Last week, with the arrival of Spring, we were on show at the Royal Adelaide Show, the end result of much hard work over many months by students and staff. Many families will be unaware of the breadth and depth of activities that take place on our working farm. We keep steers, goats, chickens, sheep, pigs and even dairy cows (which ELC students know about being regular farm visitors). Students learn to care and prepare the animals for judging at the Show. Many SA regional schools send teams to the Show and Westminster is one of a handful from the city to participate.  While maybe a little biased, I am sure those who visited the teams during Show week would agree that we were extremely well represented and proudly on show for local, regional and rural families.  Our team displays were excellent and special thanks must go to our generous sponsors, including Thomas Foods International and TFI CEO Darren Thomas (’90), for their support of our Show Team and Agriculture program. Amongst many excellent awards won by Westminster students was the prestigious Most Professional School (Steers) to confirm that Westminster was ‘best school on show’. Congratulations to the Agriculture Team - Sarah Truran, Aisha Hargreaves, Bill Richards and honorary member Vaughan Campagnolo -  who all worked incredibly hard with students and animals to make sure our Show Team was at its peak. The results speak for themselves and the Agriculture report in this eNews shows what we achieved with grateful acknowledgment to students, staff and sponsors. 

The Show fell between our annual Open Day and Grandparents’ and VIPs’ day, both capturing a day in the life of Westminster when we proudly put ourselves on show. As a result of Open Day we will welcome a number of new families to the School who felt Westminster showed itself to be the right fit for their family.  On Grandparents’ and VIPs’ Day, we welcomed hundreds of visitors to the Preparatory School where classrooms became the showcase and our students were able to proudly show their School to family and friends.

No matter the event, where we are, who we are with, Westminster is always on show. There are so many examples  - the visitors to the School who admire our facilities and grounds; every student who wears the School uniform on campus or beyond; the smiling student who gave up a train seat to an appreciative senior traveller, prompting a call to compliment us; the upper primary Voxpops choir touring the Fleurieu to brilliant reviews. We encourage our students to be do their best as individuals and in teams, and when quality shows we can be sure that it always shines bright.

Grant Bock
Acting Principal