Stargazing, Love, and Peru

Anna Louise Wildes ’20 reflects on her Students Shoulder to Shoulder experience in Peru

I believe a good dosage of stargazing is healthy for the soul; it can really put into perspective how small human beings are, and remind us of the things that truly matter. After all, it’s not often enough that we’re humbled by mother nature’s displays. It was there, laying on the hay under the stars, surrounded by some of the most amazing friends I’ve ever made, (and supplemented by The Book Of Joy quotes, courtesy of Brian), that I realized it’s love that moves me. Not romantic kind of love; more like the deep fondness that expands into other things such as passion, curiosity, and compassion.

There’s love in everything I do, and it’s love that motivates me to do more. I realized I love being with kids, moreover people in general, and giving them the attention and nurturing they deserve. I realized I love nature and all it has to offer, and it ignites a curious spirit within me, encouraging exploration and appreciation. I love life itself, and I cannot wait for the people I’m going to meet, the places I’m going to see, and everything in between. I love the people I’ve met and that have touched me during this trip, and I’ll implement that love into each new endeavor I face. I’m beyond grateful for this experience and the love it has filled me with.

-Anna Louise (Peru 2018)


Rare opportunity for “Peter and the Starcatcher” cast

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.

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Convocation 2018

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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Family Rock: On Cell Phones, Security, and Special Places

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.

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Opening Remarks from Upper School Director Lowell W. Libby

Welcome back after so many miles hiked, biked, and paddled, services rendered, new connections made, old relationships deepened, and our collective appreciation for the natural environment heightened. It is a lot to ask of faculty to spend four days and three nights away from their lives be with you on these trips, but every leader I have spoken with so far has reported great things about being in your company such that the experience has fired them up about the school year. I certainly feel that way about my time with the 9th graders. That says a lot about you as a student body. So, when you see your trip leaders around campus – especially Blake who as OE coordinator has been breathing in for weeks now and is just now getting to exhale – thank them for all they do and then pat yourselves on your backs for a job well done. Continue reading “Opening Remarks from Upper School Director Lowell W. Libby”