Westminster offers an array of leadership positions for students. Some of these are elected positions, while some roles are filled through an application and screening process conducted by members of the faculty. Candidates for these positions must maintain a satisfactory academic record and conduct record to serve in these roles.
Leadership Opportunities Include
The Middle School Chapel Council plans monthly assemblies which offer opportunities for inspiration, reflection, and celebration for the Middle School community.
|Christian Life Committee|
The Christian Life Committee is dedicated to the encouragement of Christianity outside the classroom. It seeks to combine spiritual development with leadership enhancement in order that a wide variety of Christian activities and interests are implemented and encouraged and a consideration of how to live out one’s faith is nurtured. A major focus each year is the planning and implementing of a variety of Christian-related activities, such as Friday Morning Fellowship, Bible Studies, monthly Fellowship of Christian Athletes, quarterly retreats, service projects, mission trips, and general dialogue. The committee is open to all interested Upper School students. Students apply during the spring of the year before serving.
Class Officers provide leadership, nurture spirit, and foster unity for each of their respective genders and grades through a variety of special projects. Students are elected by gender and grade in spring of the year before serving.
In the Middle School, those who wish to run for a class office must have a passing average in every subject at the time the elections are held. Exemplary behavior for the year must have been shown. No student may hold the same office two consecutive years. No student may hold more than one office or council position per year. There are additional rules which will be posted at the time of elections which govern procedures for preparing, rehearsing, and giving speeches, etc., which must be followed. The violation of any rule will result in the candidate’s disqualification. Those who wish to run for a class office are themselves responsible for reading and following all the rules which apply.
The Upper School Discipline Council is charged with enforcing school rules governing student conduct. Under the supervision of the faculty advisors, council members convene to provide a fair and consistent way to identify and address infractions of the conduct policies at Westminster. Council members play a key role in shaping school culture. Students apply spring of their junior year.
Discovery Leaders are the primary facilitators of the ninth grade Discovery experience and work closely with Discovery faculty to plan and implement a complete Discovery experience, including the Expedition. Once they have completed their ninth grade Discovery requirement, students apply to be Discovery Leaders through written application and an interview process with Discovery staff and current Discovery Leaders. Accepted students must complete New Staff Training. Once students have completed New Staff Training, they lead at least one Discovery expedition per year. Students apply at various times during the year, depending on offerings of New Staff Training sessions.
GERLS stands for Girls Empowered in Relationships, Leadership, and Service. Its goal is to address the social and emotional world of adolescents through a focus on relationships, values, and culture. In becoming student leaders, GERLS students are challenged to reflect on their roles within the school community and learn effective measures to create positive change. The group works with the Upper School counselors and their faculty advisors to impact their community by developing and leading health and wellness assemblies and mentoring younger students. Some of the topics addressed include: relational aggression, friendship, cultural pressures and influence, media literacy, body image, competition, and social standards. Female students may apply to the GERLS group the fall of their sophomore year by submitting an application to the Upper School counselors. Work begins sophomore year, continues junior year, and at the discretion of each cohort may continue senior year.
GUISE, a group of eight junior boys and two male teachers, explores the performance and definition of masculinity in three areas: the formation of personal identity, the initiation and maintenance of interpersonal relationships, and the participation in teams, cohorts, institutions, and society at large. The group meets once a week to discuss current events through one of these lenses and also, on occasion, meets with groups of younger male students to help them better negotiate the process and experience of being boys and men. The name is not an acronym, but rather a condition of unexamined masculinity which the group attempts to interrogate, understand, and dismantle. Students apply in their junior year.
The honor system at Westminster ensures a fair and consistent approach to identify and address infractions of the Honor Code. As such, the Upper School Honor Council has two precise functions: 1) to protect the Westminster community against honor violations, and 2) to provide the intervention and remediation that will nurture those who have violated the Honor Code. The Honor Council thus exists to strengthen both the community and the individual transgressor. Students apply spring of their junior year.
The Middle School Honor Council, composed of 10-12 seventh graders and eighth graders, is selected by the Guidance Committee and the Honor Council faculty sponsor. Students interested in serving on the Honor Council must submit their names to the Grade Chair who will present the slate of candidates to the Guidance Committee.
Selected seniors receive training in group dynamics, leadership, and problem-solving skills. A complement to the traditional academic courses, Peer Leadership concentrates on students’ personal development as it relates to identity and community building.
Service Corps is a team of 10-12th-grade student leaders who design, fund, promote and implement curricular and extracurricular service activities initiated by council members, fellow students, and faculty. Service Corps promotes service that is sustainable, meaningful, educational, and beneficial to both our community partners and our volunteers. The members of this team develop skills in both leadership and philanthropy and are service role models in the Westminster community.
|Student Diversity Leadership Council (SDLC)|
The Student Diversity Leadership Council serves as a campus resource and support network for the school community. Council members are primarily facilitators of constructive dialogue around issues of diversity, social justice, and privilege. The group organizes and hosts a variety of on-campus community-centered activities to help foster conversations around issues of race, religion, ethnicity, socioeconomic class, disability status, gender, and sexual identity. SDLC works collaboratively with other student clubs and initiatives along with faculty and administrators to help energize and sustain a more diverse community. Students apply spring of the year before serving. A junior version is available in Middle School. SDLC Jr. is open to any Middle School student; the club watches film, reads articles, and takes action around the issues of race, class, and gender in our community and world.
The purpose of the student government is to represent the student body in communications between the administration, faculty, and students; to promote interest in schoolwide activities; to interpret school policy to the student body and to encourage support of this policy; to recommend possible changes in policy to the administration; and to assist the administration in developing a plausible program to implement these changes.