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

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

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.Suitable for Bronze to Gold students.

Sunday 28 to Tuesday 30 October - Three days of Kayaking on Katarapko Creek between Berri and Loxton in the Riverland. Suitable for Bronze or Silver students and a great introduction for Westventure.

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

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.

Outdoor Education Subject Awards

Westminster School Year 12 Outdoor Education students were recently awarded with certificates of Merit for their results in 2017. Nine students were recognised by the Outdoor Education Association of South Australia at a recent presentation dinner, including six students who achieved a SACE Merit Score of 20/20. Congratulations to Alexandra Dowse, Meichen Lu, Lachlan Pieck, Emily Sellers, Michael Short, and Sankkirtana Sellvakumaran for perfect scores, and Will Beinke, Callum Hastie, and Courtney Reynolds for excellence in Outdoor Education.

July Holiday Expeditions

Three challenging expeditions were conducted for Silver and Gold students over the July break. A party of 18 participated in a four-day circuit in the remote and un-tracked area of Edeowie Gorge in the Wilpena Pound area. The route involved cross-country navigation, use of ropes on steep terrain, and a high level of self-reliance and resilience.

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Another trip involved a party of 15 visiting the alpine region around Falls Creek and skiing the wild and remote Bogong High Plains, the group was exposed to stunning weather and powder snow conditions that affected all regions of SA and Victoria. All students performed to a very high level in all aspects of these activities especially in the majestic art of telemark skiing.

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The final trip was proposed as a sea kayaking adventure along the North Coast of Kangaroo Island, but due to poor weather conditions, was relocated to the idyllic backwaters of the River Murray. Students paddled on the scenic and reasonably fast flowing Katarapko and Eckert Creeks between Berri and Loxton.

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Year 12 Outdoor Self Reliant Expeditions

The three Year 12 classes have been busy completing their final expeditions for 2018. 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 kayaking in the Riverland over the month of July.

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

The WOSOG Film Festival will be held on Sunday 16 September from 5.00 to 7.00 pm.

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.

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