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

Early Learning to Year 12

Head of Outdoor Education - Edition 15 - 2020

New Zealand Multi-Activity Expedition 2021

The 2021 Duke of Edinburgh/OED New Zealand Multi-Activity Expedition is now open for registration. Unfortunately, the proposed 2020 trip had to be postponed due to COVID travel restrictions.

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 2021 school year through our Duke of Ed program.

Trip Cost – Approximately $2450
Dates – Friday 3 to Wednesday 15 December (please be flexible one day either side until flights have been booked)

The Trip has a maximum capacity of 21 students and nine 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. A video of the 2018 trip can be seen below.

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

Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Program Gold Award Ceremony

A prestigious Gold Award Ceremony was conducted at Adelaide Town Hall on Thursday 15 October. The ceremony was attended by His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AC, Governor of South Australia, who presented Gold Awards to 24 Westminster students and Old Scholars, and two long service medals to Outdoor Education staff Ms Julie Engelhardt and Mr Rob McLean ('99). Congratulations on this fantastic achievement.

Westventure 2021

All Year 10 students in 2021 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 students in Year 9 in 2020 will be involved in sail/kayak training in Week 8 and First Aid training in Week 9.

Adelaide Hills and The Bluff Rockclimbing Trip

Over the October holidays, 26 students and six staff were involved in three days of top-rope climbing 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 around Adelaide.

Innes Bushwalk

Also over the October holiday break, students were involved in experiencing some of the best wilderness walking and camping that Innes National park has to offer. This three-day ‘experience of a lifetime’ provides towering cliffs of limestone, pristine beach walks, storm-blasted coastal scrub and massive arcs of bone white beach.

This is the wilderness experience that awaits all who walk on the Walk the Yorke Trail.

Yorke’s Surfing Trip

Over the last weekend, 15 students and three staff were involved in learning to surf activities on the beautiful, surf-friendly, Yorke Peninsula. Students participated in surfing activities and progressions every day with many students completing Bronze and Silver Duke of Ed requirements, whilst some older students were working off their Surf Instructor Accreditation requirements. The trip was a postponed initiative from Semester 1, developed by expert surfer and passionate Outdoor Education teacher Ms Kara Lucas and serves as an excellent precedent for future ventures.

Gordon Begg
Head of Outdoor Education