The Spirit of MLK, 2018

Over the past two weeks, students in the Upper School experienced the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in very tangible ways. The celebration began with the our annual Spirit of MLK award, which was conferred on Upper and Middle School students who were recognized in an essay contest.

Isaaq Bashir’s (‘19) winning essay is linked here.

Grace Devine’s (‘19)  winning essay is linked here.

Owen Hoffsten’s (‘18) winning essay is linked here.

The award recipients attended the MLK Jr. dinner hosted by the Portland chapter of the NAACP. Waynflete’s Atia Werah (‘18) was the dinner’s emcee. More information about that event is linked here.

On Tuesday, the 23rd, Waynflete alum Bay Love (‘00) was interviewed by two seniors, Atia Werah and Nick Jenkins, on stage at assembly about his work promoting racial equity.

A video of the full assembly is linked here.

More information about Bay, the Racial Equity Institute for which he works, and the assembly itself is linked here.

An assortment of faculty and student reflections on the assembly is linked here.

A school-wide conversation about race and racism followed Tuesday’s assembly in homerooms immediately following the assembly. Then, at Thursday’s assembly, a group of students delivered a powerful message to their peers and teachers, in essence, challenging our community to live up to our mission-based commitment ensuring that Waynflete is a community to which we all belong. It was a fitting reminder of the work that remains if we as a society and as a school are to live out the true meaning of Dr. King’s vision.

Each school at the right time

At fifteen years old, I have to say, I have had a very interesting school life. My parents decided to change the country where they had lived for their entire lives to give me a bigger perspective on different traditions and cultures. When we were in Italy, I attended the Waldorf kindergarten; afterwards, when we moved to America, my parents thought that it was a good idea for me to keep attending the Waldorf school. This was because everything else in my life had changed: my home had changed, my family stayed in Italy, my environment was different, and what I found to be very challenging was that my language had changed, as I did not speak one word of english. Continue reading “Each school at the right time”

A Glimpse of GLTR

Some people are unaware of the girls’ activity in which we strive for equal rights: GLTR (Girls’ Leadership Training) We recently joined this group to broaden our perspective of women’s rights and the inequalities women face. This group has been so informative, even in the past couple of weeks, that we have been able to experience the diverse perspectives of the girls at Waynflete. Each of us have our own unique perspective on the new “constitution” and its difficulties. In a meeting last week, we as a group discussed the process of how a bill gets passed. We were never old enough to understand the ins and outs of politics, but now are learning about the internal processes. The lengthy process of passing a bill includes left us personally in shock of how much veto power one segment of the government has. Continue reading “A Glimpse of GLTR”


This semester, in the Advanced Spanish Elective Actualidades (“Current Events”), we have been reading, discussing, and sometimes debating topics we have read on international news sites from around the Spanish-speaking world. Roundtable discussions in the target language, student-led discussions, and moments of advanced grammar instruction (when they arise) are daily happenings in the class.

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