Tenison Woods College – Mount Gambier SA

‘Let Your Light Shine.’


Address: Cnr Shepherdson Road and White Avenue, Mount Gambier SA 5290
Tel: 08 8725 5455
Fax: 08 8724 9303
Email: info@tenison.catholic.edu.au
Web: www.tenison.catholic.edu.au


“At Tenison Woods College we do things differently because we want our students to make a difference.” Mr David Mezinec

Principal: Mr David Mezinec

Principal Mr David Mezinec

Principal Mr David Mezinec

Enquiries: Mrs Tracey Davey
Email: info@tenison.catholic.edu.au
Gender: Co-educational
Yr Range: Reception-Yr 12
Enrolment: 1,369
Yr 8 Enrolment: 131 students ; 5 classes
Languages: Italian & Chinese
Fees for 2014: Yr 8 $3,800  Yr 12 $4,200+ Capital levy ($800) per family
SACE: 40 (Stage 1)
51 (Stage 2)
VET: Yes


• Arts Centre/Visual Arts Centres x 2
• Design & Technology Centre
• Food Technology Centres x 3
• LOTE Resource Centre
• Library Resource Centre
• Performing Arts/Drama Centre
• Counselling Rooms x 4
• Yr 12 Common Room
• Trade and Industry Centres x 2
• Out of School Hours Care
• Early Learning Centre
• Multi-purpose Area
• Basketball Courts x 2
• Weights/Circuit Room
• Netball Court
• Tennis Courts x 2
• Soccer Pitch
• Gymnasium
• Lecture Theatre
• Science Labs x 4
• Theatrette
• Music Centre
• Ovals x 3
• Wireless Site • Canteens x 2
• IT Labs x 6
• Chapel
• Hall

About Us

Tenison Woods College is a dynamic Reception to Year 12 Catholic Co-educational College. With an enrolment of nearly 1,400 students, the College provides a diverse and comprehensive range of learning programs for students from local, regional, national and international locations.

The College is renowned for its exceptional facilities, innovative pastoral care program, outstanding Year 12 results, close involvement with families, strong sense of community and for providing a safe, supportive learning environment. Tenison is proud of its specialist academies in jazz music, basketball, allied health and hospitality, and provides an innovative array of customised programs for gifted students and students with specific learning needs.

Under the leadership of Principal David Mezinec, Tenison Woods College today is an enterprising Catholic School providing excellence in education for all students. The College has a strong commitment to educating all students to achieve their personal best in academic, spiritual, social and sporting achievements. We expect our students to achieve and to be the best they can be for others.


The success of Tenison Woods College’s Science Program speaks for itself. In Years 9-10 students can choose between a range of science elective topics based around different themes, while still addressing the Australian Curriculum achievement standards. This enables students to specifically choose areas they are interested in. As a consequence, our school has a higher retention rate of students undertaking science subjects in Senior School than comparative schools.

Every year, we consistently have between 53-60% of all Year 12 students applying and being accepted into University science courses including medicine, nursing, engineering and advanced science courses. In 2012, 10 out of the 15 students who achieved an ATAR above 90 had studied at least one science subject, with most studying at least two science subjects. The Dux of the School for the past three years has completed three science subjects. Our Year 12 students consistently achieve merit certificates for science subjects every year – with two out of the five merits earned by our students last year being for science subjects.


Tenison Woods College has a strong and vibrant music program. Over the past 10 years, a genuine focus on music development has seen a significant increase in music interest and participation – we have grown from three music ensembles to 19, have over 480 students involved in extra-curricular music and in 2013, had the largest Year 12 music class in the school’s history. We have also introduced an innovative Year 5 music program to enable all children to study a musical instrument, at no charge, for one semester.

The College is home to the Generations in Jazz Academy, the only specialised program of its kind on offer in Australia, catering for aspiring musicians under the mentoring of internationally renowned musician, Graeme Lyall AM. The Academy offers successful applicants, who have already completed Year 12, from across the country, an opportunity to spend a year studying, rehearsing and performing with Australia’s top jazz artists and teachers. As the Generations in Jazz Academy Director, Graeme Lyall has played an integral role in giving new life to music at Tenison Woods College.

Visit Us in 2014

Throughout the year we offer prospective families the opportunity to visit our campus. As well as Open Mornings, Twilight Tours and Information Evenings we also invite families to take a private tour any time throughout the year. For further information contact our Enrolment Registrar.


Tenison Woods College offers scholarships for full or partial remission of tuition fees to students entering Year 8 and 11 for the following year. Scholarships will be awarded to students whose family would otherwise find it difficult to meet the cost of school fees and who show a commitment to a holistic education, preparing them for life, service, leadership and membership of the greater community. Key criteria include: Evidence of extra curricula and community involvement; good application towards academic studies; and, financial, socioeconomic and/or compassionate circumstance. The Scholarship Application Form and further information are available from the Business Manager on (08) 8724 4603 or taylc@tenison.catholic.edu.au

International Students


Tenison Woods College is a popular destination for International Students as it offers an excellent academic program in a very safe, clean and beautiful environment. For International Students Tenison Woods College offers Homestay Accommodation giving them the opportunity to live with an Australian family. Living in an Australian home allows students the unique opportunity to experience the Australian culture first hand, to practise and improve their English language skills and make new friends.  Tenison Woods College employs a Homestay Coordinator, Mrs Annie Clifford who ensures that all International Students settle in quickly and form a friendly, happy relationship with their Homestay family in a safe, comfortable and welcoming environment.