It was a big week for Waynflete students in grades 7–12! After careful consideration, and in line with CDC guidelines, we increased the percentage of students attending classes in person from 50 to 75 percent. (Students in preschool–grade 6 have all been on campus throughout the school year.)
It was wonderful to see more faces on campus—and they brought beautiful weather with them. Looking forward to 100 percent in September!
Waynflete hosted its third annual Chamber Music Festival on Sunday, March 7. This event was a big milestone for the school—the performance by the Upper School Chamber Ensemble was the the first live musical performance in Franklin Theater since January 2020!
Congratulations to organizer Andy Happel as well as all those who participated.
The Middle School recognized and celebrated Black History Month in February with the first-ever Black Heroes Project. After a presentation from Middle School Director Divya Muralidhara about two of her heroes (Jacqueline Woodson and John Lewis), students and faculty were invited to submit brief testimonies about their Black heroes. They shared over 85 heroes with the community at their last assembly in February. Grade 7 students Rodas and Tessy introduced the assembly and encouraged the community to see this presentation as one of many steps in honoring Black history every day.
Visual Arts Chair Jona Rice is shown above installing the entire presentation in the Arts Center.
With support from the Winter Break Community Engagement Fund (established by the McKeen Center for the Common Good), Bowdoin senior Mohamed Kilani has been interning at Waynflete over the past few weeks.
Mo is pursuing a double major in Hispanic studies and education and has been assisting Waynflete Spanish teachers in their online and in-person classes. A former art educator at Chewonki, Mo is also serving as Waynflete’s artist-in-residence at the school’s remote hub location at One Canal Plaza. After seeking input from hub students, Mo created a mural with four hands spelling out the word “love.”
Read an article on Mo from Bowdoin.edu
Meet Mo in a Zoom call hosted by Waynflete’s Boni Kabongo
On February 11, Head of School Geoff Wagg gave a virtual State of the School address to the Waynflete community from the Klingenstein Library in the Lower School. Geoff reviewed the past year, outlined the elements that will help shape the future, and discussed the issues we must grapple with in preparation for the next academic year.
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