A Uniting Church coeducational independent day and boarding school on Kaurna Country, Adelaide, South Australia

Early Learning to Year 12

Head of Senior School - Edition 10 - 2020

Welcome to Term 3

I would like to welcome all students back for Term 3 and offer a special welcome to seven new students who started at Westminster this term. As some of the restrictions have been eased around what we can do, I look forward to a more normal term and hope that as a State we do not experience a return to tighter restrictions.

To help us maintain a healthy environment in the Senior School, I ask that students who are not feeling well remain at home until they have recovered. Students are able to access their curriculum at home via SEQTA online and can also make contact with their teachers via SEQTA or email.

Last weekend saw the first round of sport for the winter season and it was great to see so many students involved and being able to compete in their chosen sport. Sport and activities were certainly something that was missing from Term 2. Apart from students playing sport, it also provided an opportunity for other students to support players and build that sense of community that is a very important part of Westminster.

The Year 11 and 12 Drama students are rehearsing for their play performance, which begins Wednesday 2 September. This year, our Head of Drama, Mr John Doherty has combined both year levels due to the restrictions that were in place last term preventing the Year 12 Play to be performed.

This term we will also be entertained by our dancers and musicians with various performances. I encourage you to check the Westminster Calendar for dates and times of the performances. One consideration that will be different from previous years is that there will be a reduced number of people that we can have in an audience, based on government guidelines.

The Outdoor Education staff have been working hard to provide alternative opportunities for the Year 7, 8 and 9 students to have an outdoor experience which they would have normally received with their camp. Given the enthusiasm of the Year 9 students who have returned consent forms for expeditions, they have appreciated the efforts of the staff.

The end of Term 3 will be a busy one with three key events happening. The InterSchol competition against Pembroke, the Green and White Formal for Year 11 and 12 students, and Sports Day are events that students look forward to and that provide further opportunities to build that sense of community.

I again encourage you to contact the School should you have any questions or concerns. The key people to contact are the Heads of Year 7 and 8 or the Heads of House in the first instance. I also welcome contact with families should you prefer to call me.

David Wallage
Head of Senior School