Opening remarks for the 2019-2020 school year

Welcome back to you all. Special welcome to the ninth graders and to all of you who are new to the Upper School. I hope that you all had a great week and that those of you who are new to Waynflete will feel, with each passing day, that the Upper School is becoming more and more like home base to you. Please know that we are really excited that you have joined our community.

I want to start the year by asking a question that may seem a little odd coming from me.

What is the point of school? Really, what is the point of school?

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Curiosity

“After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.”
― Philip Pullman

Good morning!

I am so energized by LEAP Week this morning. Other than a sunburn on my nose, the most obvious sign of our week together is a greater sense of ease and comfort for all of you. As your teachers and advisors, we appreciate the chance to get to know you before we begin classes today.

For many of you, the start of classes is what’s on your mind this morning. It’s probably a combination of excitement and nerves, right? Will I get lost? Will I have or find a friend in each of my classes? Will the teacher like me? Will I know and be able to do the work? Will it be too hard? Will I be challenged in the way(s) I want to be? Will others know me as I really am and want to be seen?

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Congratulations Class of 2019!

It was a whirlwind week at Waynflete, but final events have come to a close and suddenly the hallways feel oddly quiet. We had two wonderful ceremonies for our graduating seniors—Baccalaureate and Commencement. Click below to see photos and poetry readings from the events.

Photographs
Baccalaureate
Commencement

Baccalaureate poetry
Amazement Awaits
Just Beyond Yourself
The Guest House

Commencement poetry
The Ones We Have Been Waiting For
A Billion Breaths (Caroline Routh ’19)