Panelists and students explore the complex nature of the immigration experience

Decades ago, Waynflete came to realize the power of learning in community. From longer ago than anyone currently teaching at the school can remember, discussion has been a preferred pedagogical method. A well-orchestrated discussion facilitates the powerful learning that come from listening carefully to different perspectives. About five years ago, we began to hear from alums that while they had grown accustomed to having productive conversations about even the most charged topics while in high school, they were often finding the climate in their colleges to be hostile to such endeavors. We realized that our students needed more from their high school experience than opportunities to be in dialogue. They also needed to be taught the skills.

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Great book ideas for the holiday season

Waynflete librarians Emily Graham and Laurel Daly have put together a selection of books that will inspire a love of reading!


Early Childhood, Kindergarten, Grades 1-2

  • Just Ask! Be Different, Be Brave, Be You by Sonia Sotomayor
  • A Stone Sat Still by Brendan Wenzel
  • I Am Love: A Book of Compassion by Susan Verde and Peter H. Reynolds
  • Jerome by Heart by Thomas Scotto
  • Baby Monkey, Private Eye by Brian Selznick and David Serlin

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24-hour playwriting festival

For the fourth year in a row, Upper School theatre students hosted a celebration of instant and spontaneous creativity in the Franklin Theatre.

At 4:00 p.m. last Friday, playwriting prompts created by Waynflete students went out by email to students from Deering, Morse, Kennebunk, and Scarborough High Schools. The task: write a short play overnight to stand on its feet with actors and audience the very next day! Thirteen plays emerged. All had the same prop (a single sock), the same location (an airport), and the same line of dialogue (“That’s how they do it in Maine”).

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