Headmaster Messages

Dear WA Community, January in Fort Lauderdale means busy streets. They are filled with snowbirds and New Year’s resolution-driven joggers. By spring most of them have left; in the meantime, we must contend with both. New Year's resolutions may often be futile. However, goals, convictions, and mission are essential and have served Westminster Academy well. For nearly five decades, our community has included people devoted to Christ and dedicated to excellence. Their relentless mission pursuit defines our culture—it is the Westminster Academy way. Often goals are more near term and span only a year or two and are linked to a specific...

Dear WA Community, Last spring, when we faced a rapidly growing COVID-19 crisis marked by uncertainty and significant economic impact, our community moved to meet the challenge. One incredible response came from concerned donors who provided additional funding to help those with unanticipated needs. Another was from our dedicated faculty and staff. Not only did they quickly pivot to an online environment, every one of them made a financial contribution to our annual fund. This fall, our Advancement Team led a week-long annual fund emphasis, which significantly increased participation from our parent body that unlocked a $25,000 challenge gift. Our decision to...

Dear WA Community, It has been quite a year! In spite of “shelter in place,” it has been a great year for our school community. Teachers Got Talent kicked off the year in a fun way. The varsity football team went 9–1 in the regular season as they made it into the FHSAA State Playoffs for the first time since 2001. We honored our World Series Champion, Michael A. Taylor ’09, by retiring his jersey, #3. Our choir once again performed at Disney’s Candlelight Processional and these events are just a few from a long list of accomplishments. In fact, we devoted this...

Dear WA Community, Typically this time of year our attention turns toward our seniors as their time as Westminster Academy students draws to a close. Each class tends to develop its own description and collective reputation. In that regard, the Class of 2020 was no different. However, the character established and earned over the years gave way to a unique moniker—The Quarantine Class. That is not to take away anything from their impressive individual and collective accomplishments, but the reality of these particular circumstances is rather overwhelming. Necessity, they say, is the mother of invention. We have all witnessed it during the...

Dear WA Community, In Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, he reminds us that we “are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Some of the beauty we see in God's artisanship is how He builds community, calling us to hold each other up. There is a group of people at WA that takes that calling very seriously. Since this week is Volunteer Appreciation Week, it seems only appropriate that we honor their gift of time, talent, and treasure to Westminster Academy. We are so grateful for the leadership of the...