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.
The school Board, Principal, staff, students and the extended Westbourne community are delighted to warmly congratulate Dr Jacqueline Mein (1983) on the award of a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the Queen’s Birthday honours. This award is in recognition of Dr Mein’s outstanding service to medicine and community health. A member of Westbourne’s first Year 12 at the Truganina campus, Dr Mein was a winner of the JP Pascoe award and the Neville R Hudson Award for the Dux of the School; subsequently completing her Higher School Certificate with six As. Having also won a major residential exhibition to Queen’s College she commenced her studies in first year medicine at the University of Melbourne in 1984.
Now a James Cook University Adjunct Professor in Medicine and Director of Medical Services with the Wuchopperan Health Service in Cairns, Dr Mein’s distinguished service to the community has involved work in a wide range of medical fields, including family planning, population health and general practice. More specifically, her workover several decades with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities has been focused on promoting health literacy through the development of a culture of education. Teaching people about how to best manage their health is, she believes, the very cornerstone of successful preventative programs.
Commencing during our sesquicentenary, the Alumni Association and the School inaugurated the nomination of notable alumni. We are proud of all our students past and present, and we are seeking to build and celebrate the achievements of past students in our wider community. If you have made significant contributions in your work or broader life or know someone who has, please nominate for this year’s awards.
We are accepting nominations now. Nominations close on 31 July. You can download the Nomination Form here.