Headmaster’s Blog: Inquiry into Wholeness

List of 20 news stories.

  • Journalism and the Community of Inquiry

    We are so proud to learn that The Piper has again been awarded a Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) Gold Medal critique for the year 2018-2019.
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  • Student Council Installation Speech: A Sign of Life

    BY ANGELINA PAPA, STUDENT BODY PRESIDENT
    The United States’ Navy has confirmed it. The mysterious flying objects spotted over San Diego are, in fact, UFOs.
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  • Being Used for a Mighty Purpose

    You’ve probably heard of Greta Thunberg, the remarkable 16-year-old Swedish activist traveling the world to raise awareness of the need to act now on climate change.
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  • Minds Bent Towards Justice

    Late summer greetings from the campus that never sleeps! Most seniors just finished the excellent College Application Summer Intensive, the best antidote I know to college-application anxiety. 
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  • Graduation Reflections

    GRADUATION SPEECH BY SOPHIE CRAIG (VALEDICTORIAN CLASS OF 2019)
    Good evening family, friends, and Campbell Hall community and happy Monday. So I don’t have a cheesy introduction. I barely have an introduction. Let’s get in to it. I’ll be addressing my classmates, even though they’re all sitting behind me.
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  • Helping People Who Are Homeless in Our Community

    Homelessness in Los Angeles has risen sharply over the past few years, climbing from 36,000 in 2012 to more than 53,000 in 2018. Unlike other parts of the country where most of the unhoused live in shelters, the vast majority of L.A.’s homeless population (75%) lives on the street. This has led to thousands of encampments in and around the city, including our own Campbell Hall neighborhood. Passover and Easter weekend seems a fitting time to consider the plight of our local neighbors experiencing homelessness from a holistic perspective.
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  • Decent, Loving, and Responsible

    BY JULIAN BULL
    I was struck last weekend by the particular words George H. W. Bush’s friends chose to honor him. Doris Kearns Goodwin, presidential historian and author, said that Bush was a “good and decent man with character, civility, compromise and moderation.” Tom Brokaw said that Bush “was the same in person [in private] as he was in public, he was this modest man...he was so authentic.” Barbara had written similarly years earlier in her forward to her husband’s book of letters, “George H.W. Bush is the most decent, dearest man and the most loving father.”
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  • Living Our Mission

    BY JULIAN BULL
    This summer, Campbell Hall received the coveted “7-Year Clear” status from the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) and the Western Association of Independent Schools and Colleges (WASC), accrediting the school for the maximum seven-year term with no qualifications or interim visits. The joint CAIS-WASC accreditation process confirms that Campbell Hall continues to meet its strategic objectives and educational goals in addition to satisfying the independent, high standards of CAIS-WASC.
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  • Power to Gen Z

    BY JULIAN BULL
    We parents and teachers often wring our hands with anxiety over today’s teenagers and young adults. We fret that their attention spans have been ruined by smartphones, we worry that they don’t participate politically, we fear that online pornography and violence have confused their relationships. While it’s important to discuss these trends, I am now firmly in the camp of those hopeful for the future when Gen Z takes charge.
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  • What Really Matters about Youth Athletics

    BY GUEST BLOGGER MARK CROTTY (HEAD OF ST. JOHN'S EPISCOPAL SCHOOL)
    My son Stephen, loves sports-everything about them. Of course, he mainly loves playing them. Now a high school senior, since he could join school athletics beginning in seventh grade, he has been in a sport every trimester: volleyball in the fall; soccer in the winter; track--pole vaulting--in the spring. When not doing school sports, he may go to the driving range or the climbing gym, and in the summer goes on long hiking trips. He's very fit, and while he's unlikely to play anything on the collegiate level, he certainly will play intramurals and perhaps club sports.

    Last Wednesday Stephen came home from soccer practice in a great deal of pain, limping badly. A lingering injury seemed to have exploded into something worse. The initial diagnosis was that he might have torn the labrum in his left hip. The next day he went to the orthopedist and received the relatively good news that the problem is a badly inflamed hip flexor. He was told to use ice, take ibuprofen, and totally rest for three weeks. That's where the real pain hit. Only three weeks remained in the season, when the championship tournament would take place. Yes, the physical pain was great. But the real agony sat much deeper than that. Between punches on a pillow, Stephen kept groaning, "I've been playing with most of these guys since kindergarten. It isn't supposed to end this way."
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  • Be You

    BY JULIAN BULL
    You may have missed a great article in the Daily Herald in December titled, “Why the Balls might not be the best basketball family in Los Angeles.” Sports reporter Mike McGraw has a keen eye for the understated power behind the reserved, gracious, centered personalities of the members of the Holiday family, students, and teachers at Campbell Hall for decades. McGraw is less kind to other local players and families who seem to have lost their way in the fight for playing time and fame, but there’s a beautiful moment in the article where Justin Holiday ‘07 refuses to be drawn into making odious comparisons between the Holiday brothers and other local balling families: “They are themselves. There’s nothing wrong with that to me. Be you. That’s the best thing you can really do in life.”
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  • The Spiritual Values Implicit in Our Common Life

    BY JULIAN BULL
    Often when visiting humanities classes at Campbell Hall I am deeply moved by the quality of classroom dialogue. Through Harkness, Socratic, and other methods, students learn to cite the text and build on each other’s comments, but there is also often an openness and vulnerability of heart that can only occur in a community where trust builds over time. Such classroom conversations illustrate perfectly the balancing of heart and mind in our model, and can lead to quite profound experiences of shared meaning.
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  • The Politics of Patriotism

    BY JULIAN BULL
    Patriotism is rightly an expression of humble aspiration and hope, not an aggressive arrogance. My favorite line in any patriotic hymn is the stanza in America the Beautiful, “America, America, God mend thine every flaw.” Surely we can share admiration for our country’s extraordinary achievements, appreciation for the sacrifices made to protect those achievements, and hope to improve in those areas where we fall short. Our motto as patriots should not be “America: Love it or Leave it,” but “America: Love it and Improve it.”
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  • The War on Democracy in Our Schools

    BY JULIAN BULL
    Open letter to the editors of The Atlantic in response to an article by Erika Christakis, “Americans Have Given Up on Public Schools. That’s a Mistake.

    Erika Christakis is right that “We ignore public schools’ civic and integrative functions at our peril,” but she misses a broader and timelier conclusion: we ignore the civic and integrative functions of any American school, public or private, at great peril to our democracy.
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  • The Inner Dynamism

    This essay describes my (Rev.Bull’s) best answer to the question, “How do we come to know things, including what is the right thing to do in any particular case? How do we know the different between truth and falsity? How do we know which path to follow on the map?”
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  • Social and Emotional Learning at Campbell Hall

    BY JULIAN BULL

    On September 12, the first Parents’ Association meeting of the year will feature a panel and audience discussion of the social and emotional issues our students are facing at the different grade levels. Campbell Hall has always seen itself as educating hearts as well as minds, and these days Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is a hot topic everywhere. Come hear our local experts and contribute to the discussion!
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  • Educating Habits of the Heart for Citizenship

    BY JULIAN BULL

    Alexis de Tocqueville observed almost two hundred years ago that “the future of American democracy depends on nurturing and perpetuating the ‘habits of the heart’ that sustain a dynamic civil society and effective democratic government.” The habits of the heart that we nurture at Campbell Hall - love, compassion, faith, honesty, integrity, love for and careful pursuit of the truth, appreciation for diversity, and the capacity to problem-solve in diverse teams - are the very traits that will make our students better citizens of their city, this country, and the world.
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  • Middle School Teacher Appreciation Speech

    BY KARA S., CLASS OF 2020
    Hi! My name is Kara S.. I am currently in 9th grade and not but 50 weeks ago, I was sitting where you are now.
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  • Towards a Spiritual Integration in K-12 Education

    Many American elementary and secondary schools claim to teach to the whole child, but few actually ground their programs in a holistic view of human development.
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  • Reaching out to the Children of the Community

    I have seen strong growth in this community’s desire to expand the program’s reach to “the children of the community.”
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  • Headmaster Julian Bull

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    The Rev. Canon Julian P. Bull is the third headmaster of Campbell Hall (est. 1944), an Episcopal school in Los Angeles, California with 1130 students in grades K-12. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College, his Master’s in Philosophy from Boston College, and his Master’s in Divinity from Virginia Theological Seminary. Canon Bull is an ordained priest in the Episcopal Church.

    Prior to coming to Campbell Hall in 2003, Rev. Bull served as Head of Trinity Episcopal School in New Orleans and as the Assistant Dean for Academic and Student Affairs, Dean of Students, Chair of the Diversity Committee, and Director of the Senior Humanities Program at Albuquerque Academy. He has served on the Boards of the National Association of Episcopal Schools, the Independent School Association of the Southwest, St. James’ Episcopal School, the Louisiana Children’s Museum, the Steering Committee for the Los Angeles School Heads, the Studio City Neighborhood Council, and has chaired the last two search committees for bishops of Los Angeles. He currently serves as the Chair of the Commission on Schools of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles and is on the Advisory Board of the Collaborative for Spirituality in Education. He and his wife Katie have enjoyed raising their two sons as 13-year Campbell Hall students. Rev. Bull enjoys tennis, hiking, and playing bridge in his spare time.
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