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A Community of Knights
The Westminster Upper School experience is shaped by eight Houses, smaller communities within the Upper School. Each House membership is comprised of students from seventh grade through twelfth grade. Smaller fellowship across grade levels permits our faculty and students to form intentional relationships with the purpose of loving and serving one another.
Westminster Knights Order of Generosity
Besides being appointed and serving as a House Service Chair, students are able to distinguish themselves as a Westminster Work On Service Chair: a group of students who become part of a special community of selfless warriors known as the Westminster Knights Order of Generosity.
According to medieval history, generosity was one of the seven virtues of a knight’s calling. It was defined as sharing what is valuable in life by not only giving away material goods, but also time, attention, wisdom, and energy — those character traits that create a strong, rich, and diverse community.
To be eligible for this honor, students must meet a 500-hour volunteerism standard serving on Westminster’s campus.
Students belonging to The Order of Generosity become permanent House Service Chairs and will be recognized at graduation, including special regalia. But beyond this achievement, and more importantly, the Word of God makes clear that the generous giver enters into a life of spiritual growth characterized by love, peace, thankfulness, and contentment.
Westminster will provide opportunities for service; however, students may create, develop, and execute approved, long-term campus service projects. In most circumstances, students may not receive service hour credit for time spent participating in team sports, the Westminster arts, and/or school clubs. Service hours obtained on campus may be recorded for both NHS and Work On Service Chair. However, service hours obtained by serving on Westminster's campus may not exceed 50% of a NHS student's service-hour requirement for induction into the National Honor Society or a NHS member's yearly service-hour requirement.
House Service Chairs possess copies of the House Service Hours Slips that students must fill out and turn in to their Service Chair to receive credit for their service. No single service-hour event may be recorded for more than seven hours credit.
Below are the adjusted service-hour totals for induction into the Order of Generosity:
- For current Juniors, the requirement is 275 hours by April 29 of Senior year.
- For current Sophomores, the requirement is 350 hours by April 28 of Senior year.
- For current Freshmen, the requirement is 425 hours by April 26 of Senior year.
- For current eighth grade students, the requirement is 500 hours by April 25 of Senior year.
- For current seventh grade students, the requirement is 500 hours by April 24 of Senior year.
"As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life." – 1 Timothy 6:17-19
"One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want. Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered." – Proverbs 11:24-25