There's always something going on at Berean!
From the first day of school to the last, Berean students can participate in various activities, many of which are traditions that have been a part of Berean life for many years. Each year there are socials, service projects, and spirit days that keep the campus alive and our students engaged and enthusiastic. Below is a partial list of students' favorite annual Berean events:
- All School Retreat: We start our year by taking the whole school (all students, faculty, and staff) away to a retreat center for three days of worship, prayer, speakers, games, and free time. This is a highlight for the students as they get to know each other and build friendships right from the beginning. The class competitions are vigorous and highly spirited with class colors and cheers and posters abounding. It's also an intentional time to study God's Word and focus on the theme for the school year. Our faculty serves as the students' camp counselors, giving the students a chance to get to know their teachers on a personal level and building school unity. (Note: The cost for All School Retreat is built in to the tuition so there is no extra cost for this event.)
- Chapel: Berean Christian students and staff enjoy chapel every Wednesday morning. We are led in worship by our student Worship Team and then hear from a speaker who brings the Word of God to life. Topics range from "How to Deal with Anxiety and Fear" to "Your identity in Christ."
- Convocation: The day before school starts, all students and their families are invited to join the staff and faculty in the gym to pray for the upcoming year. We worship together and corporately ask for God's blessing and protection on our new school year.
- Fall Social: In September, Student Government plans a Fall Social for the whole school. In the past we've gone to Boomers, Sky High Sports, and Six Flags Discovery Kingdom.
- Homecoming: This is the quintessential time to celebrate all things Berean Christian. We celebrate with our nominated Homecoming Court and announce King and Queen during half time of the homecoming football game. The week ends with a themed semi-formal banquet featuring entertainment, photo booths, and great food.
- Incoming Freshman Social: Every spring we invite all enrolled incoming freshmen and their parents to join us for a dinner and social, where they can meet their future classmates and start building the relationships that will last a life-time! Parents also have a chance to get to know one-another and exchange contact information.
- Junior-Senior Banquet: JSB is the formal banquet that takes place in the Spring of each year. JSB has been held at various venues throughout the Bay Area, including the Hornblower for a San Francisco Bay cruise and Treasure Island with panoramic views of the city lights.
- New Student Meet Up: Freshmen and new transfer students are "adopted" by a Student Government student. Once per quarter we host a Meet Up where lunch is provided and students spend lunch time talking and getting to know each other. This has proven to be a great way to help new students transfer into high school life and have a safe place to ask questions and learn about the in's and out's of Berean Christian.
- Pep Rallies: Each new sports season is kicked off with a rousing Pep Rally in the Gym or on the field. All student athletes for that season are acknowledged and honored. The cheerleaders lead a series of games and competitions between the classes for the coveted Spirit Trophy. It's always loud, zany, and unforgettable!
- See You at the Pole: Every fall the students join the national movement of See You at the Pole by gathering before school at the flagpole and praying together for our school, our community, and our nation.
- Spirit Week: Several weeks per year a theme is assigned to each day, and students come dressed up and full of school spirit.
- Spiritual Emphasis Week: Each morning of this week, we meet for chapel where a special speaker is brought in to teach us and to challenge us to walk closer with the Lord.
- Veteran's Day: We celebrate Veteran's Day with a morning chapel in which we honor our veterans and teach our students to respect and appreciate the veterans' sacrifice for our country.
- Awards Night: This is a special night to honor our students with the Top Student award for each class, ACSI awards, Presidential Service Awards, Athlete of the Year, Salutatorian, Valedictorian, and many more awards.
- Deck the Halls: Every December the classes take turns decorating the Student Center. They go all-out with twinkle lights, Christmas trees, cotton snow, super-sized ornaments, and it all culminates with a visit from Santa on Friday at lunch!
- Senior Lunches: Several times per year the senior class enjoys lunch together at a local restaurant.
- Graduation Celebrations: Our graduating seniors are honored at a Baccalaureate service where a faculty speaker brings a charge to them for the future, and other students and parents are honored for their commitment and service to the school. Graduation is held the following weekend at Golden Hills Church. It is a grand celebration for the seniors and their families.
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