It is winter’s eve in the northern hemisphere. Sunlight is diminished, but the Light in our students is radiant. As they leave campus for a well-deserved winter break, joy is palpable.
Some will spend the break near campus, while others will journey many miles. This message will reach George School the world over: people in 60 countries and all 50 states. We are all part of a worldwide community. We are all George School—and we all light our mission, shared in this video.
May you let your life speak during the holiday season and throughout the year.
At George School, we believe the world can be better and society can be different. We think that the rat race isn't the only means and majority rule (with minority suffering) isn't the only method.
It means that when you come here, you'll ponder life, truth, and knowledge itself. You'll read Wuthering Heights and reflect how a mid-nineteenth-century novel can make a contemporary statement. You'll compete in sports like lacrosse or softball. You'll write your own Canterbury tale. You'll use pantomime to learn ceramics, iMovie to learn physics, and The New York Times to learn economics. (You may also blast music, build bonfires, and even learn to juggle.)
It happens through our incredible courses—like AP Calculus or Spanish Seminar or any of the courses in our ultra-challenging International Baccalaureate Program. And it happens because the teachers and staff are proactive and plugged in. They're ready to offer advice, cookies, or whatever the moment calls for.
So when you leave this campus, you may head off to Harvard or Haverford or Hamburg, Germany, go home to Mauritania, or return to the simplicity of a Quaker farm. But you will be different from when you came.
Studying the performing arts or visual arts at George School will help you in many ways. Yes, you could learn how to handle a paint brush, a potter's wheel, or your own voice. You'll also learn about dedication. You'll learn that struggling with something but loving it anyway is not an alien paradox.
Art also teaches us to look at the world through a different lens, in a different light, and from a different perspective. Art embraces understanding and empathy. In a Quaker school, we especially like that.