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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.

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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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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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Andy Sharpless '73: Protecting the World's Oceans

Andy Sharpless '73: Protecting the World's Oceans

"Our job is to put more fish in the sea—to make sure the oceans are more abundant, in a sustainable way." Andy Sharpless '73, CEO of Oceana, spoke at GFS last week about the work his organization does, which is nothing less than protecting the world's oceans. 

"Our job is to put more fish in the sea—to make sure the oceans are more abundant, in a sustainable way." Andy Sharpless '73, CEO of Oceana, spoke at GFS last week about the work his organization does, which is nothing less than protecting the world's oceans. 

These days, it's common knowledge that the world's oceans are being overfished. Andy explained that many governments often subsidize their fishing fleets; globally, $20 billion is spent to subsidize a quarter of the world's catch. So, fleets often catch a lot more fish than is optimum, which doesn't give fish populations a chance to recover fully. 

One of Oceana's primary goals at present is to campaign stop this kind of destructive fishing. After realizing that, in order to truly save the oceans, Oceana needed to appeal to critical countries like China who – while less concerned about simply preserving ocean biodiversity - were concerned about feeding a rapidly growing citizenry. As a result, Oceana retooled its approach and shifted the message to emphasize the food value that comes from a rebuilt ocean. "Rebuilding the oceans can help provide sustenance for a lot of people," Andy stressed. 

Andy noted that, on land, there's a real conflict between feeding a lot of people and maintaining biodiversity. To feed people land-grown food, you often need to clear-cut land to create ranches and farms. But it's the opposite case with the oceans; rebuilding the oceans creates more abundance which both benefits biodiversity and allows for the feeding of more people. A rebuilt ocean could feed 1.1 billion people per day, forever. (A staggering statistic!) 

So, Oceana's mission is clear: to stop overfishing in the key countries that control the world's oceans.

Andy invited GFS students to take part by staying in touch with Oceana's efforts, and provided copies of his book, The Perfect Protein, with students following the lecture. 

 


Sharpless family roots branch widely at GFS!

In the photos above, from left to right, we have Laura Sharpless Myran '78, our Director of Enrollment and Financial Aid; Isaac Myran '18 (son of Laura and Tom); Jean Sharpless (parent of Laura and Andy); Andy Sharpless '73; Parvin Sharpless (parent of Laura and Andy); and Tom Myran​, Interim Head of the Upper School.​

Parvin Sharpless, back on campus with Jean to enjoy Andy's lecture, is a well-known figure at GFS. He was an English teacher here for 11 years (1967-76), and served in administrative roles as well, including Chair of the English Department, Director of Studies, and Dean of Faculty, before leaving in 1976 to assume the role of Head of The Park School in Baltimore. Upon his retirement in 1995, he and Jean returned to the Philadelphia area, and Parvin joined the School Committee in 2006, and served as Clerk for six years.