Launching a New Year with Thoughts of Service, Inclusion, and Belonging

Groton School Headmaster Temba Maqubela opened the first full day of classes by addressing the community, emphasizing his focus on three essential concepts: service, inclusion, and belonging.

Using Groton's Circle, around which the campus is built, as a metaphor for inclusion, he said, "All points in the Circle are critical in order to make the Circle whole." continued

Web Feat

Have you checked out our website lately? Take a look.

On September 13, Groton's Admission and Communications departments launched an improved version of, eliminating the large searchbar on the home page because it rarely was used and adding more conventional navigation, with dropdown menus to better guide users.

Among the other changes:
  • a more readable font
  • more visual landing pages
  • clearer names for our News, Multimedia, and Alumni Profiles pages—which now are called exactly what they are (they formerly were known as Live, Achieve, and Now@). We integrated the former Learn page into our academic section.
Let us know what you think about the revised at

News from the Website

Boston Bound:
A Night at the Theater

Massive Sculptures Turn Heads on Campus

Circle Comes to Life with Students

New Look for the Quarterly

Watch out for the fall issue of the Groton School Quarterly, which has been redesigned to be more lively and engaging, while still honoring Groton traditions. It will be in mailboxes and online at the end of September. In it you'll find the fascinating life story of our new headmaster, Temba Maqubela, and his wife, Vuyelwa. You'll also find stories and photos from Prize Day, Reunion, and the Groton Chamber Orchestra's visit to Boston's Symphony Hall, as well as Chapel Talks, Form Notes, New Releases, and all the other regular features you expect.

Listen Up: Choir Concert CD Released

Choral Director and Organist Christopher Hampson has released a CD of the 2013 Craig E. Smith Choir Concert, featuring last spring’s world premiere of "Psalm World" by Andrew Gant. During the Choir's trip to the United Kingdom last March, Gant led students in a rehearsal of his composition.

If you would like a CD, please contact Chris Hampson at

Read Zebra Tales, Groton's Student Blog

Your Circle Trivia
This Month's Question
Why do we call Temba Maqubela the eighth headmaster of Groton School, when some might argue that he really is the ninth?

The winner, chosen at random from correct entries, will receive a Groton T-shirt. Submit your answer here.

Alumna Q&A
Trudy Lei '10

Formmates chose Trudy Lei '10 to receive Groton's Frederick Greeley Crocker Memorial Award, given each spring to a college junior who has brought honor to Groton. Trudy, a public health major at University of California/Davis, has focused on service for years, most recently with UC Davis' Global Water Brigades.
Read a Q&A with Trudy.


During 18 years teaching at Groton, Bob Gula became known for the General Knowledge Tests that he created and proctored each spring. Students didn't have to take the test, but took it anyhow because it was fun and challenging. Test your knowledge with questions from 1973:

1. How many time zones does the continental United States have?

2. There were three types of Greek architecture: Corinthian, Ionic and ?

3. Water boils at what temperature Fahrenheit?

4. Where would you find the expression Annuit Coeptis?

5. What part of the automobile engine mixes gasoline with air to make the explosive mixture?

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October 8, 2013
Boston Reception

October 10, 2013
Gammons Concert Series

October 22, 2013
GWN of New York
Networking for Women

October 25-27, 2013
Parents Weekend

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