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

Head of Outdoor Education - Edition 8 - 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.

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 Camp

The Year 9 students enjoyed a productive week of nice weather, challenging activities and new expedition experiences. The camp has two distinct parts consisting of a two day outdoor education program at Mylor Adventure Camp, and a stunning two day walk along the South Coast section of the famous Heysen Trail. The emphasis of this camp was on outdoor education, group and personal skills, decision-making, team building and completing an extended expedition. The students were involved in a wide variety of activities and challenges to develop these skills and behaviours.

The camp serves as a foundation for the Duke of Edinburgh's International Award expeditions, Year 10 Westventure and the Year 11 and 12 Outdoor Education program offered by the School.

50km Relay

Congratulations to the following students for their participation in the SA School Sport 50km Relay.

Open A Team

Westminster came 2nd out of six teams

Ruby Liptak (Year 11 Dunstan): Runner 1, completed 9.09km
Nathaniel Drummond (Year 11 Carter): Runner 2, completed 11.63km
Willis Hammond-Brown (Year 11 Jeffries): Runner 3, completed 10.03km
George Turnbull (Year 11 Fricker): Runner 4, completed 10.72km
Faith Pearson McKenzie (Year 12 Jeffries): Runner 5, completed 9.08km
Harvey Bock (Year 11 Clark): pacer

Year 10 Team

Westminster came 1st out of five teams

Caitlin Dyer (Year 10 Fricker): Runner 1, completed 9.09km
Aidan Ross (Year 10 Clark): Runner 2, completed 11.63km
Wilson Bock (Year 10 Clark): Runner 3, completed 10.03km
Dylan Abbott (Year 10 Jeffries): Runner 4, completed 10.72km
Kiera Ross (Year 9 Clark): Runner 5, completed 9.08km
Harvey Bock (Year 11 Clark): pacer

Year 9 Team

Westminster came 1st out of five teams

Archie Byrne (Year 9 Dunstan): Runner 1, completed 9.09km
Josh Smith (Year 9 Forder): Runner 2, completed 11.63km
Airlie Rouvray (Year 9 Kelly): Runner 3, completed 10.03km
Jessica McManus (Year 9 Jeffries): Runner 4, completed 10.72km
Rommy Snoad (Year 9 Kelly): Runner 5, completed 9.08km
Harry Higgins (Year 9 Forder): pacer
Ashlee Munt (Year 9 Kelly): pacer
Kate Liptak (Year 9 Dunstan): pacer
Oshana Andraweera (Year 9 Fricker): pacer

The Open B Team also did well, coming fourth out of six teams.

Faith Pearson McKenzie gave the following speech at a recent assembly:

"On Friday 10 May, four teams of five, with up to two pacers per team, travelled up to Marden Sporting Complex to compete in the Secondary Schools 50k relay challenge along the River Torrens. Each student in the team completes an average of three 3.3km legs, roughly making it 10km each. Westminster entered teams from Years 9 and 10, as well as two open teams.

All Westminster teams were highly successful with the 9’s and 10’s coming first, the Open A team coming second and the Open B's taking fourth place. We were also successful in taking home the overall winning school award.

I am particularly proud of these results considering we were competing against schools such as Mercedes, Pembroke and Saint Ignatius, all with strong running backgrounds. These results are a reflection of the preparation students have put in prior to the event. We’d like to give a big thank you to Mr Thompson and Mr Dyer for providing us with running club every week.

Also, on behalf of the students we would like to thank our drivers and team leaders on the day in Mr Thompson, Mr Dyer, Mr Mclean, Mr Marriott and Old Scholar Maddy Young ('16). Without your help, this day would not have been possible."

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

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