The “Poetry Out Loud” national recitation contest was created by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. The contest is administered in partnership with arts agencies in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. Waynflete’s English Department has taken part in Poetry Out Loud for 12 years.
Ninth-grader Blythe Thompson won this school round. She will continue to the regionals for the next round of competition.
Waynflete sixth-graders gathered last week to celebrate Saturnalia, an ancient Roman holiday that celebrated the return of Saturn, the god of the harvest.
Students made ancient Roman pendants out of clay, inscribing them with their initials and favorite numbers (using Roman numerals, of course). They learned about Roman food, making their own Roman recipes and “tea-ifying” them to make them look ancient. Finally, the entire sixth grade gathered in the new Lower School Innovation Lab dressed in togae—borrowed bedsheets, not the 30-foot long variety favored by Romans.
Students from Waynflete, Kennebunk High School, Scarborough High School, Morse High School, Portland High School, and Deering High School spent Sunday in Franklin Theater writing and staging plays during the 24-Hour Theatre Fest. Thirty participants and eleven playwrights!