Feasts, Celebrations, & Special Events
Visit Westminster Academy in any given week and it is more than likely you will find a special “day” or event taking place.
For our younger students, it is about living history, instructive field trips, making a book come alive, building a sense of shared community, putting language study or math in “living” context or experiencing learning. Our special days and events are intentionally designed and implemented to enhance our distinctly classical, distinctly Christian educational model.
For our older students, the House System provides powerful connections to fellow house members spanning grades 7–12. Unique traditions, deep connections to the Godly examples of the house namesakes, competition throughout the year that includes everything from the arts to tug-of-war – all foster a deep connection to a shared purpose and a call to a greater purpose.
3rd Grade Olympics
Each fall during the study of ancient Greece, the 3rd Grades begin their preparation for the Olympics. The event includes an “authentic” feast and costumes, the presence of the Greek gods (our seniors) and a day of Olympic events. What makes this day particularly meaningful is that our juniors will partner with our 3rd Graders to build their chariots. These chariots are part of the grand finale of the Olympic competition where our juniors pull the chariots with our brave 3rd Graders on board!
The Kindergarten Fable Project
Our 4th Graders interview Kindergartner partners. They ask them questions about their likes and dislikes, favorites and not so favorites, things they may fear and dreams they have. Our 4th Graders then craft this information into a fable of bravery, intrigue, chivalry and nobility, princesses and princes, kings and conquerors. On a special day, the 4th Grader and Kindergartner dress up as characters in the fable, and the story is read to all Kindergartners.
Other examples of Grammar School Special Days and Events: Boo-Hoo Breakfast, Funis Runis, Pumpkin Patch, Fall Fest, Olympics, Kidnapped Kidnapping, Monk Day, Parade of States, Thanksgiving Feast, Secret Santa, Christmas Concert, Polar Express Day, Medieval Feast, 4th Grade Play, Egyptian Feast, Scottish Breakfast, Literary Character Day, Grandparents Day, Little House Hoedown, Dessert Concert, 100th Day, Shiloh Field Trip, Kindergarten Celebration, Fruit of Character, Charlotte’s Web Reader’s Theatre, 6th Grade Retreat, Pony Auction, Tree Report . . . and more.
House Field Day
Picture a parade of students, flags, regalia, songs, cheers and unbridled enthusiasm . . . and that is just how the day begins! For an entire day, twice each year, students in Grades 7–12 learn how to pursue success by both winning and losing well. In addition, they deepen their understanding of how all of life can be lived to God’s glory.