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Passion for music and sport honoured


The presentation of the Tony Quinn Gift to two outstanding students at Star of the Sea School held special significance last year.

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Due to the move of Year 7s to secondary school, two awards were presented – to Jordan Kupeckyj (Year 6) and Noah Carey (Year 7) – and 2018 also marked the tenth anniversary of the establishment of the ‘gift’ by the Quinn family.

Tony Quinn

The award recognises students with a passion for music and sport and is made in honour of former Star of the Sea teacher Tony Quinn who died suddenly on December 27 2008. Tony was educated at St Joseph’s primary school at Flinders Park and St Michael’s College, and was an active member of the Flinders Park parish. He was a keen footballer, basketballer and although not a musician himself, was passionate about popular and rock music.

Like Tony, the 2018 recipients demonstrated a love for music and sport throughout their years in primary school.

Jordan was acknowledged for being a ‘dedicated participant’ in bands and choir since Year 3 and being involved in the Catholic Schools Music Festival, various community performances and concerts. On the sporting field, he took part in the netball and European handball carnivals.

A talented musician who plays two instruments, Noah was a member of the school’s senior band and Year 7 rock band. Like Jordan, he performed in the Catholic Schools Music Festival and at various events in the community.

He also took part in the swimming, athletic and European handball carnivals, played football and is a surf lifesaver.

Noah was selected as a SAPSASA and SACPSSA school and district representative for cross country, swimming, athletics, football and hockey and in 2018 he was voted a school house captain.


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