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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

List of 3 events.

  • Science@Work Lecture with SEA Semester

    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.
    Lyndon South Auditorium
  • Parents' Association Gathering

    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.
    Academic Center - LYNDON SOUTH - LS
  • NEASC Visiting Committee at Tabor

    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!
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Upcoming Alumni & Community Events

List of 3 events.

  • Tabor Day: Come Home to Tabor!

    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)
  • Tabor Day Reception

    Alumni, parents, and friends, please join us to celebrate another successful Tabor Day! The event is family-friendly and will be held under a tent on the Waterfront. Come join us.
  • Fall Family Weekend

    Join us for Fall Family Weekend: a weekend for the whole family! See the preliminary schedule here.
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