the westminster news
Published by the students of Westminster School
By Camilla Norton ’25
Saturday classes have been a long-standing academic norm at Westminster, but as the school changes and adapts to modern society, is school on Saturday still necessary? Although Saturday classes do balance out the half day on Wednesdays due to sports, it adds to the busyness of the week and gives students too much work. On top of the draining effects of Saturday classes, Westminster is one of the few boarding schools that still has regular Saturday classes. The majority of other schools have either abolished them or reduced them to every other week. Having no class on Saturday would not only reduce stress, but it would also provide students more free time to express their interests. Rather than having to attend traditional school, clubs could meet, students could catch up on work, or just enjoy the day off. Currently, Sunday is the only day that can be used for leisure, but at the same time it’s the only day to catch up on work. As a result, many students end up spending the day drained in homework. Without Saturday school, students can actually have a day off where they don’t have to do work. Overall, the abolition of Saturday classes would greatly benefit the students' mental health and give them some well-deserved rest time.