Students, faculty convene for seventh annual all-school convocation

Students, faculty convene for seventh annual all-school convocation

The school community gathered today for the seventh annual all-school convocation on Ted Slavin field to celebrate the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year. Along with speeches from select administrators, Head Prefects Michael Lehrhoff ’20 and Grace Burton ’20 offered advice to underclassmen. To open the convocation, Head of Middle School Jon Wimbish discussed the […]

Prefects emphasize self acceptance, courage at sixth annual all-school convocation

Prefects emphasize self acceptance, courage at sixth annual all-school convocation

Head prefects Ryan Stanford ’19 and Kevin Chen ’19 spoke about the importance of courage and being comfortable with oneself as middle and upper school students joined at the sixth annual all-school convocation. Stanford stressed the importance of balance and asked her peers to be courageous in their endeavors this school year. “If I could […]

Community of Convocation

Convocation has become a staple of the first day of school, as every year students and faculty from both campuses congregate as one group. It helps foster a sense of community that the school would otherwise lack. When the school created convocation four years ago, the goal was to create a time for students from […]

Convocation invests prefects, honors 25th anniversary

Convocation invests prefects, honors 25th anniversary

As the fourth annual all-school convocation ceremony Monday celebrated the 25th year of the union of the Harvard School for Boys and the Westlake School for Girls, Head Prefects Matt Thomas ’17 and Cate Wolfen ’17 directed students to appreciate the process of achieving results and to challenge themselves this year. Thomas shared his experience with the boys’ […]

School holds annual Christmas Convocation

School holds annual Christmas Convocation

The Christmas Convocation: A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols in St. Saviour’s Chapel signaled the beginning of the Christmas season Dec. 13. Some students, alumni, parents, faculty and administrators gathered for the traditional service, which featured performances by the Madrigals and an Upper School Instrumental Ensemble. “It’s special because it is a uniquely religious ceremony at […]

Convocation unites both campuses

  President Rick Commons invested this year’s senior prefects during the Opening Convocation Aug. 31, where head prefects Grace Pan ’16 and Hunter Brookman ’16 instructed the student body to embrace the community as a family and to try new things. The ceremony began with Head of School Jeanne Huybrechts introducing the convocation as an […]

Commons sums up mission in 26 words

The new mission statement emphasizes the importance of “joyful” learning in addition to academic excellence. President Rick Commons spoke about the statement at Opening Convocation on Tuesday. He first announced it Aug. 26 at the opening faculty and staff meeting and on the school website. “Harvard-Westlake strives to be a diverse and inclusive community united […]

Pretzels, new mission highlight opening convocation

During the second ever all-school opening convocation Tuesday, President Rick Commons announced the new mission statement, focusing on community and a joyful pursuit of excellence. Commons first cited the four cornerstones of the mission statement with the words: community, excellence, integrity, and purpose. The acronym E-P-I-C, which Athletic Director Jason Kelly came up with, is […]

2014-2015 convocation to follow Labor Day

School will begin next fall with the second all-school opening convocation Sept. 2, the day after Labor Day. After the first-ever all-school opening convocation this year, the administration decided to begin school next year with a similar ceremony, again on the upper school campus, Head of School Jeanne Huybrechts said. No planning for the convocation […]