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

Early Learning to Year 12

From the Principal - Edition 6 - 2023


We have had a great start to Term 2. As always, students arriving back at School brings Westminster to life. The commencement of the co-curricular program sees debating starting and our winter sports, clubs and activities getting underway. It is always fantastic to have action packed Saturdays and I try and attend as much sport as I can. The experiential learning that takes place in clubs, activities and sport is an important part of a Westminster education.

There are great opportunities for our students to challenge themselves, forge new friendships and learn about themselves and life through engaging in co-curricular activities at School. Our challenge as parents is to ensure that our children honour the commitments they have made, especially in team events where their peers are relying on them being there to make up the team.

While on study leave last term, aside from my family, two ‘personalities’ I missed most from home were our dogs. They are a source of unconditional love; they can be great to talk too; they always enjoy a pat and can be great company. Dogs have also been shown to be very helpful in school environments. With these sentiments in mind, we set about acquiring a Wellbeing dog for Westminster. We wanted a dog who will be there for our community when they might need that extra bit of special support and perhaps assistance. So, we have welcomed ‘Minnie’ the mini Groodle and she has started to come to School this week. While she is still in training, she is already showing her capacity to bring out an array of wonderful emotions and reactions from those who meet her. If you are interested in getting to know more about Minnie, please follow our social media or contact our Head of Wellbeing, Liz Collins. You can also read more about Minnie's Rules while she's on campus in the Head of Preparatory School and Head of Senior School articles. Minnie is a great addition to our School, and we hope that she succeeds and is loved by all members of the Westminster community.

Finally, and I know I join the chorus of other staff members in this eNews, please check your child’s School winter uniform for fit and help us follow the School uniform rules. If we are working together on this, it is far easier for all.

Simon Shepherd