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A Miracle Indeed

The week of ANC’s Christmas show Miracle on 34th Street defines the original and literal meaning of the adage, "deal with it." Three Days before Opening Night, one of our actors loses her voice and cannot speak above a whisper. Solution? Body mic and hope it comes back. Opening Night, one of the actors is sick and cannot attend, the first time at ANC in at least 15 years that a speaking role has not been able to make a performance. Solution? Have the same actor who lost her voice, which has luckily returned, amalgamate his speech into her own lines. A lighting instrument decides to freeze, rendering all blackouts moot. Solution? Manually kill every light each blackout, making it much more difficult for stagehands to execute their tirelessly choreographed scenery changes.

After the curtain falls on opening night, the directors, cast, and crew breathe a sigh of relief, believing these complications to be in their rearview mirror. They are mistaken. Sunday Matinee: The faux snow that graced the stage in the final scene has moved outside and become very, very real and makes some roads impassable. Attempted solution? Send out another actor and a crew member in a four-wheel drive to defy the wintry mix. The weather mocks back, stranding the would-be rescuers. Solution? Three actors from the cast step up and fill in with such conviction that the audience does not know they are stand-ins. Other actors pick up the lulls by quick improvisations. The video feed that allows the offstage actors to see the progress on stage becomes irreparably damaged. Solution? An audio speaker is placed in the green room while an actor reads line for line to alert her fellow cast where they are and when they need to make their way to the stage. The snow continues to fall, making the roads far too dangerous to risk fellow students’ lives reaching the cast party. Solution? Our wonderful parents generously schlep food and drink to the theater, ensuring the safety and high spirits of the cast.

In conclusion, when choosing a theatrical show, beware any with the word “miracle” in the title - you may just need one to pull it off. Thank you to each and every one involved (students, faculty, parents, volunteers, and audience members) who helped make this miracle come true.



ANC Repeats as Field Hockey Champs

The Academy of the New Church hosted Germantown Friends School for the championship game of the Friends School League last Friday (11/1). With the warmer weather, there were plenty of fans able to support both teams.

The second half proved ANC to be the dominant team, with more possession and more shots on goal than GFS. Finally, about half way through, sophomore midfielder Kyla Rogers was able to -- not once, but twice -- rebound her own shot, and confidently scored into the back board. With GFS down, ANC had to keep possession and stay fearless to keep up their momentum. The Lions were unified and used every player to win this match with a final score of 1 - 0. Junior goal keeper Heather Schauder recorded another shutout for her first championship game.

Seniors Samantha Elsing, Myrta Asplundh, and Cheyanne Asplundh were very proud to win the first back-to-back championship by a girls sport for ANC in the Friends School League. The Lions are moving into the state playoffs with a 6th place ranking, and will be hosting Baldwin School on Thursday (11/7) with a start time of 3:00 pm. Come out and support!


The girls have advanced to the second playoff round, after defeating Baldwin 3-0 in the first round. Way to go!


An Evening With Josh Ritter

On Friday, January 10, 2014, singer-songwriter Josh Ritter is stopping by the Academy of the New Church. Josh will sing and play guitar at the same time on the Mitchell Performing Arts Center stage at 8:00 PM. Doors open at 7:30 PM.

While the event is free, donations are genuinely appreciated. Seating is limited, so please arrive promptly.

If you have questions, please contact Doug Reuter ( | 267.502.2643).



Spanish Exchange Comes Full Circle

There was much excitement as the bus pulled into our parking lot; friendships that had been made in March picked up where they had left off as the pen-pal pairings reunited. The ANC students took their hosting responsibilities seriously, taking their guests to typical American outings such as Phillies games, Flyers games, concerts, Rita’s, Starbucks and, their favorite, Wawa.

The Spanish students attended classes on Monday and Friday, noting differences in our two educational systems such as our students changing classrooms for each class whereas in Spain the students stay in one classroom and change teachers! They experienced ANC’s pretzel Monday and donut Friday as well as the annual dance dress code fashion parade for the girls.

On Tuesday they explored historic Philadelphia with a guide, Wednesday the Spanish and American students took a tour of City Hall, and Thursday the staffs of Cairnwood, the Cathedral and Glencairn gave the exchange students a thorough tour of the Bryn Athyn Historic District, including snacks and gifts to take home.

Of course the weekends were full of ANC’s typically fun-filled social events including the Phi Alpha/AKM hoedown. Many tears were shed as the Spanish students boarded the bus Sunday morning to head to NYC for two days of sight-seeing before flying back to Spain. They thoroughly enjoyed their time at ANC and hope to return soon!



ANCSS Awarded Model School Status

One of our goals is to become the recognized model in secondary school education, leading the way in the integration of natural and spiritual knowledge and complementary gender education. For over a century, we have been successful in these efforts thanks in large part to our educational philosophy which is firmly rooted in our theology.

Last year, we partnered with the Gurian Institute which provides compelling scientific evidence for the significant differences in brain chemistry between males and females. The mission of the Gurian Institute is to provide evidence and strategies around the concept that "understanding the physiological and chemical brain differences between boys and girls and learning gender-friendly strategies can make a positive difference in their academics and behavior."

ANCSS has sent several faculty to the Gurian Summer Institute and the Gurian Institute has sent trainers and evaluators to work with our staff and review our practices and procedures. On July 16th, we were awarded "Model School Status" and were provided the opportunity to talk to the Summer Institute Attendees about our wonderful institution.

We are fortunate to be two schools in one academy. Our ability to serve boys and girls independently and cooperatively is effective and powerful. Increasingly, educators and families across the nation are recognizing the value of identifying and working with gender-specific traits in order to best serve our youth. Our partnership with the Gurian Institute is another important step in our efforts to be the best we can be for our students.



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