Lower School art – Day 1!

K-5 students began the year by creating Collages of Chance in art class. We discussed how making mistakes in art is ok, and how mistakes can lead to new images. We discussed Hans Arp (1886-1966), who was a poet, sculptor, and painter. One day, while working in his studio, Mr. Arp was frustrated with a drawing. In frustration, he tore it up and threw it on the floor. Upon returning, he realized the pieces formed a beautiful composition. Mr. Arp then experimented by tearing up pieces of paper and intentionally dropping them onto the floor. These were his Collages of Chance.

Convocation wind socks

Lower School students created “wind socks” for the Waynflete’s opening Convocation. Teacher Mary Rehak was inspired to use recycled materials to make art that reacts with the wind. (Ideas in connection with The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind).

Materials included recycled tin cans, maps, book pages, and plastic trash bags. Students responded to the following writing prompts: What are some big ideas you like to think about? What do you imagine making with those ideas? What helps you feel creative?



Congratulations Class of 2019!

It was a whirlwind week at Waynflete, but final events have come to a close and suddenly the hallways feel oddly quiet. We had two wonderful ceremonies for our graduating seniors—Baccalaureate and Commencement. Click below to see photos and poetry readings from the events.


Baccalaureate poetry
Amazement Awaits
Just Beyond Yourself
The Guest House

Commencement poetry
The Ones We Have Been Waiting For
A Billion Breaths (Caroline Routh ’19)

Patricia Davis Klingenstein ’47 receives inaugural Alumni Leadership Award

Patricia (Pat) Davis Klingenstein, Class of 1947, has been named the first recipient of the school’s Alumni Leadership Award in recognition of her work as an education advocate, devoted community leader, volunteer, and philanthropist. The award, which will henceforth be known as “The Klingenstein Award,” was conceived by Waynflete’s Board of Trustees as a way to celebrate alumni who live as responsible and caring participants in our world (key tenets of the school’s mission).

Pat and her family have long believed that independent schools play an important role in society by instilling in young people a sense of civic responsibility, leadership, and public service. In partnership with her late husband, Pat acted on this belief by helping envision, support, and sustain the transformational establishment of the Klingenstein Center at Teachers College in 1977, which has grown to include five programs serving early and mid-career educators, administrators, and heads of school each year. The Center has been widely credited with contributing to the professionalization of the field.

Pat’s lifetime love of libraries has impacted many institutions, including the New York Public Library (where she serves as a longtime trustee), Waynflete (where she invested generously in the construction of the Lower School’s new Klingenstein Library), and other institutions such as Smith College, the Barnesville School, and the New York Historical Society, whose library is named in her honor and where Pat is a long-serving trustee.

In Maine, Pat’s family foundation was instrumental in championing “From the First Tooth,” a pediatric oral health initiative for infants, toddlers, and preschool-aged children, and “The Partnership for Children’s Oral Health,” a broad coalition effort that aims to improve the oral health of all Maine children. In 2018, Pat and her husband made the largest gift of its kind to Mercy Hospital, in honor of her father, Dr. Harry Davis, a longtime chief of pediatrics at Mercy.