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The Importance of Friday Morning at St. Paul's

What makes St. Paul’s unique? The strength, depth, and diversity of our community are key components...

What makes St. Paul’s unique? The strength, depth, and diversity of our community are key components. Students regularly share their experiences and cultures with one another in the classroom, on the playground, and in chapel presentations. Parents participate in conversations, volunteer in the classrooms, and sometimes support students in their chapel presentations. This past Friday in chapel St. Paul’s students, parents, and faculty from all grades and departments united to share the traditions and meaning of Diwali with over 350 community members. This particular time and space, chapel, plays an important role for our school. Here we share and learn about different kinds of spirituality as well as the experiences of community and beyond.
Student chapel presentations are often derived directly from lessons being learned in the classroom, so topics cover a wide range of areas, including:
  • Seventh graders kick off the year in September with an interactive presentation about Tashlich, a ritual observed by many Jews during Rosh Hashanah.
  • Fifth graders present their findings about redwood forests.
  • Fourth graders shared the history of the Black Panther Party.
Every student has the opportunity to present to the entire school during multiple chapels throughout their years at St. Paul’s. 
Here the school community can see the St. Paul’s School Mission & Values in action. Fearless learning, diversity & inclusion, academic rigor, spirituality, and service & stewardship are displayed by the actions of the students and the topics of their presentations. This openness and desire for dialogue between people with different ideas is a direct product of our history. As we state in our Mission & Values, we welcome students and families of all faiths or none in an effort to prepare our graduates to step into different cultures with grace, confidence, and understanding.