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

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

Sunday 29 to Tuesday 31 October

Information Pack

​Three-day Kayaking trip (replacing the Canoe Challenge) on Katarapko Creek between Berri and Loxton. Paddling with the flow, a great Bronze/Silver/11OED trip. 20 spots available.

​Friday 8 to Monday 18 December

Information Pack

​10-day Multi-Activity Expedition in Tasmania. No positions left.

Westventure 2018

All Year 10 students in 2018 participate in this 12-day Residential Outdoor Education program in their House Groups. This program is unique to Westminster School, and forms a lasting memory and learning experience for the students involved. An information pack was emailed to all parents of students involved last week. The consent forms are due back at school by Friday 10 November.

As part of the lead up, all Year 9 students will be involved in sail/kayak training in Week 8, and First Aid training in Week 9.

Please follow the link to download the Westventure Information Pack.

Outdoor Education Subject Awards

Westminster School Year 12 Outdoor Education students were recently awarded with Certificates of Merit for their results in 2016. Nine students were recognised by the Outdoor Education Association of South Australia at a presentation dinner, including three students who achieved 20/20. Congratulations to Georgia Brazier, Hailey Brown, and Emily Reed for perfect scores, and James Ashby, Stan Feetham, Kaytie Hosking, Lachlan Ryan, and Madeline Young for excellence in Outdoor Education.

Please follow the link to download the OEASA Newsletter.

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 currently no positions left.

Year 9 Duke of Edinburgh's International Award

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 practise 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.

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 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 rock-climbing at Mt Arapiles or Scuba Diving on the South Coast over the Easter break, 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 month 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