Westfield Friends School, after 230 years, is a school steeped in many unique traditions. These are the rituals and events, which provide the backdrop to our caring, interactive, and evolving community. Traditions such as these foster a caring connection nurtured between children across the grades.
Garnet or Blue?
At the start of every student's career at Westfield Friends School, he or she is assigned their school color. A friendly rivalry plays out, most prominently at Field Day, in early May. Classes participate in obstacle course competitions, and even parents and alumni join in the fun at the end, representing and rooting for their respective teams' colors.
Once a month the whole school gathers, divide into teams with a representative from each grade, and enjoy memorable opportunities to work and learn together whether it be pumpkin carving in autumn, decorating the school with homemade materials at holiday time, or school-wide spring cleaning. Grades also interact as Journal Buddies (kindergarten and seventh grade), and as Science Partners (fifth and third grade).
Each class participates in several service projects through the school year. Classes decide on specific areas of concern and projects differ from year to year.
Sponsored by the current year's 8th grade class, the Harvest Festival means fun for the whole family! Students and their families and guest enjoy games, snacks, face-painting, a petting zoo, bake sale, arts and crafts, and so much more.
Masquerade Extraordinaire! Every student is presented onstage in their costume, and tries to stump everyone! Who is behind that mask? Parents are always invited to attend.
Between Halloween and Thanksgiving, the school collects clothing for distribution by six local charitable groups. Distribution of goods is made to Camden and Burlington Counties. The drive continues throughout the year with the Meeting House porch being the collection depot.
Our yearly Thanksgiving Gathering festivities include a concert and food drive. At the concert, every grade performs a variety of songs which focus on the ideas of gratefulness, peace, joy, and harvest. The concert is a moment to showcase what students have experienced and learned in choir throughout the first trimester and to bring the community together for a time of reflection.
As part of the celebration, WFS collects food which is distributed at the Bread of Life Food Pantry. Resources collected at Westfield Friends help support families in Cinnaminson, Palmyra, and Riverton who are facing food insecurity. The food drive takes place the Wednesday before Thanksgiving at Meeting for Worship. We invite families to donate and join us for a moment of Worship.
An all-school effort starts off the holidays with a delightful morning of pageantry on our last day of school. Plan to come early – seating is still at a premium! Enjoy the Parent Council sale fundraiser before the event, and make sure you have your camera and tissues, as there is rarely a dry eye in the house at the conclusion of this magnificent effort.
Every year, one student from each class is randomly selected to visit Paul May's Tree Farm where they participate in selecting and cutting of the School's tree.
Valentine’s Day Heart Hunt
The 7th graders hide a heart full of candy in every classroom – and then the afternoon fun begins! Each class has the challenge of discovering where the treasure is hidden!
Spring Egg Hunt
This annual event involves all the school on the day before our Spring Break. Colored eggs are hidden over the entire school property and are redeemed for a basket of goodies at the conclusion of the hunt.
6th, 7th, 8th Grade Dances
Three themed dances are sponsored by the Parent Council during the school year.
The 8th grade graduation in early June is a ceremony held in a Quaker Meeting for Worship with respect for each graduating student’ s personal essay of development shared with family, friends, faculty, and schoolmates.