We Are Westridge
A community blog featuring Head of School Elizabeth J. McGregor, the Westridge Leadership Team, our esteemed faculty members and occasional special guests
Why the World Needs Westridge Girls
These remarks were made by Head of School Elizabeth McGregor to welcome prospective families to our Open House program on January 10.
Westridge has been here, at this location, educating creative, informed and articulate young women for college and beyond, for over one hundred years. As we enter our second century, we believe that an all girls’ education here at Westridge, provides girls in grades 4-12, advantages they will not find elsewhere.
We believe that a Westridge education provides the essential building blocks to ensure that each girl has the optimal opportunity to grow and thrive – she will be encouraged to challenge herself and find her true voice – she will be actively engaged in an educational experience that promotes academic excellence, leadership and service, physical and emotional wellness, and ethical decision making. And I would tell you, that contrary to many perceptions about an all-girls’ environment, our girls are not sharp-elbowed, or out to succeed at the expense of each other.
The essence of Westridge can be seen in the excitement for learning and the joy that girls express each and every day – for their friends, and for the fact that so many avenues are open to them.
This past few weeks I saw this as Lower School girls skipped to my office to tell me how thrilled they are to be back at school after Winter Break, and I saw it in the excitement expressed at our Spirit Assembly prior to Homecoming, where cheers rang out in support of our scholar athletes – cheers for the announcement of the plays and musical that the 2015-2016 theatre Season of Truth and Magic will bring to Westridge (Shakespeare was smiling as he heard the exuberant response to the news that we will be staging A Midsummer Night’s Dream!) – and cheers for our dedicated and successful fall and winter athletes.
Westridge in the 21st Century educates and empowers girls to lead lives of Courage, Compassion and Conviction. Girls grow in confidence and are encouraged to engage in thoughtful consideration and meaningful dialogue about current issues – as you will discover when you listen to our girls and our teachers, pick up a student newspaper, or view some of the student displays.
We forge strong partnerships with our parents and build a supportive community based on our core values of Integrity, Respect, Responsibility and Inclusion. Together we prepare our girls for a world that in my opinion is in desperate need of the characteristics and sensibilities that women can bring to address some of the most pressing issues we face.
The world needs Westridge girls— now more than ever before!
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