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

Head of Outdoor Education - Edition 6 - 2019

Semester 1 Expeditions

Year 9 Camp

Please download the information below related to the Year 9 Camp for all Year 9 students in Week 4 of Term 2.

Innes Bushwalk

18 Duke of Edinburgh's International Award students visited Innes National Park on the Yorke Peninsula for a four-day bushwalk, intermixed with a bit of snorkelling and beachcombing activities. For the second time we linked the walk with the “Walk the Yorke” tourism initiative. The walking groups circumnavigated the park visiting remote and pristine beaches, shipwrecks, a lighthouse and historic sites. Thanks to Ms Engelhardt and our Old Scholar instructors including Hannah Giles ('15), Michaela Mooney ('14) and Dan McArthur ('18).

Neptune Island Sea Kayaking Trip

In April a group of Westminster Staff and Old Scholars visited the remote and ruggedly beautiful Neptune Island group, via Wedge Island, eighty kilometres out from Innes National Park on the wild western side of the Yorke Peninsula.

Former Outdoor Education Trainees Fraser Darcy ('12), Sam Ferguson ('10) and Will Mildren ('09) accompanied Rob McLean ('99) and myself to kayak out to these rarely visited Isles that are teeming with native flora and fauna untouched by introduced species or other threats.

Visiting the islands is akin to stepping back in time to what our wonderful landscapes used to be like.

The two Year 12 Outdoor Education classes will be undertaking a coastal sea kayaking trip later in the term and will acquire the skills to undertake these journeys in the future. A small group are already planning a separate sea kayaking trip around Wardang Island out from Port Victoria.

Dr Richard Harris SC OAM

On Thursday 4 April, Year 12 Outdoor Ed students, Brodie Eckert and myself, along with Mr McLean, attended the Dr Richard Harris SC OAM presentation, held at Saint Peters College in Adelaide. Anaesthetist and expert cave diver, Richard Harris was awarded as one of dual recipients of the Australian of the Year Award in 2018 for his efforts in the rescue of 12 boys and their soccer coach from a flooded cave in Thailand. During the presentation, Dr Harris shared the journey of his involvement in the rescue, which included working with a team of experts to determine the best possible way to get the boys out of the cave, where they were made to utilise the last resort of administering anaesthetic.

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Dr Richard Harris SC OAM with Year 12 students Nikki Gluyas and Brodie Eckert

Under great pressure and putting his own life at risk, Dr Harris swam through the narrow cave system to assess the health of those trapped, giving the medical all-clear for each evacuee, and administering an anaesthetic to each of them within the cave to facilitate their rescue, with all boys trapped making it out alive. He humbly shared that he did not feel that he deserved this award but had to learn to accept it and be proud of his efforts. This presentation was a very rewarding experience for Brodie and myself, as we learned about the sacrifices made and risks taken by individuals in order to save the lives of others, and we also learned how you can apply your own knowledge and experience to assist those in need in pressured and dangerous situations. We are grateful to have attended such an inspiring event.

Nikki Gluyas
Year 12 Jeffries

Year 9 Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Program

Due to demand we are releasing the Duke of Edinburgh's Award registration information for all Year 9 students. Interested students need to return registration forms to the Senior School Office or the Outdoor Education office.

Calendar and Website

Our updated Outdoor Education website has been developed and provides another platform to find out about the opportunities available at Westminster including all consent forms for all Outdoor Education and Duke of Edinburgh's Award Expeditions.

You can access the website at https://inspire.westminster.sa.edu.au/Play/OutdoorEducation/Pages/default.aspx

Tasmania 2019

In December we are planning for a group of Duke of Edinburgh's Award students to complete the famous Walls of Jerusalem walking circuit, a day of white-water kayaking on the Derwent River and then a few days of rock-climbing at the coastal area of Freycinet. These end-of-year trips are a great culminating experience for students who are keen to pursue their involvement in expeditions in environments totally diverse from SA.

View the video here of the 2017 Adventure https://youtu.be/PTbCDaeAvf4

Gordon Begg
Head of Outdoor Education