Grade 6 history students are now studying Medieval Africa, with a focus on the Guinea Kingdoms in West Africa. Benin was one of the most famous of these kingdoms; it is especially known for the phenomenal bronze plaques created through the generations by master metalworkers, using the lost wax casting process. Students first studied the sources of the Benin kingdom’s wealth on the Niger River. Then, each student picked one of twenty iconic bronze and ivory sculptures from Benin, studied its imagery and symbolism, and wrote about it. This week, as a culminating project, the students created clay replicas of their objects and Phyllis stopped by to assist. Students will be busy painting their creations after spring break!
Grade 4 students proudly presented their exhibits on a variety of subjects involving westward expansion during the annual Prairie Day this morning!
Richard Hanau '35, Josephine Castagna Kerekes '35 and Lindley Nichols '35 perform in the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta titled “H.M.S. Pinafore” in 1935. #TBT #FSTBT
In honor of Women’s History Month, the student club Feminists at Friends along with Upper School Administration and the Center for Peace, Equity and Justice, hosted a panel entitled “Women in Executive Leadership: Choice, Power, and Change” during Upper School assembly yesterday. The event lifted up the stories of four pioneering women — all parents at Friends who serve in executive leadership positions — who face challenges and navigate an uneven playing field on a daily basis. Our esteemed panelists included Michaella Blisset-Williams, Tory Clarke, Desiree Gruber, and Maritza Ming. The speakers were candid about their illusion of equality before entering the corporate world, confrontations and knowing your allies. Their inspiring unity challenged students to have conversations in the workplace and to “tell the males in the room that they should be feminists too.” Friends thanks our guests for their insight, influence and candor.
As is the case each year, food was a big part of Spirt Day 2019! Lunchtime was a sea of red, not only from the students and cafeteria staff decked out in Friends gear, but also from the FS Spirit-themed lunch: “Bo” tie pasta with marinara sauce! Throughout the day Middle and Upper School students were treated to an all-day bake sale sponsored by the PA, with proceeds benefiting the @OsborneAssociation. See more photos at www.friendsseminary.org/SpiritDay. Have your own to share? Use #FSSpiritDay in your post!
Spirit Day continued yesterday with a Family Feud game during Upper School Assembly. Teachers from the English and History departments faced off in a competition based on the popular game show. Contestants were asked questions ranging from “Which teacher is most likely to make you spit out your gum?” to “Which teacher was most likely to have gotten in trouble when they were in school?” Members of the Jazz Band played the theme song while spirited spectators from the Upper School watched and cheered as the English department pulled off a narrow defeat. See more photos at www.friendsseminary.org/SpiritDay. Have your own to share? Use #FSSpiritDay in your post!
Yesterday was the annual #FSSpiritDay, and the day began with very spirited arrivals sponsored and hosted by our own Friends Seminary Parents Association! Complete with plenty of FS swag, temporary tattoos and a step and repeat, the morning set the tone for a day full of Spirit and fun! See more photos at www.friendsseminary.org/SpiritDay. Have your own to share? Use #FSSpiritDay in your post!
Thank you to everyone who made the 2019 Friends Seminary Benefit last week such a success! It was an incredible night filled with the generous spirit of our community and their commitment to educational equality. Proceeds from the Benefit support our financial aid program, which continually ensures that our student body reflects New York City’s rich diversity. Together, we are making sure that Friends remains Friends. View more photos of the 2019 Friends Seminary Benefit here: bit.ly/2019FSBenefit