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

Early Learning to Year 12

Head of Outdoor Education - Edition 15 - 2019

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

The following expeditions are available during Term 4. Information packs can collected from the OED office, on Inspire at Play@West Outdoor Education or follow the links below.

Website Home Page: https://inspire.westminster.sa.edu.au/Play/OutdoorEducation/Pages/default.aspx

Sunday 27 to Tuesday 29 October - Three days of kayaking on the scenic back waters of Katarapko Creek between Berri and Loxton in the Riverland. Suitable for Bronze and Silver and a great introduction for Westventure.

New Zealand Expedition December 2020

The 2020 Duke of Edinburgh / OED New Zealand Multi Activity Expedition is now open for registration.

The Trip itinerary includes highlights such as:

  • Four days of Hiking in the Classic Young/Wilkins Valley with an exciting Alpine crossing
  • Canyoning, Climbing and White-water Kayaking in World Class sites on the South Island
  • Two days of optional adventures or leisure around Queenstown.

Bushwalking experience is recommended but can easily be developed during the 2020 school year through our Duke of Ed program.

Trip Cost – Approximately $2450
Dates – Wednesday 4 to Monday 16 December (please be flexible one day either side until flights have been booked)

The Trip has a maximum capacity of 18 students. Eight places have already been filled. Parents and students are advised that this trip is biennial and in previous years the trip has filled within weeks of being open.

Further details about the Trip can be found in the documents below. Parents/Guardians are asked to complete the attached consent form and return it to the Senior School Office or Outdoor Ed Office as soon as possible. To see a video of the 2018 trip, please click here: https://youtu.be/d5RsNLNwo84

If you have any queries about the Trip, then please contact me via Email.

Westventure 2020

All Year 10 students in 2020 participate in this 12 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 was emailed to all parents of students involved last week. 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 26 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 2019 has confirmed that this experience will stay on the calendar in years to come.

Year 12 Outdoor Self Reliant Expeditions

The three Year 12 classes have been busy completing their final expeditions for 2019. So far the classes have been rock climbing at Mt Arapiles or scuba diving on the South Coast during Term 1, sea kayaking along the South Coast in June, and in small groups conducted skiing in Victoria, bushwalking in the Flinders and sea kayaking off Yorke Peninsula over the month of July.

The expeditions are a prelude to their environmental investigations which are 2,000 words in length and worth 30% of their grade.

View the video at the link below which was prepared by students and highlights the range of activities they have undertaken.


Gordon Begg
Head of Outdoor Education