Four days out of the week, the Waring community meets together for 35 minutes in the Polygon. After sharing announcements and recognizing recent achievements, we enjoy a focused time during which we may discuss global and community issues, or listen to presentations by faculty, students or guest speakers. Sometimes we compete together in trivia games, or enjoy a sampling of someone’s favorite project, be it musical or visual. Alumni and parents periodically attend All-School Meeting.
All-School Meeting has been an important part of the program since the School’s founding, when students and teachers gathered in the original Grande Salle in Rockport. We continue this tradition today because All-School Meeting helps to foster a sense of community. We share experiences and develop a common vocabulary. Students, faculty, and guests now gather in the Polygon of the Forum to listen to announcements, participate in a discussions, and read journal pieces. When faculty, students or graduates give a presentation about a particular passion, they model what it means to be a lifelong learner. At All-School Meeting, we all come together as learners: a 6th grade student is not just learning from but speaking to and teaching the rest of the community. Thus, at All-School Meeting, all voices in the community are honored and validated.