the westminster news
Published by the students of Westminster School
By Sophie Grace Stevenson ’25
This year, on Sept. 28, grandparents came to campus to visit their grandchildren’s classes and see their progress in school thus far. Some students brought one grandparent while others brought three or four. It was a perfect fall day on campus: bright and beautiful — the perfect weather for longtime Westminster alums as well as first-time Westminster goers to see the renovations made around campus. After our first two classes for the day, everyone headed over to Andrews Memorial Chapel to hear a lovely Chapel Talk by Catherine Rodrigues ’23, a Sixth Form boarder. Then, some students gave their families a tour of the school, while others headed over to Armstrong Dining Hall for lunch before their last class.
Although I personally did not have any grandparents here, I truly enjoyed seeing how other grandparents interacted with the classes they were taken to and how they appreciated our campus. It was nice to see the different structures of classes. Many grandparents spoke from their points of view when they analyzed poems in my AP English class with Mr. Tawney. In my Spanish class with Ms. Garcia, bilingual grandparents nudged the class along with their greatly appreciated input when students did not know the answer.
Altogether, this year’s Grandparents Day was a great success. Seeing the life brought back into our campus after COVID was a weight taken off everyone’s shoulders and a true joy. This is Westminster’s first Grandparents Day with masks optional, grandparents were able to be in close proximity to the rest of our student body, and fewer precautions had to be made to keep them safe. I cannot wait to see our next family-interactive experience at Westminster as everyone begins to settle into their home on the Hill. Thank you grandparents for caring so deeply about your Westminster grandchildren and we cannot wait to see all your bright faces again here next year!
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