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.
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.
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.