敬拜聚会 is a centerpiece of Quaker education 和 the student experience at Penn Charter. Each week, students attend 敬拜聚会 with their 老师, most often by grade or division.
作为世界上最古老的贵格会学校, Quaker values are at the heart of everything we do 和 expect of our students including what's taught, 是怎么教的, students' behavior 和 their relationships with one another. 通过充满爱和支持的学校社区, 学生成长为知识分子, 情感, 社会和道德的存在. Ultimately, we are concerned less with what students will become than with who they will become.
The central concept that there is "that of God" in every person is foundational to what we do throughout the school. That tenet leads us to value each child for his or her accomplishments, to believe in encouraging students from diverse ethnic, racial 和 religious backgrounds to attend the school, to discuss 和平ful resolution of difficulties whether those difficulties occur on the kindergarten playground, the 上学校 playing fields or in the world beyond Penn Charter, 并培养为他人服务的承诺.
虽然贵格会没有信条, a group of core values reflecting the practices 和 principles of Friends has emerged over time. 这些被称为证言: community, 平等, 完整性, 和平, service, simplicity, social justice 和 管理.
The testimonies are at once self-explanatory 和 ripe for exploration 和 interpretation. 以简单为例. 在过去, Quakers embraced simplicity by avoiding material possessions 和 by dressing 和 speaking plainly. 今天, simplicity is demonstrated not by wearing gray clothing but by focusing on what is most important 和 downplaying distractions 和 superficialities, so that each person can hear the Spirit 和 lead a life consistent with their values.
如果被问及佩恩大学的贵格会, 大多数学生会专注于敬拜聚会, a time of silent meditation punctuated by thoughts any member of the group wishes to share. 学生 meet each week, most often by division or grade. For the pre-kindergartner, that meeting may be five minutes of silence. By the close of the year, the meetings have reached 20 minutes. Upper 和 中学 students meet for 40 minutes weekly. 最常, students who choose to speak share a reflection about some event of importance in their lives or reflect on one of the 贵格会教徒的法度: community, 平等, 完整性, 和平, 服务简单, 社会公正和管理.
在他们在宾夕法尼亚大学的时候, students learn to take pride in the accomplishments of all, 注意那些需要帮助的人, 和 support one another in difficult as well as good times. 学生 come to underst和 that the school community is broad, encompassing not just their friends or their grade, 但是所有的学生, 老师, 员工及家属. They are mindful of the give-和 take involved in creating a successful shared experience. And, while learning how to nurture their school community, they discover their place in a wider one.
在宾夕法尼亚大学, we believe that questioning 和 the dialogue that ensues are marks of a healthy community. Teachers don't simply provide facts but instead foster a spirit of inquiry. 承认没有人知道一切, 老师 challenge students to figure out what to ask as well as how to answer it. 学生们学习如何设计好问题, 和 along the way naturally learn that sometimes there's more than one right answer or more than one way to get to an answer.
Participating in service is one way Penn Charter students develop an awareness 和 empathy towards particular community issues 和 others. 贵格会的一句名言是“让你的生命说话。,” drives discussion 和 action about doing good for others 和 our world because it represents the best of who we are 和 want to be. 服务 reminds students of the need to consider others 和 the powerful feelings that result. 学生 participate in school-wide events like the MLK Day of 服务 as well various division 和 年级水平 projects throughout the year. Our service partners include places like the Widener Memorial School, 地平线之家, 无论谁的福音使命, 费尔蒙特公园, 斯库尔基尔图书馆的瀑布, Philabundance, 红十字会大楼, St. 詹姆斯学校和援助之友.
宗教生活委员会 are charged with looking after the Quaker 和 spiritual life of their division. These committees helps schedule 敬拜聚会 in a variety of settings 和 formats, 是整个部门吗, 年级水平, 或者在教室里. 当特殊事件或演讲者到来时, this committee often helps to craft queries or material for the students that connect to the presentations. 最后, the Religious Life Committee guides 和 shapes the "Quaker-ness" of each division, by organizing events or school materials that help bring attention to a testimony.