Week 7 Term 3

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Student Initiative Improves College Grounds

Over the past few months, the College has been victim to numerous vandalism attacks, predominantly on the front oval. Our Year 11 VET Furniture students were very concerned about this and suggested ways that we could avoid future vandalism. Some students proposed the idea of a fence that runs along the length of the driveway, creating a barrier between the oval and the driveway from the entrance, all the way to the gym car park. In one of their VET lessons, students started designing a post that would be decorative, but also a deterrent to the vandals.

After receiving approval from College management to go ahead with the project, the Year 11 students came up with a design and cost to install the fence. They initially installed a couple of posts to test the concept and to learn the ins and outs of alignment, leveling and plumbing of a post.  After the digging of six holes by hand, the concept design was agreed upon and the students organised to install the rest of the posts over one single day. This involved hiring a dingo and auger and with the assistance of the Grounds Team, students drilled the remaining 40 holes and installed the posts in a short space of time.

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From the Principal

National Child Protection Week
Kicking off on Father’s Day, Sunday 3 September, National Child Protection Week is a wonderful opportunity for everyone in the community to think about how we can work together to keep all children safe.

NAPCAN (National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect) was co-founded in 1987 by Rosemary Sinclair AO and Christine Stewart OAM. Since then NAPCAN has made a significant contribution to the safety and wellbeing of Australia's children and young people by raising public awareness of child abuse and neglect and its impacts, and by developing and promoting effective prevention strategies and programs.

NAPCAN was originally founded to:

  • Open up lines of communication between the different government departments, agencies, professionals and community groups working in the child protection field,
  • Create a national focus on the prevention of the abuse and neglect of children, and
  • Be the leader in the area of prevention of child abuse and neglect, promoting good parenting and nurturing of children through education.


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CIM Team News

Sacrament Process Preparation Begins
The next program through which the Parish, Families and Tenison Woods College work together is about to begin. The program is to prepare children to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession), towards the end of this year and then Confirmation and First Holy Communion in 2018.

All families who would like their child/children to be part of this process are invited to let the parish know of their intentions. A letter inviting families to become part of the Process of Initiation has been given to all children in Year 3 at Tenison Woods College, and to those in other year levels who have already indicated their intentions to be part of this process. The letter is also available from the Parish office or the College for anyone interested.

The process begins on Thursday 28 September, with a general information meeting to be held in the Tenison Woods College staff room from 7:00pm until 8:00pm, so the letter would need to be collected before then.

For more information, phone the Parish office on 87 256 566 or email mt.gambier.catholic1@bigpond.com

Parish Mass
A reminder that Parish mass is held each Thursday of the term (except Week 1) and is led by a different class or year level each week.

Mass is held at 9:15am in the College Chapel and all parents, grandparents and friends are welcome to attend.

The remaining roster for Term 3 masses is:

  • Thursday 7 September - Year 10
  • Thursday 14 September - Year 8
  • Thursday 21 September - Year 12
  • Thursday 28 September - Year 9


Michelle Coote | APRIM - Assistant Principal Religious Identity and Mission


Fathers Day Breakfast

We enjoyed our annual Father’s Day Breakfast last Friday 1 September in the Barrie Holmes Stadium. This breakfast, facilitated by the Catholic Identity and Mission Team and Sugarloaf Café, was an opportunity to celebrate the gifts that fathers, grandfathers, uncles and significant male models offer young lives. Thank you to the many families who supported the event – a great way to start the day and lead into our Father’s Day weekend.

David Mezinec | Principal

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Book Week Competition winners

There was a very high standard of entries for this year’s Book Week Competition. Well done to everyone who gave it a go!


Story writing

  • Vespa Scott 1NA
  • Lily Cain 4DJ
  • McKayla Maney  3MK
  • Kobi Johnston PKJ

Minecraft Design

  • Jackson Bell 5AS

Map Design

  • Matilda Lamb 5AS (absent)

Escape Vehicle Design

  • Rani Mutton 5RH

Highly Commended
Alex Schubert, Imogen Lock, Zoe Balog, Isla Dickson, Maggie Collins, Joel Wayth, Amelie Hayes, Trae Hamilton, Hayley McIntosh, Maegan Hayes, Jahli Mutton, Scott McBain, Ava Prosperi-Porta, Gregory Chavara, Hannah Fila, Matthew Thomas, Noah Griffiths, Piper de Nys, Elodie Adam, Jye Moody.


Limestone Coast Choral and Vocal Showcase

Last week, many of our vocal students and choirs competed in the Limestone Coast Choral and Vocal Showcase. This full week of competition is a great way for our students to gain experience in performing as well as receiving feedback from the adjudicators.

Our choirs performed very well with the Primary Choir (Year 4/5) coming 1st in their section and winning the Primary School Limestone Coast Choral Award. The Music Connection (Year 6/7) came 2nd, the Concert Choir came 3rd and the Senior Vocal Ensemble achieved a 1st and a 2nd. The adjudicator was particularly impressed with the depth of the choral program at Tenison Woods College.

Our individual students also performed with distinction. Special congratulations to the following students on winning major awards – Crystal Ba Tu (Caryll Whitehead Memorial Award, Adam Lindsay Gordon Award), Monique Holmes (Susic Family Award, Patron’s Award), Chloe Perryman (PL, AZ, DL Monaghan Memorial Award, Under 19 Years Encouragement Award). 2016 Year 12 student and current PR and Events Trainee, Georgia Pratt was also successful and won the Helen Schultz Memorial Scholarship.

Congratulations to the following students on their results – Emma Gregory (1st, 2nd, 3rd), Chelsea Moulden (2 x 2nd), Charlotte Smith (HM), Ah Sae Soe (1st, 3rd, HM), Mercedes Scott (2nd, HM), Amity Aslin (HM), Ariella Holland (HM), Sarah Van Rijthoven (HM), Crystal Ba Tu (5 x 1st, 4 x HM), Lexi Goldsworthy (3rd, 2 x HM), Alina Crispino (2 x 2nd, 3rd), Monique Holmes (5 x 1st, 2nd, 3rd), Zoe Aberle (1st), Ruby Jacobs (1st, 3rd), Madison Lane (1st, HM), Isla Dickson (2 x HM), Ruby Black (2 x HM), Isabella Morello (3rd, HM), Molly Livingstone (HM), Chloe Perryman (1st, 2nd), Emily Turley (1st, 3rd), Sarah Harrap (2nd, 2 x 3rd).

Beth Creedy | Head of Music


Year 11 Hospitality Fundraiser

On Thursday 31 August, Miss McLaren’s Year 11 Food and Hospitality class created their own mini food businesses. They hosted a food stall selling Toffee Apples, Melting Moment Cupcakes, Hawaiian & Margarita Pizza and Crispy Chicken & Chips. Well done to Josh Berry, Moesha Canala, Amelia Dunning, Chloe Ewing, Emily Gray, Lauchie Jackman-Tilley, Liam McEvoy, Darcey Passauer-Jones, Justin Schubert, Ei Plu Soe, Mitchell Williams and Jessey Zukauskas for all their hard work and effort. Students decided that the money raised, $177.75, will be donated to The Sunset Community Kitchen. Well done Year 11s!

Pictured (back to front, left to right): Jessey Zukauskas, Justin Schubert, Liam McEvoy, Ei Plu Soe, Chloe Ewing, Darcey Passauer-Jones, Ingrid Chizungu (a very happy customer with a melting moment cupcake) and Amelia Dunning. 

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EFM Health Club under new management

EFM Mount Gambier Health Club, onsite at Tenison Woods College, is under new management! The club is now owned and operated by Jenny McPhail and Nikki Stafford. Jenny is in her final semester of her Exercise and Sports Science Bachelor with plans to undertake a Masters in Clinical Exercise Physiology in 2018 and Nikki is a qualified personal trainer.

EFM run group personal training sessions for Tenison Woods College staff, parents, students and the public with sessions before and after school times. Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning opening hours are extended until 9:30am for parents to come in and complete a session after school drop off.

The girls at EFM are excited to be running the club and looking after the wonderful community here at the school. They are offering a free trial session to anyone who wishes to try the club for the first time and discounts for students.

Contact the girls via email at mtgambier@efm.net.au with any enquires or bookings.


Uniform Shop Opening Hours

  • Tuesday 8.00am - 12.00pm
  • Thursday 1.00pm - 5.00pm
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Upcoming Events

Thursday 7 September

  • Early Learning and Community Centre Open Morning, 9.30am - 11.00am
Friday 8 September
Monday 11 September
  • 2018 Year 12 Subject Counselling
  • Stage 1 Outdoor Ed Bushwalking Camp A (until Wednesday)
  • Environment Week begins
Tuesday 12 September
  • Year 8 Immunisations (HPV)
  • 2018 Year 11 subject counselling (until Wednesday)
  • Enviro's Monarto Zoo Excursion (until Thursday)
Wednesday 13 September
  • Stage 1 Outdoor Ed Bushwalking Camp B (until Friday)
Thursday 14 September
  • R U OK? Day
  • 2018 Year 10 subject counselling (until Friday)
Friday 15 September
  • Year 5 class from the past, Penola
  • Junior School Assembly, 2.15pm, Barrie Holmes Stadium
  • Catholic Charities Badge Day

Student Free Day & Staff Formation Day: This Friday 8 September

A reminder that this Friday is a whole school student free day, to allow for our Staff Formation Day. The focus of the day will be to spend some time immersed in the story of Catholic education in Mount Gambier, a place imbued with the charisms of Josephite, Mercy and Marist charisms as well as the passion of committed Catholic educators.

The day will provide us with the opportunity to learn more about the history and the contemporary connections of the story to the work we do. It is anticipated that the day will help us appreciate upon whose shoulders we stand and as a result the nature of our call to service for our community. 

David Mezinec | Principal


Students win GovHack Competition

Congratulations to Year 9 students Dylan McCarthy, Liam Moulden and Edward Layzell who were recently announced as winners of the Junior category in this year’s GovHack event at the Mount Gambier Library from 28 - 30 July.

GovHack is an annual community development event, which brings together technology creatives and innovators with government data to explore and discover new ways to help create a better society. Teams identify problems to solve, build working prototypes, and make a short video showing what they did and why. Projects can include web, mobile applications, or even 3D printed visualisations to understand data and patterns.

Dylan, Liam and Edward’s idea was to create an application that taught children under the age of 13 how the iconic Great Barrier Reef is affected by human contact. The app is called Reef Dom. In the game you would ‘level up’ by buying more coral and getting experience from collecting the rubbish generated by the tourists visiting coral reef. Students implemented the app prototype in less than 40 hours and presented it as a video.

Their app prototype and the idea behind collecting the app data was highly appreciated by the organisers at the concluding awards ceremony in late August. Congratulations to the team for their efforts on this project and for winning the Junior Category.

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Young Golfer tees off to State SAPSASA Team

Congratulations to Tenison Woods College Year 7 Student Joel Bryant, who after playing Country SAPSASA golf on Thursday 31 August at the Adelaide Shores Executive Golf Course, qualified for the State Final round combining the top 44 city and country golfers.

The State final round was played the next day at the Adelaide Shores Patawalonga Golf Course. Joel put in an excellent performance, finishing in the top 8 for 12 & Under boys, and as a result has been selected in the State SAPSASA team which will compete at the Pacific School games to be held in Adelaide from the 2-9 December. We look forward to following Joel’s progress at this event later in the year. Well done Joel!

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Shining Light Awards and Reunion Weekend

Friends of Tenison Woods College; past scholars since the inception of Marist Agricultural College or the Convent of Mercy, parents of former scholars, past staff members, past volunteers, in fact anyone who is proud to be or have been associated with Catholic education in Mount Gambier; are invited to our 2017 Shining Light Awards on Saturday 14 October and to join us on Sunday 15 October for a BBQ and tour of the College.

Tickets are now on sale for the evening at www.ticketebo.com.au/shininglight. Get in quick, tickets are limited! Follow the official Tenison Woods College Facebook page to find out more about our outstanding Shining Light award recipients.

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Italy 2018 Information Evening

There will be an information evening at 7.00pm on Tuesday 12 September in the main Tenison Woods College staffroom for those interested in attending the biannual exchange to Italy in 2018.

The trip has been scheduled for 27 September – 20 October 2018. It is not too late to put your name down if you haven’t already. This exciting opportunity is open to students at Tenison Woods College currently in Years 9 and 10 and adults who wish to accompany the group. The trip will comprise ten days/nights in Turin with a host family at our sister school Liceo Scientifico Statale Copernico and twelve days touring Milan, Venice, Florence, Rome. We have also planned day trips to Mont Blanc, Siena, Pisa and Pompeii.

At the information evening, we will discuss the proposed itinerary, the curriculum links and the approximate costs involved. If you are unable to attend, but would like more information for your son/daughter and/or yourself, please email me at greed@tenison.catholic.edu.au with your expression of interest. Please note that this is an opportunity and is not compulsory.

Micki Greenham | Tour organiser


Southern Cross Newsletter

The Living Catholic Southern Cross Newsletter 4 September edition is now available on line. Click here to read it.


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2017 Reading Hour

It was lovely to share Reading Hour with some of our College families last Wednesday night. This Hour promotes that reading doesn’t only improve the mind but it also improves lives and makes better societies by increasing happiness, reducing stress, and improving health.

Principal David Mezinec and Teacher Librarian Chris Lloyd both shared stories to an excited young audience. Children wore their favourite Pyjamas, with this wonderful night of reading finished off by enjoying a cup of warm milo and some biscuits.

Thanks to everyone who helped make the night so much fun.

Chris Lloyd and Katie Window | Key Literacy Teachers


Canteen Roster - week 8

Monday - Cassie Edwards
Tuesday - TBA
Wednesday - Karen Gray
Thursday - Renee Szopory
Friday - Bernie Passauer


Contact Us

Tenison Woods College
Shepherdson Road (PO Box 965)
Mount Gambier South Australia 5290

t: (08) 8725 5455 (Main Office)
f: (08) 8724 9303
t: (08) 8724 4650 (Senior School)
Absentee Line: (08) 8724 4659
OSHC Line: (08) 8724 4633

e: news@tenison.catholic.edu.au
w: www.tenison.catholic.edu.