Last week, K-1 traveled to the Cumberland County fair to visit the livestock and watch some demonstrations. Armed with a scavenger hunt list of things to spot, these youngsters had an up close encounter with a silky racer and his horse, played with baby goats, and picked out their favorite bunnies and chickens and baby pigs. Much to their dismay, they weren’t allowed to return with any new pets. They capped the visit off with a demonstration where they witnessed wool being spun into yarn. They were full of questions through the morning and returned to Waynflete in time for Pachanga, happy but exhausted.
Read students’ shared reflections on courage
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.
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5 Hallmarks of Gifted Education for Young Learners
By Anne Hopkins (Lower School Director) and Heather Tanguay (Grade 2-3 Learning Specialist)
Like all children, gifted students deserve a curriculum that meets their special needs.
Gifted students thrive in an educational environment that supports them at their intellectual level, regardless of their age. They benefit from faculty who are comfortable teaching in their most advanced subjects and who are not surprised if there are other areas where they may need support. They thrive in schools with a flexible curriculum that expands to follow the gifted child’s interests into deeper study of increasingly complex material. They also benefit from a school environment that provides emotional support and strategies for asynchronous academic and social/emotional development in all grades, from preschool to high school. Most of all, gifted students benefit from being celebrated for their whole selves, for their giftedness and ordinariness alike.
At Waynflete, we think all children can benefit from and deserve a “gifted” education.
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