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: neyis@waynflete.org




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: