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

Head of Outdoor Education - Edition 15 - 2018

Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Expeditions for Years 9 to 12 students

The following expeditions are offered during Term 4. Information packs can be picked up from the OED Office, or on Inspire at Play@West, Outdoor Education.

Sunday 28 to Tuesday 30 October - Three day kayaking trip on Katarapko Creek between Berri and Loxton. Paddling with the flow, a great Bronze/Silver/11OED trip.

Friday 2 to Sunday 4 November - Three day introductory surfing expedition to Yorke Peninsula. Trip is full.

Westventure 2018

All Year 10 students in 2018 participate in this twelve day Residential Outdoor Education program in their House Groups. This program is unique to Westminster School and forms a lasting memory and learning experience for the students involved. An information pack has been emailed to all parents of students involved. The consent forms are due back at school by Friday 9 November.

As part of the lead up, all Year 9 students will be involved in sail/kayak training in Week 8, and First Aid training in Week 9.

Arapiles Rockclimbing trip

Over the October holidays 28 students and six staff were involved in four days of top rope climbing, multi-pitch lead climbing or seconding, and various types of abseils. Students participated in climbing activities every day, with many students completing Silver and Gold requirements whilst interacting with many other avid climbers from Australia and overseas. Mt Arapiles is definitely a world famous venue and our students are lucky to be able to visit and interact with this environment.

Kangaroo Island Bushwalk

Also over the break students were involved in experiencing some of the best wilderness walking and camping that Kangaroo Island has to offer. This four day ‘experience of a lifetime’ provides towering cliffs of limestone and coagulated magma, storm-blasted coastal scrub, and massive arcs of bone white beach.

This is the wilderness experience that awaits all whom walk on the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail.

This experience included Platypus Waterholes, Rocky River, Snake Lagoon, Cape du Couedic, Remarkable Rocks, Hanson Bay and concluded at the Kelly Caves.

The Westminster School Outdoor Education students were the first to walk the trail when it opened in 2016, and the return in 2018 has confirmed that this experience will stay on the calendar in years to come.

New Zealand Expedition December 2018

We are conducting this biennial event for experienced students working on their Silver or Gold Award. The multi-activity expedition includes a four day walk in pristine mountain sub-alpine terrain, followed up with some rock-climbing and white-water kayaking. This trip currently has no positions available.

2019 Outdoor Education Calendar

Gordon Begg
Head of Outdoor Education