Westminster School, Adelaide

Westminster School, Adelaide

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Westminster School is an independent, Uniting Church, Early Learning to Year 12, coeducational, day and boarding school located at Marion, South Australia, 12 km south of Adelaide.

Founded as a Methodist day and boarding school for boys, the school was opened by the Prime Minister Robert Menzies in 1961 and is named after Westminster School in London.

The foundation Headmaster, Douglas Forder, presided over an initial enrolment of 143 students with a staff of seven. The school became co-educational in 1978, and has a current enrolment of over 1200 students.

Subsequent Principals have been Michael Murray (1977–1993), David Hone (1994–1998) and Bradley Fenner (1999–2009). Following Fenner's appointment to King's College, Auckland, Steve Bousfield was appointed Principal in May 2009.

Deputy Headmasters have included Thomas Edmonds, who was one of the founding members of staff in 1961, and WGH (Bill) McDonald.

The Rev. Alan Green was the first full time Chaplain, serving from 1964 to 1976. He was succeeded by the Rev. David Purling, the Rev. Dean Davidson ('73), and the current Senior School Chaplain, the Rev. Patrick Gillespie.

History

Westminster School was born out of a perceived need by the Methodist Church in South Australia for a day and boarding school in Adelaide to accommodate demand additional to that satisfied by the long-established Methodist-based school Prince Alfred College.

Planning for Westminster began with a meeting on the 7th June 1957, although...
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