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Lunch Program Now Offering Monthly Plan

In addition to yearly and semester meal plans, Westminster’s dining program (Flik) will now offer a monthly meal plan option.

Flik representatives will be in the Lower School gym on Tuesday, December 8, from 3 to 6 p.m. to help you sign up for the second semester plan or monthly plan as well as take checks for the Declining Balance Accounts. If you have questions concerning your account, this will be a great time to personally talk with Flik.

For more information about Westminster’s dining program and to review pricing, click here.

If you are not able to make it to campus on Dec. 8 and would like to sign up for a meal plan, please print out the Flik brochure/registration form and return it along with your payment to Chef Richard Morales at the school.

Questions? Email Richard Morales or David Aycoth.

Shop Amazon | Free Money for Westminster is already running great deals for holiday shopping! As you visit their website, please remember to start at the Westminster homepage and scroll to the bottom right and select the gold Amazon icon next to the social media icons. This will redirect you to shop for our school.

Click on the image below to go to Amazon’s store. If you have trouble remembering the link, please bookmark this page as Each time you click on the bookmark it will take you to the Westminster Affiliate Program page, click on the link below and all your purchases will earn money for our school! For more general information on the Amazon affiliate program, click here.


Reminder | GOAL Deadline is Dec. 31

Participating in the Georgia GOAL program benefits Westminster in many ways, and we appreciate your support. It also benefits the donor, who will receive a dollar-for-dollar tax credit as well as a federal deduction for 2016 state taxes!

Click here to visit the GOAL website and enroll via the paperless system.

Because this program is so popular in Georgia, the tax credits will reach the cap and will be prorated between participants. So the amount you are approved for will actually be lower than the amount you apply for with GOAL. We are hoping the cap for tax credits will be raised and this won’t be the case for 2017.

Please email our GOAL coordinator, Maryanna Thornton, with questions.

Student Spotlight | Grace Juag

10066Sophomore Grace Juag (right) recently won Westminster’s literary arts competition with her poem, titled “A Trailblazer.” The competition called for submissions of creative writing and visual arts that were based around the theme “change.” Below is a peer interview of Grace by senior Caroline McCully. The full poem is located at the bottom of this post, following the interview.

Your poem was deeply rooted in your family life. What is your family like?
Grace: My family is from South Sudan and they came here in 2000. I was born here in the U.S. My family is Dinka, which is a tribe, but they lived in a city because there were more opportunities there. For two or three generations now, we’ve been trying to juggle between balancing family and tribal life and city life, so I show that a lot in the poem.

What are some of the biggest differences between the culture in South Sudan the culture in the U.S.?
Grace: Probably one of the biggest differences is tradition and gender roles; the way family should be structured compared to how it is in modern Western society. My parents and my grandparents have a different view on that, they believe that women should be educated because even if they don’t end up working and they stay at home, they still should be able to have enough education to teach their children well. I put that in the poem because it’s a contrast between where I come from and my family comes from and where we are now; our personal beliefs.

The theme for this year’s Literary Contest was change. How did you come up with the idea for your poem?
Grace: At first I thought, “This is so broad, what I am I supposed to write about this?” I had another topic, I actually thought I was going to do something about how technology changed our society, but I couldn’t put it into words. Then the more I thought about it, a little idea kept coming into my head, “Why don’t I just do something that I have actual roots in?” And then I decided to just put my family and my culture into writing and incorporate the theme in it. Last year, the theme was a sense of place, and I didn’t think I could use my family, and I didn’t do that. But this year, I realized that I have a lot of culture in my family that I could use in my writing.

Throughout the generations of your family, what has changed and what has stayed the same?
Grace: One of the biggest differences is in our society, especially in school. In Sudan, school was a privilege, and to make it to middle or high school was a privilege, not only because you had to take a test to get into a good school, but also you had to pay quite a bit to get into school. If your parents weren’t wealthy, it was a struggle. My mother’s father gave up his lunch almost every day so that she and her siblings could go to school. My mom has three brothers and six sisters, and a lot of people there didn’t believe that women needed to be educated, but my grandpa felt that women needed to be educated just as much as men did, so he worked a lot to make that happen. Since they lived in Sudan and it’s a Muslim nation, they lived under Sharia law, so you had to be a Muslim, and if you weren’t, it could cost you your life. The fact that they always lived in fear that they could get caught for being Christians and meeting together and reading the Bible is kind of scary, and it’s something that we take for granted here. I carry my Bible in my bookbag all the time, and if I want to read it, I can just read it anywhere, but they couldn’t do that at all. They had to hide it in pillows and things like that so they wouldn’t get caught.

A Trailblazer
by Grace Juag

“You have no need to learn to read and write,
only to marry your future husband and to raise your future children

“You were born to live in the ways of your people
and to teach our traditions for your offspring to embrace

“Set the thoughts of those foreigners in flames;
they will never understand our ways

“They needn’t sway you from your heritage,” said the elders.

this I realize, but

“I need to be educated,
because I am more than a future housewife

“My culture I wear on my sleeve with pride;
my mother tongue resides on my lips

“The ways of those strangers are peculiar,
yet I embrace their modern ideas

“I will never forget the traditions of our ancestors

“But we are in a new era, elders,
one I welcome completely,” said I, a trailblazer.

Complimentary Meal from FLIK

You are invited to
join us for a complimentary meal from FLIK

Join FLIK for a complimentary dinner or lunch. FLIK managers will be on hand to answer questions, and you will have the opportunity to sign up for the new monthly dining plan for December or for next semester.


Thursday, Nov. 12 from 6 to 7 p.m.

in the Lower School Cafeteria

FLIK managers will speak at 6:30 p.m. about the program and answer questions.


Friday, Nov. 13

  • Middle School Lunch – 11:15 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • Upper School Lunch – 12:25 p.m. to 1:25 p.m.
  • Lower School Lunch – with your student during their regular lunch time

RSVP by Monday, November 9

Via Email: David Aycoth – moc.a1448941744su-ss1448941744apmoc1448941744@htoc1448941744ya.di1448941744vad1448941744

Via Phone: Sarah Merten – 706-731-5260, ext. 2327

Please respond with the following:

  • Thursday Dinner – Reply with name and number of people who will be eating
  • Friday Lunch – Reply with name, which division (Lower, Middle or Upper), and number of people eating. If your child is already on the meal plan, you do not need to RSVP for them for lunch.

Westminster Appoints New Board Chairman

john phelanJohn Phelan, senior vice president at Raymond James, was appointed chairman of the Westminster Schools of Augusta board of trustees in August. He has been a member of the board since 2014. He and his wife, Becca, have two children at Westminster: Jack, a junior, and Meggie, a freshman.

Having lived in Augusta most of his life, John was familiar with Westminster and its focus on placing Christ at the center of its mission before sending his children here. That trademark of the school became even more evident upon hearing the faculty speak at the Open House the Phelans attended.

“We wanted Jack and Meggie to have the best opportunity to develop spiritually, academically and socially… in that order,” said John.

Even though this is only their third year at Westminster, the Phelans feel as if they have been a part of the Westminster family their whole lives. John immediately became involved on campus by cooking hotdogs and hamburgers at the football games and is now looking forward to his new role as board chairman.

“I am excited about having a part in growing Christ’s kingdom through the Westminster mission,” he said.

When he’s not at work or volunteering at the school, you can find John cycling, playing drums, cooking and watching his kids compete on the Westminster field.

Westminster Welcomes 3-Year-Olds

Westminster is excited to announce that we will be extending our early childhood educational offerings to three-year-olds for the 2016-17 school year.

More details will be forthcoming shortly. If you or someone you know would like to be put on the interest list to receive a direct followup when more details are available, please email Aimee Lynch.

Apply for 2016-17 Financial Aid

Starting on November 1 Westminster families may begin filling out their applications for financial aid for the 2016-17 school year.

The application must be filled out and submitted by November 30, 2015 to be considered for a financial aid award for next school year. Once 2015 taxes are complete, they must be uploaded along with your W-2s to your application or sent to FAST at the address given in the application.

Click this link to the financial aid page of our website and then click the logo of FAST to access the financial aid application. Please email the Admissions office with any questions.

Events for Prospective and Current Parents

Parents are encouraged to attend our two upcoming parent events. Please click the links below for more information.

Middle & Upper School
Admissions Information Session
               Teenage Years 101
Parent Seminar
Nov. 5 at 6 p.m.
Event is specifically designed for parents interested in enrolling new students in our Middle & Upper school programs.
November 5 at 7 p.m.
Event is open to both current and prospective parents.


Upcoming Events for Parents

Parents are encouraged to attend our two upcoming parent events. Please click the links below for more information.

Westminster Parent Forum            Teenage Years 101 Parent Seminar
October 27 at 7 p.m.             November 5 at 7 p.m.