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A New School Year Begins

Westminster welcomed 407 students to campus during the opening days of the school year, Sept. 3-4. The students completed registration and picked up textbooks in Armour Academic Center, moved into residence halls, met with advisory groups, and participated in form events and all-school activities, such as a lap-sit and trivia contest. Classes and afternoon activities began Sept. 5.

At the first assembly of the year Sept. 7, Headmaster Bill Philip called for a moment of silence so everyone could think about those suffering from Hurricane Dorian. He then welcomed students, giving special acknowledgement to the 141 new students. He also thanked members of the Sixth Form and faculty for their help ensuring a successful beginning of school. This year, Westminster students hail from 25 states and 28 countries.

The next speaker was Head Prefect Megan Rittenhouse, who also welcomed everyone and expressed how excited she is for the upcoming year. “Westminster is a very special place for me and, most likely, for many of you,” she said. “It’s a place where you can develop amazing friendships, experience new things and receive a great education. Westminster is filled with support from peers and faculty that allows you to develop a home away from home. It grants you the opportunity to surround yourself with some incredible people from all across the world, and there is truly no other place that is as special.” She then offered advice to members of each form that she thought might be helpful.

Following the assembly, Westminster’s traditional Pin Ceremony took place on the Sixth Form Lawn. In a new format this year, members of the Sixth Form processed to the Sixth Form Lawn as members of the Third, Fourth and Fifth forms assembled around the perimeter of the lawn. Alumni and honorary alumni were gathered on the lawn in a semicircle to present Sixth Formers with a class pin or pendant designed by the class. Members of the Prefect Board received their pins or pendants first, followed by returning Sixth Formers. Finally, the Prefect Board invited new Sixth Formers onto the lawn to accept their pins or pendants. After the ceremony, all new students entered Andrews Memorial Chapel where they signed the book signifying their formal entrance into school and shook hands with Headmaster Philip and members of the Prefect Board.

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