Many treasured traditions help to make Regis and all Sacred Heart schools unique. This glossary of terms will help you learn about some of the traditions our students celebrate each year. While some of these activities are distinctive to Regis, many are observed throughout the worldwide Sacred Heart Network, further linking us with our global community.
The treasured “Big Brother, Little Brother” relationship fosters leadership skills among Regis’ middle school students. The older boys take responsibility for younger boys at many school functions. Big brothers lead by example, serving as mentors and modeling expectations of respect and high moral character. Strong bonds between big and little brothers are formed as the relationships build over a four-year period. Students in 3 Pre-K are introduced to their fifth grade big brothers and remain with them throughout the next four years.
Today is Congé! (pronounced kon-zhay, French for leave-taking or farewell) This announcement is much anticipated by students at Sacred Heart schools around the world. It signals a day when the entire student body leaves its regular studies and has fun. The boys look forward to this all year. It can be any day, but it is always a surprise and designated by our Head of School. Social Awareness activities are often included on Regis Congé days as a way to give back and remember our commitment to Sacred Heart Goal III (a social awareness which impels to action).
Field Day is a special day near the end of each school year when students in Sacred Heart schools are able to display their athletic gifts. At Regis, Field Day is a daylong, multi-discipline sports event with the entire school divided into teams so that all grades work and play together. Each team is comprised of a mix of boys from each grade level. Parents are encouraged to attend and cheer on their Knight!
The International Passport is an identification card that can serve as a means of introduction in the 41 countries where the Society of the Sacred Heart presently serves. The International Passport is usually given by the Head of School at the end of the school year to graduating eighth grade students.
The term Mater Admirabilis (pronounced mah-tair ad-meer-ah-buh-lus, Latin for Mother Most Admirable) refers to a painting of the Virgin Mary by a novice of the Society of the Sacred Heart. Her painting, a fresco finished in 1844, depicts Mary as a young woman in a rose-colored dress. Every Sacred Heart school has a statue or painting of Mater. At Regis, our statue of Mater is located in the Kelley building. A small kneeler is available at the base of the statue for quiet prayer and the boys may, and often do, leave slips of paper with special prayer intentions.
The feast day of Mater Admirabilis is October 20, and, on this day each year, the boys adorn her statue with festive pink carnations. Additionally, during the months of October and May, Regis students may earn the prestigious Mater medal. These medals are awarded to those students who best exemplify the chosen virtue for the month. Highlighted virtues include kindness, humility, and patience as they are most closely associated with Mater. The Mater medals are awarded each day at morning assembly.
The term religious refers to the nuns who serve in the Society of the Sacred Heart. The terms “sister” and “nun” are more familiar to those Catholics who have attended parochial schools. After taking their vows, Sisters of the Society of the Sacred Heart often sign their names followed by RSCJ, which is derived from the French Religieuses du Sacré-Cœur de Jésus. The term “religious” gives reference to this designation.
These traditional marks of distinction were historically awarded to girls at most Sacred Heart schools in recognition of good conduct, good spirit, leadership, and helpful influence. At Regis, medals and certificates for Excellence in Conduct and for Highest Honors are awarded at the conclusion of each trimester and at Prize Day.
Each year on Ash Wednesday, Regis students and faculty may choose to observe Rice Bowl Day, our custom of having a simple lunchtime meal of rice and water. The purpose of this observance is to have a small experience of self-denial and to understand that many throughout the world experience hunger every day.
In accordance with Sacred Heart Goal III (a social awareness which impels to action) and Goal V (personal growth in an atmosphere of wise freedom), the Regis community actively participates in offering service to others and concurrently encouraging personal growth. The Social Awareness Program emphasizes the life and dignity of each person. Every social awareness experience includes educational, action-based, and reflective components that are appropriate for the developmental age of our students.
In addition to an on-going emphasis regarding the importance of serving others, Regis sets aside two dedicated school days each year to focus on giving service to the local community.