For most of us, some of the greatest lessons in life were not always taught in the classroom. Sure, it was important that we learned to read and write, but where we really grew as a human being was often on the field, stage, or court. At Westminster, I refer to extra-curricular activities as the laboratory of life. These activities are the place where students are able to take the lessons from the classroom, home, and church and put them into practice. We desire that these opportunities be transformative in nature. In other words, we desire for campus activities to be something that affects students and families in ways that allow them to grow in character, in discipline, and in Christ. While the list above does not include every goal we have as a school, it does represent some extremely important aspects and are areas where we can continue to grow.
Broadly, we desire to provide a range of activities. There are plenty of schools of similar size that do not provide nearly the same amount of clubs, sports, programs and other activities. In fact, we desire to continually seek the best opportunities for our students. The areas where we can likely grow the most seem to be in the arts and in academic clubs and teams. We will continue to explore options for added opportunities that will enhance the education provided at Westminster and encourage students on toward Christlikeness.
You can also see that a good portion of these goals involves impacting our students from the earliest ages possible. This includes exposure (as well as hands-on access) to clubs and sports. It is important to start early with the development of knowledge and skills that will lead to success in an activity. This is true not purely for the number of wins that proper development can bring, but it is vital that students understand that accomplishment is rarely quick or easy.
Development toward a worthy goal takes years of diligent effort. There is no secret formula or magic drug. I like to remind athletes and coaches that there is no secret to success. There is no substitute for hard work. When young students understand this in sports, in theater, in the classroom and in life, they will be miles ahead.
God made man to work. Work was present in the garden before the fall. Work is a good gift from God. When we properly embrace diligent effort and right motivation, great things can happen. Working with even our youngest students to develop this understanding early is a worthy goal.
I hope you read the follow articles as I believe you will be encouraged by what you see happening in the lives of students and staff who work hard and are involved in transformative opportunities at WCA.