Monday was the real first day of school! We welcomed our first new Seawolves to campus at 8:30 AM as they arrived for a big adventure on Tabor Boy: Orientation at Sea. Many were on hand to greet them with great enthusiasm for the year ahead.
The group of fourteen students included 5 international students hailing from China, Taiwan, Japan, as well as students from all around New England. Each rightly seemed a little nervous, asking what was in store for them aboard the ship, but also eager to jump in! Parents too seemed excited for the start of something special.
The students will be out on the bay for 4 nights, returning Friday morning. Along the way they will learn to be part of a productive community that has to work together to succeed. They will learn from our program director a lot about Buzzards Bay: the geography around it, the critters that live in it, and even the people that use it for business and community. From the schooner crew the students will learn how to sail Tabor Boy, the points of sail, the names of the sails and the parts of the ship; they will learn some navigation as they head off to Cuddyhunk and return via Woods Hole; they will learn important traditions such as how to take part in colors (honoring our flag at sundown), how to work together on the morning chores as well as on watch. Everyone has a part to play and all are important. It is a great microcosm of our wider school community and ethos.
Just before they said goodbye to their parents, Mr. Quirk gave the students a quick pep talk, acknowledging that it can be an unsettling feeling to be starting out on a new adventure. He likened it to when one steps out to take a step. Just before you land that extended, vulnerable foot, you are in two worlds, he suggested, planted in your past reality and just about to be planted in a new one. This is the first step of many into countless opportunities for this first class of orientation participants.
We wish them all the best on starting out on the right foot!
Tabor Academy welcomes Captain Jay Amster of SEA Semester’s sail training vessel, SSV Robert C. Seamans, and Kim Reed, SEA's Science Program Coordinator, as our first Science@Work lecturers of the year. Captain Amster and Reed will share news of their recent collaborative project with NASA. A team from SEA and NASA studied a newly-formed volcanic island in the South Pacific as a way to better understand our neighboring planet, Mars. Come learn about their findings as they searched for clues on the young island, Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai, about how water may have shaped Mars.
This fascinating lecture will take place at Tabor Academy in the Lyndon South Auditorium in the Stroud Academic Center, 242 Front Street, Marion, MA, on September 23rd at 6:30 PM. The event is free and open to the public.
Join Parents’ Association Chair Sally Earley P’20,’22, Head of School John Quirk P’20 and the 2019-20 Co-Heads of School Fiona Moore ’20 and Jack LeBrun ’20 for a lively discussion about Tabor Today. You are welcome to have lunch in Johnson Dining Room at the conclusion of the session and before enjoying afternoon activities.
We are hosting the Tabor Academy Visiting Team sent from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, our accrediting body. They are here visiting our school to interview students, faculty, staff, parents, and trustees as part of our 10-Year Accreditation process. We thank these volunteer teachers and administrators from other boarding schools across the country for their service to Tabor and to NEASC!
A day for alumni and parents to come back to cheer on the Seawolves during their afternoon contests, and cheer on former Seawolves during Alumni Games! There will be food and fun for everyone! Alumni volunteer and Alumni Council meetings will take place, as well. The day ends with a reception on the waterfront. Bring the family for a great day at our School by the Sea! See the schedule of games here.
11:15 - 12:15 PM Tabor Alumni on the Move: Meet two of our 2019 Circle of Excellence Inductees 12:15 - 2:30 PM Alumni Volunteer Meetings 2:00 - 3:30 PM Alumni/ae Games 2:30 - 5:00 PM Home Games 3:00 - 5:00 PM Food Trucks, Seawolf Swag & Pumpkin Decorating 5:00 - 7:00 PM South Coast Reception for alumni, parents, and friends (family-friendly, under a tent on the Waterfront)