The cast and crew of the fall play, Peter and the Starcatcher, were treated to a rare opportunity last Wednesday—the chance to hear from celebrated novelist Ridley Pearson, the co-author (with Dave Barry) of book series Peter and the Starcatchers. Mr. Pearson is a personal friend of Enrichment Director Tessa Anable, who helped make the connection for the benefit of the Upper School Theatre Program.
We are excited to be piloting new, complementary curricula in eighth grade English and history this year. We spent much of the summer working together to create courses that work in concert to explore themes of citizenship, civic engagement, and civil rights.
The central theme of the eighth-grade humanities experience is citizenship. Students will explore many different iterations of civic courage and community, from the local to the global, and investigate concepts including justice, activism, and intersectionality. Continue reading “Waynflete pilots complementary English/History middle school curriculum”
Comments by Head of School Geoff Wagg:
Welcome to the 2018-2019 Waynflete school year! On this day at our opening convocation, we take a moment to mark the beginning of the school year. This is one of the few moments when we gather as an entire community. Almost seven hundred people are here in this gym. Together, we have the opportunity to make this year incredibly positive for every member of our community.
Our convocation theme this year is courage. Courage is the ability to do something in the face of fear. Courage is a part of life; we all have moments when we must summon our courage. Take me standing in front of you at this very moment. I have been speaking in public for over two decades, and yet in the moments before I get up to speak, I feel this rush of fear. Yet just like in the movie “Inside Out,” my little “courage voice” takes control of the console and…here I am standing in front of you speaking.
For each of the past eight years, the ninth grade has gathered at Chewonki’s wilderness outpost on Fourth Debsconeag Lake, just southwest of Baxter Park. In its previous incarnation, the facility was a hunting and fishing camp called Pleasant Point. Pleasant Point Camps became a special place for my family through a series of visits there over a succession of summers and winters. While I was sad when the camp was sold in 2008, thus ending a happy phase of family life, I felt consolation in the assumption that because Chewonki had purchased it, Pleasant Point would come back into my life through Outdoor Experience.