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Why I Chose George School – Kirsten

Our George School Ambassadors were asked to share their stories about why they chose George School. There is no typical George School path but they all share a common thread: a love of people and learning. Read on to find out what made Kirsten ’15 join the George School community.

A wet and dreary day it was when I took my first steps on this otherwise breathtaking campus. Lucky for me, the sun still shone the day of my interview and tour through the faces of the admissions officers and the students. As an eighth grader from a Catholic school, the idea of a campus was overwhelming. The tour I received quickly eased my anxieties and transformed them into excitement. Under my big George School umbrella, I took in the new scenery. With an amazing tour guide who became a very close friend of mine throughout my George School career, the reasons why my brother bragged about this school were revealed to me. Continue reading

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Student Art Showcase – Jake ’16

At George School, we enjoy celebrating the varied talents of our students. We asked one of our GS Ambassadors, Jake Kind ’16, to share some of his artwork.

black and white drawing of a woman with long hair and a textured blouse

The Collage of Persephone
Jake Kind ’16

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Harvest Weekend

teenage boy sitting on brick bench. a tree and brick building are in the background

Michael Silver ’16

by Michael Silver ’16, Admission Office ambassador

At George School, we have many weekends dedicated to certain topics. Recently, George School hosted Harvest Weekend, one of the most exciting seasonal weekends of the year. Highlights from the weekend included pumpkin carving, hayrides, a haunted house, a costume dance, and apple butter making. Needless to say, much of the campus spent the weekend enthralled in the fun activities. Personally, I particularly enjoyed pumpkin carving, and found it to be a new, intriguing, and joyously laborious event. Continue reading

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Step is Life

Our George School Ambassadors have been asked to write about their favorite club on campus. Autumn ’16, shares why she loves the R&B Step Team. 

My parents have always told me that the quality of a product is only as good as the work that you put in. 

Hello World!

My favorite club is less of a club and more of a team. The step team is a group I’ve been a member of since freshmen year. I fell in love because of the great connections I made with  teammates and the inspiring motivation I felt from my captain during the first year. After two years of hard work and dedication I am now the captain! The step team meets on Tuesdays at 6:00 p.m. There are twenty-four girls (although the team is open to boys and girls, I think the guys are too intimidated to join us). I guess when it comes to step at GS we go back to our childhood days when guys believed girls had cooties and they were too scared to try out. I don’t blame them, we’re pretty awesome.
Step has its roots in the South African mines where making sounds with one’s body was originally used to replace drums. It is the creation of rhythm and beats using ones body as the instrument. To me, the most important traits required for step are discipline, trust, confidence, and precision/unity. These are the things I try to instill in my team through bonding activities and drills. It may sound militaristic of me but drills are my favorite exercise in step. It reminds me of the movie Cadet Kelly starring Hilary Duff when she was sent away to military school and she became a city girl turned drill master, just like me! Continue reading

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Just North of Retford

Our George School Ambassadors were asked to share their favorite spot on campus. Read on to learn about Jake’s (Class of 2016) favorite spot. 

It is strangely comfortable how safely and spontaneously my back melts into the mix of brick and backpack that function as the pit stop for this specific realm on campus. All around me, people of all shapes, sizes, ages, and ethnicities, whiz by, but I remain at the pit stop–refueling–sometimes with a friend, ofttimes alone, as the day turns to after light and the academics morph into athletics. I sit and I rest. Some would find it uncomfortable, almost strange and meticulously attention grabbing, however here, and when I saytwo bushes intertwined with brick in the background. ivy on the ground here, I mean campus, it is normal – accepted, if I may. So I lay, under the bush of no blueberries, to the north of Retford. I wait, I know not of the event I place myself there for, but I know that its arrival is soon to come. It brings me joy, just to ponder, to think and push down the pedals of my mind, knowing that body will remain in rest as soul effects change in the pit stop. Continue reading

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Why I Chose George School – Rob

Our George School  Ambassadors were asked to share their stories about why they chose George School. There is no typical George School path but they all share a common thread: a love of people and learning. Read on to find out what made Rob ’16 join the George School community. 

“The school’s statistics and campus were very nice too, yeah, but George School isn’t the only school with good numbers and nice buildings. The hospitality I felt during my tour was the factor that distinguished George School from the rest for me.”

I found George School in a pretty uninteresting way compared to many of my peers. A few of my relatives attended here, so I grew up with a second-hand familiarity with George School. But I didn’t think about applying until after my freshmen year of high school. I decided to apply as a new sophomore having been disillusioned with my experience as a freshman in public school. It was a rather spontaneous let-me-just-check-it-out decision to tour and apply to a few boarding schools. It was probably the best spontaneous decision I’ve ever made. Continue reading

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Tour Guides: A Glimpse of Life at GS

by Ashley Pettway, Admission Office

First term is in full swing and our campus is buzzing with visitors. It gives us great joy here in the Admission Office to share our campus with you and it takes a lot of people behind the scenes to make your visit special. Last week, I introduced the ambassadors, a select group of students who blog, take pictures, and talk with families during visits. This week, I’d like to introduce you to our tour guides. Each year, the Admission Office selects outgoing sophomores, juniors, and seniors to serve as student leaders in our office. These students have shown a love for George School and often hold additional leadership positions on campus.  They are the heart of our office and we could not function without them. Continue reading

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Meet Our Ambassadors

by Ashley Pettway (admission office) and the George School Ambassadors

I haven’t been at George School long but I already feel at home. I can’t quite pinpoint exactly what it is about this place that makes it so incredibly special—maybe it’s the beautiful campus, the incredible resources both tangible and intangible, or maybe it’s the genuinely friendly people who emanate warmth every day. I guess it’s silly to attempt to identify one thing that makes George School so special. There are lots of incredible aspects of this school and honestly, what makes this place special is different for everyone…so, I’ve enlisted some help. Continue reading

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by | October 3, 2014 · 4:38 pm