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Finding our Place

What a great opening weekend at school. From the Hypnotist to the Opening Party to the Seawolf Games, we had a great time getting to know each other and having some fun together. Now, as the name games and relay races recede into fond memories, we will use our first Saturday School Day to move toward learning a bit about our place.

Tabor, nestled in the lovely, small village of Marion, exists in a broader, more complex community called the South Coast. There are all sorts of people and professions, cultures and religious traditions, that make this area special. From aquaculture to scalloping to deep-sea fishing, fishing is still a way of life for many on the South Coast. New Bedford hosts the largest fishing fleet in New England and was once the richest city in America. Today, some of the best marine science research institutions are in our back yard in Woods Hole, not to mention the many marine technology companies who are bringing wind farms and other imaginative energy technologies to life. There are the boat builders who have been here since the early days, some keeping the wooden boat tradition alive, while others are building the next generation of America’s Cup competitors. Even the sustainable farming movement has taken root here in many of the beautiful farms from Dartmouth to Westport. These various industries, many now transforming into more modern versions of their historic past, have attracted people from all around the world to fill all sorts of jobs within these industries, bringing their perspective, expertise, culture, and energy with them. There is so much growth going on right here in our back yard!

This Saturday, our students will make a trip out of Marion, some for the first time, to begin to experience this history and vibrancy. The freshman will enjoy a day at Round the Bend Farm to learn about sustainable farming practices. The other classes will head into New Bedford to these twelve cultural, historic, or scientific sites of interest:

1. Haskell Gardens
2. New Bedford National Park (downtown walking tour)
3. Acushnet Sawmill
4. Co-Creative Center- a successful mixed-use development featuring art, education, and workspace
5. Architecture Walking Tour
6. Working Waterfront Walking Tour
7. Whaling Museum
8. Rotch-Jones-Duff House: a whaling merchant’s home
9. Explore Public Art Downtown
10. Fort Taber-Rodman
11. Buttonwood Park Zoo
12. Tour Laura Parrish’s Home: a historic home once owned by Herman Melville’s sister.

As the year goes on, many of our students will continue to venture into New Bedford and the surrounding area to interface with residents, employers, public officials and more as we strive to learn from our environment and to participate as servant-citizens where we can.

We hope that through our Saturday program and ongoing contact with our broader community, our students will begin to get a sense of the rich history, cultural diversity, and future opportunity that drives this unique area of Massachusetts. Through that orientation, students may begin to better understand their potential role in community life beyond Tabor.

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Campus Events

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  • Mums of Alums Luncheon

    Join us to visit with old friends and hear about our favorite Tabor alums! Luncheon takes place at the Somerset Club in Boston from Noon to 2:00 PM.

    Somerset Club 42 Beacon Street Boston, MA
  • Freshman Class Parent Reception & Dinner

    Reception and Dinner for Parents of the Class of 2023 with Head of School John Quirk.

    Lillard Living room
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  • Late Start for Students Today (10:15 - 4:45)

    Students will have a sleep in while the faculty meets this morning.  Day students are welcome to come at the usual time for breakfast, if they want. Classes will meet through the afternoon and there will be no co-curricular activities.

    Here is the schedule:
    1st block: E- 10:30 - 11:45
    2nd block: F - 11:55 - 1:10 OR 12:25 - 1:40
    3rd block: G – 1:50 - 3:05
    Office Hours: 3:05 - 3:30
    4th block: A - 3:30 – 4:45

    No practices or co-curricular meetings

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  • Sarasota, FL Reception

    Please join John Quirk, Head of School
    and hosts
    Mr. and Mrs. Lee Pokoik '63 GP '23
    for a cruising reception aboard the
    Marina Jack II
    2 Marina Plaza
    2:00pm. - 4:00pm
    (boarding promptly at 1:45pm) 
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  • #Tabor Time: Tabor Academy's 3rd annual Day of Giving!

    Tabor Academy’s 3rd annual Day of Giving!
    On February 25, 2020 we have 1,876 minutes to reach our goal of 1,000 donors & have an impact on Tabor students.

    To be 1 in 1,000:
    •Make a gift!
    •Follow #TaborTime on Social Media
    •Show your Tabor Pride
    •Challenge your classmates
    •Celebrate your time at Tabor
    •Have an immediate impact on Tabor’s students & faculty
  • Bermuda Reception

    Join us for a reception at 
    Gosling's Wine Cellar
    5:30pm - 7:30pm
    hosted by Mr. and Mrs. Charles Gosling P '06
    9 Dundonald Street

    The Tabor sailing team is headed to Bermuda for spring training! Coach Robert Hurd and members of Tabor’s sailing team will be on hand to  provide a brief update on the program.

    We are delighted to say that retired faculty member Merry Conway will be attending, as well!
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