This summer, WFS students traveled abroad and visited the Dominic Republic, Japan, Puerto Rico, and seven countries in Europe!
Dominican Republic: Over 20 members of the WFS community traveled to the Dominican Republic for seven days as part of their Quest Trip. Students visited the Islabon School each day and immersed themselves in their culture, forming strong bonds with the students. WFS taught the Islabon students English words and phrases, played various sports with them, and helped build libraries for the school.
Europe: Last month, WFS students visited numerous countries in Europe! In Sweden, students visited the Calmare International School and participated in their field day activities; while visiting the Czech Republic, students explored the St. Vitrus Cathedral, Charles Bridge, Market Square, and the Prague Castle; and in Germany, students viewed the Bradenburg Gate, Reichstag Building, two preserved areas of the Berlin Wall, and the Topography of Terror museum. Students also visited Denmark, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia.
Japan: WFS students had the opportunity to travel to Japan last month. During their nine-day stay, students visited the Meiji Shinto Shrine, enjoyed a cruise on Lake Ashi, toured Tokyo with a local expert, and explored the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest.
Puerto Rico: Over 40 WFS middle school students had the opportunity to travel to Puerto Rico in June. During their week-long stay, students visited a sustainable wind farm, learned how to salsa dance, explored the rainforest in El Yunque, and participated in the People-to-People service exchange experience with a Summer Camp in the city of Yauco.
Fifth graders Mariah, Isaak, Mary, Giana, Nura, Alexander, and Sofia, along with their choir directors, Emily Fareed and Katie Martinenza '99, attended UD ChoralFest Junior. ChoralFest is an honor choir experience for local upper elementary, middle, and upper school students from the greater Delaware region. Students from Friends joined over 160 singers for singing workshops throughout the day and an evening performance under the direction of UD choral faculty. It was an outstanding choral experience!
Early years students participated in a fall festival today planned by early years assistant teachers which included an obstacle course, the Quaker Bakery and Friends Farm Stand, fall-themed sounds, leaf painting, and lots of dancing!
The Quaker Cares Committee is back in action for the 23-24 school year, continuing its mission of creating a safe space for students to talk about mental health and to spread awareness about mental health support and resources.
As part of our 2023 Homecoming and 275th anniversary celebration, Emily David Hershman ’09 joined WFS Head of School Ken Aldridge on Saturday morning to deliver a proclamation from Governor John Carney's office.
With 35 years of collective experience leading Wilmington Friends School, Ken Aldridge (2015-present), Lisa Darling (1994-2005), Bryan Garman (2006-2015), and Bill Goulding (1973-1976) provided insights at the October 20 Heads Panel that reminded the audience that our Quaker school, with two campuses tucked away in Alapocas and serving children in preschool through 12th grade, does indeed seem to have a “secret sauce” that makes us unique.
Statement of Nondiscrimination as to Student Enrollment
Wilmington Friends School admits students of any race, color, gender, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students of these schools. Wilmington Friends School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, national and ethnic origin in administration of their educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school administered programs.