At the end of 2019, we issued the School annual, Reflections 2018. It was intended that one copy per family here in 2018 would receive a copy, to be sent home via the youngest child in a family (Reception to Year 11). It seems that some copies may have inadvertently been issued to families not at Westminster in 2018, particularly in the Junior Primary years. If you received a copy of Reflections 2018 and think you shouldn’t have, could you please return it to the School, ideally through the Preparatory or Senior School Offices or Main Reception. If you are a Junior Primary family, you are welcome to leave it with the class teacher.
Our apologies for this confusion.
Just before Term 1 commenced, we sent an email to all families about some changes to traffic management at Westminster. We thank you for taking these on board. The main change in the Senior School is the closure of the narrow roadway between the Sports and Swimming Centre and Sports Pavilion under construction. At the moment we have placed bollards in this position while a longer term solution is designed. Behind the ELC, a turning circle is being created between the Junior Primary wing and rail line. There is more work, including the placement of additional signage, to be done in this area to make it clearer although a longer term solution will be some time off. Seeing how traffic is moving, it seems most families understand what this means – that is, no parking in this section and using it strictly as a turning circle but there are some still parking in this zone. We want to keep traffic moving as best we can in our campus so that parked cars are contained to the marked parking available and that the roadways keep moving. An additional change will see the gravel carpark near the Property Services yard be reserved for School vehicles and Westminster staff to help free up other parks and roadways in the main visitor areas. Again, signage will be installed shortly to help us manage this.
As from Monday 3 February, the former B Bus was split into an updated B Bus run (Hills route) and a new D Bus run (City South route), which features our new Westminster branded bus. We have been working with families and students who indicated their use of the service to ensure the changes were understood before coming into effect. The maps for the new routes can be downloaded below.
A Bus run and C Bus run were unchanged. We are refreshing our supply of printed maps in the West Shop next week. Bus passes (choose 5, 10, 20 or 40) for the School bus service are available through the West Shop or Preparatory School Office (cash only) – these can be used on any Westminster service. Tickets for the Blackwood Metro bus, which heads up Shepherds Hill Rd, are not sold by the School and can only be purchased through the usual Metro outlets.
As per Update 4 sent Sunday 2 February, the advice from the Australian Government Dept of Health remains as:
This applies to all citizens, currently residing in Australia; specifically in our community - students, families, Old Scholars and staff. In line with the Dept of Health, we continue to stress the importance of stepping up personal hygiene measures, such as washing hands before and after handling food.
We will continue to provide further relevant updates to our current parents and staff as they are issued from the Dept; further information can be found at https://www.health.gov.au/health-topics/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov#latest-news
In case you are wondering why I might be writing this article, our Advancement and Marketing Manager Tanya Jarman (’89) left Westminster at the end of 2019. We are incredibly grateful for Tanya’s time at Westminster, which covered enormous ground across enrolments and community, particularly the Inquiry and Innovation Hub, Sports Pavilion and Giving Day, as well as other aspects of the Campus Masterplan now underway. You will still see our wonderful Tanya around the campus as a parent so make sure you stop for a chat!
Peter Trenorden ('77)
Acting Director of Advancement and Marketing