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

Early Learning to Year 12

From the Principal - Edition 5 - 2020

COVID-19 has dominated the press and drawn huge amounts of attention. While this has been occurring, all the staff at Westminster have been doing an outstanding job of trying to keep as much normality in the lives of our students as possible. In a letter on its way to the Year 12s, I quoted Reinhold Niebuhr’s words;

“Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”

As we deal with the complexities of living through a pandemic, these words can, if we let them, help us be still. Help us refocus and have the courage to work on the things we can change and at School we have been doing just that this week. Normally, Westminster will guide our students to live within our School Rules - doing this is a part of their education as they learn to live within the conforms of our community and society. However, in extraordinary times we can have extraordinary flexibility! Many of the parents and guardians reading this eNews will have grown up in unprecedented times too - the ‘80s! This week, in accepting that we can’t change the impact that COVID-19 is having on our community, we can control what happens at School - so we have brought back the ‘80s for a bit of fun as we run into Easter and the holiday break.

Mullets and big hair were the height of fashion in the ‘80s as some of our staff have shown in the pictures below! This week all students have been allowed to sport a mullet for the end of term and the extra fun of a big hair day on Friday. The context of this is to give our students some light-hearted fun while we all deal with the dreadful reality of COVID-19. Perhaps at home you could dig out those old photographs and relive your fabulous ‘80s’ style with your children and set the tone for a fantastic Easter break with them. COVID-19 Communication will continue over the break as news comes to hand from State and Federal Authorities. Thank you all for your support this term, and in the weeks and months ahead. I hope you can also join me in thanking all of our staff for their professionalism and dedication in these trying times.

Staff Photos

Simon Shepherd
Principal