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

Early Learning to Year 12

Head of Outdoor Education - Edition 16 - 2019

New Zealand Expedition December 2020

The 2020 Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Program/Outdoor Ed 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. We currently have expressions of interest from 28 students. 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 visit 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.

Katarapko Creek Kayaking Trip

Over 30 students from Years 8 to 11 recently completed a three-day kayaking trip on the Katarapko Creek section of the Murray River between Berri and Loxton. The trip counted towards some students Year 11 Outdoor Education course, and they combined with other students working on their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh's International Award expedition. The students utilised the scenic and flowing backwaters of Eckert and Katarapko Creeks to connect with the river ecosystem and engage in carp removal activities (fishing) whilst relaxing at the different campsites. All students performed to a high level.

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