The “Racial Awareness at Waynflete” group (RAaW) was created for students who are interested in examining the impact of race at Waynflete, in Portland, and around the world. Students meet for lunch and activities during the school year. The group also sponsors a movie night and Martin Luther King Jr. activities, and is also involved in the school’s New England Youth Identity Summit.
RAaW recently held its annual retreat where students deepened their understanding of race and got to know each other better.
The third annual New England Youth Identity Summit is just around the corner!
The theme of this year’s event:
Reshaping Communities: Finding the Courage to Talk to Each Other
We’ll kick things off the evening of Friday, April 6 with an event featuring dance, musical, and spoken-word performances. On Saturday, April 7, Waynflete will host a full-day program for high school students and educators featuring inspiring speakers, student-led workshops, and dialogue sessions intended to build bridges and create a vision for strong multicultural communities.
This year’s keynote speakers: former Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick and poet Ladan Osman.
Lila Reid, ’11 recently returned to Waynflete and conductined a workshop for the US dancers, Danceflete, on Dec. 12. This was a special opportunity for both our dancers and for Lila to reconnect and share ideas. Welcome back, Lila, to your school and familiar dance studio!
At 3:30 on Friday, December 8th three playwriting prompts were chosen by Waynflete theatre students and were sent out by email to eager student playwrights from four other schools. The 24 hour theatre festival had begun. Continue reading “24-Hour Theatre Fest”
UPDATE: Congratulations to schoolwide winner Grace Nowacki ’21 and runner up Kiely Callahan ’21. It was an intense competition at the all-school assembly, but the admirable crew of poetry enthusiasts kept their collective cool and read beautifully. A panel of special-guest judges visited campus and awarded top honors to Grace for her amazing performance. Bravo!
On November 16th and 17th, students across the ninth grade took part
in the preliminary round of Waynflete’s Poetry Out Loud competition. A
stunning round of poetry recitations shook Franklin Theater as six
English classes spent three periods performing poems that they had
chosen, studied, memorized, and made their own through months of hard work, guided practice, and one-on-one feedback from teachers and peers alike. Our students brought to life words by poets from Thomas Wyatt to Maya Angelou, sometimes making us laugh, sometimes bringing us close to tears, but always bringing their own voices, quirks, and insights into texts both recent and ancient. Continue reading “Ninth graders compete in Poetry Out Loud”