The School takes its name from the Religious Society of Friends, more commonly known as Quakers.
Quaker values and practices influence every aspect of the School’s operations, in the context of a modern society. For example, the School’s motto Nemo Sibi Nascitur, or ‘No-one is born for self alone’ encourages a commitment to others, and consideration of providing service both locally and globally.
The School celebrates its academic success but also values the intrinsic worth of each person in its care, which influences a focus on nurturing each child’s individual needs.
The commitment to connect with the good in each person is central to the quality of relationships at The Friends’ School, and a commitment to equality is also important. It is seen in the respectful and healthy relationships between teachers and students, and with other members of the School and broader community.
Quakers also seek to follow a life informed by simplicity. A simple lifestyle is considered a source of strength, and is also a timely reminder of the need for the earth’s resources to be shared more equitably and used more responsibly.
Meeting to sit in silence is core to Quakerism, and students and staff at Friends’ regularly sit together in silent reflection, enhancing the practice of stillness of mind and deep inward listening.