The College of New Rochelle welcomed to campus 11 visiting high school students from Brescia House School, an Ursuline school in Bryanston, South Africa, over the week of April 15, 2013.
The 11 young women, along with four teachers, were part of a group of 21 students from Africa participating in the Ursuline Schools Global Education partnership program. They arrived in New York on Sunday, April 14.
While on campus, the young women met with President Judith Huntington, Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences Dr. Richard Thompson, and other faculty members. They also attended classes, toured lower Manhattan by bus, had lunch at Planet Hollywood, and walked up Fifth Avenue to pay a visit to St. Patrick's Cathedral before taking Metro North back to New Rochelle.
The students also swam and played volleyball and basketball in The Wellness Center, viewed several art exhibits by CNR students, and had the opportunity to enjoy CNR Drama’s current production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”
After visiting CNR, they will travel to St. Louis, Missouri, and Dallas, Texas, before returning home to South Africa.
Brescia House School in South Africa was established in 1966. The school takes its name from the city of Brescia in Lombardy, Northern Italy, where St. Angela Merici founded the first teaching order of nuns in 1535. She placed her order under the banner of St. Ursula – thus the name Ursuline Sisters.
The 21 students and their teachers who took the 16-hour nonstop South African Airways flight from Johannesburg to New York were met at Kennedy Airport by Helen Wolf, Director of Campus Ministry.
Arriving on campus, they went to Sunday morning Mass at the Holy Family Chapel where they received a warm welcome from the congregation, and from Father Joseph Flynn, OFM CAP, Chaplain. Two of the students, Danielle Farrell and Felicity Tsamba, brought the gifts to the altar during the offertory.
After Mass there was a special brunch for the students, their teachers, and host families from The Ursuline School of New Rochelle who had invited 10 of the Global Education students to stay at their homes.
At the Castle Brunch, Kim Duncan, speaking on behalf of Brescia House School, thanked The College of New Rochelle, and the host families, for their hospitality, and for being part of the Global Education partnership between CNR and overseas Ursuline high schools.
Some of the students then went with their host families, while the young women staying on campus retired to Brescia Hall to rest and prepare for a busy week ahead at The College of New Rochelle and being in the United States.