One of the most rewarding aspects of being at Westminster are the many times I have witnessed the care and support that students can show for those who are less fortunate than they are. Over the years I have listened to students give presentations about events or groups of people to which they have a personal connection, and ask for the support from the school. Last year this occurred on several occasions and the response from the School was outstanding and heartfelt.
Last week in the Senior School Assembly, a video message from Old Scholar James (Jimmy) Ashby (‘16) was shown. James has been cycling around the world, covering 29,000 kilometres to date, with a further 11,000 kilometres to go before he finishes back in Adelaide. Jimmy is hoping to raise $1 per kilometre for research into Motor Neurone Disease and has currently raised just over $22,000. You can find out more about Jimmy and his travels at this link.
Stella Byrne (Year 8 Dunstan) has been recognised for demonstrating the school values of courage and kindness. After hearing that a fellow Year 8 in her class was going through treatment for Brain Cancer on the first day of school, Stella decided to take up the challenge of the World’s Greatest Shave and has raised almost $2300 for the Leukaemia Foundation.
Both Stella and Jimmy provide excellent role models for showing kindness to others and the courage to do something to make a difference.
A reminder from the last eNews that the annual Senior School House Athletics Carnival will be held on Thursday 28 March beginning at 1.30 pm, and continuing all day Friday 29 March. Students will be required to wear School Uniform to School on Thursday and change in to House sport uniform if they are competing in the afternoon. On the Friday, all students can come to school either wearing School sports uniform or House sports uniform.
I am sure the competition will be enthusiastic, with students doing their best for their House.
Parents are welcome to attend the event.
Sunday 7 April is the Tenebrae Service in the Jeffries Chapel at 7.00 pm. This is a very special service involving readings of the Easter story and a high standard of music from the students. Families are welcome to attend this Service and stay for light refreshments after. As there is limited seating in the Chapel, I would encourage people to come early to be assured of a seat.
The week following Tenebrae is Holy Week, where the Senior School meets at the beginning of each day to reflect on the Easter message.
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.
Head of Senior School