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Events & Traditions

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 that school year. Our faculty serves as the students' camp counselors which gives the students a chance to get to know their teachers on a personal level and builds school unity. (Note: The cost for All School Retreat is built into the tuition so there is no extra cost for this event.)

  

  • 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 also 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. 
  • 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!
  • Chapel: Berean enjoys Chapel every Wednesday morning. We are led in worship by our student Worship Team and then hear from a speaker who brings the Word to life. Topics range from "How to Deal with Anxiety and Fear" to "Your identity in Christ" to "The Faith of Job". 
  • Homecoming: This is the quintessential time to celebrate all things Berean. 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.
  • Buddy Lunches: All freshman and new transfer students are "adopted" by an upperclassman to be their Buddy. Once a quarter we host a Buddy Lunch where lunch is provided for the new student by the older Buddy and they spend the 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.
  • Veteran's Day: We celebrate Veteran's Day with a morning Assembly in which we honor our veterans and teach our students to respect and appreciate their sacrifice for our country. 
  • Spirit Week: A theme is assigned to each day and students come dressed up and full of school spirit. This week concludes with our Homecoming Pep Rally, Game and Banquet.
  • 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.
  • 30 Hour Famine: Students voluntarily go without food for 30 hours to raise funds and awareness of world hunger.
  • Spiritual Emphasis Week: Each morning of this week, we host an assembly where a special speaker is brought in to teach us and challenge us to walk closer with the Lord. The week concludes on Friday with a day of relevant seminars for the students.
  • Winter Retreat: Students can attend a voluntary weekend retreat in the winter for a special time away to hear a speaker and just have fun together in a camp setting.
  • Servant Sale: Money is raised as students volunteer to be "auctioned" off as a servant for a day to other students or staff.
  • World History Fair: All freshman know this is a Rite of Passage. Similar to a Science Fair, students research and creatively present an historical topic culminating in a night of celebration where the families and community are invited to view all the projects.

  • 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, etc.

            

  • Senior Retreat: The week before graduation, seniors go away for their final retreat together. It is a meaningful time of bonding and reminiscing over their four years together and thanking God for what He's done in their lives while at Berean. 
  • Awards Night: This is special night to honor our students with the Top Student award for each class,  ACSI awards, Presidential awards, Athlete of the Year, Salutatorian, Valedictorian and many more.
  • Deck the Halls: Every December the classes take turns decorating the Student Center in a Christmas/Wintry related theme. 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: "It's good to be a Senior," they say. Well, seniors get some special privileges here at Berean. One of them is the quarterly Senior off campus lunch. They all pile in the buses and head out together for an extended lunch period. They've gone to Fuddruckers, Chick-Fil-A, and even had a picnic at Heather Farms park.
  • Worship Chapels: At least once a semester our student-led Worship Team leads our Chapel time in an extended time of worship and prayer. Students are given freedom to move around in the Gym as the team leads in song. Some students get together to pray in groups or sing together or simply have some alone time with the Lord. It's always a moving and significant time as our school comes before the Lord all together.
  • Graduation Celebrations: Our graduating seniors are honored at a Baccalaureate service where a faculty speaker of their choice brings a charge to them for the future and other students and parents are honored for their commitment and service to the school.  Then the Graduation Ceremony is held the following weekend at Golden Hills Church in Brentwood, CA. It is a grand celebration for the seniors and their families as we hear speeches from the Salutatorian and the Valedictorian and then each student is individually recognized in the service. Many visitors to our Graduation Ceremony have commented how they appreciated the personal touches and spiritual atmosphere that is evident in our school and our students.
  • And many, many more....