Senior Years

Our Senior School caters for students from Years 8 to 12. Our younger students in Years 8 and 9 enjoy sharing facilities with more senior students, and learn about leadership through the role modelling they see at assemblies, House meetings, and various other activities throughout the year.

Westminster’s Senior School offers a comprehensive academic curriculum, covering all major subject lines. This includes, but is not limited to, 

  • five Science subjects (Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Psychology, Agriculture);
  • five Maths subjects (Essential, General, Methods, Specialist);
  • four English subjects; 
  • four Business subjects (Law, Accounting, Business and Enterprise (Entrepreneurship), Economics);
  • three Language subjects (Chinese, Japanese, German);
  • six Creative and Visual Art subjects;
  • four Design and Technology subjects;
  • two Humanities and Social Science subjects;
  • Outdoor Education; and
  • Physical Education  

There is a diverse range of co-curricular activities that includes many different sports, Performing Arts (music, drama, dance), philosophical interests such as discussion and debating, as well as highly valued community service activities. Information technology underpins all learning at Westminster with each student being responsible for a laptop/tablet or other personal learning device.

South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE)

In Years 11 and 12 we support and guide our students as they finalise their subject selection to complete Stages 1 and 2 of the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE). We offer over 40 subjects in an extensive and flexible range to suit all students: the academically focused, those who are future entrepreneurs and business leaders, those who wish to follow a vocational path, students who excel in sport and outdoor pursuits, and those with a passion for the arts. As our senior leadership cohort, Year 12 students have their own senior common room facility from where they move to specialised subject classes as per their individually tailored timetables. Under the specialised supervision of our Head of Senior Students and Heads of House, Year 12 students are always encouraged to maintain a balanced approach to life through their final school year.

Wellbeing

The wellbeing of our students is paramount as we prepare them for life beyond school. Senior School staff, including Heads of House and Class Tutors, and our career counselling service and centre are all able to provide guidance with individual learning pathway choices. Students are encouraged to develop the all-round skills needed to make their own decisions, set their own goals and lead responsibly by example. Our approach is to nurture positive self-esteem, confidence, leadership skills, integrity, character and resilience in our Senior School students, allowing them to feel safe and valued when undertaking risks and challenges in their learning environment. Individually or collectively, the student voice is respected and encouraged through School Leaders, the Student Representative Council (SRC) and peer support network.

High Performance Sport Program

The Sport Development and High Performance program, led by former Adelaide Thunderbirds Coach Jane Woodlands-Thompson, continues across a broad range of sports, encouraging students to participate to the best of their ability. Our experienced coaching staff work with sporting professionals and consultants to develop specialised training programs for squads and teams, while personalised plans are created for students who actively demonstrate a capacity for high or potentially elite performance.

Leadership

Students are encouraged to develop leadership qualities in all areas of their life. We encourage independence in preparation for their schooling and their future. There are many opportunities for leadership: Sport, Performing Arts, Tours, School Leadership positions in Year 12, Outdoor Education, and through the House System. All Year 12 students are generally considered leaders of the Senior School student group on campus. In the Year 12 cohort there are between 30 and 40 students who are formally appointed to School Leader offices, primarily by a vote from Senior School students and teachers. Part of a Year 12 student’s opportunity for a well-rounded year is balancing their studies with taking responsibility for others and participation in sport and/or the arts through peer mentoring/mediation. There are leadership opportunities in sporting teams, drama, music, dance, musicals, plays, agriculture, international experiences, tours, excursions, pastoral care and community service – locally and globally.

We are a member of Round Square, a group of international schools, who include taking responsibilities for others through leadership.

Students who successfully handle leadership at school are likely to be better prepared for leadership roles in adult life. It can also help to prepare for life after school in general, not just in careers and tertiary course selection, but also in interests, hobbies, socially and travel.