School Events & Traditions

Bishop England has many traditions that have continued over the years, and a few new ones have been added…

John England Day

A celebration of the birthday of Bishop John England (9/23/1786) for whom the school is named, the students, faculty & staff celebrate the day by participating in a living rosary and a celebration in the courtyard of the school which includes music, food, games and shortened classes.  This event is completely run by the Student Government Association under student leadership.

Homecoming & Spirit Week

The Homecoming football game is scheduled for Friday, October 6, when the Bishops host Lake Marion. Students, parents and alumni take part in this BE tradition. The BEHS Alumni Association hosts a Homecoming Tailgate party on campus. The week leading up to Homecoming is Spirit Week where each day has a different theme; ‘Merica Day, Tacky Tourist, Disney Character Day along with other themes. The students, faculty & staff go all out to show their school spirit during spirit week.

CSMC Food Drive

This event is a long standing tradition organized by CSMC – Christian Students Ministy of Charity. During the month of November each homeroom collects money to purchase canned meats, dry goods and other nonperishable food items. Students earn a tag day by bringing five canned goods to school and these food items are bagged to feed over 300 families in the Charleston area for Christmas. The food is blessed by the Most Reverend Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone, the 13th Bishop of Charleston, during a special Mass in the Bishop England gym with all students, faculty & staff present.

Blood Drive

The Key Club organizes four blood drives throughout the school year in conjunction with the Red Cross. Students, faculty, staff and parents sign up to donate blood throughout the designated days. Red Cross workers set-up in the BE gym to host the four events.

Haunted Hall

Enthusiastic members of the science department create a haunted hallway in the upper level of the BE gym. Other faculty members and some students become zombies, mad scientists, witches and ghosts to populate the haunted hallway. Students may purchase admission to the hallway during lunch period. In past years the hallway has been a big feature at the Halloween Dance.

Ring Mass

The month of February in the BE school calendar is a special one for the Junior Class due to a long standing tradition called the Ring Mass. During this special Mass the class rings are blessed, and each junior is called forward to receive his or her ring by the school’s chaplain.  The school’s seal engraved on the dinner and signet rings has been a constant for many years and is recognizable in the community.