Ninth graders compete in Poetry Out Loud

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”

Sam Carner ’97 visits Waynflete actors

Waynflete alumnus Sam Carner ’97 visited Waynflete on Monday, November 27. Sam is a successful writer for musical theatre and currently resides in New York City with his wife. He and his writing partner have won the prestigious Kleban award and the coveted Richard Rodgers Award for most promising new musical theatre writers under 40. Sam spoke to the acting class, cast members of THE DROWSY CHAPERONE and other upper school students with a particular interest in performing arts.  He shared samples of his work, his creative process, discussed his collaboration with his professional writing partner and spoke extensively about creating career pathways in the performing arts. Students had great questions for him regarding his creative work and his life in theatre. In addition Sam and Chris Beaven had a chance to reminisce about his early exposure to learning music and writing songs at Waynflete, as early as a second grade! It was a wonderful afternoon! Check out Sam’s wonderful website below:

Exams 2017: Everything You Need to Know!

During the week of exams (Thursday, December 14 – Wednesday, December 20), students are only required to be in school during their exam periods. They may be on campus when they do not have exams if they choose. Please make plans with your child regarding your expectations for where s/he should be when not taking an exam. If your child will be absent from an exam, please follow the usual procedure for reporting an absence.

Click here for easily downloadable and printable schedule.

For make-up exams or exam conflicts, students should contact Peter Hamblin at or at extension 1230.

Please note: Weather could alter the exam schedule so that rescheduled exams could run as late as 12:30 on Wednesday, 12/20. Please do not plan to travel before then.

In case even the thought of mid-term exams is casting a long shadow over your household, here are links to two ideas about how to manage stress productively. The first is a TED talk by health psychologist Kelly McGonical entitled, How to Make Stress Your Friend. The second is an article by Gavi King ’15, whose article,  Relax, Silly: Advice for Exam Week, which first appeared in the Waynflete Flyer in the spring of 2014.  Each offers wise counsel.