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

Head of Preparatory School - Edition 4 - 2019

Sports Days

Our Head of Prep School PE, Mr Tim Weatherald, and the PE Department are to be congratulated on running a series of Sports Days over the past two weeks. The Junior Primary students enjoyed a tabloid style event, as did the Year 3 to 7 students when they tried their hand at various field events like long jump, shot put and discus in an effort to earn points for their House. This all culminated last Friday with the main Sports Day which included track and team events. It was a fantastic community event. The weather was ideal and the day not only showcased very able athletes, but also outstanding sportsmanship on both personal and team levels.

There were nine individual School records broken. In the Year 6 Boys Shot Put the old record was 8.10m and Simon Zefi (Mace) broke it with 8.16m but then Patrick Hutchins (Crown) threw 8.80m which may stand for quite a few years. In the Year 6 Boys Long Jump, Jeremy Shepherd (Charter) jumped 4.00m to break the previous record by 7cm. In the Year 7 Boys Shot Put, Andre Lim (Charter) threw 9.59m to break the old record of 9.43m. The Year 4 Girls Shot Put record of 5.38m was first broken by Sophie Hutchins (Crown) 5.58m but then bettered by Lara Wright (Crown) with a throw of 5.83m. In the High Jump events the crowd was treated to two records tumbling. In the Year 5 Boys event Harry Davison (Wesley) jumped 1.34m to beat the previous record by 2cm. In the Year 6 Boys event Jack Alver (Abbey) equalled the record of 1.45m, before his brother Tim Alver (Abbey) went on to set a new record of 1.54m. Tim Alver proved he is more than a jumper when he also set a new record for the 100m with a time of 13.13s eclipsing the previous record of 14.16s. We saw two new records set in the 100m when Ella Jones (Abbey) beat the old record (16.49s) with a time of 15.57s. One of the highlights of the day was the determination on the face of Sam McClarron (Mace) in the Year 6 Boys 800m when he flew to the finish to set a new record time of 2.37.13 much to the delight of the crowd.

While all students competed and did their very best, clearly the athletic field gave some a chance to shine.

Junior Primary Sports Day

In the Year 3 Girls competition Jessica Jongejan (Crown) won the bronze medal, Mia Chen (Abbey) the silver and the gold was won by Lily Ritson (Crown). In the Year 3 Boys competition Aiden Williams (Abbey) won bronze, Jayden Brijmohan (Abbey) silver and Jed Petroff (Crown) the gold. Among the Year 4 girls Kate Cao (Abbey) won the bronze, and Lara Wright (Crown) and Ella Lunn (Wesley) tied for gold. In the Year 4 Boys competition Riley Wilson (Wesley) won bronze, Jed Papst (Wesley) silver and Oliver Maynard (Charter) took home the gold. For the Year 5 Girls Darcy May-Martin (Wesley) won bronze, Ella Jones (Abbey) silver and Adelle Parkinson-Need (Abbey) won gold. The Year 5 boys bronze medal was won by Jack Green (Charter), Harry Davison silver and Gerard McGinley took out gold. In the Year 6 Girls competition Harriet Robertson (Mace) won the bronze, Jazz McKay the silver and Eliza Maloney (Abbey) the gold. The Year 6 boys bronze medal was won by Patrick Hutchins (Crown), with Tim Alver winning silver and Jeremy Shepherd the gold. In the Year 7 competition for girls Maddison Willis (Abbey) and Reilly Curran (Crown) tied for the bronze, Larni Vo Nguyen (Mace) won the silver and Sienna Jones (Mace) took home the gold. In the Year 7 Boys competition we had the unusual situation of five students being tied for bronze, Leo Lian (Wyvern), Aidan Nixon-Burns (Crown), Ellis Foster (Wesley), Kobi Rees (Abbey), Daniel Turnbull (Wyvern), the silver medal went to Cole Stephen (Mace) and the gold to Andre Lim (Charter).

Overall placings were: Abbey 732; Mace 664; Crown 597; Wesley 583; Charter 575 and Wyvern 475.

Prep Track and Field Events

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Bullying – No Way!

This year to demonstrate our commitment to create a safe and supportive school community for everyone, Westminster joined other schools across Australia to say ‘Bullying. No way!” by registering as an official 'National Day of Action Against Bullying' School. NDA was held on Friday 15 March, the day of the Prep School Sports Day. Sports Day provided the perfect opportunity to promote our commitment to saying no to bullying as the community engaged positively to celebrate sport, diversity and healthy competition.

Our School Community is an important part of our work to prevent bullying and to respond effectively if it happens. Stopping bullying involves everyone. An important factor in working together is having a common understanding around what bullying is.

The national definition of bullying for Australian schools says:

Bullying is an ongoing and deliberate misuse of power in relationships through repeated verbal, physical and/or social behaviour that intends to cause physical, social and/or psychological harm. It can involve an individual or a group misusing their power, or perceived power, over one or more persons who feel unable to stop it from happening.

Bullying can happen in person or online, via various digital platforms and devices and it can be obvious (overt) or hidden (covert). Bullying behaviour is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time (for example, through sharing of digital records).

Bullying of any form or for any reason can have immediate, medium and long-term effects on those involved, including bystanders. Single incidents and conflict or fights between equals, whether in person or online, are not defined as bullying.

At Westminster we emphasise the importance of reporting single incident and conflict or fights between equals to a teacher or staff member. Dealing with incidents immediately reduces anxiety and can prevent bullying. This means that students need to report incidents to any teacher or staff member at the School, whether it is happening to them or if they have witnessed anything. If you, as a parent are concerned please raise your concerns with the school. Visit www.bullyingnoway.gov.au for further information.

The Student Representative Council is currently in discussions about other ways that we can Take Action Every Day, the theme for 2019 NDA and we look forward to hearing from students their ideas on how to continue to maintain the safe and supportive community we have at Westminster School.

Thanks for your continued support to make Westminster a great school for everyone.

Sharyn Darrell
Preparatory School Deputy - Middle Primary

Fair donations still welcome

One way that parents can get involved in the life of the School is to contribute in whatever way possible to the annual School Fair. The Fair is coordinated by a group of volunteer parents that collectively form the Friends of Westminster. They are always open to hearing from parents, friends or extended family who would like to get involved. Please contact Peter Trenorden ('77), T: 08 8276 0234 if you would like more information.

Each year the Preparatory School staff and students help to organise a number of stalls, including the very popular Mystery Bottle and Lucky Dip stalls. To make these stalls a real success every year we need your help.

If you are able to assist us by donating a bottle or jar for the Mystery Bottle stall, donations would be very much appreciated. Bottles of jams, syrups, marinades or even bubble bath; or jars filled with sweets, pens, pencils or erasers are just a few suggestions. Items valued between $2 and $5 would be appreciated. If you are able to donate jars or bottles, we please ask that you ensure that, if not new, these bottles or jars have been thoroughly washed before filling them with goodies.

Alternatively, you may like to donate some treasures for the Lucky Dip stall. There will be lucky dips for girls and boys and items could include small toys, novelty jewellery, puzzles or stationery. It would be greatly appreciated if you could wrap these prizes and label them to indicate whether they are suitable for boys, girls or either, and an appropriate age.

Your kind donations can be left in your child’s classroom for collection.

As always, we appreciate your involvement in the life of the School. Events such as the School Fair depend on this sense of community for their success.

We hope to see you at the Fair on Saturday 23 March. It is always a great day.

Code Camp Autumn School Holidays

During the next school holidays Code Camp are returning to Westminster School to teach your child to code, or continue them on their coding journey!

Code Camp has already taught more than 50,000 students in Australia. It is a great way to spend time over the holidays, as children have lots of fun with friends while learning important new skills, such as logic, creativity, problem-solving, app development and game building, in a fun and engaging way, ready to take on the digital world of the future.

These school holidays from Monday 15 to Wednesday 17 April, Westminster School will be hosting the following options or levels:

Spark

Years 2 to 6, New Students

Fun, engaging and challenging - our most well-known Code Camp. Code Camp Spark is where every student in Years 2 to 6 should start their Code Camp journey.

2D Game Makers

Years 2 to 6, Returning Students

If you have completed Spark check out Code Camp 2D Game Makers! Students build on their skills and create new apps with increasingly complex logic, more code, behaviours and problem solving. Start with Drag & Drop and then move to Line Coding with JavaScript.

Augmented Reality Creators

Years 3 to 7, Returning Students

Already attended the Beginners camps? Then it’s time to learn the fundamentals of Augmented Reality. We're not saying your children will be fully-fledged AR experts by the end of this camp, but they'll be well on their way! Thinking outside the box is a key skill programmers need and a great life skill in general. This camp will teach your children to be creative and to solve problems.

Bookings can be made via this link: www.codecamp.com.au/westminster

School Community Directories

Our 2019 Westminster Community Directories (one each for Preparatory and Senior Schools) are ready to download. Both School directories can be found through this link: https://family.westminster.sa.edu.au – select the directories under Quick Links on the right hand side of the page and then choose the directory you would like (if you need both, you will need to do two separate downloads).

You will still need to access this year’s directories via a login to the family portal (we anticipate future editions will be available via SEQTA). It is a straightforward process and you can use the same login you have used in the past or what you are currently using for SEQTA.

If you download to your phone but need to view it on a larger screen, please feel free to forward this to your own email so you can access accordingly. If you have any queries with this process, please contact the School via Email.

Diary Dates

  • Westminster School Fun Fair – Saturday 23 March, Prep School Oval
  • Tenebrae Service – Sunday 7 April, 7.00 pm, Sir Shirley Jeffries Chapel
  • End of Term 1 – Friday 12 April, 1.00 pm
  • Start of Term 2 – Tuesday 30 April, 8.45 am

Grant Bock
Head of Preparatory School