to help raise funds for pediatric cancer research. Students and staff members purchased black shirts to wear during a dress-down day and then again over the weekend to support several Cardinal athletic teams. The fundraiser culminated in the football game at Stellos in which all fans and cheerleaders wore black, while the football team also donned a black uniform with the name of an individual they were supporting who has battled or is currently battling cancer. BG was able to raise nearly $12,000 this year as part of the event.
Foundation Day | Sept. 29
Every year, the Bishop Guertin community celebrates the anniversary of the founding of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart. This year — in addition to the celebratory mass — Brother Larry was honored after more than three decades at Bishop Guertin as he moved on to his new role with our Brother School in England.
Spirit Week | Oct. 2-6
Our annual Fall Spirit Week gives students the opportunities to cut loose and have fun with different daily themes. Students dress up to match that day’s theme or in their class color depending on the day. A large community-wide pep rally is held in the gym at the conclusion of the week that led into that weekend’s Homecoming events.
Walk-A-Thon | Oct. 4
One of the most anticipated days of the BG calendar falls directly in the middle of Spirit Week. Walk-A-Thon is one of the biggest fundraisers for the school community each year as students are tasked with filling out mailers used in requesting donations. It’s also a fun-filled day where students walk through Mine Falls Park in Nashua alongside their classmates wearing the green and yellow of Bishop Guertin. Along the way, they were met by staff members cheering them on at fun stations sprinkled throughout the park. Upon their return to campus, students were greeted with food and ice cream trucks.
Homecoming Dance | Oct. 7
The highlight of the aforementioned Homecoming Weekend is always the dance on Saturday night. Usually held in the BG Courtyard, this is an iconic celebration for our students as it serves as the only on-campus dance of the year. Open to all four grades, it represents the first school-wide social event of the year in which all students can participate. Weather forced the event indoors this year as the gym became transformed into a dance hall to host the event.
Admission Open House Events | Oct. 15 & 19
We began to welcome the newest Cardinals into the fold with our two Open House events each fall. In addition to our Shadow Days where prospective students follow a current Cardinal for the day, Open House is BG’s biggest admissions event of the year. Clubs, activities, athletic teams, and academic departments were on-hand to answer questions from future parents and students, while our student-ambassadors led them through a guided tour of the school.
National Honor Society’s Boo Bash | Oct. 29
Student members of Br. Euclid J. Beuamont Chapter of the National Honor Society hosted BG’s annual Boo Bash the weekend before Halloween. Children of the staff and faculty, along with those from the local community, were invited to go trick or treating in the fieldhouse. Groups of BG students decorated tables and dressed in matching themed costumes and offered kids the opportunities to play games or participate in obstacle courses as part of the Halloween celebration.
Formation Day (BG’s Day of Service) | Nov. 1
Bishop Guertin’s biggest day of service during the year is one of the most important on the calendar. Students are divided by grades and within their advisories to participate in several different charitable endeavors. Our freshmen traveled to Maine for a day of team-building exercises on a ropes course. The sophomore raked the lawns of our neighbors around campus. Juniors spent their day building beds for local children who are without thanks to the visiting service of Sleep in Heavenly Peace. Finally, our seniors headed out into the greater Nashua community to work at soup kitchens, food pantries, assisted living facilities, and other community outreach facilities and non-profits to aid in whatever was asked of them.
Powder Puff Football Game | Nov. 17
In the annual powder puff football game, the seniors ran away with a huge win against the juniors. The friendly game of flag football between the two upperclassmen grades helps raise awareness and funds for cancer charities and is one of the most celebrated student activities of the fall. This year’s contest also featured one of the largest student crowds in recent memory. Demonstrating the support our students have for their peers in all venues.
Thanksgiving Prayer Service | Nov. 20
On the Monday of Thanksgiving Week, BG held its Prayer Service. Brother Roger offered up a few moments for students to look inward and reflect on all the things they have to be thankful for this time of year. A small group of students and an outside speaker also talked to the community about the importance of community involvement and helping our friends and neighbors not only during the upcoming Holidays, but also throughout the year. Prior to dismissal, members of each advisory pulled ornaments off a Christmas Tree at the front of the service with the name and wishlist of a local child whom they would provide gifts for this year.
Christmas Recital | Nov. 30
The orchestra, the honors band and orchestra chamber ensembles hosted its annual Christmas Recital in the KLC on the final evening of November in preparation of the Holiday Season. Numerous Christmas staples were performed for an audience of students, staff, faculty, friends and family by some of our most talented student-musicians.
Visit to McClancy | Dec. 2
Twenty-six Bishop Guertin students and four chaperones traveled to New York City to visit Monsignor McClancy Memorial High School — one of our fellow Brothers of the Sacred Heart Schools — for a single-day exchange. In addition to meeting some of their peers from McClancy, our Cardinals were able to head into Manhattan to visit some of the more notable sights around the Holiday Season, including the opportunity to attend mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The day wrapped up back in Queens to cheer on the Crusaders in a boys varsity basketball victory against their rivals St. John’s Prep.