WCDS News

Happy Birthday to Us!

Dear Friends of WCDS: Happy Birthday to us! Wakefield is turning a half-century old and today we launch our 50th Anniversary Campaign to fund the future of our beloved school for the next 50 years! Without the generosity of our donors, we wouldn’t be able to provide the excellent education at the incredible value that …

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Harry Potter Bakesale

At a young age, students learn the importance of giving back and how to be impactful within our local and greater community at large through service projects. Teachers weave community service projects into the daily curriculum, such as the recent Harry Potter Bakesale conducted in Mrs. McCormick’s second-grade class. Each quarter, the second-grade service club …

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A Gem in Our Midst

A Gem in Our Midst In countless ways, the pandemic has impacted the lives of everyone — students perhaps most of all. A little more than a year ago, parents never imagined most children would be thrust into attending school either partially or full-time on a computer. This learning model continued for much of the …

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It’s for the cats!

The holidays are a favorite time of year for our students to get involved in the community and give back. For a community service project, first graders did chores to earn money and bought items for RappCats, a cat shelter in Flint Hill. They gathered many supplies such as dry food, canned food, toys, and …

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Virginia Junior Classical League Convention 2021

On November 14th, 33 students attended the Virginia Junior Classical League Convention in Richmond VA. The hybrid event brought together nearly 1,000 Latin students who competed on a variety of contests, including academic tests as well as oral events such as storytelling and recitation.  As usual, WCDS students shone, second only to Thomas Jefferson High …

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Turkey Trot 5K

Many families, Alum and Faculty, and Staff ran in this year’s WCDS Turkey Trot 5k, and it was a blast! Thank you to those who came out to support a good cause, WCDS Athletics and a big thank you to Taylor Stynes and Rebekka Korte for putting this event on, as well as the pie …

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Performing on the “Big Stage” for the First Time…

Preschool, Prekindergarten, and Kindergarten students dressed in full Halloween attire for the traditional early education fall performance! For many students, this was their first time on the big main stage at Wakefield, and they were outstanding! Throughout the week leading up to the big day, students practiced on the main stage to get comfortable with …

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RappTrails T-Shirt Contest Winners

Each year RappTrails hosts a t-shirt design contest for students in Rappahannock County, where the winning design is featured on the event t-shirt for the Annual Community Walk and Ride. Students are invited to create a piece of artwork that shows what they love about walking and biking in our beautiful county. This contest is …

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Scholastic Bowl

The Scholastic Bowl A deluge of rain poured down on Monday, but it paled in comparison to the deluge of correct answers given by our Scholastic Bowl team during its inaugural scrimmage this week. The event, held at Rappahannock County High School, paired the WCDS team against Luray High School. Led by our stalwart team …

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WCDS Welcomes the World!

Gutentag! Hola! Ciao! XieXie! Hello! Wakefield Country Day School is known for welcoming students from several surrounding counties, including Rappahannock, Fauquier, Prince William, Culpeper and Warren. This year, WCDS also welcomes a dozen high school students from Germany, Italy, China and Spain — as well as DC and NYC! Several of these students will complete …

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Athens Returns!

Athens Returns! In Mrs. Fairhurst’s 3rd-grade class, WCDS students continue their study of Ancient Civilizations. Students begin the school year studying Ancient Greece, including the beginning of Democracy, the great philosophers, and the conflicts of Athens and Sparta (later in the year, everyone in the class will be assigned to team Spartan or team Athenian …

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Prost, WCDS!

Prost, WCDS! You know it was a good time when a first-grade student had the opportunity to dunk the Head of School. “Next year, it will be far more expensive to dunk me!” commented Mr. Paul Larner. Over 450 guests from surrounding counties attended Wakefield Country Day School’s 2nd Oktoberfest. Some came for the band, …

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Congratulations, Lincoln Day ’22

WCDS is pleased to announce senior Lincoln Day ’22 has been named a “Commended Student” in the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program. Lincoln is being recognized for his exceptional academic promise. He placed among the top 50,000 students who entered the 2022 competition by taking the 2020 PSAT qualifying test. Congratulations, Lincoln!

WCDS Launches Polo Program

Wakefield Country Day School (WCDS) is pleased to announce plans to establish a WCDS Polo Team in conjunction with Liberty Hall Equestrian Center in Rixeyville VA. The program will be led by Daniel and Sarah Coleman of Liberty Hall. Dan is a former member of the US Polo Association Board (USPA) of Governors, a professional …

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Making Waves in the Comic Book Industry: An Interview with Damian and Adrian Wassel of Vault Comics

It wasn’t too long ago when Adrian Wassel ‘10 attended Wakefield Country Day School, where his older brother, Damien Wassel F’07-’10 taught in between his Master’s and Doctorate programs. Time stops for no one, and these brothers have made the most of the last decade. Read on to learn how two brothers from Fauquier County …

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WCDS Welcomes New Faculty

Please join us in welcoming our new faculty members for the 2021-2022 school year beginning in August. Each brings a wealth of teaching experience and energy to their new roles at WCDS and we are excited to have them on board!

Welby Griffin Keeps International Travel Alive through Students’ Stomachs

Welby Griffin Keeps International Travel Alive through Students’ Stomachs International travel is an integral part of the Wakefield Country Day School experience. From trips to historical sites during lower school years to European excursions in middle and upper school, WCDS students graduate with the global perspective necessary to succeed in a 21st century world. Across our …

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Paul F. Larner to Continue to Lead Wakefield Country Day School in Huntly into 2022

Paul F. Larner to Continue to Lead Wakefield Country Day School in Huntly into 2022 Wakefield Country Day School’s (WCDS’) Board of Trustees announced that Paul F. Larner has agreed to stay on as Head of School for the 2021-2022 school year.  Mr. Larner, former Board Chair of WCDS, assumed the role of Interim Head …

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