​A Wonderful Day

Last Friday we welcomed visitors to the Preparatory School for our 2017 Grandparents’ and VIPs’ Day. After many weeks of dreary weather, the sun came out and the School was alive with excitement as students were able to share their learning environment with these special people in their lives. Visitors started the day with an assembly that highlighted many talented students from across the year levels.  It was a great example of individuals and groups rising to the occasion when given the opportunity. An unexpected Yoga session, thanks to the Years 6 and 7 Voxpops group, was just one of many special moments. Following the assembly, the visitors enjoyed morning tea served by volunteer parents from the Parents’ Club and Friends of Westminster. Students then welcomed our visitors into classrooms. Some of our guests also chose to visit the Haslam Library and generously donate a book to the Library collection, providing a gift to be appreciated for years to come. Many of the guests I spoke with were very impressed with the way the students engaged with their School and showed pride in their work. They also felt very welcome during the morning. Many thanks to all staff, students and volunteers who contributed to a very successful morning.

You can see Grandparents' and VIPs' Day photographs on Westminster's facebook page.

Student Achievements at the Royal Adelaide Show

The Royal Adelaide Show is an opportunity for student artists across age groups 5-20 years to submit their best pieces for both public display and judging. Seven Ding (Year 4 Wyvern) won the Lighthouse Prize for the Most Successful Student Exhibitor 2017, across all age groups. His works, using a variety of mediums, were of an outstanding standard, gaining multiple awards. Seven can be very proud of his achievement.

In a separate category, Jack Green (Year 3 Charter) submitted a quilt in the Under 9 competition and placed second. His elder sister, Emily Green (Year 8 Heaslip), also entered a quilt and received a first place with a special mention. A big effort and excellent result for each of them. 


Term 4 Co-curricular

A reminder that training for your child’s summer co-curricular activities will recommence in Week 1 of Term 4 (week beginning Tuesday 17 October), with matches likely to begin on the first weekend (Friday 20 and Saturday 21 October).

If your child is unable to fulfil their commitment to their nominated summer activity please let Head of Preparatory Sport Jace Bode know as soon as possible.

District Athletics 2017

We had 42 students attend the South West District Day on Thursday 24 August. In an outstanding effort, Westminster won the District Day Shield for large schools.

We had five 1st place finishes in the Girls’ Events: Erin Shepherd (Year 5 Mace) in the  Under 10 800m and 1500m; Katie Natt (Year 6 Crown) in the Under 11 800m and 1500m; and the 4x100m Under 10 relay team comprising Tigerlily Kovacic (Year 4 Wyvern), Harriet Robertson (Year 4 Mace), Maddison Willis (Year 5 Abbey) and  Erin Shepherd (Year 5 Mace).

We also had five 1st place finishes in the Boys’ events: Kalan Knox (Year 6 Wyvern) in the Under 12 1500m; Brad Shepherd (Year 7 Mace) in the Under 12 800m; Gsjovaun Brijmohan (Year 6 Abbey) in the Under 12 100m; Jan McGinley (Year 6 Mace) in the Under 12 discus; and Jake Hartmann (Year 6 Wesley) in the Under 12 high jump.

We have 13 athletes representing the South West District at State Day on Tuesday 26 September at Santos Stadium.

Congratulations to Tim Alver, Erin Shepherd, Tigerlily Kovacic, Sienna Jones, Katie Natt, Reilly Curran, Jan McGinley, Gsjovaun Brijmohan, Jake Hartmann, Brad Shepherd, Kalan Knox, Tyson Stallan, Rocco McNeill-Kovacic.

We wish them well.

Future Problem Solving

In some pleasing news, our Year 6 team in the Future Problem Solving competition has been invited to the National Finals in Sydney from Friday 20 to Sunday 22 October. This is an outstanding achievement and reward for all their hard work.

Work on the Big Screen

In 2016 director and writer, Russell Jenkins (Film Australis), and producer, Pietro D’Andrea, created the short drama film RETICENT. The film tells the story of Damien, an introverted young man who suffers from social anxiety and harbours a secret love for classical music. In the film, Damien is confronted by his 12-year-old self, played by Jan McGinley (Year 6 Mace).  Jan was chosen to work on the film due his ability to play the violin. The film has been entered into the South Australian Screen Awards, which is the highest accolade in the local film industry and is held early each year, and has been sent to film festivals across Australia and the world.   Congratulations Jan.

Diary Dates

  • Term 3 concludes - Friday 29 September, 1.00 pm

Stuart Burns
Acting Head of Preparatory School