And the winner is …

The past two weeks have produced some remarkable performances - Music Night was a triumph; we hosted the statewide ABODA Band Festival where our Music bands and ensembles earned five gold standards and Big Band 3 won their section; and we held a successful Winter Intercol against Pembroke. Connecting these events is the underlying pride that we share to do our best individually and together, for each other and the School. These events show our students are capable of doing great things in the strength of our pride and community spirit at Westminster.

This year it was our turn to host the annual Intercol. In the lead up Assembly, student leaders encouraged students to be involved and enjoy the occasion.  It wasn’t just about players, it was about harnessing a strong and respectful School spirit across the sporting competition. The Winter Intercol is the culmination of Semester 2 sport with matches in badminton, soccer, table tennis, chess, football, basketball and netball. The fixtures themselves produced many memorable sporting moments with past and present parents, staff, Old Scholars and friends there in force to share in the School pride so evident on the day. I sensed it no matter where I was or what sport I was watching. President of the WOS Football Club, current parent and coach of our Years 4/5 Football team Richard Bund (’96), organised our junior players to be part of the action by playing an exhibition game at half time of the First XVIII football match. Many parents gave up their time to help on the BBQ and food stalls. Head of Senior Sport Mike Martens and Sport Administrator Marianne Collier deserve credit for coordinating such a brilliant community event.  Our Head of Sport Development and High Performance, Jane Woodlands-Thompson and Director of Co-curricular Activities Gary Davison should feel deservedly proud as the Intercol encapsulated everything they have been working hard to achieve – a high standard of sport performance through experienced coaching and by building student skills, commitment, team respect, community support, and School pride. We had overall wins in football, netball, basketball and badminton, and all players are to be congratulated for their dedication and participation.

This year for the first time at Intercol, we ‘live streamed’ matches on YouTube. Under the guidance of Head of Digital and Design Technologies Darren McLachlan, Andrew Stone (Year 12 Carter) assembled a team of technicians - Years 12s Daniel Carlin (Forder), Bryce Chung (Woollacott), and IT Trainee Luke Anderson, and guest commentators, including Preparatory Staff Adam Thompson and Jon Dyer, Caitlin Gillespie (Year 12 Fereday), Ronald Fuschtei (Year 12 Heaslip), Con Gardiakos (Year 12 Forder) and Sam Reynolds (Year 12 Clark). Apparently, we had viewers from as far afield as Malaysia enjoying the action. This in itself was an amazing achievement and team effort to showcase the capabilities of our media unit in a tent of technology to rival any great sporting event.  The sense of pride in our wonderful School came through loud and clear in the broadcasts. Our students at the Intercol were so supportive of each other that anyone present could not help but be caught up in the positive ‘vibe’ - it unified us all.

With Winter Intercol done for another year, Friday 1 September is our Open Day when we welcome many families who are considering Westminster as their school of choice for their son or daughter. We offer Open Day as a day in the life of the School. While we never have any trouble packing our tours to the brim with so much happening on this and any other day, it is the friendliness and pride of students and staff that always adds to the experience. This shines through at Westminster - it was there at the Intercol, when we earned our gold standards in Music, when we performed with professional musicians at Music Night, and on so many more occasions. We happily share our pride - it is genuine, justified and fundamental to making Westminster truly exceptional.

Grant Bock
Acting Principal