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North ress Continued From Page 9 principal. "They are responsible for much of the activ- ity and enthusiasm at Blanchet. We feel the lay teachers have a definite part in Catholic education." Separate Classes For Boys And Girls Why does Blanchet separate boys and girls? Mon- signor Doogan explains: "God created man to serve a vocation as a man, and woman to serve a vocation as a woman. They need separate instruction in pre- paring for those vocations. Yet they need the oppor- tunity for associating with the opposite sex to prepare for life together later." Monsignor Doogan adds that boys and girls of high- school age have different academic interests and abil- ities. Separate instruction allows teachers to take advantage of those interests and abilities. The parent who thinks education is "the school's job and not my worry" is in for a surprise when his chiId enrolls at Blancher. The parent, whether he likes it or not, is drawn into the process of educating and making a responsible adult of his child. Rules Are Firm The parent becomes invoh, ed right off the bat when Junior brings home several mimeographed sheets out- lining school policy and disciplinary rules. The rules are firm and to-the-point. A few examples are: 1. Boys do not wear Tshirts or jeans. All shirts are tucked into the boys' trousers. Long-style haircuts are not tolerated. Shoes must be cleaned and shined. 2. Any student late for class may expect to be detained after school. 3. There is no such thing as "no homework to- night" at Blanchet. Preparation of courses requires two hours home study daily. "We don't believe we will accomplish anything in the formation of character without a strong disciplin- ary program,". Monsignor Doogan said. A school rule is that a pupil who misses a class with- out an excuse is given a double assignment. Parents sometimes protest "It was my fault; I told him to stay 'home. "Punish re, not my child." No Exceptions Monsignor Doogan said: "We feel that by letting the student get away with an unexcused absence, no matter what the reason, it tends to break down the authority in the home. If the parent got the school to I FOREiC;T RIDG E 15, 1963 Conducted by the RELIGIOUS of the SACRED HEART Resident and Day Students High School and Elementary School for Girls FULLY ACCREDITED {. Private Bus Transportation 1617 Interlaken E. Seattle 2 EVERY GIRL in the student body is a wel- come member of Girls Club. Sister Mary of the Angels, P.B.V.M., is dean of girls and Girls' Club moderator at Blanchet. LUNCJ-I is eaten in two shifts in this spacious but crowded cafeteria. A GROUP from the mixed chorus prepares for the spring musical under the direction of Maury Sheridan. make an exception, the child would expect the parent to begin making exceptions. "God gave parents the first responsibility of educa- tion. Schools are just helpers. But schools and parents depend on each other, and the school depends on the parent to back up .by example what the school teaches by theory." Parents of Blanchet pupils attend assemblies in the fall for orientation talks. They are given a shortened sample of their child's daily schedule. At the end of the first quarter, after report cards have been sent home, parents of all freshman failures are asked to visit the school. Scholastic policies are outlined. They meet the teacher who failed the child and talk over the problem. "It's strange how well this often works," Mgnsignor Doogan said. "I remember one freshman who was on the failure list. Yet, the same pupil was on the honor roll as a sophomore." The tough program is paying off scholastically. Last year 20 out of the graduating class of 202 w-on scho- larships, the highest number in the school's history. Reports back from colleges indicate that Blanchet graduates compare favorably with those from sim- ilar schools. In Blancher's early days, Monsignor Doogan (he and Father Mallahan are the only two "survivors" of the original faculty) used to visit North End parishes to "recruit" pupils. Recruiting Unnecessary Monsignor D0ogan still visits parish priests to talk about prospective students. But recruiting is no longer necessary as Blanchet has assumed an important place in church and academic life. "Of course, our basketball team the last couple of years has helped make our name known," Monsignor Doogan said with a smile. The need of new Catholic high schools is obvious from applications at Blanchet. Two years ago, 595 eighth-graders took entrance examinations. Only 394 could be admitted. Last year 481 applied and only 351 were accepted. "There will be :695 graduates of Catholic grade schools in the North End this year," Monsignor Doogan said. 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