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

Early Learning to Year 12

Old Scholar News - Edition 15 - 2020

Opening of the Thomas Pavilion

Sunday 18 October marked the milestone opening of the new Sports Pavilion that sits at the southern end of the Main Oval and west of the Sports and Swimming Centre. At this ceremony, Chairman of School Council Phillip Styles (’65) announced that this new facility would be known as the Thomas Pavilion, in honour of the generosity of the Thomas family, which includes Old Scholars Darren (’90) and his sister Kylie (’92), who was tragically taken in an accident in 1995. The northern grandstand was also announced as being named as the Mawson Giles Stand. Father of Bill Giles (’65); grandfather of the late Scott Giles (’84), Crawford Giles (’86) and Sophie Orchard (’09); great grandfather of Amber Giles (’14) and students Macey Giles (’20), Jessica McManus (’22) and James McManus (‘25), Mawson was a tireless campaigner and supporter of Westminster School during its earliest years. Thank you to the Thomas and Giles families for their incredible support to make this new pavilion a reality within the Westminster campus.

Within the Thomas Pavilion, we have installed a digital Hall of Sporting Fame, which we will share with Old Scholars in the next eNews. Thank you to all Old Scholars who have added their suggestions to our extensive list, superbly compiled by Archives volunteer Andrew May (’77) and Archivist Peter Goldsworthy (’65). The achievements we have recorded within our Old Scholar and Past Staff community are amazing and cross a huge range of sports and activities. If you do review the list, you will see we have recorded Old Scholars and Past Staff who have played or participated at a state, national and/or international level. Your name could well be on it but even if it isn’t and you have something to share or update that meets the broad criteria, just let me know so that we can reflect it within this comprehensive record.

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Old Scholars at the Thomas Pavilion opening: Peter Isaksson (’80), Kelly Roberts (‘87 ), Sophie Roberts (‘13), Tom Isaksson (‘12 ), Andrew Harding (’77).
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Sam Ackland (’08)

Adelaide-based business Build Clean’s founder Sam Ackland (’08) has been named this year’s SA Young Entrepreneur (18 to 35 years). His achievements were celebrated at a graduation ceremony for Business SA’s South Australian Young Entrepreneur Scheme last week. Sam started his cleaning business for the residential and commercial building industry in 2018. Now employing 34 staff in just two years, Build Clean has built a reputation for setting a high benchmark and uses an innovative app-based system to ensure clients receive the highest quality clean. Congratulations Sam!

Further information can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/workingforSouthAustralia/photos/a.663712530340882/3616049795107126 Photo courtesy of Business SA: Sam with Chief Executive Martin Hayes.

Reunions 2021

While the Reunion program for 2020 has been all but suspended, we are now looking to our program in 2021. Additionally, the School celebrates its 60th Anniversary next year so we are aiming to do this in an expanded community reunion program throughout the year. In the coming month, we will be finalising the anniversary program to be offered. Like everyone, we are hoping that the Reunion program will be able to go ahead but appreciate that we are at the behest of the health directives that might still be in force around COVID-19.


It is with great sadness that we advise of the recent passing of Robin Beecher (’89). Robin had spent much of his time in India and we understand this is where he was at the time of his death. Our thoughts are with the Beecher family, including his brothers Andrew (‘88) and Gareth (‘85), nephew Thomas (’19) and nieces Amelie (’22) and Maija (’26).

Peter Trenorden (’77)
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