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News Release

BRYN ATHYN, MONTGOMERY CO, PA (8 November 2016)—For kids raised on the magic of CGI and characters who overcome scientific reality—like gravity—on a regular basis, live theater productions still have the power to awe, delight and inspire. And for heartwarming holiday entertainment, A Charlie Brown Christmas performed live on stage by a cast of young people could be your family’s most remembered leisure activity this season.

This December, students at the Academy of the New Church Secondary Schools (ANCSS) are bringing the characters and message of the beloved 1965 animated television special to “live action” in four colorful performances December 1-3 at Mitchell Performing Arts Center (MPAC) in Bryn Athyn. At roughly 60 minutes and no intermission, the show, with its always timely message of perseverance and hope, is perfect for all ages and attention spans.

In addition, ANCSS is experimenting with something different this year: Each of the six main characters is played by two actors who split the role from scene to scene, instead of the more common practice of playing the role for an entire performance.

“At ANCSS, our philosophy is that ‘It’s Everyone’s Play, So Everyone Plays,’” says Baird Kistner, director. “So when we had a bumper crop of students audition this year, we decided to embrace the enthusiasm and commitment. We cast everyone, double-casting the larger roles.”



ANC Spanish Exchange

ANC is once again sponsoring an exchange with La Purísima school in Valencia, Spain during the 2016-2017 school year. See photos from the 2015 exchange here! ANC students and teachers will travel to Valencia over spring break 2017 to live with host families, attend classes and tour Valencia as well as spend a weekend in Madrid. Our visit to Valencia will coincide with preparations for the region’s biggest festival of the year: Las Fallas. We will get to experience the daily fireworks, numerous parades and gigantic ninots - huge paper-mache statues that commemorate and satirize the past year. In Madrid, we will visit the Plaza Mayor, Plaza del Sol and Palacio Real (Royal Palace) as well as a day trip to the small medieval city of Segovia.

The Spanish students will be coming to ANC December 8-17 to stay with host families, attend ANC classes and also take day trips to surrounding points of interest. On December 17th, they will depart by bus for New York City, leaving directly from there to return to Spain a few days later.

Since this is an exchange, students who plan to travel to Spain are also expected to host. Students will be matched by the teachers and ANC students will stay with the same Spanish student he or she hosted. If there is an impediment to hosting (such as being a resident student) we can work together to find alternate arrangements for the students.

The trip is open to any ANC student, although some knowledge of Spanish language is necessary to live with a host family for a week. Spanish 1 students have gone on both of the previous exchanges with great success. Click below for itinerary and prices. Thanks to a generous grant, there is financial aid available. Please contact for more information or for registration instructions.



Field Hockey and Soccer Advance in Playoffs

Girls Field Hockey and Boys Soccer each battled in a championship game Monday, Soccer for the first time ever, and Field Hockey for an amazing 5th year in a row.

Soccer earned its ticket by defeating Friends Central on Saturday, in a game that remained 1-1 through the overtime period. In the penalty kicks, Xander Pendleton, Tenzin Wade and Eric Zhang made their PK's, while Xander made three saves on kicks by Friends Central. The Lions took on the Moorestown Friends on the home field and fought a 0-0 tie through two overtime periods, falling only after an extended shootout, 8-7.

Meanwhile, the ladies had defeated George School at home on Saturday in the semi-finals, 4-0. They also took on the Moorestown Friends for the league championship at home, defeating them 1-0 for their fifth consecutive title. This is the 12th time they have played in the FSL Championship game since joining the league in 1994, winning 6 out of the 11 previous finals.


ANC Open House

Thank you for your involvement in a delightful Open House! If you were unable to attend, feel free to contact the Admissions Office: 267-502-2539.

ANC Girls School and ANC Boys School offer a distinctive blend of single-gender and co-ed education. Our Girls School and Boys School are designed to support girls and boys collaboratively and independently of each other. Our academic curricula are tailored specifically for each gender, with a careful blend of single-gender and co-ed classes.

The unique partnership between the two schools allows students to learn from the complementary perspectives of one another. The schools work together in advanced academics, cooperate in extracurriculars, and are united by a shared religion and purpose.



Graduation 2016

On a clear Saturday morning, the ANC class of 2016 was launched into the next phase of their lives. Surrounded by friends and family, and overlooked by more than a hundred banners of preceding classes, to which they have now added their own, the seniors of the Girls School and Boys School received their diplomas with all the pomp of tradition and hope for the future.

The ceremony was preceded by a service officiated by Bishop Brian Keith, who introduced the speaker, the Reverend Clark Echols. Clark's talk addressed the interplay between thoughts and emotions, an appropriate topic as these young people contemplate saying goodbye to friends and school, and embracing the realities of making their own lives. Honorary degrees were granted to Traci Gray and Barbara Jean Duggan on behalf of the Girls School, and Chris Barber and Saul Fisher on behalf of the Boys School.

Following the granting of diplomas, Theta Alpha Gold Medals were awarded to senior girls Eden Halterman and Tykah Echols, and a Boys School Gold Medal was awarded to senior boy Zach Brock. The Girls School and Boys School valedictories were delivered by Brittany Gunther and Weston Wadsworth, respectively.


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