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What's cool about our campus is that it's spread out over seven acres in Philadelphia's historic neighborhood of Germantown. The buildings are an eclectic mix of old and new, a unique look and feel more consistent with a college campus. With three gyms, three auditoriums, a student center, numerous open, green spaces and nine classroom buildings, it's a place worthy of adoration and exploration. The Meetinghouse, at the center of it all, provides a beautiful and spiritual focal point.

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At GFS, students and teachers gather in Meeting for Worship once each week. This is a time for shared, silent contemplation. Anyone who feels moved to speak may rise and do so. It is a simple formula, and can be a remarkably powerful experience.In these days of constant connectivity, the ability and opportunity to sit in silence have special value. Meeting for Worship is a cornerstone of the GFS culture that many come to cherish throughout their lives.

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We strive to deal fairly, equally and honestly with everyone. We aim to do as we say, reflecting our beliefs in our actions. even when it is inconvenient or challenging, we stand by our convictions, striving to lead lives of integrity.

Shine Together

We are all blessed with remarkable gifts. We are equally qualified to seek truth and to hear the voice of God. Every person deserves equal respect. For these reasons, we work against prejudice and discrimination and for equality.

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"Alone we can do little; together we can do so much."* We know there is strength in cooperation and wisdom to be found when many perspectives come together. We believe in the power of community.*
The words of Helen Keller.

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In every way we can, we try to minimize the distractions that can draw our attention from the important things in life. This means not becoming overwhelmed by the busyness of daily routine. It means seeking balance. It means embracing simplicity.

care for all

This planet we inhabit, the talents we've been given, the community of which we are a part- all hold remarkable value. We must be responsible, imaginative and proactive in protecting these gifts and caring for the world and people around us. We must exercise good stewardship.

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We believe each life is precious and unique. We stand against war and violence and work to eliminate their root causes, including ignorance, racism, hatred and oppression. We are committed to creating peace.

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Take Your Mark: 34th Annual Middle School Cross Country Invitational is Today

 

GFS will host the much anticipated 34th annual GFS Middle School Cross Country 3K Invitation today. More than 300 athletes from 19 schools will converge on Belmont Plateau. Teams from the Friends Schools League, other independent schools, and public schools will take part.  

“Year after year, runners of all speeds finish the course and many achieve a goal that they set early in the season, whether it’s making it up the grueling Belmont Hill twice or striving for a personal best time. It’s always exciting for the athletes to run at this historic cross country course, the same one where colleges compete and high school state championships are held. For many teams, the Invitational is the culminating event and highlight of their season!” said Director of Athletics Katie Bergstrom Mark. 

Former Athletic Director and now FSL Manager Emeritus, Carl Tannenbaum started the Invitational "to highlight our incredibly successful Junior High (now Middle School) Cross Country program. In the early years, it was run on the same day as (and just before) the Catholic League Championship. If running at Belmont wasn't scary enough, seeing 50 North Catholic runners in all-black warmups certainly was impressive!" 

The Invitational has grown immensely; more than 5,000 athletes have taken part in the event, with the same goals in mind:

  • to create a culminating event for middle school runners who wouldn’t otherwise have a chance to compete against each other
  • to bring runners from neighboring schools together in community
  • to provide a forum for athletes to run at the historic cross country course at Belmont Plateau
  • to celebrate GFS’ tradition of excellence in the sport and
  • to raise the profile of middle school runners as they prepare for varsity competition. 

At this year's event, and keeping with tradition, a championship bowl and t-shirts will be awarded to the winning teams. Top-10 runners, in the co-ed and girls divisions, will also receive medals. The first place girls team will receive a plaque, which has been done since the Invitational's inception. 

“The GFS Middle School Invitational is a fantastic capstone for the fall cross-country season as it provides each athlete an opportunity to test themselves and compete in an electric, fun, and supportive atmosphere,” said Varsity Cross Country Coach Conrad Haber.  

View the GFS MS XC Historic Invitational Gallery

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