A Uniting Church coeducational independent day and boarding school in Marion, South Australia
Early Learning to Year 12

From the Principal - Edition 1 - 2019

Just two weeks in and already Term 1 is firing on all cylinders across the School.

On Tuesday morning I was fortunate enough to be at the SACE Merit Assembly where 29 Merits were awarded to our students who completed SACE subjects last year. It was a fantastic opportunity to share in their successes and I was very grateful to be able to congratulate many of our students personally. I feel I was just as proud as their families also in attendance.

Last Friday, the Michael Murray Centre for Performing Arts was at capacity with students from Years 3 to 12, family, friends and supporters when we gathered for our first Leaders’ Induction and Commencement Assembly. We inducted all Preparatory School and Senior School Leaders in a ‘beginning of the school year’ ceremony. We are hoping that this becomes a ‘new’ Westminster tradition as we affirm that we are indeed one school, supported by a truly remarkable community.

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It is important that together we start the year well with a clear vision about where we want to go, how we will get there and how we will support each other and grow along the way. At the end of the year, it is also important that we gather as a community to celebrate our achievements. The Leaders’ Induction and Commencement Assembly also provided the opportunity for us to share our theme for the year. Many of you will remember Speech Day 2017 when our students were challenged to be ‘kind, grateful and useful’. In 2018, we focused on kindness. This year we are focusing on the act of being grateful or showing gratitude. The impact of gratitude is significant and the more grateful we are for what we have, the happier we are.

Westventure is again underway through a series of rolling 12-day camps in Term 1. It is a chance for many of our Year 10s to reflect on their lives as they face challenges and hardship beyond their everyday life. When they are away from the luxuries of home, wi-fi, home-cooked meals and family, they often are much more grateful for them when they return. As Camp 1 2019 concludes, Camp 2 is set to go. I hope that all the Year 10s who attend Westventure have a fantastic time and that they come home with a great attitude, prepared to live and share the School theme for 2019:

GREAT + ATTITUDE = GRATITUDE

Simon Shepherd
Principal