Last Thursday, Board of Trustees President James H. Higgins sent a blast email announcing Groton's eighth headmaster, Temba Maqubela. We've heard from many alumni who know Mr. Maqubela and praised him, and many who don't know him but were inspired by the selection. continued

Groton School is counting its blessings—we didn't lose power or need to cancel classes because of Hurricane Sandy. A few trees came down near the Dome and Parents House, but no one was hurt and buildings were not damaged. continued

From The Circle

Night School: STEM Foundations
At the fourth anniversary of Night School this October, math teacher Jon Choate '60, P'85, '88 and science teacher David Prockop P'15, '17 taught a STEM Foundations class. Fifteen parents took their seats in the STEM classrooms and were the students for a lesson that highlighted the intersection of science and mathematics that is the hallmark of Groton's STEM curriculum. continued

Orchestra Performs in South Africa;
Sightseeing Includes Zebras in the Wild

In June 2012, 32 members of the Groton School Chamber Orchestra spent a fortnight performing and immersing themselves in South Africa's diverse and rich culture, led by Director of Instrumental Music MaryAnn Lanier, Conductor Timothy Terranella, and assisted by South African guide and linguist DJ DuPreez. continued

Chef Ed Celebrated in Boston
Chef Ed Wetterwald is a good chef, a very good chef, but that is only part of the reason that he received the Employee of Year award from the Compass Group, the parent company of Groton's food service provider, Flik. continued

From the desk of:
History Department Chair, Tom Lamont

On September 17, Constitution Day, history teacher Sarah Palomo and I journeyed to Faneuil Hall in Boston, where we heard Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Gordon Wood and MIT history professor Pauline Maier discuss the history of the ratification of the United States Constitution. We came away enlightened and excited, especially when these two eminent historians agreed to do a similar program at Groton School next fall. However, I was also a bit sad. continued

Cui Servire
Month of Service Underway
Groton's Month of Service is under way! Running from October 15 through Thanksgiving, Groton's Month of Service encourages Grotonians to take part in a service activity in their own communities, in honor of Groton and its mission. From coast to coast, members of the Groton community—alumni, past and current parents, and friends of the School—will put cui servire into action. continued

Your Circle

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September's Question
September's "Where on the Circle?" was an easy one! Many Grotonians remembered that the dolphin fountain was part of the Guthrie Willard Memorial, near the Headmaster's House and varsity baseball field.
The memorial has recently been refurbished and rededicated and is once again a place for contemplation and quiet. Congratulations to Rose R. Lynch GP'05 who had one of the many correct submissions.

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This Month's Question
October's "Who on the Circle" asks the simple question: who are these people and what are they praying for?

The winner, chosen at random from correct entries, will receive a Groton T-shirt. Contact Julia Alling to submit your answer.

A Night with Peter Gammons '63 and Bobby Valentine
Peter Gammons '63 will be on stage Thursday, November 8 at 8 p.m. at Salem State University's O'Keefe Center in Salem, MA. The three-time National Sportswriter of the Year and member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame will interview former Red Sox skipper Bobby Valentine as part of Salem State University's Speaker Series.

Tickets range from $20 for general admission to $80 with access to a post-lecture reception. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit Salem State University Tickets or call 978-542-7555.

Annual Fund Update

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The film begins with flashes of urban life seen from a bus or a train. Quickly the miles speed by and a mountain appears in the distance, but suddenly the mountain, Kailash, is no longer in the distance, but above and seemingly around the photographer. The whirling experience that opens the film captures the initial impressions of Augusta Thomson '06 and her fellow filmmakers as they embarked on the Mount Kailash pilgrimage trail, within the Ngari prefecture in the western part of Tibet.

Augusta shared a rough cut of that documentary during a Chapel Talk earlier this month. The film and Chapel Talk spoke of a religious pilgrimage important to many faiths, including Hindus, Buddhists, Bon practitioners, and Jains. But it was clear from her talk that Augusta herself has been on her own pilgrimage since graduating from Groton. continued


November 1, 2012
Groton's Chicago Reception

November 3-4, 2012
Drama Production:
The Crucible

November 13, 2012
Groton's New York City Reception

November 15, 2012
Exams Begin

November 20, 2012
Thanksgiving holiday begins

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