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

Early Learning to Year 12

Head of Preparatory School - Edition 7 - 2021

District Cross Country

Following on from the House event at the start of Term, recently 49 Westminster Runners competed at the South West District Cross Country Championships at West Beach. We had several impressive results which are highlighted below:

10 Year Old Girls
Emmerson Warren (Year 4 Wesley) 2nd
Georgia Davison (Year 4 Wesley) 3rd
Lily Ritson (Year 5 Crown) 10th

10 Year Old Boys
Eric Tie (Year 4 Charter) 6th

11 Year Old Girls
Chelsea Ireland (Year 5 Charter) 2nd

11 Year Old Boys
Jordan Tucker (Year 6 Wyvern) 1st
Jed Petroff (Year 5 Crown) 4th
Charlie Kittel (Year 5 Abbey) 5th

12 Year Old Boys
Dylan Blyzno (Year 7 Jeffries) 10th

12 Year Old Girls
Isabelle Sincock (Year 6 Wesley) 4th
Sophie Hutchins (Year 6 Crown) 6th

13 Year Old Girls
Adelle Parkinson-Need (Year 7 Fereday) 1st
Anna Goad (Year 7 Carter) 3rd
Marlee Bristow (Year 7 Kelly) 5th

13 Year Old Boys
Archie Rawson (Year 7 Kelly) 3rd
Astin Rouvray (Year 7 Kelly) 6th
Quinn Hammersley (Year 7 Dunstan) 7th
Isaac Afonso (Year 7 Woollacott) 8th

12 of these students will now represent South-West at the South Australian Cross Country Championships at Oakbank later in the term.

The Resilience Project

A number of years ago I had the pleasure of hearing Hugh van Cuylenberg present at a conference, and his message was both extremely powerful and, I felt, extremely relevant to our role at Westminster to help support and shape future generations. Essentially, he described his experience as a young Australian cricketer who after a cricket tour, decided to seek experience in an Indian school as a part of his training to be a teacher. He found himself in what we would call an impoverished setting at the foot of the Himalayas. The children had very little indeed. Their shoes were full of holes, the water monitor had to trek kilometres with buckets to bring back water for drinking and washing. The playground was almost non-existent. When the students went home, their living conditions were extremely basic by our standards. Despite all of this – he had never met happier children. They were beaming, and loving life.

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Back in Melbourne, Hugh had a sister who, like him, attended a school not dissimilar to Westminster. Their family lived in a beautiful home and the family had everything they could possibly need. Despite this, Hugh’s sister was suffering from both anorexia and depression.

Hugh could not reconcile how the children in the remote Indian school who had so little, were happy, yet his sister and others like her had everything but were desperately unhappy. This scenario was the genesis of The Resilience Project.

Hugh set about trying to unpack the essential elements of wellbeing and mental health. He settled on a program to promote gratitude, empathy and mindfulness. Initially, his program targeted schools, but its relevance to adults soon saw it spread to sporting clubs and other institutions.

Parents and caregivers are invited to attend a parenting workshop on Monday 17 May, 7.00 pm in the Michael Murray Centre for Performing Arts, as part of our partnership with The Resilience Project. I believe this free event will be highly beneficial to you as parents/caregivers, and will also give you an insight into the kinds of messages your children are receiving through their student participation in The Resilience Project curriculum.

The Connected Parenting Workshop offers a valuable set of tools for parents and caregivers who are aiming to raise children through positive connections and communication.

In this 90 minute workshop, workshop presenter Lael Stone will provide parents/caregivers with:

  • guiding our children to become resilient adults
  • practical strategies to build stronger connections with your children
  • ideas to support your children when they are frustrated or going through challenging situations
  • simple ways to create cooperation
  • dealing with our own triggers as a parent
  • understanding big emotions and feelings and assisting your kids in becoming emotionally resilient

Our presenter, Lael Stone is an author, TEDx speaker, counsellor and parenting educator who specialises in navigating trauma and disconnection in families. She has spent the last 17 years working with families, as well as running programs in secondary schools for teens on relationships and wellbeing. She has three grown-up children and is the co-founder of Woodline Primary School, a new innovative school focused on supporting emotional intelligence in children.

Please use this link to book into this free event: https://www.trybooking.com/BRCCW

On the night you will be asked to check-in via a QR Code (if not previously checked in on that day at Westminster) or to please record your attendance on our entry register.

Cross Country – We Didn’t Get Wet!

In the first week of Term 2, we held our House Cross Country competition for all students in Years 3 to 6. As is always the case there were some outstanding individual efforts, but most pleasingly was the fact that nearly all who took part did their very best which is all we can ever ask. Mr Weatherald realigned the track so that spectators could view proceedings from the comfort of the Thomas Pavilion.

As we use this event to qualify for the District SAPSASA competition and ultimately the State Championships, students run according to their year of birth rather than grade at school. Congratulations to the medal winners listed below.

8 Year Old Boys
1stAshton WarrenWesley9.13
2ndLachlan NormanMace10.41
3rdShaurya AgarwalAbbey11.47
8 Year Old Girls
1stMatilda RosserAbbey11.09
2ndImogen EvansCharter12.13
3rdPeyton StoneAbbey13.11
9 Year Old Boys
1stJude MaloneyAbbey8.22
2ndNiels KoeperMace8.29
3rdCharlie MoriAbbey8.33
9 Year Old Girls
1stLucija MaogotoMace9.48
2ndAlexandra HenekerCharter10.38
3rdMackenzie FurnessWyvern10.39
10 Year Old Boys
1stLeo MatherWyvern8.23
2ndCaleb DyerCrown8.24
3rdEric TieCharter8.34
10 Year Old Girls
1stEmmerson WarrenWesley9.11
2ndGeorgia DavisonWesley9.22
3rdLily RitsonCrown9.23
11 Year Old Boys
1stJordan TuckerWyvern11.45
2ndJed PetroffCrown12.52
3rdCharlie KittelAbbey12.54
11 Year Old Girls
1stChelsea IrelandCrown14.42
2ndSophia HallamWesley15.17
3rdElla LunnWesley15.19
12 Year Old Boys
1stRiley WilsonWesley13.08
2ndDyrran TaintonCrown13.38
3rdOliver MaynardCharter14.12
12 Year Old Girls
1stIsabelle SincockWesley14.46
2ndSophie HutchinsCrown16.20
3rdSummer BradfordCharter17.44

Once results were tallied up, the winning House overall was Wesley!

Happy (Code) Campers

Last holiday break there were 35 students who attended our Westminster Code Camp, which was a resounding success. The students who attend from Reception to Year 6 don’t get a sleep in, but they do get three days of learning how to code and create games on an iPad which they thoroughly enjoy.

Next holidays Code Camp will be back from Monday 12 to Wednesday 14 July. Look out for enrolment details as the date nears.

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60th Anniversary Whole School Photo

Just a reminder that our 60th Anniversary Photo is coming up on Monday 24 May. The photo will take place in stages during the morning and be led by our teaching staff to the right place at the right time. All students will need to be in full School uniform (School blazer essential).

Please watch out for an email to all parents and caregivers with all the details. The email will also include a link for you to be able to do an ‘earlybird order’ of the poster for a special subsidised 60th Anniversary price of $49.50 each.

It will make a great anniversary souvenir for your child’s or children’s time at the School.

Also, please note on that morning, the West (Uniform) Shop will open a bit later at 9.00 am to allow for the staff to be included in the photo.

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Aussie Bread Tags for Wheelchairs

Bread Tags for Wheelchairs has been running in South Africa since 2006 - they collect bread tags that a local plastics company, Zibo, buys for a small amount per kilo. The tags (high impact polystyrene, type 6 plastic) are recycled and made into seedling trays. The proceeds are used to provide wheelchairs for those in need. At present, 500kg are collected per month in South Africa, which funds two to three wheelchairs. A great environmental and social project!

Although some individuals and organisations had been collecting prior to this, in August 2018 Aussie Bread Tags for Wheelchairs was launched and started collecting bread tags in Australia on a national scale. Initially, all the tags were sent back to South Africa with travellers and in charity containers. In February 2019, the charity started working with a recycler in Robe, who was prepared to donate to the charity in exchange for tags on an ongoing basis and are now sending him regular shipments. The funds are still used to buy wheelchairs for South Africans in need.

In the Prep School, we have been collecting bread tags since early 2020. Aussie Bread Tags for Wheelchairs has now provided us with a collection box, which can hold up to 20kg worth of bread tags! This collection box is located in the Prep Office, and we would like to encourage you to please drop any of your bread tags for recycling at our new collection point.

The Prep School Environmental Club

Uniform Reminder

As the cooler weather has taken hold, please ensure that students have what they need to come to school in their Winter Uniform. The Winter Uniform includes the blazer, and it must be worn to and from school on any day that the student does not have a timetabled PE lesson. The Winter Uniform can be worn at any time of the year but is compulsory commencing Monday 10 May.

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Girls' Winter Uniform - there are also trousers available for girls if preferable.
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Boys' Winter Uniform – Either long trousers or shorts are suitable for Prep students. The jumper is optional.
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Westminster Uniform Shop

Westminster has its own Westminster Shop. The Westminster Shop is located at 27 Alison Avenue. You can contact the Westminster Shop on T: 8276 0260 or E: uniform@westminster.sa.edu.au

Opening Hours

Monday ​- 8.15 am to ​​4.30 pm
​Tuesday - ​1.00 to ​​4.30 pm
Wednesday - Closed
​Thursday - ​8.15 am to ​​4.30 pm
​Friday - ​1.00 to ​4.30 pm

Diary Dates

  • Resilience Project - Connected Parenting Workshop - Monday 17 May, 7.00 pm
  • Carter Wing and Inquiry and Innovation Hub Opening - Tuesday 18 May
  • Whole School Photograph - Monday 24 May
  • Transition class visit day - Thursday 27 May
  • Whole School Open Day - Friday 28 May
  • Dance All Sorts Concert - Thursday 3 June, 7.30 pm
  • Year 7 2022 Parent session - Tuesday 8 June
  • Queen's Birthday Public Holiday - Monday 14 June
  • Sing, Sing, Sing Concert - Wednesday 16 June
  • ELC Graduation - Friday 18 June
  • Battle of the Rock Bands - Wednesday 23 June, 6.00 pm
  • End of Term 2 - 1.00 pm dismissal, Friday 25 June
  • Term 3 Commences - Tuesday 20 July

Grant Bock
Head of Preparatory School