As we come to the conclusion of 2020 we can reflect on the Reunion 2020 program that was more or less over before it started. Well done Class of 2010 who managed to sneak in their 10 Year reunion at the end of February, virtually the week before shut down! At the moment we are working through the 2021 program and will look to share these reunions with those of you who missed a milestone reunion event in 2020. Next year, Westminster School will be celebrating 60 years with recognition events during the course of the year, hopefully allowing us to come together as a community. We are currently working through dates and schedules while mindful, of course, that COVID-19 is still around and may have its own say in what we can and can’t do. There will be a Westminster News out early in 2021 with a featured program of dates, and these will be shared accordingly on the WOS facebook page and in the WOS group, so let’s look at 2021 in a positive light and plan for the best!
Following their shortened seasons, the WOS Football Club and WOS Soccer Club are ready and raring to go with their respective pre-seasons. We hope to have them at School as soon as possible to start their rigorous training but just need to navigate around restrictions still in place. We don’t want to delay the clubs’ plans a day longer than necessary but still need to abide with what is possible in the wider community, particularly when involving playing grounds and facilities at schools across South Australia. It’s just a matter of time and we’ll be underway again!
It is with great sadness that we recently farewelled Melia (Mel) Hancock, wife of David Hancock and mother of Old Scholars Josh Hancock (’10) and Jessica Hancock (’15). Mel passed away on Wednesday 4 November 2020, following a battle with a form of brain cancer, but not before she was able to celebrate in the wonderful arrival of her first grandchild, Noah. Mel was an active volunteer at the School, which has played an important part in her family’s life during the past 20 years. She co-convened the Fun Fair’s highly successful Second Hand Clothing stall, managed by Fricker House, and was the Mothers’ Club (now Parents’ Club) representative on the Uniform Committee. Josh joined the Westminster Old Scholars’ Soccer Club and the Hancock family followed in support. Mel was often at Westminster helping and being involved with the School community – vibrant, energetic, calling it as she saw it, and we loved her for it. Our thoughts are with David, Josh and his partner Amy (and son Noah), and Jess, who was the Old Scholars’ Award recipient in her Class of 2015. Even in times of restrictions, the Westminster presence at Mel’s funeral was considerable, such is the respect for her and the Hancock family – Mel will be greatly missed and remembered by all.
Peter Trenorden (’77)
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