Real World Performing Arts

“Real World Performing Arts” was piloted as a new class in Upper School this past semester. Mary Jane Pagenstecher and Tiki Fuhro co-taught this hands-on journey through performing arts for social change. Students explored dramatic literature through the ages, became familiar with a variety of protest songs, and were exposed to the work of dancers, musicians, and theatre artists who have used their art form as a platform for social change. Monologues were learned for performance, and students learned several techniques for making dances and understanding songwriting structures. Students also worked with a set of questions for analyzing performances so that (using non-judgmental language) they could be more articulate about what they found effective.

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Upper School students participate in “Poetry Out Loud”

The “Poetry Out Loud” national recitation contest was created by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. The contest is administered in partnership with arts agencies in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. Waynflete’s English Department has taken part in Poetry Out Loud for 12 years.

Ninth-grader Blythe Thompson won this school round. She will continue to the regionals for the next round of competition.

Sixth-graders celebrate Saturnalia

Waynflete sixth-graders gathered last week to celebrate Saturnalia, an ancient Roman holiday that celebrated the return of Saturn, the god of the harvest.

Students made ancient Roman pendants out of clay, inscribing them with their initials and favorite numbers (using Roman numerals, of course). They learned about Roman food, making their own Roman recipes and “tea-ifying” them to make them look ancient. Finally, the entire sixth grade gathered in the new Lower School Innovation Lab dressed in togae—borrowed bedsheets, not the 30-foot long variety favored by Romans.