Waynflete set to host annual Girls Rock! conference

Waynflete is thrilled to once again be hosting the Hardy Girls Healthy Women annual “Girls* Rock!” conference on March 27.

Hardy Girls Healthy Women takes girls seriously through year-round, state-wide programs that put the power in their hands to challenge a society that ignores their brilliance. They dare adult allies to join them in standing with girls.

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Tips for reducing stress and increasing focus

Middle School Seminar teacher Kate Ziminsky uses restorative yoga poses and yin postures to help students reduce stress, calm nervous systems, and promote a peaceful sleep cycle.

Kate uses a stress relief and calming yoga video at times during Seminar, sometimes accompanied by gentle musical sounds from nature (ocean waves or babbling brooks) and a stretching sequence where students are supported with comfortable pillows and warmth. Parents can try using this sequence with their children at home before sleep.

Kate chooses movements during Seminar that are based on the energetic need for the curriculum of the week.  Certain poses increase focus and get kids energized while other poses and movements promote calm and restoration of previously charged/agitated nervous systems.  The class also uses the one-word workout library from Nalini Kids.

Chinese New Year

The tradition continues! After completing in-depth studies about the Chinese Spring Festival, traditional customs, food, greetings, and the zodiac calendar, middle schoolers presented their findings in Assembly—including a dragon dance in celebration of Chinese New Year.

“I Have a Dream”

Eighth graders are currently engaged in a year-long theater class. During the first semester, theater arts teacher Tiki Fuhro has collaborated with her Middle School colleagues to enrich student learning in history and English. They have performed the short story The Bear Who Wasn’t—a parable on identity—for Lower School classes. They also worked on Martin Luther King’s Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech in conjunction with their current study of the Civil Rights Movement.

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