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

The following expeditions are available during Terms 2, 3, and 4. Information packs can collected from the OED office, on Inspire at Play@West Outdoor Education, or follow the links below.

Saturday 30 June to Tuesday 3 July - Four day Bushwalk in the scenic and rugged Edeowie Gorge near Wilpena Pound in the Flinders Ranges. Suitable for all levels.

Saturday 7 to Saturday 14 July - Telemark Cross Country Ski Trip near Falls Creek, staying in a mountain hut and exploring alpine regions on skis. Suitable for experienced students. This trip is currently full.

Friday 10 to Sunday 12 August - Three day introduction to Mountain Bike riding on established bike trails in the Adelaide Hills. Suitable for Bronze or Silver students.

Saturday 1 to Monday 3 September - Three day introduction to Rockclimbing conducted in the Adelaide Hills and local indoor venues. Suitable for Bronze and Silver students.

Friday 28 September to Tuesday 2 October - Four days of Rockclimbing at the world famous Mt Arapiles in Victoria. Suitable for Bronze to Gold students with prior rockclimbing experience.

Friday 28 September to Tuesday 2 October - Four days of Bushwalking on Kangaroo Island's world class Wilderness Trail. Suitable for Bronze to Gold students.

New Zealand Expedition December 2018

We are conducting this biennial 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, which are all currently full, however there is a standby list open. If there is sufficient interest, there is an option to create a larger group. Please follow the link to download information on the New Zealand Expedition.

Year 9 Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Program

Over 40% of Year 9 students have taken up the challenge of the Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Program in 2018. 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 some completed the Mt Remarkable Bushwalk as their qualifying expedition over the June long weekend. 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). Please follow the link to download the Westminster School Duke of Ed Information Brochure. Students do have the option to do a paper record but must create an ORB first.

Thanks to Julie Engelhardt, Amy Fletcher ('05), Kara Lucas and Rob McLean ('99) for their facilitation with the Year 9 program. Many of these students are aiming to finish their Bronze in 2018, and count Westventure in 2019 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.

Mt Remarkable Bushwalk

Over the June long weekend, 10 Westminster students participated in a three day bushwalk within the Mount Remarkable National Park. A range of students from Years 9 to 12 started and finished their journey from the popular Mambray Creek Picnic area, including Hidden Gorge.

Students were self-sufficient, carrying everything for three days (apart from water available each day) in rucksacks. The group navigated on tracks and across untracked scenic terrain, developing their navigation skills, under the guidance of instructors.

Although the temperature was quite cool during the evenings, the clear skies enabled brilliant star gazing opportunities, as well as excellent weather for walking during the days. Highlights of the trip included walking amongst massive River Red-gums between the rugged and vibrant red cliffs of the gorges (including Hidden Gorge); many creeks with flowing water; rock scrambling up a dry waterfall; overlooking the northern tip of the Spencer Gulf and beyond from a high vantage point (both during daylight and at night); taking in the beautiful scenery; and spending time with school friends out of the classroom.

All of these activities were undertaken whilst the former Premier Jay Weatherill was being evacuated from Hidden Gorge after breaking his leg on slippery terrain, a timely reminder of the hazards of outdoor adventures.

The staff were thoroughly impressed with the way students conducted themselves throughout the expedition; being well prepared, developing new bushwalking and camp-craft skills and proudly displaying responsible risk-taking and environmentally friendly behaviour. The staff look forward to future journeys with these students.

The expedition was a big success for staff and students alike.

Thanks to Amy Fletcher and Will Beinke ('17) for assisting and instructing on the trip.

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Year 12 Outdoor Education Sea Kayaking

Over thirty-six Year 12 Outdoor Education students completed their sea kayaking skills expedition earlier this week. Students paddled the scenic Encounter Marine Park in the vicinity of Myponga Beach to Rapid Bay. Students encountered an abundance of marine life including dolphins, inquisitive seals, and majestic sea eagles whilst displaying their kayaking skills in the surf, amongst the rock gardens and along the rugged coastline.

Over the course of the trip students demonstrated high level skills in eskimo rolling, towing scenarios, deep water rescues, exploration of coastal caves, and exploration of environmental issues and solutions.

All three Year 12 Outdoor Education classes have now completed climbing at Mt Arapiles or Scuba Diving at Second Valley, Sea Kayaking in Encounter Marine Park, and are about to complete their final self-selected expedition such as telemark skiing in Victoria, bushwalking in the Flinders Ranges, or sea kayaking the North Coast of Kangaroo Island.

 

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Film submissions for the 2018 WOSOG (Westminster Old Scholar Outdoor Group) Film Festival

We are looking for films you have created that capture recent outdoor action, adventure, or have environmental themes. Films capturing Outdoor Education camps, and Duke of Edinburgh's International Award trips are certainly welcomed; along with other preferred personal activities or adventures.

The WOSOG Film Festival will be in September at a date to be advised.

It is an evening to celebrate and share recent outdoor experiences and achievements.

Entries (of 10 a minute maximum) will need to be submitted by the beginning of September.

This will be the fifth year we have run the event and we plan for it to be the biggest and best yet – hoping for over 100 guests this year.

There are 1st ($100), 2nd ($50), and 3rd ($25) place Paddy Palin gift voucher prizes, plus a guaranteed minimum $50 Paddy’s voucher for the best student video, judged by a Paddy Palin staff member.

Any queries, please contact Mr Rob McLean.

Please advise me if you intend to submit a film, whether it is already finished or a current work in progress.

Gordon Begg
Head of Outdoor Education