Outside The Classroom
Waynflete’s rigorous and thoughtful curriculum creates engaged citizens and caring participants in their community.
Within our small, supportive, and diverse classes, students learn to be deep listeners and effective leaders. They challenge themselves and each other to meet the current moment and they commit to making a difference. And then they go out into their community and do just that.
Whether on a school-sponsored trip to immerse themselves in the language and culture of another country or a school service project to help tend a community garden, Waynflete students are learning what the wider world can offer—and what they can offer the world.
Upper School students begin each school year with our signature four-day experiential learning program, Outdoor Experience. Students spend the week in small groups on either a Maine wilderness expedition or an urban service project. Whether they summit a pristine mountain peak or pitch in at a local soup kitchen, they learn so much about each other and themselves.
Waynflete students are well known for demonstrating a strong sense of civic responsibility and finding constructive ways to help their communities. As part of our commitment to creating “caring participants in the world,” Waynflete students participate in regular service projects with their advising group and juniors and seniors must fulfill an additional community service requirement each year.
The Perspective Project
If students could speak directly with local and world leaders, what would they want to know about the critical issues facing our world? The Waynflete Perspective Project, a student-led initiative, seeks those answers. Upper School students hold fascinating discussions with White House officials, state and national policy leaders, LGBTQ+ advocates, military officers, U. S. Senators, best-selling authors, humanitarians, environmentalists, and more.
Waynflete students are keenly aware of the challenges their generation will face around the world and eager to contribute thoughtful solutions. The Waynflete Model U.N. team engages with big issues to gain a better understanding of the government and organizational mechanisms available to address them—and offers lively debate and constructive connections with other high school students in Maine.
Waynflete Dialogue Project
The way we articulate our disagreements can bridge those differences or further divide us. Are we trying to understand? Or trying to persuade? Waynflete Upper School students actively practice productive dialogue throughout the school year across a range of challenging topics, learning to be open-minded and deep listeners, to share their own perspectives in a productive way, and to facilitate discussion among others—a skill they hone during the New England Identity Summit each spring.
New England Youth Identity Summit
NEYIS connects students and educators across New England in order to challenge ideas and perspectives and create meaningful change. As Waynflete is one of the founders of this incredible gathering, Upper School students have the opportunity to lead panel discussions, suggest and attend workshops, and meet other students from the region that share their commitment to community during this can’t-miss event.
As an SStS coalition school, Waynflete can offer Upper School students a life-changing opportunity to learn the principles of ethical leadership from inspiring nonprofit leaders during field studies in the U.S. and across the globe. Waynflete students have worked on food insecurity in Kenya and Peru, explored educational initiatives in Lakota communities in South Dakota and remote villages in Nepal, and more.
Upper School Activities
ACE (Active Community Engagement) - Jim Millard - Emery 12
The world needs students who are prepared to act and become involved in community work – in local organizations and on campus. This student-led group sponsors a breakfast shift at Preble St. on Saturdays once a month and helps out with Furniture Friends, bake sales, and cookouts for local service organizations. We will support specific projects students want to start and invite guest speakers to share how they are working to make Portland and the world a better place. The name of his activity might change but the activity will stay the same.
Bring Change To Mind (formerly HOPE Club) - Kate Corbett - Emery Kitchen E-24
The Bring Change to Mind (BC2M) club is on a mission to normalize conversations about mental health. We want to build awareness, understanding, and empathy in order to reduce stigma and discrimination. We hope to grow our culture of compassion here at school, by educating ourselves and supporting one another. We plan to host fun awareness events and activities throughout the year to keep the conversation going! Everybody has mental health, and anyone can join BC2M, no matter your knowledge or experience with mental health advocacy.
Coding Club - Jim Deterding - Library
Current Events - Nikki Dresser - E-31 - not running this year
The current events activity is your chance to discuss the social, political and economic issues of the day with your peers. We choose topics to discuss, gather critical facts, and explore many sides of the issues. We also consider the sources of the information, the influence of social media, and the reality of current news reporting on our views and understanding of local, national, and world events.
Debate and Public Speaking Team - Sarah Getchell - E-34
Welcome to the (new!) Debate and Public Speaking Team! This club is ideal for anyone who wants to improve their public speaking skills, enjoys arguing and wants to win more debates, or who wishes to participate in a competitive activity (competitions are optional) that is not a sport! Competitions will include traditional debate formats (e.g., Oregon and Parliamentary) and a wide array of public speaking events (e.g., persuasive, after dinner, impromptu, extemporaneous speaking, and interpretive reading). We will participate in Maine Forensics Association tournaments and events throughout New England hosted by the Debating Association of New England Independent Schools. We will also compete in international competitions if students are interested. Be more eloquent in class discussion! Become a more compelling writer and public speaker! Have fun with your peers and coach! Develop nuanced arguments about current events! No experience is necessary; this club is open to all.
Drawing Club - Emily Graham - Library
If you like drawing and fun then this is the right activity for you. We will facilitate silly drawing games, creative prompts, and also give time to just go wild and show your talents. Available online and in-person, this activity is for all skill levels and welcomes anyone who’s interested. We hope to see you soon!
Esports - Page Lennig (online after school - not during activity block)
Waynflete competed in its first esports season last year – we fielded two Rocket League teams. We have the opportunity to compete again not just in Rocket League but potentially in 5 other games — Super Smash Brothers, League of Legends, Madden 21, FIFA 21, Splatoon, and Smite. If you are interested in playing some esports this fall, let Page know. You need to be available after school for 4pm matches.
Finance Club - Steve Withers - E-23
This club will help you to learn more about the world of finance. We will explore investing through the Stock Market Game and discuss national and global economic issues. Docuseries, documentaries, articles, and films picked by members will help enrich our perspectives on particular topics. There will be opportunities to participate in a number of competitions: Life$marts, Titan Challenge, etc. No prior experience or knowledge is necessary, as long as you are interested.
GLTR- Girls Leadership Training - Lindsay Kaplan - E-36
Waynflete Girls’ Leadership Training (GLTR) is an activity in which we discuss the challenges that those identifying as women face in today’s society. GLTR is a place in which we will educate ourselves on current events and legislation both on a national and local scale regarding women’s rights. In addition, we plan to hold discussions about how these events impact our everyday lives and how we can work both as individuals and as a group to combat some of these issues. This year, one of the many goals of GLTR is to become more involved in the broader community, and to emphasize how the intersectionality of women’s experiences must be at the core of all feminist work.
Jewish Education and Culture Club (JECC) - Stacey Sevelowitz - Hurd 22
Have you ever wanted to learn about Judaism? Jewish Education and Culture Club is a new activity run by Tobias odish and Avi Israel. In JECC we will share and explain Jewish culture, traditions, food, and experiences. The roots of Anti-Semitism, as well as how to spot and combat it will also be explored. This activity is open to people of ALL religious affiliations and backgrounds. Our aim is to grow understanding of the Jewish community at Waynflete and around the world. We hope to see you there!
Junior Classical League - Alexandra Vining - E-32
Interested in learning more about Rome and ancient history? Want to compete against friends on various trivia topics, including Roman mythology, archaeology, and culture? Come to a meeting of the Waynflete chapter of the Junior Classical League (JCL). Our meetings typically practice “certamen,” or Classics trivia bowl, in preparation for competition in the spring. In addition to certamen practices, we also work on other projects related to attending the Maine JCL convention, including art projects for submission to the themed art competition, preparation of a Waynflete JCL “cheer” and many more. Prior experience in Latin not required. Open to all who are interested in learning more about Roman history and culture in a fun environment.
Mahjong Club - Heather Courtice Hart & Whitney Zou - Morrill 31
Ever wanted to learn how to play Mahjong (you know, the game featured in the recent movie “Crazy Rich Asians”)? Here is your chance! Mahjong is a tile-based game that was developed in China during the Qing dynasty and has spread throughout the world since the early 20th century. It is commonly played by four players and is a game of skill, strategy, and calculation, as well as a degree of chance. No experience or Chinese language is necessary.
Mathletes - Tom Campbell - E-27
We will be a team that competes in the local “Pi Cone South” Math League, as well as state-wide. Math meets are held approximately every 4 weeks until April. We will “practice” during one Activity period a week and have an afternoon/evening practice within the week before each meet to focus on the materials of that meet. There will also be laughter, pizza and team problem-solving.
Poetry Out Loud - Tiki Fuhro - This activity meets during lunch on Fridays
This is a national competition in poetry recitation and performance.Traditionally, Waynflete has entered this contest by providing competitive opportunities in 9th grade English classes. This year, we will offer this exciting learning experience in an US activity open to all grade levels. Together we will examine the website, choose performance poems, learn to understand and perform chosen poems and ready ourselves for competition. Guest actors and theatre directors will help us with our performance techniques!
Portland Youth Initiative - John Holdridge - Student Center
Portland Youth Initiative is interested in the tangible effects of local political action. We believe that students at Waynflete should be provided with a resource to become informed and engaged in the local issues that affect our everyday lives. Our club recognizes that real political movements begin and end in our own communities, so the goal of the Portland Youth Initiative is to facilitate conversation between the Waynflete student body and a wide variety of politicians and leaders who are engaged in the work of determining what Portland should and will be in the 21st century. PYI offers an opportunity to both learn more about Portland politics and an opportunity to get involved first hand. Whether you’re interested in the workings of local politics or looking for an opportunity to fill in community service hours, we’d love to have you!
PRIDE - Otis Wortley - E-25
PRIDE, Promoting Respect Integrity Diversity & Equality creates a safe space for students to come together to discuss gender, sexuality, and a host of LGBTQIA+ issues. PRIDE is also a great place for LGBT+ people at Waynflete to meet and get to know one another! Throughout the year, we plan community-wide events to raise awareness and foster inclusivity.
RAaW - Racial Awareness at Waynflete - John Radway and Nicole Bradeen - E-33
RAaW is a secure space for deep conversations about race at Waynflete and in the world. RAaW is not an affinity group; our focus is on awareness, allyship, and action. We will explore lived experience, current events, activism, history, and power structures. We may talk about systemic racism, anti-Blackness, BIPOC identity, joy, allyship, intersectionality, or anything else that comes up. RAaW is student-driven in its mission and its structure — your voice matters! There is no cap on enrollment.
Robotics - Neil Rice - E-20
Do you like to work with your hands? In Robotics Club we build robots and pit them against other Maine schools in VEX robotics competitions! Do you want to learn some computer programming? Write your first code in Robotics club! Do you want to build your own automated gizmos? Grab an Arduino board and get going! Fun, cool, and we get to learn some interesting stuff. No experience necessary. Check us out!
Sports Squad - Ross Burdick - Student Center
Do you need community service credit? Do you like sports? Come and be a part of Sports Squad. Students in the Sports Squad activity will help the athletic department in many different ways. We need lots of game day help such as filming, live streaming, keeping the book, keeping the clock for middle school games, working at the snack shack. We also need ball people for running sidelines at soccer games. You may also be asked to help with misc. athletic dept. tasks such as rosters or uniform inventory. You also get a cool shirt.
Student Government - Cathie Connors - E-15
Student Government representatives are elected by the student body in each grade level during class elections held at the start of the school year. The group meets in Cathie’s office to discuss the emerging issues in Upper School life, helps organize and run assemblies and special speakers, and plans US events that contribute to the life of the community here at Waynflete such as Spirit Week and the Prom. They are responsible for taking up issues of concern/discussion between students, faculty, and other school divisions and are often involved in interviewing new faculty candidates.
Third Thought Initiatives for Civic Engagement - John Holdridge - Student Center
With financial support from an E.E Ford Leadership Grant, Third Thought Initiatives for Civic Engagement supports Waynflete and other high school youth as they become active and caring participants in the world with the capacity to take on leadership roles in our communities. Participants in the Third Thought activity will play an important role in designing and producing the annual New England Youth Identity Summit (NEYIS) as well as helping to set a foundation for student-driven Public Purpose Projects and other action-oriented initiatives for civic engagement.
WEAG - Waynflete Environmental Action Group - Geoff Wagg - Geoff’s office
Are you ready to start the new Green Revolution? Come Join the Waynflete Environmental Action Group (WEAG) in our efforts to make Waynflete a greener place. We already have several activities planned for this year and are ready to hit the ground running. We are ready to share our ideas as well as take the input from group members into how we can make our community a more environmentally conscious one. We hope to focus on working hand in hand with the administration as well as planning several activities for the school. We are planning on creating a large clothing swap and exciting assemblies with games and prizes to encourage our community to take part in stewardship. Come join us and be prepared to discuss environmental conservation in and its effects in and out of school. Let’s leave this world better than we found it!
Waynflete Hype Club - Cathy Douglas - E-26
Are you ready to GOOOOOOOO!
Do you find yourself cheering and encouraging others at all times of the day?
Does your voice carry farther than anyone ever expects?
Then come join the Frolicking Flyers and let’s raise the ROOF!
This activity involves brainstorming and implementing fun/active/enthusiastic activities at lunchtime several times a month. WE can plan fall, winter and spring festivals AND we can actively encourage others to get up and DANCE!
West End Mentoring Program - David Vaughan - E-00
The mentoring programs are a long-standing tradition at Waynflete. Each participant is paired with a Reiche School buddy in the 3rd-5th grade. Mentors go to Reiche once a week, generally after school on Wednesday afternoons, and spend a lunch/recess time with their buddy. In addition, participants spend one afternoon after school each week from November to April participating in activities such as making tie-dye T-shirts, rock-climbing, bowling, ice skating, community service, group games, and a final banquet. While this program requires a substantive commitment of time, it can be a life-changing experience for both mentors and mentees.
1) Students must be vaccinated and enrolled in pool testing to be able to go to Reiche and work with Reiche School students.
2) The program is open to athletes as coaches and mentor program staff work closely together to accommodate both schedules.
3). The after school sessions will either be on Mondays from 3:00–5:30 or Thursdays at the same time.
Yearbook - Katrina St. John and Leslie Murray - E-11
Design and create the 2021-22 Waynflete School yearbook. This group takes photos, designs layouts, and creates the pages of the yearbook. No experience is necessary – all skills will be taught (and it’s easy!). You will be responsible for the content and design of the yearbook and will learn some graphic design skills in the process. Commitment and strong organizational skills are required as meeting deadlines is very important in yearbook production. Continuation of the yearbook activity can lead to becoming the editor, which is a great leadership role! You will need to have access to a computer.
“Every component of Waynflete’s Upper School program is carefully thought-out to prepare students for success after graduation. We offer a challenging, college-preparatory curriculum that is rooted in a holistic, supportive, student-centered educational experience.”
Waynflete Upper School Director