A Uniting Church coeducational independent day and boarding school on Kaurna Country, Adelaide, South Australia

Early Learning to Year 12

Co-curricular Overview

Co-curricular Overview

At Westminster we aim to provide our students with the opportunity to achieve more than they thought possible through engaging them academically, and in a wide range of co-curricular activities.

To cater for the many and varied needs of each student, the co-curricular program is extensive, offering a wide range of experiences in:

  • Sports;
  • Clubs and Groups;
  • Outdoor Pursuits;
  • Performing Arts;
  • Visual and Creative Arts;
  • Agriculture; and
  • International Exchanges.

Many of the activities on offer can be undertaken as either a curricular or co-curricular option, and all students are expected to involve themselves in the co-curricular program as part of their development. In doing so, it helps students develop qualities such as confidence, leadership, resilience, and social skills.

Students are encouraged to select activities that complement their academic program and that provide a more rounded and balanced range of experiences. These activities not only provide opportunities for individuals to work as part of a team, but also allows students to experience a challenge and a sense of their own personal worth beyond the classroom.

Evidence indicates that physical activity enhances children’s cognitive function, concentration, and on-task behaviour. Anecdotally, students at Westminster who have a healthy balance between involvement in co-curricular activities and their studies, perform better and have a more enriched experience during their time at school.

The co-curricular program is conducted before and after school, lunchtimes, weekends, and, in some cases, during the school holidays. Although we do recognise that a student’s commitment to pursuing a co-curricular activity is a matter of personal choice, once a commitment is made, the obligations to the activity’s cohort must be honoured for the full season. This would include regular attendance at practices, rehearsals, meetings, and matches.