The Westminster Parents’ Association (WPA) is excited to announce our giving challenge to all Westminster families. When you donate now to the 2014-15 Westminster Fund, we will match your gift!
You can double your dollars and double your impact, because the WPA will donate matching funds, up to $5,000. Tuition alone does not cover our operating budget, and Westminster relies on gifts to the Westminster Fund to raise the remaining amount needed to sustain the school’s commitment to providing each student with highest quality education possible. A high giving participation rate from our community is critical as outside foundations and corporations look at donating to Westminster. Every gift makes a difference, no matter the amount. Wildcats, together let’s reach 100% participation!
Westminster senior Brielle Smith won The Augusta Chronicle‘s 2015 Best and Brightest award on Thursday, May 14. She was one of 20 Augusta area high school students honored for academic achievement during the 13th annual Best and Brightest banquet. A total of 96 applicants applied this year, with judges narrowing that number down to five winners based on volunteer work, extracurricular activities, school grades and a five-minute in-person interview.
Smith has spent the majority of her high school career volunteering to help her fellow students, ultimately recreating Westminster’s peer tutoring program to help those struggling academically.
“I’ve always enjoyed tutoring others. It brings me joy to see others succeed in overcoming something they struggle with,” she said. “It’s very satisfying to me to truly put the work in to helping others. Everyone deserves the chance to be successful.”
Brielle plans to attend Johns Hopkins University, majoring in neuroscience and minoring in psychology.
Click here to read the article in The Augusta Chronicle.
The Augusta Exchange Club took time Thursday, May 14, to honor some outstanding CSRA students. The club hosted its annual Youth of the Year ceremony. Eight high school seniors were selected as finalists, based on grades, extracurricular activities, and involvement in the community.
“We do this so we can recognize our outstanding youth. And, every year, we recognize people here in Augusta and they go on to the regional [level], and then to the national [level],” said Preston Sizemore, who is the chairman of the Youth of the Year committee.
Congratulations go out to senior Palmer Brigham, of Westminster Schools of Augusta. She is the Youth of the Year and will move on to represent the CSRA at the district level.
“Augusta has been my home for so long and it’s been my joy to give back to this community,” Palmer told the audience in a ceremony at First Baptist Church of Augusta. “I hope to continue to do that.”
Click here to read the article from The Augusta Chronicle.
The SAT, ACT and PSAT can be daunting tests, and a little preparation can go a long way in making students more confident on test day. For the 2015-2016 school year, Westminster will continue to partner with Elease Saxon Layman to offer test preparation opportunities. Since our partnership began in 2011, Elease has worked with students from Westminster, Augusta Prep, Academy of Richmond County, Aquinas and other schools across the country and internationally. Four of her students have been named STAR students for their schools in Richmond County. Her average score increase with complete private SAT tutoring is 189 points (2400-point scale) and with complete private ACT tutoring is 2.6 points (36-point scale). Read more about Elease here.
Elease will offer two settings for tutoring: one-on-one programs conducted primarily via online video chat and in-person group classes held at Westminster. Students wishing to enroll in a one-on-one program are advised to register as soon as they know they would like to work with Elease, as her private tutoring programs fill quickly. The group classes are most effective when a student is motivated to improve, has an engaged classroom presence, and can commit to complete work outside of the classroom. Supplemental private tutoring is also available and encouraged for students enrolled in group classes.
To get more details and registration information, please refer to the below documents:
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Join Paul and Amy Owen this summer for Drama Camp and Beginning to Moderate Tap Dance!
During Drama Camp, campers will learn the basics of acting through dynamic theatre games, group activities, improv and pantomime. The week ends with a hilarious performance from the entire group. Don’t miss this fun-filled week!
Drama Camp: for rising third- through seventh-grade students, June 22-26 from 9 a.m.–noon, cost is $170
Learn the basic skills of tap dance in an exciting, hands-on environment. The fundamentals of movement, stretching and rhythm will all be covered. Come prepared to dance to musical styles, including jazz, contemporary and swing. This co-ed class requires no previous dance experience and concludes with a mini recital on the last day of camp.
Beginning to Moderate Tap Dance: for rising sixth grade to adult, June 22-26 from 12:30-3:30 p.m., cost is $170
Does your rising fourth- or fifth-grader love school or need a little extra summer boost? Join fourth-grade teacher Debbie Nye for Ignite. This is not your typical school day – students will “ignite” their love for reading, writing and math via fun projects, lessons and games.
Ignite: for rising fourth- and fifth-grade students, July 13-17, 9 a.m. to noon, cost is $150
Did you love seeing our boys’ soccer team win state again? Do you want to learn their skills? Coach Freace will be running a four-day soccer camp that focuses on individual instruction, technical training and small-sided games designed to improve each player’s abilities and confidence.
Soccer Camp: for rising first- through fifth-grade students, May 26-29 from 9 a.m. – noon, cost is $135
Put your hands and feet to work serving others as the hands and feet of Christ. Hands-on projects are used to teach campers about the needs of the community, nation and world. Campers will work toward meeting those needs.
Hands and Feet: for rising third- through sixth-grade students, June 22-26 from 9 a.m. to noon, cost is $150
Over spring break, sixth-grader Liam Thornton traveled to London to participate in the West Ham United Elite Academy Trip. The trip lasted 10 days and included training at the soccer academy, a training kit and tracksuit, accommodations, sightseeing and attending games. The participating students were even given the opportunity at the end of the trip to play the academy’s team.
The trip was made up of youth players from across the United States and Canada. They participated in the West Ham United National Camp in Darlington, South Carolina, where the academy coaches identified players deserving of the trip. Liam has played soccer since he was three-years-old and currently plays for the 13-under Augusta Arsenal team in addition to Westminster’s Middle School boys soccer team.
We asked Liam to tell us more about his trip. See our Q&A session with Liam below!
1.) What was your favorite part of the trip?
I liked watching the professional game (West Ham vs. Rotherham) because it really inspired me knowing that most of those same West Ham players out on the field went through the exact same camp I was attending. That was very motivating to me.
2.) What specific skills did you learn at the camp?
We learned to “check our shoulder” and “play in the future” by already knowing what we were going to do minutes before we received the ball.
3.) How do you think attending the camp will impact your soccer playing back home?
The English way of playing is so different than the American style of play. If I can learn both styles, I am better prepared for the future and have more skills to use on the field combining the two styles.
4.) What are some of your soccer goals for the future?
My ultimate goal is to be selected for the American National Team. I would also like to go straight to pro from my Arsenal or Westminster soccer team. My last goal is to score and win in the World Cup.
5.) What was the biggest/most interesting difference you found between England and America?
I found that the biggest difference between English and American soccer is what each country emphasizes in the sport. I believe America is mainly focused on goal scoring, strength and agility, where England focuses more on the mental side of the sport as well as having superb technique.
The Westminster community gathered together on May 5 to break ground on the new Middle/Upper School commons building and praise God for his faithfulness and generosity to our school. During the ceremony, the official name of the building, Knox Hall, was announced. The demolition of Building 300 and the subsequent construction of Knox Hall will begin the week of May 25.
To read more about this exciting project, click here.
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