On Tuesday of this week our senior school students and a number of family members and supporters gathered in the auditorium for an important annual event – the induction of our leadership team chosen from what will be the Class of 2020.
As a school community, we understand the importance of providing a range of leadership opportunities for our students, supporting them in these roles and encouraging them to learn more about what it is that makes a great leader. We know how important it is for student leaders to learn how to motivate, influence, persuade and encourage. We want them to discover how to build effective relationships, manage and resolve conflicts and accomplish tasks effectively.
Although I was not able to attend the ceremony, our Associate Principal, Andrew McGregor officiated at the event. Amongst other things, he was particularly impressed by the insights presented by school captains, Tessa Harrison and Divine Emezie into the challenges and complexities of leadership. In considering the question of ‘one person who has inspired me’, Tessa Harrison chose one of the African American mathematicians working at NASA in the early days of the space program. Katherine Johnson’s calculations of orbital mechanics were critical to the success of the first and subsequent manned spaceflights. Although she and her colleagues faced appalling discrimination, this did not stop them from persevering with their work – the ‘hidden figures‘ of the book and movie of the same name. As Tessa said: ‘Katherine Johnson was a great leader, who also paved the way for all woman, especially African American woman. She faced challenges, but she got through them no matter how tough they were.’
Following Tessa, Divine Emezie then offered some further insights on the subject of leadership: ‘For us to lead well, there are a few always and nevers we must keep in mind. Never let the fear of failure stop or side-track the goals you set for yourself. Never forget to enjoy the times with those around you, because they come and go only once. Always remember to think wide. Always be prepared to do the uncomfortable work, the hard work, and the work that lacks immediate recognition or congratulations. Above all, always remember who you are and stay true to yourself.
We expect a lot of our young people and I am confident the leadership group of 2020 will, both individually and collectively, fulfil our expectations and significantly enhance Westbourne’s culture of community and service.
Westbourne Grammar’s Learn-to-Swim program is inclusive and available for young people of all abilities.
With a student-teacher ratio of 1:1 or small group with support for students with special needs and ratio of 1:4 for young people, the program takes place in the school’s purpose built learn to swim pool.
For older students, the ratios are: 1:4 for beginners, 1:5 for intermediate, 1:6 for advanced, 1:7 for our Gold level.
We have been working hard to create a strong Learn-To-Swim program that focuses on a learning environment where fun and professional teaching support the foundations of water safety education.
Learn to swim classes will be commencing in the Sports & Aquatic Centre on Monday the 3rd of February 2020.
Enrolments open on the 6th of November 2019
Further information can be found on the website https://sac.westbournegrammar.com/. For specific questions and more details contact Westbourne’s Aquatic Manager (Katrina Gevaux) at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The splendid new bus shelter that has been built adjacent to the soccer field has been completed, located at the Northern Carpark.
Integral to the northern carpark and the student-collect area, the shelter is just over thirty-three metres in length. Glassed-in on its west facing side, it is roofed, weatherproof and fully lit throughout the darker months. With plenty of room for between 120-160 students and their various belongings to wait under cover, this new amenity is both building permit and engineered endorsed.
In the wake of the Christchurch tragedy, Westbourne reached out to our colleagues at Al Taqwa to offer our condolences and support. Last Thursday we invited Al Taqwa’s Principal, Executive, Imam and Counsellors to meet with us in the Chapel prior to a special morning tea. Principal Meg Hansen, Rev Morrison, Michelle Noonan and the School Captains were invited to the special Service for Solidarity at Al Taqwa on Friday, attended by many other community groups, schools and organisations. We all expressed our hopes for a more tolerant, peaceful and united country as well as our sympathies to the families of victims of this senseless act.
‘Our Class of 2018 have been exceptional in their leadership of the school, their commitment to their studies and their willingness to embrace and participate in the many opportunities Westbourne has offered them. I am confident they will have much to offer in the years to come.’ – Meg Hansen, Principal.
Actively engaged in the life of the school and dedicated to promoting the concept of ‘student voice’, the Class of 2018 has involved itself in a wide range of sporting, cultural and community service pursuits. In particular, these young people have shown themselves to be strong advocates for the student body, most notably through their commitment to promoting Westbourne’s values and the principles of inclusion and community.
- Dux of School achieved an ATAR of 99.75
- Four students achieved an ATAR of 99.00 or above – ranking them in the top 1% in the country
- 22 students achieved an ATAR of 95.00 or above – ranking them in the top 5% of the country
- 35 students achieved an ATAR of 90.00 or above- ranking them in the top 10% in the country
- 82 students achieved an ATAR of 80.00 or above – ranking them in the top 20% of the country
- The median ATAR was 81.55
- Two perfect study scores of 50 – in Accounting and Physical Education
- There were 131 subject scores over 40 or above
The school is extremely proud of these achievements, which are a reflection of the hard work and enthusiasm of our students as well as the professionalism and dedication of Westbourne’s teachers. In congratulating everyone we also acknowledge seven of our international students on attaining an ATAR over 90 or above.
Westbourne congratulates the Class of 2018 on their success in the VCE.
Some very exciting news about Westbourne’s new sports and aquatic centre!
As everyone in our extended school community is aware, having our own pool has been a long-held dream – one that became fully realised when early last week our Year 12 students were given the opportunity to ‘christen’ the pool.
For me personally, to see the new facility and our Class of 2018 enjoying their first ever swim in it was a truly inspiring experience. I want therefore, to congratulate the Board for their vision for our school and its students – present and future – and their total commitment to this important educational project. From its inception, their oversight has been generous and wise.