Activities and Clubs
The purpose of extracurricular activities is to develop the gifts God has given to students as well as to instill school spirit and allow opportunity for fellowship outside of the classroom.
Art Club – This club is open to all high school students and is designed to further explore art tools, techniques, and expression in an informal setting. This allows students to experience art making above-and-beyond what the classroom experience can provide. The club meets twice a month throughout the year.
Bible Studies – Studies are organized by students and faculty and are held before/after school and during lunch; scheduling varies dependent on student interest and faculty availability.
Cheerleading/Pep Squad – The purpose of the cheerleading squad is to promote attendance at athletic events and to encourage school spirit. They cheer and perform at basketball games and school spirit assemblies.
Choral Groups – This is a choral opportunity outside of the classroom; students may audition for our ensemble group, Blues & Barbers, which performs at fine arts nights and at local community functions. Students meet once per week after school.
Community Outreach – This club is responsible for organizing projects and engaging the school community in participation of community service in the greater Elgin area. Students in this club will also learn to provide oversight to small groups and prayer groups on the school campus.
Crossroads – Crossroads Kids Clubs exist to provide after school evangelistic club opportunities to elementary children in local public schools. Junior and senior students travel to an area school one day per week to lead and teach as part of the club staff.
Future Teachers Club – This club is open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors who are interested in teaching as a career. Members meet regularly, usually during lunch, to learn the various facets of teaching. During the spring term, members will have the opportunity to participate in a two-day, hands on teaching experience at Westminster.
Instrumental Groups – Westminster offers two instrumental ensembles: Jazz Express is an ensemble for the experienced jazz musician. Students do need to audition for this group which meets once per week from 7:00-7:40 a.m. Jazz Warriors is an ensemble for new jazz students or those looking to learn more about jazz. Students meet once per week from 7:00-7:40 a.m.
National Honor Society – The National Honor Society is a national organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. The objective of the Westminster Christian High School Chapter, which is open to qualified juniors and seniors, is to create an enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote leadership, and to encourage the development of character in its students.
Outdoor and Environmental Club – This club cultivates students’ appreciation of creation. Students learn how to care for and enjoy God’s world. The club involves students in a variety of outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, skiing, rock climbing, bike riding, as well as “clean up” days.
Science Olympiad – The Science Olympiad is an international non-profit organization that is devoted to providing opportunities for high school students to explore science outside of the daily classroom. Members of this club prepare for regional tournament competition that consists of a series of individual and team events. There is a strong balance between the various science disciplines and science applications.
Student Council – Student Council is the approved representation of the student body to the administration. Members of this council are responsible for planning some of the larger all-school social events as well as being a representation of the student body to the faculty and administration. Student Council is composed of students who are elected by their class to represent them in the governing council. Each class has two representatives on the council. In addition to class representatives, there are three officers in the Student Council: A president and vice-president, elected by the student body; and a secretary-treasurer who is appointed by Student Council members. See section on Student Council.
Theatre – Participation in dramatic productions provides an opportunity for students who want to be part of a theatre production at the high school level. Students are encouraged to use their artistic gifts to be a part of the annual play held in the fall and the high school musical presented in the spring. Auditions are held for acting parts. In addition to acting, students are needed to assist with set design, costuming, lighting, and production.
Warrior Prayer Army – High school students meet once per week, during lunch, to share prayer requests and pray for the needs of our students, school and community.
Westminster Shield (School Newspaper) – The student staff and editors of the Westminster Shield will collaborate to produce a monthly newspaper highlighting school news and feature articles relevant to students’ interests. The staff will work under the guidance of a faculty adviser as they produce the paper. No experience is necessary, but students seeking editorial positions must have completed the Journalism course.
Worship Team – This group is for high school student leaders who are passionate about worshipping God and glorifying Him through music. Students do need to audition and interview for this group and meet once weekly before school.