Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Program Expeditions for Years 9 to 12

The following expeditions are offered during Terms 3 and 4. Information packs can be picked up from the OED office or through Inspire at Play@West, Outdoor Education. 


Friday 29 September to Tuesday 3 October
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​Four days of Rockclimbing at the world famous Mt Arapiles in Victoria. Suitable for Bronze to Gold students with prior rockclimbing experience.
Friday 29 September to Tuesday 3 October
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Four days of Bushwalking on South Coast in Deep Creek NP along the Heysen Trail. Suitable for Bronze to Gold students. One position left.
​Friday 8 to Monday 18 December
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​10-day Multi-Activity Expedition in Tasmania. Three positions left.


Tasmania Expedition December 2017

We are conducting this bienniel event for experienced students working on their Silver or Gold Award. The multi-activity expedition includes a four-day walk in pristine mountain sub-alpine terrain, followed up with some rock-climbing and white-water kayaking. The trip has 21 available spots and there are three positions left. 

Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Program Rockclimbing Trip

Twenty four students from Years 9 to 11 attended the three-day climbing trip in the Adelaide Hills. Due to the predicted wild weather, the Outdoor Education faculty changed the order of activities and included a number of indoor climbing venues in their program.

Day 1 started with sunshine and climbs were set up in Onkaparinga Gorge’s Top Cliff. Eight climbs of different levels of difficulty ranging from Grades 10 to 19 challenged student nerves and techniques. Challenges included dealing with tiny footholds, overhangs, corner cracks and crimp holds. The newly landscaped Top Cliff climbing site was enjoyed by all involved.

Day 2 shifted to an indoor climbing venue at Holden Hill. Students were introduced to a wide range of climbs that had different colour holds to indicate the line and grade of the climb. Grades ranged from low teens to mid-twenties with many students being very successful on reaching the top of numerous climbs.

Day 3 also had threatening rain and wind and the climbers attended a new indoor Bouldering venue. Here, climbers had to boulder (climb without ropes) on a 4-5 metre wall and drop down onto gym mats at the completion of the climb. The day consisted of personal climbing, individual challenges and team problem-solving events. The new venue will offer greater flexibility and training for Years 11/12 Outdoor Education classes.

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Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Program Gold Award Presentation

Congratulations to the 10 students who were presented with their Gold Award at a ceremony at Government House on Tuesday 29 August. His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AC was impressed with the range of activities and personal challenges undertaken by the Westminster cohort. Westminster was well represented with 10 out of the 26 recipients - no other organisation or school had more than two awardees.

James Ashby ('16)
Marnie Brice ('14)
Lucy Burns ('16)
Natasha Hutt ('16)
Lachlan Pieck (Year 12)
Emily Reed ('16)
Courtney Reynolds (Year 12)
Michael Short (Year 12)
Hamish Whitaker (Year 12)
Madeline Young ('16) 

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Year 9 Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Program

Over 60 % (80 students) of Year 9 have taken up the challenge of the Duke of Ed program in 2017. So far, students have completed their practice expedition as part of the Year 9 camp; started to record their winter sport as their physical recreation section; have nominated a hobby/skill activity and are actively seeking community service activities. So engaged are the students that many (over 45) have completed the Mt Remarkable Bushwalk as their qualifying expedition. Other opportunities are available in Term 3 from the list above. All students have to record their activities on the new ORB (online registration book). Students do have the option to do a paper record but must create an ORB first.

Thanks to OE staff Julie Engelhardt and Rob McLean ('99) for their facilitation with the Year 9 program. Many of these students are aiming to finish their Bronze in 2017 and count Westventure in 2018 towards their Silver Award.

If students still wish to ‘sign-up’ they need to visit the OED office for details or contact me via Email.

Year 12 Outdoor Self-Reliant Expeditions

The three Year 12 classes have been busy completing their final expeditions for 2017. So far the classes have been rockclimbing at Mt Arapiles or scuba diving on the South Coast over Easter, sea kayaking along the south coast in June and in small groups conducted skiing in Victoria, bushwalking in the Flinders and mountain-biking in the Flinders over the months of July and August. The expeditions are a prelude to their environmental investigations which are 2,000 words in length and worth 30% of their grade.

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Gordon Begg
Head of Outdoor Education