Welcome to our new College Counselor

Waynflete is pleased to announce the hiring of Emily Birchby as our new Associate Director of College Counseling.

Emily brings with her nine years of experience in selective college admissions having served as an Associate Dean of Admissions at her alma mater, Bowdoin College. Among her many responsibilities in the Bowdoin Office of Admission, Emily served as the regional representative for Southern Maine and had the pleasure of reading a number of applications from former Waynflete students. In 2012, Emily earned her M.Ed. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education while simultaneously assisting the college counseling office of The Academy of the Pacific Rim.

Emily currently manages Bowdoin’s THRIVE program which supports student achievement during the transition from high school to college while providing mentorship and fostering a sense of belonging. In addition to her work at Bowdoin, Emily serves as a board member of Portland Community Squash and is an avid runner, skier, and cyclist. Emily lives in Yarmouth with her husband, Matt, and their two daughters, Parker and Winslow.

See her photo above, and say “hi!” if you see her visiting campus.

This Week in US – 3/19/18

Tuesday, March 20
10:55 – Long Advising lunch
Thursday, March 22
11:25 – Announcement assembly
Friday, March 23 
No school – parent conferences

Green Tip: Waynflete Earth Hour + Movie Night!

Waynflete Earth Hour

“It’s difficult to get people to understand that the things we find convenient have an impact on the natural environment” -Earth hour mission statement

Wednesday, March 21st from 10:00-11:00 am (Upper school break through third block), the Waynflete community will be participating in their own earth hour. After the announcement is made, please turn off all lights and unnecessary sources of electricity.

Earth hour is a world-wide event intended to raise awareness about current environmental issues affecting our planet and proving that small changes amongst individuals can impact on the world greatly. Waynflete believes that as a community, it is important to take part in this movement for positive change, becoming conscious of how our everyday conveniences impact the world in which we live on a larger scale.

Movie Night

In celebration of world-wide earth hour, this Wednesday from 6:30-8:30, WEAG will be screening the movie Before the Flood in the Franklin Theatre with free admission. The movie follows Leo Dicaprio as he examines current day impacts of climate change. It also features President Obama, Pope Francis, and a host of other experts. At the conclusion of the film, we will have a dialogue to discuss topics of interest from the movie. Bring all of your friends, this will be a good time!

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Bridges & Ladders

Eighth-graders have just finished a three-part unit in Studio Art called Bridges & Ladders.

Judy Novey and Jona Rice started the unit by showing a slideshow of artists through time and across cultures who used ladder-like images in a myriad of decorative and symbolic ways. One of the most striking is a sculpture called “A Ladder for Booker T. Washington” by the contemporary African-American sculptor Martin Puryear. Other ladder images went back to ancient petroglyphs.

Students did quick sketches of the forms they observed in the slideshow before beginning work on three different but related assignments. The first was an additive print that used color and mixed media to create abstract ladder/bridge-like imagery. The second was a fanciful sculpture made out of wire and paper-maché. The final assignment was an artist’s book which combined cut-paper imagery with metaphoric language to speak poetically about making connections and life’s journeys.

This artwork can currently be seen on the rounded wall gallery outside of the theater.

Artwork featured above: Ian Good

Julia Werner:

Henry Wagg:

“A Ladder for Booker T. Washington” by Martin Puryear:

Ancient petroglyphs:


Congratulations to newly accepted students and families!

Congratulations to newly accepted students and families! We look forward to welcoming you to our vibrant community.

In the meantime, we are eager for you to feel connected and informed about our program and school news. For that, we have the Waynflete Wire, a blog that provides an inside look at the student experience and community events. To learn more about our program, click the “Lower School” in the header above.

Anne Hopkins
Lower School Director