Waynflete Asks “Can We?”

During the last round of class meetings, Associate Director for Student Life Jimmy Manyuru and I invited Waynflete juniors and seniors to apply for an opportunity to take on perhaps the most pressing challenge of our time—civic dysfunction.

While our nation faces many urgent challenges right now—including promoting economic opportunity, environmental sustainability, and social justice while avoiding nuclear war—none arguably is as urgent as the need to strengthen our democratic institutions so that we can as a society meet those pressing challenges thoughtfully, effectively, and fairly for the benefit of all.

For the past eight months, a planning team that includes Jimmy, Assistant Head of School Lydia Maier, and me has been developing a cross-community response to this challenge. At the root of the dysfunction are the deep divisions among US citizens along lines of identity and viewpoint, paralyzing divisions that have raised an essential question on which our future as a society depends:

Can we harness the wisdom and power inherent in the great diversity of the American people to revitalize our democracy, mend the social fabric, and live out the true meaning of our nation’s promise of liberty and justice for all?

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A Glimpse of GLTR

Some people are unaware of the girls’ activity in which we strive for equal rights: GLTR (Girls’ Leadership Training) We recently joined this group to broaden our perspective of women’s rights and the inequalities women face. This group has been so informative, even in the past couple of weeks, that we have been able to experience the diverse perspectives of the girls at Waynflete. Each of us have our own unique perspective on the new “constitution” and its difficulties. In a meeting last week, we as a group discussed the process of how a bill gets passed. We were never old enough to understand the ins and outs of politics, but now are learning about the internal processes. The lengthy process of passing a bill includes left us personally in shock of how much veto power one segment of the government has. Continue reading “A Glimpse of GLTR”


Winter play coming soon!

The winter musical is on its way! Director and Musical Director Katy Cavanaugh, Choreographer Susan Nelson and the cast of The Drowsy Chaperone have been hard at work for weeks putting this ambitious show together. Our stage and costume crew are about to join the party as work ramps up on building an ambitious set and preparing glamorous costumes. How does a shabby New York apartment become a elegant mansion? How do we fly an entire tap dancing wedding party on an airplane to the tropics? You will find out soon! Continue reading “Winter play coming soon!”


A Frigid Morning at Preble Street!

Olya Gregg ’20, Eliza Gervais ’20, Assistant Head for Student Life Lydia Maier ’90, Ian McClure-Chute ’20, Amelia Bertaska ’18 and Laura Baginski ’18 (crouching) pose outside the walk-in refrigerator at Preble Street this past Saturday. It was much colder outside than in the fridge!


This Week in US – 1/8/18

Tuesday, January 9
10:55 – Announcement assembly

7:00PM – Theater – JUNIORS – John and Breda are expecting you and your parents to join them in Franklin Theater at 7:00pm for their “kickoff” event for college counseling.

Thursday, January 11

Class meetings

11:25 – Freshmen and Sophomores – Theater – presentation by CITY Term

11:00 – 12:00 – Juniors – BRING YOUR LUNCH – STUDENT CENTER

NOTE TO JUNIORS from Breda and John:
A Panel Discussion & Q&A on The College Search
Class meeting today will run the full hour, so please arrive with your lunch at the Student Center at 11:00am  (Pre-order your lunch!)
Four Waynflete graduates  – Class of 2017, 2016, 2015, and 2014 – will discuss the evolution of their college process from January of junior year to now.  It should be a very interesting hour.

11:25 – Seniors – Wendy’s Lab – Important senior business will be covered