On March 27, 2016 Alumna Caitie Whelan ’02 addressed Upper School students during Assembly. She shared the story of her non-linear path from Waynflete to her current role as Founder/Noter-in-Chief of The Lightning Notes, a short daily post to “help move the world forward.” It features ideas and stories to remind us that we matter and that improving the world is our matter.
Prior to The Lightning Notes, Caitie was a Senior Foreign Policy Advisor in Congress, co-founded a school in India for lower-caste musicians, and raised pigs in Italy. She is a graduate of Brown University where she co-launched their Social Innovation Initiative, and the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, where she co-founded and chaired the Salt Alumni Board. She is a Truman Scholar from the State of Maine.
The Poetry Out Loud competition is an annual national event in which Wayflete Upper School takes great pride in participating. Every year, ninth graders spend months practicing their poems. In January, classroom champs recite their poems at an assembly from which one is chosen to move on to regionals. This year’s winner was Ben Millspaugh who performed Gravelly Run by A.R. Ammons.
On a Thursday in November, the Waynflete Upper School celebrated its annual Fall Festival. From eleven o’clock until noon, students gathered at Waynhenge, where an obstacle course, cider, apple crisp, and fresh popcorn had been prepared by student government members. Students ranging from freshmen to seniors enjoyed music, food, and races in the brisk autumn air during this major seasonal event. A summary of the Festival was recorded and edited by Jesse Brooks.
Each year the entire school community of students, faculty, and staff gather together in the Sanctuary for the Convocation Ceremony, which is the official opening of school. Here is an edited video of the event.