The vision for leadership at Westminster Schools is “to equip and empower students through programs, mentorship, curriculum and opportunities to follow God’s will in standing up in the face of cultural issues… to think critically, influence their community and pursue justice with wisdom and humility.” Our goal is to provide students with an opportunity to serve and lead their school. There are a number of avenues to accomplish this goal; the student leadership team (SLT), class officers, club officers and school committees are a few.
We believe that student leadership is an important part of our school and essential to making Westminster a school of excellence. Students are called upon to lead their peers spiritually, socially and in service. While there are formal positions available to accomplish this, each student is encouraged to lead through their actions and be part of leadership at Westminster.
The ultimate goal is for leadership at our school to be inclusive. As we grow and develop as a school, we are looking to formalize the opportunities available for our student body. For the current school year, there are a number of opportunities available for those interested in Student Leadership. For the 2015-16 school year, we will continue formalizing the opportunities to aid in developing a greater culture of leadership at our school. The application process for the 2016-17 school year will begin in December.
Some might ask, “What can I do to prepare for leadership at Westminster?” The answer is simple, find a way to become involved in school life, officially or unofficially. One should adopt an attitude of service and look for ways to serve others. Our aim is to provide students with a full array of opportunities in the future, but in the meantime, one should be proactive about personal opportunities for growth.
If any student is interested in being involved in some aspect of student leadership at Westminster, please contact Coach Freace for guidance.
Middle School Student Leadership
A new leadership program was inaugurated in the Middle School in the 2013-14 school year. Interested rising eighth-graders submitted an application which included questions about their strengths, weaknesses and views of leadership accompanied by a teacher recommendation.
The entire Middle School student body was divided into six teams, each steered by members of the Middle School leadership team. Students initiated actions in school responsibilities such as lunch and hall duties, flag maintenance, chapel leadership and community announcements. In addition, leaders planned and facilitated service opportunities and student life activities. Through these experiences, students took on responsibilities of a leader and served others as they sought to grow and develop as young men and women of character.
Upper School Student Leadership Team
The Student Leadership Team (SLT) is currently made up of juniors and seniors who are chosen to lead certain aspects of school life. Each member is responsible for a specific area of school life ranging from student life to academics. All members work cohesively as a team in support of one another and ultimately are tasked with leading the student body.
The SLT is a team that is focused both on selection and development of leaders. This particular team is focused on overseeing the big picture of life at Westminster and are selected based on their ability to do that. Knowing this, past experience is a key component for our SLT members. In addition, the team undergoes leadership training and mentorship throughout the year.
Each member is assigned an adult mentor to work with him or her on leadership components and provide support throughout the year. This is an invaluable relationship as the SLT learns to lead others and learn from their experiences in leadership.
The SLT positions for 2015-16 are:
- Benj O’Neil – Head/Chapel
- Justin Gaffney – Service
- Caroline Head – Service
- Seth Robinson – Student Life
- Catherine Paulk – Student Life/Middle School
- Michael Hitchcock – Chapel
- Carlos Zayas – Fine Arts/Communication
- Noah Lee – Athletics
- Abbey Robertson – Admissions/InReach
- Elizabeth Carter – Admissions/InReach
Application Process for the SLT for 2016-17
Note: The SLT is announced in late March each year.
The application process will begin in early January.
Each applicant must fill out a complete application packet. Included in the application packet:
- Application Form
- Three references (non-family members)
- A strengths analysis test
- Attendance at an informational meeting in February
- An interview with a panel consisting of current students, teachers, administrators and local leaders
What are we looking for in our SLT leaders? A partial list of criteria include:
- A humble spirit and willingness to serve first (Each SLT member needs to have the ability to work as a team first.)
- Willingness to lead and serve in official and unofficial ways
- Evidence of ability to lead the student body at Westminster
- Evidence of a relationship with God
- A passion for leadership
- Evidence of past leadership (official and unofficial)
Each class runs an election process for class officers in the spring of each year. Positions available include president, vice president, secretary and treasurer. Class deans should be contacted for more information.
There are a number of clubs available at Westminster. Each club elects officers annually. For more information, look at our Clubs & Organizations page. Each club has a faculty member who provides oversight. To contact a faculty member, please contact our front office.
School Committees & Teams
There are a number of teams and committees that individuals may be part of at our school. Included are student life committees, the chapel design team, academic tutoring, etc. Each member of the Student Leadership Team (SLT) oversees a committee in their area of focus. For more information on becoming involved in one of our committees, please contact Coach Freace.