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 3 - 2022

Co-curricular Sport

It was great to see the inter-school co-curricular sport program start last Saturday. Watching teams training in previous weeks I’m sure the students and coaches appreciated having competitive matches and enjoyed the environment of being in a team working together for a common goal.

Although it is always a good feeling to win the competition, competitive sports are a great learning experience where students can learn a variety of skills and values that can be transferred to all areas of their lives. From making a commitment to a group and being accountable, to helping the team to perform at their best, to learning from defeat and developing resilience to look forward to the next game. We often encourage students to be reflective and review their performance academically and sport is very effective in teaching students to reflect on where they can improve individually and also as a team so their next performance is better than their last.

One of the best lessons is understanding the correlation between hard work and performance and often there are no shortcuts. Former professional golfer Gary Player often said ‘the harder I practise the luckier I get’. It is always satisfying when students and teams understand that working hard and seeking help is required to achieve a goal. Over the years I have coached teams where it is understood by the group and each individual takes responsibility for being the best they can be to ensure the team can be the best it can be. Not surprisingly they experienced enjoyable and successful seasons. Such lessons can be transferred to the classroom or other passions students may have.

Last Saturday evening it was great to see 2020 School Captain Kaine Baldwin play for Essendon in a pre-season game against St Kilda. He was and continues to be a great example of an extremely resilient individual who had to cope with two knee reconstructions in his final two years of school but never shied away from his goal of being an AFL footballer. He also showed the same approach to his academic studies. Hopefully, we see more of Kaine this season.

Talking with Mr Nick Garrett who is the Manager and Coach of the Middle School Boys’ Tennis Team it appears that the team represented themselves and the school most admirably last Saturday morning. They waited a significant amount of time for their opposition to turn up and when they did they were short of players. The way our boys conducted themselves both on the court and off was a credit to them and I thank them for how they represented Westminster.

Inter-House Competitions

Our School Leaders led by School Captain Airlie Rouvray and School Vice Captain Archie Byrne organised an Inter-House Ultimate Frisbee competition which was held during lunchtimes last week and was highly successful in bringing students together. There was a lot of fun had in competing for their House. With spectators on the Pavilion and music playing in was a great atmosphere.

I congratulate the students for having the resilience to focus on what they can do and not dwell on what we can’t do at the moment to create this opportunity.

David Wallage
Head of Senior School