Shipley sports fans may notice something different in the Gators’ 2019 fall schedule: volleyball. This year, the Championship-winning team will have to up their game as they face a larger number of private and public school opponents than they have seen in their typical winter season play.
The National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) program recognized Shipley's athletic training staff for its ongoing preventative injury work that prioritizes keeping students safe on the playing field.
In Steve's final letter to the community, he writes about some of his favorite moments in recent weeks and shares the seven most important lessons he has learned at Shipley over his 27 years as a parent and as Head of School.
To support Shipley's ongoing sustainability initiatives, Brooke Donovan's first-grade class committed to bringing in waste-free lunches. Their efforts sparked the entire Lower School to try "Waste-Free Wednesdays."
Dana Veraldi ‘02 recently collaborated with Shipley on two DEERDANA t-shirts commemorating the School’s 125th Anniversary. Part of the proceeds from their sale in Shipley’s School Store will benefit the art program at our sister school, Andrew Jackson School, in Philadelphia.
In 1994, Shipley hosted the Centennial Symposium on Education to explore challenges that could potentially impact independent schools in the 21st Century. Demographic shifts, economic booms and recessions, technological advances. These and other forces have greatly impacted Shipley in the past two decades. How has Shipley addressed those challenges and adapted over the past 25 years? Listen in on our conversation.
Steve recalls a very busy yet fun April, full of events for everyone in the community. He mentions the 125th Day of School All School Assembly, 125th Changemaker Symposium, visits from special alumni, the Spring Auction, musicals and more.
Trina Vaux ’63 has lived and worked with history—its study, its preservation, and its celebration—for most of her life. During the last eight years, Trina has turned that interest towards Shipley, researching and writing A Daring Vision: A History of The Shipley School 1894-2018. The book was truly a dream job and labor of love for Trina, who says, “You know, it’s not really work when it’s fun.” Read more about Shipley Historian and alumna Trina Vaux '63.
Just this month, Steve witnessed four different events that had him in awe of our kids and of their growth and their performance. "As with most everything we do, the process frequently matters more than the result, and this is the time of year when we see the results in so many areas that show the ongoing growth of our kids."
This month, Steve has been reflecting on goals and objectives for our students, particularly as it relates to their ability to engage effectively and thoughtfully in a world that is increasingly complex – but also increasingly lacking in thoughtful dialogue. In his letter, he shares a few resources to be able to communicate in a productive manner.
Shipley is proud to announce the 3 Star Certified Green Restaurant® recognition of its Avery Silverman Dining Room by the Green Restaurant Association (GRA), a national nonprofit organization helping restaurants to become more environmentally sustainable.
Shipley alumna and Changemaker Diana Macarthur ’51—whose achievements and adventures span the globe and enter geo-political, educational, social, scientific, and corporate spheres—attributes her insatiable quest for knowledge and her resolute expectation of excellence to Shipley. “I learned early on that life’s not going to be handed to you. You have to study, do extra work, continually improve, be open, and constantly question things,” she says. “Just getting by does not change the world.” Learn more about Diana’s recent efforts to make a positive impact in the Karakoram Mountains of northern Pakistan, where she built a state-of-the-art school.
Ernest Hemingway's The The Old Man and the Sea and our recent All-School Assembly reinforced for Steve the importance of understanding that what we initially see in people may not be who they really are. "Let’s continue to work together so that our students have the transforming experiences that allow them to develop and share their voice and go on to utilize the courage necessary to deal with inequities and make a difference."
The Shipley School is a private, coeducational day school for pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students, located in Bryn Mawr, PA. Through our commitment to educational excellence, we develop within each student a love of learning and a desire for compassionate participation in the world.