Meet Finja Buhl!

Henry Bukowski-Thall ’20 interviews Finja Buhl, a Grade 11 exchange student from Wolfsburg, Germany (shown second from right in photograph).

Henry: How old are you?
Finja: I will be 17 at the end of October.

Henry: Tell us a bit about where you are from.
Finja: I am from a city called Wolfsburg in the northern part of Germany, about 200 km west of Berlin. It is twice the size of Portland, but still considered relatively small for a German city. Volkswagen was founded in Wolfsburg. The main factory and headquarters are still there.

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Stargazing, Love, and Peru

Anna Louise Wildes ’20 reflects on her Students Shoulder to Shoulder experience in Peru

I believe a good dosage of stargazing is healthy for the soul; it can really put into perspective how small human beings are, and remind us of the things that truly matter. After all, it’s not often enough that we’re humbled by mother nature’s displays. It was there, laying on the hay under the stars, surrounded by some of the most amazing friends I’ve ever made, (and supplemented by The Book Of Joy quotes, courtesy of Brian), that I realized it’s love that moves me. Not romantic kind of love; more like the deep fondness that expands into other things such as passion, curiosity, and compassion.

There’s love in everything I do, and it’s love that motivates me to do more. I realized I love being with kids, moreover people in general, and giving them the attention and nurturing they deserve. I realized I love nature and all it has to offer, and it ignites a curious spirit within me, encouraging exploration and appreciation. I love life itself, and I cannot wait for the people I’m going to meet, the places I’m going to see, and everything in between. I love the people I’ve met and that have touched me during this trip, and I’ll implement that love into each new endeavor I face. I’m beyond grateful for this experience and the love it has filled me with.

-Anna Louise (Peru 2018)

Rare opportunity for “Peter and the Starcatcher” cast

The cast and crew of the fall play, Peter and the Starcatcher, were treated to a rare opportunity last Wednesday—the chance to hear from celebrated novelist Ridley Pearson, the co-author (with Dave Barry) of book series Peter and the Starcatchers. Mr. Pearson is a personal friend of Enrichment Director Tessa Anable, who helped make the connection for the benefit of the Upper School Theatre Program.

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Scavenger Hunt at the Cumberland County Fair

Last week, K-1 traveled to the Cumberland County fair to visit the livestock and watch some demonstrations. Armed with a scavenger hunt list of things to spot, these youngsters had an up close encounter with a silky racer and his horse, played with baby goats, and picked out their favorite bunnies and chickens and baby pigs. Much to their dismay, they weren’t allowed to return with any new pets. They capped the visit off with a demonstration where they witnessed wool being spun into yarn. They were full of questions through the morning and returned to Waynflete in time for Pachanga, happy but exhausted.

Waynflete pilots complementary English/History middle school curriculum

We are excited to be piloting new, complementary curricula in eighth grade  English and history this year. We spent much of the summer working together to create courses that work in concert to explore themes of citizenship, civic engagement, and civil rights.

The central theme of the eighth-grade humanities experience is citizenship. Students will explore many different iterations of civic courage and community, from the local to the global, and investigate concepts including justice, activism, and intersectionality. Continue reading “Waynflete pilots complementary English/History middle school curriculum”