Welcome Back

It has been great to welcome the students back for the second half of the year. They all have many stories to share and have returned with a fresh enthusiasm for learning. As always, the new term has us looking forward to some changes with great anticipation. Our Year 7 students are involved this semester in a project that will extend their critical and creative thinking skills, while giving them relevant experience in terms of the Research Project that they will undertake in Year 11. Our Transition students will be exploring new ideas as they move from the ELC to the Junior Primary, some experiencing five days a week at school for the first time.

Resilience

Over the break, I had the opportunity to develop my understanding of pressure and resilience. Pressure comes from having personally high expectations as well as expectations from those around you. It evolves when you are being scrutinised and when there are clear consequences relating to success and failure.

People who find success under pressure situations demonstrate both the ability to push past their perceived limits but are also resilient to the inevitable errors that occur along the way. The common theme through my reading was the individual’s ability to feel uncomfortable yet still strive to achieve their goals. We need to make sure that we provide our young people the environment in which they can experience challenge yet understand that the feeling of not knowing or being uncomfortable is a positive one.

"A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty." Sir Winston Churchill

New staff

We welcome three new staff members to Westminster this term. Jess Sullivan will be taking 1S for the remainder of the year, while Melanie Madsen and Victoria Papas will be working with our Transition students.

New Students and New Classes

The most exciting change this semester has come about as a result of welcoming two new classes of children into the Junior Primary part of the Preparatory School. We have two Transition classes that afford the children who were not quite ready at the start of the year, the opportunity to have two terms of full time school prior to entering Reception next year.

We welcome the following students to our Preparatory School.

Abbey: Carter Browne, Ella Chen, Mimi Gorski, Ethan Halimee, Marissa Lee, Benji Rawson
Charter: Banjo Bishop, Krish Grover, Esmé Laattoe, Imogen Shenfine, Gabriella Tassone
Crown: Charlotte Felix, Ella-Rose Graham, Kuku Luo, Jacqueline Reed
Mace: Charlotte Dixon, Felix Fok, Lucija Maogoto, Addison Smith, Jack Smith
Wesley: Thomas Judd, Nishka Juneja, Emma Qiu, Ishana Roy, Clara Swalling 
Wyvern: Connor Aherne, Kimaya Anand, Arkin Kruavit, Alexander Patritti, Summer Wilson, Charlotte Wolf

We also welcome Claudia Richards (Year 4 Wesley), Jessie Hartmann (Year 5 Wesley), and Jianan Jiang (Year 7 Abbey) as they start with us this term.

The Adventures of Super Stan

During the final week of Term 2, students from Year 6 and 7 performed 'The Adventures of Super Stan'. It was a truly student run event. Everyone who was able to attend had a wonderful experience as the students delivered on all levels. Mrs Laity and Mr Jury were able to prepare the students wonderfully, and Ms Kamei demonstrated her creativity with prop design. 

The students had a brilliant time performing and again it was an opportunity to see a range of students pushing themselves and producing outstanding results.

Can you help?

This term we have some major events in the Prep School. Our Father’s Day Breakfasts happen during Week 6, and the Prep School Grandparents' and VIPs day on the Friday of Week 7. Our Parents' Club help with the catering needs on these days and are always grateful for some extra assistance. If you are able to volunteer some time then please contact Kelly Roberts, President of the Parents' Club.

Sporting Success

Sailing

We have had a couple of  students in the Prep School who have had great success in Sailing this year, Quinn Auricht (Year 7 Abbey) and Alexi Wigglesworth (Year 7 Wesley) recently competed in the 2017 World Championships in the Optimist class. They was part of a five-member team from Australia after having qualified at the 2017 Australian National Championship. This was the largest championship event ever held with 280 of the top ranked sailors attending from 62 countries.

Quinn finished 21st in the Blue fleet and Alexi finished the competition in 26th place in the Gold fleet.

This achievement has topped off a fantastic twelve months of sailing for Alexi, which has seen him on the podium several times, in addition to finishing as ‘Champion’ of the New Caledonian Nationals in his first International regatta.

Quinn has also has a highly successful year sailing in Singapore and Toronto, finishing with outstanding results which included 19th place in Singapore and 38th place in Toronto. Both students have contributed to Australia being ranked in the top 10 for the first time.

Athletics

At the end of Term 2, Jan McGinley (Year 6 Mace) and Gerard McGinley (Year 3 Mace) were recognised as the most outstanding U12 and U8 athletes of the year for Hallett Cove Little Athletics Club for the second year running. In addition to this, Gerard broke a club record in the 700m with a time of 2:47.06 and received the Mayor of Marion Junior Athlete Encouragement award. Congratulations Jan and Gerard!

Taekwondo

Gjsovaun Brijmohan (Year 6 Abbey) recently participated in the South Australian Taekwondo State competition as part of the qualification process for the National Taekwondo championships later this year in Bendigo, Victoria. Gjsovaun fought in two age categories, the 11-12 year olds and the 12-14 year old categories.

He won the gold medal in the 11-12 year old category, and also gave a good account of himself in the higher age category where he won the silver medal. He now looks forward to training for the National Taekwondo Championships in October.

SAPSASA

We have had consistent representation in all the SAPSASA South West teams this year, our students have contributed as outstanding team members and found success at another level of competition.

In the last week of Term 2, Harry Lunn (Year 6 Wesley), Josh Rycroft (Year 7 Wesley), Sasha Coorey (Year 7 Charter) and Stella Senior (Year 7 Charter) represented South West in the State Soccer carnival. They all had a very successful week playing in the Division 1 competition. Sasha and Stella were part of the Girls’ team that finished 1st, and Josh and Harry finished 5th in the Boys’ team. 

Samuel Hutt (Year 6 Abbey) competed in the State Hockey carnival. The South West side finished 2nd in Division 2.

Bobby Zhou (Year 7 Charter) has been selected in the SAPSASA 12 and under State Tennis team to compete at the School Sport Australia Championship in Shepparton in October. This is a wonderful achievement and Bobby will have a great time competing against the best 12 year old tennis players from around the country.

Snowsports

Congratulations to Shalin Bigwood (Year 6 Charter), who along with brother Kai Bigwood (Year 8 Heaslip), won Gold for Westminster in the recent SA Schools Snowsports held at Mt Buller in the July holidays - an outstanding achievement!

Family@West Reminder

A reminder to parents that you can access individually tailored content related specifically to your child’s activities at School at any time through ‘Family@West’ on Inspire. Through Family@West you will gain access to live information including: student timetables, attendance record, resource usage (including print history and library borrowings), and contact details for your child’s key teachers and pastoral carers. It also provides insights into your child’s academic progress for the time they have been enrolled at Westminster and access to the Senior School’s online curriculum resource, Desire 2 Learn.

FAQs about Family@West, including how to reset your password if needed, can be viewed on the Portal FAQ page.

Diary Dates

  • Prep School Casuals Day - Friday 11 August
  • Bookweek and Interview Week - Monday 21 to Friday 25 August
  • Prep School Photos - Monday 28 to Tuesday 29 August
  • Father’s Day Breakfasts (Charter, Crown, and Wesley - Wednesday, Abbey, Mace, and Wyvern - Thursday) - Wednesday 30 and Thursday 31 August
  • Whole School Open Day - Friday 1 September
  • Show Day School Closure - Monday 4 September
  • Grandparents’ and VIPs Day - Friday 8 September
  • Term 3 concludes - 1.00 pm, Friday 29 September

Stuart Burns
Acting Head of Preparatory School