A strong community is the heart and soul of Tabor Academy. While there are lots of times for friends to be together at games and on weekends, we also make time to gather the entire school community four times a week to celebrate achievements, watch student performances, share a meal, enjoy conversation and reflect together as a community.
Every Monday and Thursday, the entire Tabor community gathers in the Wickenden Chapel during the forty-minute meeting period. This assembly is non-denominational and includes various speakers from the senior class and faculty, a musical selection played on the organ, and often a performance from one of Tabor’s singing or instrument groups. The chapel program is a way for the speaker to share their experiences with the rest of the school and to provoke thought and reflection among the listeners. The personal nature of the speeches serves to further the closeness of the community and promotes an accepting atmosphere.
Tuesday mornings, the school congregates in the Fireman Center Auditorium to hear the announcements for the upcoming week, the weekend activities, and to see a performance by a Tabor group or an outside company. All-School meeting, run by the student Co-Heads of School, helps to build school spirit as it is both an informational and entertaining way to keep students and faculty up to date on Tabor events.
Each Tuesday and Friday, the officers and advisors of each grade have the option of holding a class meeting. These assemblies pertain only to a single class and often involve updates from the college counseling office, plans for fundraising and general announcements.
On Tuesday nights throughout the school year, we enjoy a family-style dinner and group conversation. Community dinners are required for all boarding students and teachers, and day students are encouraged to attend. These dinners are a way for members of the Tabor community to get to know each other outside of the academic day and to cultivate our school spirit.