Two renowned Quaker schools used modern technology to connect a special 'Meeting for Worship' to mark the end of National Quaker Week. Sidcot School in Somerset and Sibford School in Oxfordshire used a Skype link to share their morning meeting on Friday 10 October marking the first ever time the schools have connected through technology to share in this special Quaker tradition.
While most of the meeting was held in silence which is the main element of the Meeting, spoken ministry included Sibford Deputy Head Maggie Guy, speaking about the similarities that link Quaker schools not only the UK but also in America and Japan; and former Sidcot student Barbara Pauli, who had returned to the school to collect her Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award, explaining how she missed sharing in regular Meeting for Worship.
Speaking after the Meeting, Sibford student Julia Beaumont said: “It was quite cool to see Sidcot pupils sitting still like we do here. I often wonder what other Quaker schools do so it was interesting to share with them.” Jess Starkey, one of Sidcot’s student Quaker Elders added: “Having recently been on the ‘Foxtrot’ [joint Quaker schools trip to 1652 country] and spent time with students from other Quaker schools, I now appreciate the shared values we all hold that make us both unique and distinctive.”