Newtown School shares a way of life rather than a set of beliefs. We believe that ‘there is that of God in everyone’. We recognise no barriers of colour, class or gender. Honesty, integrity, simplicity, equality and peace are central to the way we conduct our lives.
We seek to create a community of tolerance and understanding within which a balance between discipline, especially self-discipline, freedom and exploration is maintained.
The broad, multi-cultural and inclusive character of the school gives each student the opportunity to make choices and to participate and to develop as a unique individual: to let their lives speak.
Essentially, Quakerism is a practical form of Christianity placing most emphasis on the manner in which people lead their lives and treat each other. Because of this sense of genuine enquiry, and the freedom from dogma, young people of all religious beliefs or none can feel comfortable and united during the silence of a Quaker Meeting. This meeting is an opportunity for all to reflect quietly and gain a fresh perspective on daily life.
President Mary McAleese
On the occasion of her visit to Newtown in November 1998, when we were celebrating our Bicentenary, experienced this silence at the start of the school gathering and afterwards, in her speech to the school, she said:
It is lovely to be in the company of young people who actually use silence and who know that in silence you can find all sorts of things that help you cope with the day’s work or to reflect or simply just to be still. Many of us would never think you would find dancing in the silence, but those of you who know silence will know that you find all sorts of extraordinary things in it.”
The school day starts with a meeting for worship, known as Collect, which consists of silence, reflection and thoughts for the day. Quakers meet together in silence believing that the Holy Spirit, however perceived, will lead us to worship. Evening Meeting is held every Sunday with a period of silent reflection and often a guest speaker.
Meeting for Worship
Students attend their own place of worship on Sunday mornings, Read more about meeting for worship – click here.