The Protocol Course is an important aspect of the educational experience at Westminster, striving to teach upper school students established habits of etiquette for the purpose of demonstrating Christ-like respect and humility to fellow image-bearers. Recognizing that all men and women are created in God’s image, students learn to follow Christ’s example by loving, serving, and respecting others before self through training in the principles and skills of propriety. The course seeks to provide students the opportunity to embody virtues connected with the call of Christ—discernment, humility, honor, respect, service, compassion, consideration, generosity, appreciation, gratefulness, and hospitality. Furthermore, while all Christians are called to virtuous living, this is often manifested differently in men and women as they relate to one another. Male and female students will be encouraged to interact in a manner that recognizes, respects, and honors their unique gender differences.
From 7th-12th grade, students learn the various skills for interaction in polite society; from note writing to formal event etiquette. They learn to be comfortable themselves and to make others comfortable in any setting. At various points throughout the year, each grade in the Upper School considers a particular set of skills and principles in a series of etiquette lessons. Topics include deportment, making introductions, meal etiquette, conversational skills, concert etiquette, and formal event etiquette. At the conclusion of the lessons, each grade will have the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned at a special event, such as a Christmas tea, dinner at a local country club, or the lovely Protocol Ball.
It is our hope that this training, in addition to the principles that you parents are faithfully instilling in your children at home, will further equip the students to love and honor their neighbors and fellow image-bearers, as Christ has called us to love, here at Westminster and in their communities.