What a great program!

This year in our Early Learning Centre, the children have been involved in an elective program run by different staff members. Each afternoon the children can choose from the electives that are on offer that day. The elective choices include music, cooking, Greek culture and language, sign language, garden club, Chinese culture, yoga, and science experiments. The children are really enjoying these sessions and are sharing their learning with their families.  When programs like this are in place for our three and four year olds, it is little wonder the Early Learning Centre achieved an Exceptional Rating during their recent assessment.

Student Achievements

Westminster had six of our students represent the South West District at SAPSASA netball. Natalia Pope (Year 7 Charter), Emilia Parkinson-Need (Year 7 Abbey), Zara Segal (Year 7 Crown), Luka Nedelkos (Year 7 Wyvern), Reilly Curran (Year 6 Crown), and Sienna Jones (Year 6 Mace) were all selected to perform in the recent carnival. The team performed exceptionally well, finishing second overall. To have so many Westminster students selected highlights the strength of our School netball program, and the girls need to be applauded for their efforts across the week.

Tyson Stallan (Year 7 Wyvern), Declan Kolb (Year 7 Wyvern), and Kalan Knox (Year 7 Wyvern) were also selected to represent the South West District for football and performed strongly throughout the carnival, with their team finishing fifth overall. Harry Lunn (Year 7 Wesley) and Andrew Cock (Year 7 Mace) will be representing the district in soccer next week, and we congratulate them and wish them all the best.

Mr Thompson took a team of 12 Westminster students to the recent State Cross Country Carnival held at Oakbank. We had some fantastic results with Katie Natt (Year 7 Crown) receiving fifth overall; Erin Shepherd (Year 6 Mace) was fifth overall; Sam McClarron (Year 5 Mace) was eighth overall; and Zachary Tucker (Year 5 Wyvern) was twelfth overall, qualifying each of them to trial for the Nationals later in the year. Erin, Sam, Zachary and Emilia Parkinson-Need also received a medal in their respective team events. Emilia, Emily Mableson (Year 5 Wyvern), Harry Lunn, Daniel Turnbull (Year 6 Wyvern), Larni Vo Nguyen (Year 6 Mace), and Abbey Bell (Year 7 Mace), also ran strong races and represented the School exceptionally well. Unfortunately, Jeremy Shepherd (Year 5 Charter) and Jack Green (Year 4 Charter) were selected but missed the event due to injury and illness respectively. We look forward to seeing the boys in action in years to come.

In Melbourne recently, Ruby Insanally (Year 4 Abbey) competed at the National Gymnastics competition against many athletes from across Australia and New Zealand. Ruby came thirteenth in her individual routine, and ninth in her synchronized routine. She should be very proud of her efforts and achievements. Her next competition will be Club Championships on the Gold Coast in September.

Straight from the Source

Recently I had the pleasure of meeting with Senator the Hon. Simon Birmingham – Minister for Education and Training.

The Minister was the guest of honour at the Independent Primary Schools Heads’ Association branch meeting held at Annesley. He updated us on national developments in a variety of areas, including NAPLAN, the Gonski funding review, and other aspects of the national education agenda.

What is Round Square?

An international network of like-minded schools. There are over 160 schools worldwide involved and it is growing rapidly. Westminster is the only South Australian school that is a member.

The ‘Round Square’ approach is underpinned by the IDEALS philosophy:

  • Internationalism
  • Democracy
  • Environment
  • Adventure
  • Leadership
  • Service

Who is a member?

Every student is a member from the day they start at Westminster.

What does it mean?

Every activity that involves one or more of the IDEALS is a Round Square activity. For example, Casuals Day is Service.

As students move through the school they will have opportunities to be involved in a range of activities.  There are annual conferences, exchanges, and service projects hosted by Round Square schools.

Want to know more?

The Round Square website www.roundsquare.org has information and access to a calendar covering the variety of events, service projects and exchange opportunities.

Any student can access it:

  • Click on Login
  • Type in username: Students
    Type in password: RoundSquare2015

Alternatively, you can contact Chris Haines via Email for more information.

Code Camp

These school holidays from Monday 16 to Wednesday 18 July, we are again hosting the special school holiday program called Code Camp, where your child can learn to code and build their very own iPhone or Android app!

Code Camp has already taught more than 35,000 students in Australia, and is a great way to spend time over the holidays as kids have lots of fun with friends, while learning important new skills such as logic, creativity, problem solving, app development, and game building in a fun and engaging way, ready to take on the digital world of the future.

Every child attending the holiday camp will build incredible games on their software platform ’Code Camp World’, and walk away with their very own app, playable via the Code Camp App store, that they can take home to share with family and friends!

There are three Code Camp options so kids will continue to learn new skills with each camp they attend.

Spark (School Grades 2-7)

Beginners + Intermediate

Fun, engaging, challenging, and are our most known Code Camp that over 12,000 students have completed. Code Camp Spark is where every student in Years 2 to 6 should start their Code Camp journey.

Ignite (School Grades 2-7)

Intermediate + Advanced

If you have completed Spark, check out Code Camp Ignite! Students build on their skills and create new apps with increasingly complex logic, more code, behaviours, and problem solving. Start with Drag and Drop and then move to Line Coding with JavaScript.

Blast 3D (School Grades 3-7)

Advanced Students Only

Brand new for 2018, your kids will immerse themselves in a 3D world of their creation! Unlock the next level of their coding adventure at Code Camp Blast 3D.

Enrol today and help your child become a coding superstar! For more information, visit codecamp.com.au or contact them at hello@codecamp.com.au. 

Vacation Care

By now families would have received an outline of the Vacation Care program available for the approaching holidays. As usual the Vacation Care team have created a very interesting array of activities and options for the children. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact Shane Howard on T: 08 8276 0390 or via Email.

Diary Dates

  • Year 1 Parent Expo - Friday 22 June, 8.50 am
  • Early Learning Centre Graduation - Friday 22 June, 2.30 pm, MMC
  • Term 2 concludes - Friday 29 June, 1.00 pm
  • Code Camp - Monday 16 to Wednesday 18 July
  • Term 3 commences - Tuesday 24 July

Grant Bock
Head of Preparatory School