September 13, 2016

Our boys’ soccer team played Bernard’s High at home today. It was a hard fought contest, with GSB winning in overtime, 3-2! The game was very challenging and tightly contested. A big crowd was in attendance, and the number of Bernard’s fans was close to our own.

Unfortunately, there were a couple of disappointing notes, one minor and one more significant. The minor one was that a group of the Bernard’s fans brought a large Trump for President flag. I hope that everyone knows that the school does not endorse any candidate and we try hard to make it clear that the campus is not a place for active (or even passive) campaigning. I have spoken to our security about the issue and hope that we won’t have any further issues with banners or signs for any candidate.

The more serious one involved a report, posted on the local Peapack Gladstone “Next Door” webpage. The original post stated that a group of girls in an SUV was driving well over the speed limit en route to Gill. There were follow up posts as well. Though none openly stated that the driver was a GSB student, it was implied. As a result, I spoke with the Chief of Police and a member of the town council regarding the matter. Happily, our own review of student drivers indicated that none matched the description of the vehicle. In any case, everyone in the community should be mindful of their speed on the roads. The local police do closely monitor traffic and I know many parents, students and even a few teachers who have received tickets.

One result of this reported incident is that there will be a more frequent police presence on Old Chester and Mendham road(s) at drop off and pick up times. Please be mindful of your speed on and off campus. Also, I ask that everyone stay off their cell phones while driving at all times!
Gill St. Bernard’s is a private, coeducational day school for students age three through grade 12, located in suburban New Jersey. Each of the three school divisions provides a vigorous, meaningful and age-appropriate curriculum, and all students benefit from the environmental learning opportunities that exist on our 208-acre campus.