A Uniting Church coeducational independent day and boarding school in Adelaide,
South Australia

Early Learning to Year 12

From the Principal - Edition 3 - 2019

One of the great things about Westminster is our sense of community and around this time of year we see many great examples of our community in action. Every day, in different sections of the School, we have parents volunteering, such as the canteen, in class, on the oval for Running Club or making costumes and sets for our upcoming whole School musical, ‘Annie’. This week we had parents helping with Pancake Day, and I know the Fun Fair Committee is meeting regularly as our parent groups work feverishly in preparation for Saturday 23 March. Away from the School grounds, we have Boarding parents who attend field days or organise events within their local community.

This week, I had the pleasure of sharing dinner with our Shanghai Boarding parents who were delighted to see their school exhibiting at an education expo in Shanghai. They, like all Boarding parents, miss their children, but are delighted to be a part of the Westminster community and very happy with how their children are learning and growing while Boarding at Westminster.

In just a few weeks, we will be at the SE Field Days in Lucindale and hosting a community gathering during the afternoon of Saturday 16 March. Then, on Sunday 17 March, David Porter, one of our Boarding parents from Jamestown, has helped organise a Black Dog Motorbike ride within the Mid North community. I will be leaving Westminster early Sunday morning to make the Apex Club breakfast in Jamestown before the ride commences. If any members of the Westminster community would like to be a part of this, you are most welcome to join us (visit blackdogride.com.au).

Friday 5 April is Westminster Golf Day, organised by WOSA (Westminster Old Scholars’ Association) for the whole School community. WOSA and affiliated WOS clubs, provide great opportunities for past students and their families to remain involved with Westminster and embrace the values we uphold. Golf Day brings together parents, past parents, friends of the School and Old Scholars to play an afternoon of golf amongst friends and the beautiful surrounds of The Vines Golf Club. The registration form is in this eNews so get your team together for an afternoon of fun and networking.

Now based in France, Old Scholar Angie Davis (’00) visited us this week to talk to our senior Communications Products (Film) students about documentary filmmaking. Having recently screened her latest production at the Santa Barbara Film Festival (USA), we are delighted that Angie had time during a brief return to Adelaide to share her experience and wisdom with our students.

These are just some examples, showing that it doesn’t matter where in Australia or the world you are, or at what stage of your life, your connection with Westminster makes you a part of our community, something we value immensely. It is this sense of community that brings us together, makes us return, reach out and not be restricted by physical boundaries or time. Our reputation for having an exceptional community has travelled far and wide. It is no wonder when built on the great attitude of our students, families, staff and Old Scholars, our champions and volunteers, and for that, we can all be truly grateful.

Simon Shepherd