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We join our brothers Cadets in praying for Tim’s family and friends.Dear Benedictine Family,

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the death of one of Benedictine's most loyal and passionate teachers, Tim MacLeod. Tim did not graduate from Benedictine, but like very few monks and lay teachers before him, he changed the culture of the school forever. Every alumnus who proudly listened to the Benedictine bagpipes play Scotland the Brave as the Cadets marched at Homecoming has enjoyed the fruits of Tim's work. Tim was a Marine, a musician, a teacher, and a magnanimous patriot who dearly loved "his" Cadets. 

Upon first seeing Tim from a distance, one might be tempted to think he was a dwarf warrior from The Lord of the Rings, or perhaps a Viking captain looking for his lost ship. I once heard a Cadet lovingly refer to him as "the offspring of an angel and a Scottish pirate." His blood red beard, scarred left eye, Celtic tattoos, and ancient garb of kilt and sporran grabbed your attention like no other faculty member. His appearance also conveyed the vehemence with which he loved his craft and heritage. It is with that sort of love that he cared for his Cadets. 

Tim came to Benedictine in 2011 with a difficult mission: resurrect the band and reform it as a bagpipe and drum corps. Tim organized instructors, introduced us to unfamiliar Scottish items like the chanter and sgian dubh, and began recruiting Cadets (and amazingly convinced them all to wear kilts). The band was an immediate success, with some of its first graduates continuing to play the bagpipes in college. Almost 200 boys have donned the cadet tartan under Tim's leadership. The Benedictine Pipe and Drum Corps has since been featured at the Virginia War Memorial, led the Virginia March for Life, and even performed in the 70th and 75th anniversaries of the D-Day invasion in Normandy, France. 

For all his achievements in life, he was most proud of his students. Watching them cycle through his hospital room these past months has been heartening. This past Thursday, Benedictine's Pipe and Drum Corps visited their faithful pipe major one last time for an emotional send-off that all in attendance are sure to treasure forever. His musical legacy and leadership will live on in these Cadets and the many other lives he touched for many years to come.

Per his desires, Tim was received into the Catholic Church during this Advent season. May his soul, and all those of the faithful departed, rest in peace. A public funeral mass and memorial service will be held for Tim at the McMurtrie-Reynolds Pavilion on the Benedictine Abbey campus in the coming days. Additional information will be communicated via Benedictine's social media accounts once they are available. In the meantime, please join me in prayer for Tim's family and friends.

Sincerely,

Jesse Grapes
President
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We join our brothers Cadets in praying for Tim’s family and friends.

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Join us to celebrate 100 years of Saint Gertrude with our 6th annual Envision on February 26 at the John Marshall Ballroom.

Envision raises funds for young women who dream of a Saint Gertrude education but whose families need tuition assistance.

This fundraising gala will feature heavy hors d'oeuvres, open bar, silent and live auction, paddle raise, and a live band.

Cocktail attire. Auction items will be available online closer to the event. Click the link below to purchase tickets or to sponsor this event.

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Join us to celebrate 100 years of Saint Gertrude with our 6th annual Envision on February 26 at the John Marshall Ballroom. 

Envision raises funds for young women who dream of a Saint Gertrude education but whose families need tuition assistance.

This fundraising gala will feature heavy hors doeuvres, open bar, silent and live auction, paddle raise, and a live band.

Cocktail attire. Auction items will be available online closer to the event. Click the link below to purchase tickets or to sponsor this event.

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Student Life at Saint Gertrude

The Benedictine Schools of Richmond


With a view toward their history and a desire to strengthen Catholic education, Benedictine College Preparatory and Saint Gertrude High School unified under a single new corporation, The Benedictine Schools of Richmond, in January 2020.

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Performing Arts


The visual and performing arts program allows students to experience inspiration and the joy of creativity, demonstrate excellence, and infuse our lives with meaning.

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Global Learning


The international travel program has grown into the the Global Learning Program, offering students new ways to experience cultures in Europe and Haiti.

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Clubs and Organizations


We offer a wide range of co-curricular and extracurricular activities to meet the needs of all students and to provide an opportunity to develop leadership skills and self confidence.

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Spiritual Life


A well-rounded education should reflect and reinforce the essential relationship between God, human-kind, and the universe – and is respectful of one’s individual faith.

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Freshmen Friends


Freshmen Friends is a peer support program set up for all incoming ninth graders that continues throughout the four years.

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Discover Leadership


We incorporate a skill-building program in which our students can discover the roles and styles of leadership that work for them, and learn to put these lessons to work in everything they take on.

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Athletics


Our athletic program boasts 12 sports and 21 teams. The primary campus houses a gymnasium, exercise and training rooms, and an onsite VCU Sports Medicine athletic trainer. Our state-of-the-art Outdoor Athletic Center is a 16-acre complex with a turf field, grass field, softball field, six tennis courts, field house, and walking path.

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The Saint Gertrude Advantage

ALL GIRL

Saint Gertrude is the only high school in the Richmond area where all classes are single gender. Statistics continue to show this as an educational advantage for our girls.

SMALL SCHOOL

With fewer than 300 students on our entire campus, each girl is guaranteed the personal attention she deserves. Our average class size is 15.

CATHOLIC + BENEDICTINE

well-rounded education should reflect and reinforce the essential relationship between God, human-kind and the universe — and is respectful of one’s individual faith.

RICHMOND

With the recent announcement of the Benedictine Schools of Richmond, we joined Benedictine College Prep in Goochland where a new, state-of-the-art academic facility is being built for Saint Gertrude.

At Saint Gertrude, we combine the best of academic tradition, educational innovation, spiritual formation and commitment to the service of others to create a high school experience unlike any other in the greater Richmond area.