The Peddie community gathers twice a week in Ayer Memorial Chapel to focus on one of the school's core values: balance. Students and faculty share pieces of music or literature, which are followed by Chapel talks. These talks are as diverse as our student body itself, often personal, sometimes spiritual, occasionally humorous, and always moving.
Ayer Memorial Chapel
When Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke in the Ayer Memorial Chapel in 1957, he was not yet widely known, but his heartfelt speech would affect Peddie graduates for the rest of their lives. More than 50 years later, the chapel has hosted presidents and governors, scholars and scientists, friends and alumni -- and students who will become all of those things themselves.
Dedicated in 1951 to the young Peddie men who died in World War II, and funded by donations of their classmates and fellow alumni, the Chapel stands as a monument to the school's deep history. It remains a literal and figurative centerpiece of the Peddie campus and student life, a reminder of all those who came before.
Excerpted from a chapel talk by Brooke Dennison ’18, delivered January 12, 2018. Brooke is co-president of the student body and shared her personal journey of transformation, which brought her to some simple but powerful truths.
In the spirit of Blair Week, Marc Onion reads from a text of antiquity, one thought lost to us. Modern scholars, the few who have studied this tale, celebrate it as an epic rivaling those of Homer.
English teacher, Summer Signature coordinator and founder of the Sophomore Bike Trip, Patrick Clements shares the story of his sabbatical last spring, a south-to-north trek through the United States "following stories of slavery, white terrorism, Jim Crow, movement towards freedom, the Great Migration, the Blues, abolitionism, the Underground Railroad, and the astonishing power and complexity of the American land and people."
Trevor '17 is a co-leader of the Gender-Sexuality Alliance (GSA) at Peddie. The club focuses on raising awareness about issues in the LGBTQ+ community by hosting discussions throughout the year and holding an annual coffeehouse to raise funds for the Trevor Project. Trevor shares what motivated him, personally, to honor the Day of Silence.
Andrea is a senior at Peddie. She reflects on the past four years and recognizes that while there is a place for routine, we all have a choice when change stands in our path - it's all about perspective.
Founders Day is one of three annual formal school gatherings. Convocation opens the school in September and commencement marks the end of the school year and the beginning of life after Peddie for our seniors. Founders Day is an occasion to recognize the founding of the Peddie School and to honor those who created, sustained, and continue to propel the school and enrich all of our lives.
Mike Cummins ’04 has devoted his professional life to supporting children in underserved communities. Now a teacher at Brownsville Collegiate, he returned to Peddie to deliver this Chapel talk and pose three challenges to students.
Senior Caroline shares the story behind her very personal commitment to Relay for Life.