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explore our CAMPUS

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.

1. Main Building 2. Meetinghouse 3. Sharpless 4. Hargroves 5. Wade Science Center 6. Alumni Building 7. Admissions 8. Living Graveyard 9. Dead Graveyard 10. Loeb Performing Arts Center 11. Smith Gym 12. Cary Building 13. Friends Free Library 14. Field House 15. Scattergood Gym

we have deep roots in this place

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Quaker Education

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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speak the truth

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.

stay connected

"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.

keep it simple

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.

promote peace

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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Holi Comes to GFS
Holi Comes to GFS

The Indian holiday Holi is a spring festival, also known as the "festival of colors." The festival signifies the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring, end of winter, and a time to play.

The date of Holi shifts annually, and this year it fell on March 12 and 13. GFS Parent Geeta Simons thought that Holi would be a great holiday to share with the wider GFS community, and she worked with both Multicultural Affairs director Mirangela Buggs and our Art Department to bring Holi to GFS.

Geeta says, "I feel that the climate in our country right now makes it all the more important that we become aware of and celebrate each others' heritages and differences; as we are a country composed mostly of immigrants. And since it's a holiday where bright colors are at the center of the festivity, I wanted to involve the Art Department."

Working with Kindergarteners and first graders, teachers Heather Chu Marvill and Lili Sharpless coordinated with Geeta on a colorful art project: dyed fabric bags decorated using wooden block prints that are used to embellish Indian textiles.

First, the kids colored their fabric bags by spraying them with fabric dye.

After the dye was set, they were able to use the wooden block prints to stamp designs of elephants, flowers, and other decorative shapes onto their bags.

Want to learn more about Holi? Pop into the Friends Free Library when you're on campus and see the special arrangement of kids' books on display.

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