The Southern Cross : October 2013
Page 20 October 2013 www.thesoutherncross.org.au The Southern Cross | schools Tenison Woods scoops award Tenison Woods College, Mt Gambier, has received a $60,000 award for its innovative partnership with a national music festival giving youth from across Australia a stage to showcase their talents each year. The NAB Schools First "Open Theme" Impact award recognises the College's community partnership with Generations in Jazz Incorporated. The College is now among eight "Open Theme" award winners nationwide vying for the title of 2013 NAB Schools First National Award in November. Principal David Mezinec said the award recognised the success of the partnership between the College and Generations in Jazz (GIJ), which was formed in 2007 to expand music opportunities throughout the College and south-eastern South Australia. In 2009, the College teamed up with GIJ Inc to launch the GIJ Academy to bridge the gap between secondary and tertiary music education. Seventeen students from across Australia study at the Academy, the only specialised program of its kind offered in the nation. "Those students fortunate to be part of the GIJ Academy have benefited not only from expert tuition in jazz musicianship and preparation for the music industry, but have also involved themselves in the school and local community in a variety of significant ways, and acted as outstanding leaders for younger students across the region," said Mr Mezinec. Celina Sanso knows only too well how families struggle when someone in the family is diagnosed with cancer -- not just with the treatment, but also financially and emotionally. Her two-year-old sister Sienna was diagnosed with leukaemia on May 7 this year, prompting Celina to raise money for the Leukaemia Foundation by participating in the City to Bay Fun Run on Sunday, September 15. Celina dedicated the walk to Sienna and raised more than $5000. She says her family is coping well in their challenging situation, compared to others in similar circumstances. She explained that she wanted to help others who were experiencing difficulty as a result of leukaemia and other cancers: "Some families have to quit their jobs to care for their family member 24 hours a day, seven days a week and I wanted to raise some money in support of these families." A total of 52 friends and family members were part of Team Sienna, established by Celina. They participated in the 6km walk in support of Sienna and other families struggling to cope financially or emotionally with a cancer such as leukaemia. To support the Leukaemia Foundation, follow the link www.leukaemia.org.au or donate blood to your closest Red Cross Blood Service. Walk to support SWEET MUSIC: (L-R) Generations in Jazz Academy Director Graeme Lyall, Tenison Woods College Head of Music Beth Creedy, Generations in Jazz Academy student Christopher Ryan and College principal David Mezinec celebrate the school's success in winning NAB Schools First 'Open Theme' Impact Award.