A large number of Year 11 and 12 Westbourne students had the privilege of hearing from former Western Bulldogs star Tom Boyd, who spoke about his AFL and life experiences.
Tom shared his journey with us and provided some tangible advice on the importance of looking after our mental health. Tom is an inspirational young man, an accomplished public speaker and a great professional. We thank him for sharing his time with us today.
Full segment below:
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.
For our major intake years in Senior School (Year 7 and Year 9) we run placement testing in March each year for prospective students who are currently in Year 5 and Year 8 respectively.
Placement Testing for Year 7 in 2021 and Placement Testing for entrance into Year 9 in 2020 will take place on Saturday 16 March 2019 at our Truganina campus.
Applications close on Friday 8 March.
Visit our Scholarships & Placement page here to register your child for testing.
‘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.
It was a great privilege to recently lead thirty-one members of our community to Siem Reap, Cambodia from 30 March to 8 April. The diverse group included five staff, two recent alumni, the two school captains and twenty-four current Years 10 and 11 students. This was the fifth Westbourne edition of the Cambodia Challenge and as always it proved rewarding, confronting and memorable.
The aims of this trip were:
- Strengthening our relationship with all involved at the educational residence, Kampuchea House, which we have now supported for ten years. The visit included the opportunity to actively celebrate the health, well-being and educational success of the children of Kampuchea House. Their continued development of the English language provided meaningful communication opportunities both verbally and in written form.
- Further developing Westbourne’s ‘Cambodia Community’ which now includes around 150 actual visitors plus their families and friends, who have a deeper understanding of the history and way forward for the modern Khmer people.
- Making a practical and genuine difference in an underprivileged local village community. Specifically, with the oversight of the local NGO ‘HUSK’, we have now funded and built five houses in Kom Pheim village, assisted in numerous building programs, taught around seventy-five English lessons, and provided materials and support for the village’s sewing and manufacture industry.
- Expanding global social understanding of all involved.
- Providing a meaningful and memorable life experience that involved significant personal and group mental and physical challenges. The trip operated in consistent heat and high humidity and is packed with activities and little down time.
- Representing Westbourne with distinction and further developed the positive reputation of our community.
- Being part of a successful experience and developing a legacy that can be continued on an annual basis.
- Building positive relationships between students, their peers and staff members.
- Building resilient and independent students who further developed coping strategies which will assist in achieving academic excellence and contributing to the wider community in a positive way.
I was immensely proud of all our students who embraced this amazing opportunity with grace, respect, courage and selflessness. They reported learning important lessons about the world and themselves. They represented the School with great distinction. I am extremely grateful to the other staff who attended in Ms Louisa Scerri, Mr Robert Utting, Mr Tim Clemens and Ms Andrea Arnold.
To learn more about the Cambodia Challenge of 2018 and the possibility of being a member of the 2019 trip, please attend the Cambodia Community Night on Tuesday 31 July from 7pm in the Auditorium.