Saturnalia was an ancient Roman holiday that occurred during the winter solstice. It celebrated the return of Saturn, god of the harvest. The streets of Rome would be filled with greetings of “Bona Saturnalia.” Gifts were exchanged, and much feasting ensued.

Waynflete sixth-graders learned about Roman food, made their own Roman recipes, then “tea-ifyed” them to make them look ancient. They made ancient Roman pendants out of clay, inscribing them with their initials and favorite numbers—using Roman numerals, of course! Finally, the entire sixth grade gathered in the Drama Room dressed in togae (borrowed bedsheets, not the 30-foot long variety favored by Romans). Students wore pendants and ate Roman food to celebrate Saturnalia.

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Save the date for the 2018 New England Youth Identity Summit!

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.

The Summit is open to:

  • Grade 8-12 students from any school
  • Waynflete parents and faculty

Registration link will be available in January. FMI:

Seventh Grade Volunteers at Head Start

Community service day!  The seventh grade volunteering at Head Start at Kennedy Park Child Development Center today. All of the homerooms were out at four different Cumberland county Head Start locations. This is the second of four times this year they volunteer. Head Start is a federal program that promotes the school readiness of children ages birth to five from low-income families by enhancing their cognitive, social, and emotional development.