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Former Socceroo and arguably
Australia’s greatest football export,
Harry Kewell, is set to visit Mt
Gambier in June as a guest of
the Tenison Woods College High
Performance Sports Program
Kewell, who grew up in Western
Sydney, made 56 appearances
for the Socceroos over his career
and played for Leeds United
and Liverpool in the UK, as well
as Galatasary in Turkey before
returning to Australia to line up
for both Melbourne Victory and
The recently established HPSP
was established by the college to
cater for students with high levels
of athletic skill who demonstrate
dedication, work ethic and
application in their sport of choice.
It is available to students in Years
9-12, with an entry level program
offered to students in Years 4-7.
Kewell will take part in a
number of activities with program
participants as one of many guests
who will mentor, train and inspire
students to reach their sporting
Director of the HPSP Dan
Stratford said he was excited
about the visit and the potential for
“Harry is one of Australia’s most
iconic sports celebrities who is
renowned on and off the park,” he
“He had to work hard at a
young age, make sacrifices,
travel and with the support of his
family, relocate. There are many
similarities between his pathway to
the top and the path that many of
our students hope to emulate.”
Mr Stratford is hopeful that
Kewell’s persistence and longevity
will not be lost on the students.
“Like all elite sportspeople,
Harry has battled against injury,
expectations and form. I really
want our students to hear first-
hand how to juggle aspirations
and expectations, particularly as a
Kewell currently coaches the
Watford reserve team in the
English Premier League as well
as running his own Harry Kewell
Academy which provides access
and involvement for Australian kids
to partake in personal training and
development with Kewell himself.
Speaking from England, Kewell
said football was a growing
passion across the country.
“I know football is growing
all over Australia and I’m really
excited to see the passion and
talent in the Limestone Coast when
I visit in June,” he said.
“A lot of it comes down to
attitude and how much work kids
do at home; practising at home,
outside of training hours does play
an important role, I think we take it
for granted. We lack that a bit now.
I don’t think we spend enough
time on the extras... working on
technique — using both feet,
passing, controlling, striking a ball
— is essential if players want to
Kewell will arrive in Mount
Gambier on Friday June 2 and
conduct a closed training session
with students enrolled in the HPSP.
On Saturday June 3, the Harry
Kewell Academy will be running
a masterclass clinic at Frew Park
for junior soccer players from
across the Limestone Coast. In the
evening Kewell will be the guest
of honour at a ‘Night of Inspiration
with Harry Kewell’ gala event
hosted by Tenison Woods College.
heads to Tenison
St Aloysius College Year 6 students
percussion music at the opening of
the Association of South East Asian
Countries in Adelaide last month.
Called ‘gamelan’, the initial set
of instruments was purchased by
the school in 1998 as a joint project
between the Indonesian and Access
Asia programs. More instruments have
been added over the years to make a
complete gamelan set, large enough
for a whole class to learn ensemble
Gamelan teacher and musician
Hannah Tunstill said the benefits for
students was exposure to the Indonesian
language (taught at the college),
teamwork and a sense of achievement.
Year 11 students Bridie Squire and
Auieghne Diza are both studying
Indonesian as a Stage 2 SACE subject
and said learning to play the gamelan
in earlier years had helped them to
understand the culture and apply what
they had read in books.
“It helps you to really connect with
the Indonesian culture,” said Bridie.
Indonesian teacher Julie Barletta said
the college had strong ties to Indonesia
through the work of Barbara Burr, now
retired. Students had achieved some of
the highest SACE results in the State in
The $9.3 million second stage development at Xavier
College was officially opened last month.
In front of a whole-of-school assembly and 70
invited guests, Father Germano Baiguini, parish
priest of Gawler, blessed the new facilities at the
Gawler Belt college.
Federal Minister of Education and Training
Senator Simon Birmingham, who attended nearby
Gawler High School as a student, commented on the
college’s “incredible new facilities” and the ethos
created by Xavier in its short history.
He officially opened the St Mary MacKillop
Centre and Plaza, while the Sir Douglas Nicholls
Gymnasium was opened by Aunty Pam Pedersen,
daughter of the late pastor, sportsman and former
Governor of South Australia.
Principal Lynn Martin said the buildings had been
named in honour of people who had a “significant
impact” on the history of the State.
Built by Badge Constructions, ahead of schedule
and on budget, the facilities will play an important
part in ensuring the college is ready to accommodate
Year 7 students in 2019.
Xavier now moves onto the third stage of its
redevelopment project which will include the
refurbishment of its former gym into an auditorium,
the former library into a staff centre and the creation
of a music facility.
Xavier opens new facilities
HISTORY IN THE MAKING: At the opening of the new facilities at Xavier College, from left, college
captain Jackson Furst, Minister Simon Birmingham, Aunty Pam Pedersen, principal Lynn Martin,
Father Germano Baiguini and college captain Kiara Rawlinson.
Sounds of Java
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