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.
2017 was a stella year for Westbourne Cross Country. The team swept all before them and for the first time in the school’s history won the ACS Cross Country Carnival. Backing up from 2017 and replicating that success was always going to be a challenge. Major carnivals are hard to win. One Cross Country Carnival success in twenty-one attempts is testament to that.
The 2018 Cross Country Squad was however ready for the challenge. Training started back in the second week of June and over the two and a half months that followed a large group of committed and enthusiastic students had been braving the cold morning and early starts to get along to training. The numbers at training, the spirit at training and most importantly the willingness from each individual who turned up to training to work hard reached new standards.
Race day was Friday 24 August an in contrast to the constant drizzle and mud of 2017 a fine and sunny late winter’s day presented a well prepared and 130 strong member team. The day again turned out to be an overwhelming success.
In terms of Individual results Westbourne had twelve students finish on the victory dais. Zachary Murphy (7D), Sophie Meath (10M) and Jack Harrison (12S) finished first. Lily Tamblyn (7H), Liana Tarola (8M), Robert Weitsz (11M) and Ingrid Freeman (11S) finished second and Will Snelling (10F), Will Stomann (11P) and Kate Spiteri (12M). A school record, 34 students finished in the top ten of their respective race.
Cross country is however a team event. A successful team cannot just rely on the contribution of its stars. Yes each runner runs as an individual but he/she also runs as part of a team and it is in the team results that the carnival can be viewed as such a success. In total, as a school Westbourne teams won eight year level pennants, the successful teams were:
- Year 7 Girls
- Year 7 Boys
- Year 7 Combined Aggregate
- Year 9 Girls
- Year 9 Combined Aggregate
- Year 10 Girls
- Year 10 Boys
- Year 10 Combined Aggregate
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.
Board Chair, Principal, staff, students and extended school community are delighted to warmly congratulate Mrs Diane John on the award of a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the Queen’s Birthday honours. This award is in recognition of her outstanding service to Westbourne Grammar over many decades. A past student, past parent and Board member since 1973, Mrs John’s dedication and commitment to the school has been exemplary.
Citation for the Award: Mrs Diane Patrice JOHN, Toorak Vic 3142 For service to education through administrative roles. Service includes: Westbourne Grammar School Council: Secretary, 2013-2015. Chairperson, 2008-2012. Deputy Chairperson, 2002-2008. Chair, Marketing Committee, 2000-2011. Member, Governance Committee, 1998-2010. Board Member, since 1973.
WOW! The opening night of Anything Goes was absolutely brilliant. The stellar cast of students (and a very cute puppy) sing and dance their way through this classic funny Coel Porter musical. It is unmissable.
We hope everyone enjoyed the production as much as we did, and look forward to what 2019 will bring to the stage.