The last 10 days have seen our Old Scholars’ calendar turned on its head!
The last Friday in July is traditionally our Old Scholars’ Day and this year it fell on Friday 30 July. But not only have we just emerged from the South Australian lockdown, Westminster School was identified as a COVID-19 exposure site when a casual staff member tested positively to the coronavirus. It closed the School immediately and only now, 10 days later, are we able to welcome most students and staff back when we re-open for face-to-face learning on Friday 30 July. Our thoughts are with those who need to see their full 14 day quarantine out and, of course, all Old Scholars whether in Adelaide, interstate or overseas who have found or are finding themselves in a similar situation. Now that Westminster has re-opened, we will be operating as according to the prevailing SA Health restrictions and one of these is to minimise visitors on the School campus. Who would have thought that in a year when we are celebrating 60 years since the opening of Westminster that we would be celebrating its re-opening!
The Old Scholar events cancelled are:
Refunds have been made to all who had paid to attend one of these events and we will start afresh when we can reschedule. Over the coming week, WOSA and the School will work together to confirm when we can hold our cancelled events that were to take place at the School. These will be communicated directly to Old Scholars if for a specific year group and then widely in the eNews and via the WOS facebook page and group, which will also be used for the ‘open invitation’ events. We are still hopeful that in the second half of 2021, we will be able to enjoy all of our usual events at some time.
Events coming up:
Thank you for your patience and understanding. We are maintaining a high degree of optimism that we will be able to celebrate our special Old Scholar events in the School’s 60th Anniversary Year.
We are saddened to learn that former staff member Anne Miller-Arnold, formerly Anne Miller, passed away aged 81 on Friday 23 July, after a long and fiercely brave battle with cancer and multiple strokes. Anne was on staff at Westminster from 1983 to 1996. The family is only able to hold a private funeral at this time but plan to hold a memorial service for Anne when restrictions have been eased. The details will be shared when known. In the meantime, Anne’s family have asked for any donations in Anne’s memory be made to Minda Inc. Our thoughts are with Anne’s husband Terry Arnold, her sons Dominic Miller (’85), Justin Miller (’86) and daughter Laura Jericevich (nee Miller) (’89), and step-family Peter Arnold (’85), Grant Arnold (’86) and Narelle Arnold (’89), and their collective families.
Peter Trenorden (’77)
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