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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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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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GFSers Win Honors from Columbia Scholastic Press Association

GFSers Win Honors from Columbia Scholastic Press Association

CSPA announced News and Magazine Gold Circle Winners, highlighting the work of GFS student writers, photographers, and designers. 

Congratulations to six student writers, photographers, and designers from our Earthquake newspaper staff for their awards from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. These Gold Circles are awarded to students for excellence on individual pieces of writing, photography/art, and design. From more than 6,500 submissions from print news and magazines, a total of 720 awards were given in first, second, third, or certificate of merit.

Isabel Mehta '20 won second place in the category of "non-fiction article" for her piece titled "Are School Dialogues Still Effective?"

Marlie Golden '19 and Ava Sinai '20 won a certificate of merit in the category of "non-fiction article" for their piece titled "New 'Coffee and Books' Café Finds a Balance."

Sophie Starr '18 won second place in the category of "non-fiction interview" for her piece titled "Concussed."

Cassie Coale '18 won second place in the category of "single news feature photograph" for her photo featured in "Temporary Monument Energizes Vernon Park."

Will McQuillan '19 won a total of five awards:

- first place in the category of "cover design for general or feature magazine" for the Earthquake March 2018 cover

- first place in the category of "design of a single spread" for the design of the piece "Are School Dialogues Still Effective?"

- first place in the category of "single subject feature package" for the piece "When Do Confidential Concerns Cross the Line?"

- second place in the category of "single subject feature package" for the piece "Concussed"

- second place in the category of "design portfolio" for his overall excellence in design work

Read more about the awards here.

Earthquake has also been named as a finalist for CSPA's Crown awards for our overall publication, which will be awarded in March. 

And, the staff of our Middle School online newspaper, The Corner, won a 3rd Place award for "headline writing." Note that the middle schoolers compete against high school students in this competition.

Congratulations to Isabel, Marlie, Ava, Sophie, Cassie, and Will and the rest of the editors and staff from last year and this year for making such a fantastic magazine that we can all be proud of.