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RIVERLAND tourism experiences will be
showcased on a state platform tonight when
10 local businesses compete in a prestigious
Local operators and industry workers will
enjoy SA tourism’s night of nights at the
2018 South Australian Tourism Awards Gala
Dinner tonight at the Adelaide Convention
Riverland tourism award finalists include:
q Berri Riverside Holiday Park.
q BIG4Renmark Riverfront Holiday Park.
q Destination Riverland.
q Murray River Queen.
q Murray River Walk.
q Renmark Rose Festival.
q River Murray Houseboats Renmark.
q The Frames Luxury Accommodation.
q Twenty Third Street Distillery.
q Waikerie Golf & Country Club/The
This year the South Australian Tourism
Awards received 154 nominations.
Most category winners will go on to
represent South Australia at the Qantas
Australian Tourism Awards in Launceston
in 2019. See Tuesday’s Murray Pioneer for
South Australian Tourism Awards results.
AWHOLE New World, One Jump
Ahead, Reflection, I Can Go The
Distance... I could probably list dozens of
Disney songs that I absolutely loved listen-
ing to growing up and still give a regular
There’s something about a musi-
cal cartoon that transports you to – as
Ariel would say in The Little Mermaid – a
whole new world.
I’m still known to whack on Mulan or
Aladdin when I’m ill or feeling a bit down
and it never fails to pick me up.
As I grew up I was lucky enough to see
a number of live musical performances.
I grew up in a less-than-traditional
home with a mother who never cooked a
thing and a father who cooked every meal
and insisted on taking the whole family to
From Cats to Wicked, Miss Saigon,
Aladdin and Jersey Boys, I have seen some
outstanding musicals over the years.
I often cry during these shows and am
always overwhelmed with the talent grac-
ing the stage in front on me.
My love for all things musicals was
brought to the forefront of my mind
this week when I visited the cast of the
Renmark High School 2018 production of
The Wizard of Oz.
And what a show to be portraying.
The 1939 film is absolutely perfect and
Judy Garland is magical in her portrayal
I must say that my favourite musical
(I have seen it twice) would have to be
Wicked, which is a quirky and modern
spin-off of The Wizard of Oz.
The students getting ready for their
performance later this month were clear-
ly keen, passionate and excited to be
involved in the production.
I have to admire anyone who puts them-
selves out there for something like that.
As much as I love musicals and stage
shows, I could never really see myself up
I was involved in one high school pro-
duction when I was in year 10. I made up
the chorus in our performance of Grease,
I had no lines and mostly no idea what I
was doing most of the time.
So, I will leave the performing to the
brave individuals who live for entertaining
people and I will stick to wiping tears off
my face and applauding wildly at every
Tourism’s night of nights tonight
A LOCAL educator was
recently awarded the title
of SA Teacher of the
Year for her work with
children in the Riverland.
Originally from the
de Winter moved to
Australia in 1998 and
taught at a number of
schools throughout the
country before landing
at St Joseph’s School
Barmera 11 years ago.
She said it was a
shock to be awarded
SA Teacher of the Year
Award for 2018 from the
Australian Association of
Special Education Inc.
“I’ve reflected on it
now and it was actually
a big surprise that I won
it,” she said.
“I’ve done this for 23
years and I’ve obvious-
ly grown over that time,
but it’s just what I do...
“If I didn’t receive an
award I would still be
doing exactly the same.”
Mrs de Winter said
there are a number of
aspects of teaching she
“It’s such a privilege to
be part of a child’s learn-
ing journey,” she said.
“Teaching at a
Catholic school is not
just about their academic
journey, it’s also about
learning and the spiritual
learning as we educate
the whole child. I love to
inspire learning in chil-
Mrs de Winter said
she has a distinct style
of teaching and believes
every student has the
ability to succeed.
“I view all students as
able and capable,” she
“That stems from
working in a Catholic
school that we view
students being created in
the image of God. You
do everything to give
these children successful
experiences not just once
a week, but every lesson
of every day, so they
can walk away thinking
they’ve done really well.”
Nanda named Teacher of the Year
St Joseph’s School Barmera teacher Nanda de Winter pictured with students Kelton
and Sebastian. She was recently named SA Teacher of the Year. PHOTOS: Peta-
Marie Philippou INSET: SA Teacher of the Year Nanda de Winter pictured with her St
Joseph’s School Barmera class.
Lucky escape at Loxton
EMERGENCY services were called to the
scene of an accident at Loxton North on
A police spokesperson said the truck and
car collided just before 7am on Anderson
“A truck travelling west on Anderson
Road moved over to give a cyclist some
room when it clipped a ute travelling east,
which was travelling close to the centre
lane,” the spokesperson said.
“The ute then hit a tree. There were no
injuries to any person.”
The police spokesperson said no charges
are expected to be laid.
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