“Little things seem nothing, but they give peace, like those meadow flowers which individually seem odorless but all together perfume the air.”
— Georges Bernanos

The winter term at Portsmouth Abbey brought us many wonderful experiences, not the least of which was the opening of the new Science Building in January.  As the academic year progresses, we, like you, are filled with spring fever. With the perennial promises of spring, our new courtyard and garden hold exciting potential for this vast outdoor space. While the earth thaws, work continues on completion, which will lend an integrated experience for our students by providing natural light, air, and access to open spaces surrounding the new Science Building and the existing Burden Classroom Building. Through sustainable and environmentally friendly design, the new courtyard and garden will offer:

  • landscaping that will blend harmoniously with our campus and thrive in our New England climate
  • a 90-foot terrace connecting the courtyard to the new building that will be both educational and social in its design, and 
  • an expanse of rolling lawn for gathering and learning, bordered by the structure of beautiful indigenous stone walls and inset garden spaces that will provide function and character.

We have tremendous gratitude for the over $15M raised for this project so far.  However, our work is not complete.  In order to continue making a difference in the lives of current and future students of Portsmouth Abbey School, it is vital that this capital campaign be brought to a successful close. To learn more about the project and ways to help, please visit or call the Office of Development and Alumni Affairs at 401.643.1291.

Like the meadow flowers, collectively we can achieve something wonderful.  Thank you for your continued support.