Grades 5-8

8th Grade Chapel Talks

The Episcopal Day Chapel Talk Program is a beloved tradition and capstone experience in the Eighth Grade Year. Students share lessons from their lives and inspire their schoolmates. Their wisdom and vulnerability has the effect of strong community building and creates empathy, normalizing experiences like having a learning difference. The talks are very much a “windows and mirrors” experience for the students--seeing themselves represented or gaining insight into an experience different than their own. Students work closely with Chaplain Amber to write, devise, and deliver a thoughtful talk with confidence.

Please take a moment to watch a few recent Chapel Talks.

About Ellie's Chapel Talk

Ellie describes the life-changing magic of gratitude and how we can practice it every day.

About Jack's Chapel Talk

Jack explores the experience of loneliness and the power of being there for others.

About Che's Chapel Talk

Che preaches the power of hope that's possible when just one person tells you that you matter. 

About Finn's Chapel Talk

Finn shares his hesitation about attending a religious school and the surprising benefits he found at Episcopal Day.

About Marisa's Chapel Talk

Marisa teaches us about maternal love through her personal story of being adopted.

Episcopal Day School of St. Matthew

16 Baldwin Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94401

The Episcopal Church of Saint Matthew

1 S El Camino Real, San Mateo, CA 94401

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