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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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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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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.

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.

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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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Tigers' Upper School Weekly Scoreboard

Tigers Upper School Weekly Scoreboard for the week ending Sept. 10, 2022

Highlights: Tiger Varsity and JV teams kicked off their seasons playing all non-league contests, in preparation for Friends Schools League competition. Varsity Tennis, the defending FSL champion, showed strength in two match wins. Varsity Boys Soccer and Varsity Field Hockey shut out opponents in their home openers. Cross Country placed 4 in Top-10 @ Cherokee Challenge.

Varsity Tennis (2-1) recorded wins against Archbishop Carroll High School (5-0, Aug. 30) and Central High School (3-2, Sept. 9) and lost to Springside Chestnut Hill Academy (2-3, Sept. 2) in its opening two weeks. 

Against Carroll, the Tigers overpowered the Patriots winning 72 games and dropping five. 

Against Central, the eight-time defending Philadelphia Public League champion, the Tigers showed their strength, winning 3-2. After trailing early in the match, first singles Madalyn Shen ‘25 rose to win 6-4, 6-0 in hard fought matches. Returning FSL champions at 1st doubles, Riley Helfrich ‘23 and Cece Idinopulos ‘23 won 6-0, 6-0. Second doubles Ally McNally ‘24 and Margalit Eisenstein ‘24 also won 6-1, 6-2.

Varsity Boys Soccer (1-1-1) bounced back from a narrow loss to SCH (1-0, Sept. 2), to beat Barrack Hebrew Academy (7-0, Sept. 7) and tie Episcopal Academy (1-1, Sept. 9). 

Against EA, Isaac Okewole ‘23 scored the lone goal for the Tigers. 

 “The boys did an outstanding job today. Their work rate, in particular, was commendable, and they showed a lot of heart against a strong, physical squad. While we created the better chances and might have deserved a win, they also put us under a lot of pressure and it took stout defending from our back line and strong goalkeeping from sophomore Will Turk to keep it a tie. Overall, the boys can be proud of their efforts,” said Varsity Head Coach Sam McIlvain. 

Varsity Field Hockey (1-1) lost its season opener against SCH but came back strong with a 3-0 shut-out victory on their home opener (Sept. 9), beating St. Hubert Catholic High School. Halle Smoger ‘25 notched the Tigers’ first goal of the season, assisted by Anna Pendse ‘25. Fiona Abraham ‘26 tipped in the second goal on a crossball from Smoger. The third unassisted goal was scored by Marabel Poulous-Hopkins ‘26. Anjelica Bolivar ‘25, Julia Garrido ‘25, and Isla Ablin ‘24 were strong defensively and shut down St. Hubert’s attack. 

“Today was a complete team effort. All of the pieces they worked hard on during preseason finally came together. The team took free hits quickly, worked our system, got quality shots off, and defended well. They came to today’s game with a winning mentality!” said Varsity Head Coach Rachel Steinman. 

Boys & Girls Cross Country kicked off their seasons on Saturday, Sept. 10, at the annual Cherokee Challenge, held in Marlton, New Jersey. Seventy-eight high school teams from Pennsylvania and New Jersey took part. Races were divided by grade level. 

In the Boys divisions, three GFS athletes finished in the top-10 including Simon Donovan ‘23 (5th among seniors, 9:52.62), PJ Kresloff ‘24 (5th among juniors, 10:01.79), and Mason Kresslof ‘25 (10th among sophomores, 10:36.07). 

In the Girls divisions, Katya Henisz ‘23 finished in the top-10 (6th among seniors, 12:19.28). 

All four athletes crossed the finish line before their FSL opponents. 

"I've been impressed by how much the newer athletes on the team have improved since the start of the season and was equally impressed by their competitiveness and ability to handle the stress of racing at a large invitational this weekend. If the results of the Cherokee Challenge are the baseline for what both teams are capable of achieving this season, it should be a really exciting fall," said Varsity Head Coach Conrad Haber. 

Varsity Girls Soccer (0-3) came up short in its three games, including losses to the 2021 PAISAA State Champions and State runner up. 

“Preseason has hit us hard with the injury bug. In our first, we were missing a number of key players and starters and had a number of players playing at the varsity level for the first time. I’m proud of the team for sticking together and of the individuals who got their first varsity minutes for their work rate and commitment,” said Coach Manolo Sanchez ‘10. 

In game two against Germantown Academy, Alaya Campbell ‘25 played her first career game in goal. 

“Alaya played exceptionally well for her first time as a goalkeeper and got better with each minute that passed,” added Sanchez. “This was one of those games where the score was totally misleading. After an incredible slow start (4-0 in the first 15 minutes), the team woke up and played some of its best soccer of the season. We will look to build off of that momentum as we continue to await players returning from injury/covid protocol.”

JV Boys Soccer (0-2) lost its first two games but have demonstrated strong performance and promise. 

“It was a very impressive performance from a young JV team against a very good SCH team. The game was tied at 1-1 going into the final minute before a last-minute penalty lost us the game. Great performance from the defense including  Brady Clayton ‘25, Ben Schutta ‘24, Teddy Dalson ‘24, Connor Cusack ‘26, and Owen Mather ‘25. We have big hopes for the Friends League to come,” said Head JV Coach Rob Goodman.

Against EA, the team lost 3-0 but noted a big comeback from last year’s 7-0 loss. The game highlight included a penalty save from Joe Helfrich ‘25.  

“Spells of the game were great. Our challenge moving forward will be to put these periods of time together for longer,” added Goodman.

GFS Crew will kick off its fall season on September 25. 

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