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

Head of Outdoor Education - Edition 7 - 2019

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

The following expeditions are available during Terms 2, 3 and 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

Saturday 8 to Monday 10 June - Three-day bushwalk in Mt Remarkable. This trip is now full.

Saturday 29 June to Tuesday 2 July - Four-day bushwalk in the scenic and rugged Edeowie Gorge near Wilpena Pound in the Flinders Ranges. Suitable for all levels.

Sunday 7 to Saturday 13 July - Telemark Cross Country ski trip near Falls Creek staying in a mountain hut and exploring alpine regions on skis. Suitable for experienced students.

Tuesday 9 to Thursday 11 August - Three-day introduction to Mountain Bike riding on established bike trails in the Adelaide Hills. Suitable for Bronze or Silver students.

Saturday 31 August to Monday 2 September - Three-day introduction to rockclimbing conducted in the Adelaide Hills and local indoor venues. Suitable for Bronze and Silver students.

Friday 27 September to Tuesday 1 October - Four days of rockclimbing at the world famous Mt Arapiles in Victoria. Suitable for Bronze to Gold students with prior rockclimbing experience.

Friday 27 September to Tuesday 1 October - Four days of bushwalking on Kangaroo Island along the world famous Wilderness Trail. Suitable for Bronze to Gold students.

Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award Presentation

Congratulations to the fifteen students who were presented with their Gold Award at a ceremony at Government House on Tuesday 7 May. His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AC was impressed with the range of activities and personal challenges undertaken by the Westminster cohort. Westminster was well represented with fifteen out of the thirty awardees with no other organisation or school having such a large representation. Thanks to the Westminster String Ensemble for playing at such a prestigious occasion.

Congratulations on this impressive and rewarding journey and achievement:

Jamie Brazier, Jessica Bullock, Sarah Burns, Sophie Burns, Regine Facundo, Jenaiha Graham, Alex Higgins, Isabella Kelly, James McLachlan, Emily O’Sullivan, Alex Page, Isabella Triglau-Phillips, Taj Ward, Luke Young and Millie Young.

Tasmania Expedition December 2019

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 rockclimbing and whitewater kayaking. The trip has 21 available spots.

You can view the video of the 2017 Adventure at https://youtu.be/PTbCDaeAvf4

Year 9 Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Program

Over 60% of our Year 9 students have taken up the challenge of the Duke of Edinburgh's International Award program in 2019. So far, students have completed their practice expedition as part of the Year 9 camp, started to record their winter sport as their physical recreation section, have nominated a hobby/skill activity and are actively seeking community service activities. So engaged are the students that many (over 30) are completing the Mt Remarkable Bushwalk as their qualifying expedition during the June long weekend. Other opportunities are available in Term 3 from the list above.

All students have to record their activities on the new ORB (online registration book).

Thanks to Julie Engelhardt and Rob McLean ('99) for their facilitation with the Year 9 program. Many of these students are aiming to finish their Bronze in 2019 and count Westventure in 2020 towards their Silver Award.

If students still wish to ‘sign-up’ they need to visit the OED office for details or contact me via Email.

Information about the Award can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dX09zAStCGg or the Westminster version can be viewed at https://inspire.westminster.sa.edu.au/Play/OutdoorEducation/Pages/default.aspx

Year 8 Camp

The emphasis of this camp was on outdoor education, group and personal skills, decision-making and team building. In controlled situations, the students were involved in a wide variety of activities and challenges to develop these skills and behaviours. These activities included adventure trails, initiative games and a high ropes course at Douglas Scrub or at an indoor climbing wall when it ceased to stop raining.

The camp is designed to build on the skills developed in the Preparatory School camp program, but still serve as an introduction to students unfamiliar with living and learning in an outdoor environment. It serves as a foundation for the Year 9 Camp, Year 10 Westventure camp, and the Duke of Edinburgh's International Award program offered by the School.

The rainy weather tested the students, their equipment and the programming, and I am glad to report that all achieved fantastic outcomes.

Yorkes Surfing Trip

Recently over 20 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 requirements, whilst some older students were working off their Surf Instructor Accreditation requirements. The trip was a new initiative for Semester 1, developed by expert surfer and passionate Outdoor Education teacher Ms Kara Lucas, and serves as an excellent precedent for future ventures.

Film submissions - 2019 WOSOG (Westminster Old Scholar Outdoor Group) Film Festival

We are looking for films you have created that capture recent outdoor action, adventure or have environmental themes. Films capturing Outdoor Education camps and Duke of Edinburgh's Award trips are certainly welcomed, along with other preferred personal activities or adventures.

The WOSOG Film Festival will be in September. It is an evening to celebrate and share recent outdoor experiences and achievements.

Entries (10 minutes maximum) will need to be submitted by the beginning of September.

This will be the fourth year we have run the event and we plan for it to be the biggest and best yet – hoping for over 100 guests this year.

There are first ($100), second ($50) and third ($25) Paddy Pallin gift voucher prizes, plus a guaranteed minimum $50 Paddy’s voucher for the best student video – judged by a Paddy Pallin staff member.

Any queries, please contact Mr Rob McLean ('99).

Please advise me if you intend to submit a film (whether it is finished or currently a work in progress).

Gordon Begg
Head of Outdoor Education