The creation of the McHugh Media Studio will offer students an opportunity to enhance their learning through use of state-of-the-art video and audio equipment. Some of the intended uses of the studio will be for students to create videos or podcasts about classroom topics, a TV broadcast of school news and other topics, and expansion of the work of student groups such as the WSJP Student Broadcasting Club and the Podcasting Club. The For Others Forever Campaign has created a facility with the latest equipment, helping students become accustomed to the technology they will use in college and beyond, giving them an advantage in their next stages of life.
The Virtual Reality Lab creates enhanced educational opportunities across every academic area of the Prep. From English where a teacher can utilize this new technology to transport students studying Shakespeare to the Globe Theatre in the 1500s, to biology students who can now walk through a virtual human heart, to Spanish classes traveling to Madrid, the possibilities are endless.
The comprehensive Connelly Counseling and Resource Center is a key component of the Howley Learning Commons. Strategically located, the Center will serve as the centralized resource for all of our students’ academic and emotional support needs.
The goal of the Prep’s Counseling Department is to help every student make the most of their Prep experience, whether they are a top academic student or a young man who can benefit from academic support. Members of the Counseling Department work closely with every student on all aspects of their Prep life including social, academic, and co-curricular areas.
By creating the Connelly Counseling and Resource Center where guidance and college counselors are positioned together in an easily accessible location, students will become more aware of the services available, resulting in students becoming more comfortable in utilizing them. Because all students will be entering the Center, for multiple reasons, the hesitancy that some young men might feel will be removed. It will become the center of activity and collaboration, not simply a lineup of students outside one counselor’s office. It will also allow for group programming hosted by the Prep’s College and Guidance Counselors.
When Villiger Hall was opened in 1969, one of its most prominent spaces was the Theatre. Along with the Library and Chapel, it was meant to emphasize the Jesuit educational tenet of “mind, body, and spirit.” Theatre is important to Jesuit education and was included in the earliest educational documents of the Society of Jesus.
The Cape and Sword Drama Society has rightly been a point of pride for St. Joseph’s Prep, especially in the past 30 years under the direction of Mr. Tony Braithwaite ’89. After putting on amazing performances in a space that was below their standard, the program has a beautiful new home and the Prep has a showplace for performing arts and other gatherings.