Saman­tha Jade’s Christ­mas spirit visit to Pen­rhos Col­lege,

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - FRONT PAGE - Na­dia Budi­hardjo

BUD­DING song­writ­ers from Pen­rhos Col­lege were treated to an in-school per­for­mance from The X Fac­tor win­ner Saman­tha Jade as part of her visit to WA for the Sal­va­tion Army Christ­mas ap­peal.

The pint-sized per­former sang three songs for stu­dents and then spent time with a Year 9 mu­sic class on Novem­ber 19.

Jade said Pen­rhos Col­lege was the only school in­volved in her visit to WA as part of the Salvos ap­peal.

“They do a lot of work with the Red Shield and with Salvos, and I just wanted to give back and have a lit­tle sing with them,” she said.

“I think it’s great, es­pe­cially for young girls, it’s very im­por­tant to learn that giv­ing is just as im­por­tant, if not more, than any­thing else in life.”

Mu­sic teacher Cather­ine Clar­nette said it was fan­tas­tic for the girls to hear ad­vice from a pro­fes­sional singer-song­writer.

“The Year 9s have just been do­ing a hands-on in­dus­try project where they write and record their own orig­i­nal songs and we thought it would be per­fect for them to see Saman­tha Jade,” she said. “For her to talk on what she’s do­ing and what mu­sic meant to her was very mean­ing­ful for them.”

Ms Clar­nette said it was a spe­cial event for the Year 9 mu­sic stu­dents as Jade spoke to them ex­clu­sively as a class.

“They ap­pre­ci­ate hav­ing that spe­cial ap­pear­ance, guest speak­ers usu­ally speak to a larger au­di­ence,” she said.

Jade said she had asked to be more in­volved in the Salvos’ Christ­mas ap­peal and to in­cor­po­rate Perth, her home­town, for the tour.

“Last year I was in­volved in the Christ­mas ap­peal.

“This is my se­cond year as am­bas­sador for the Salvos,” she said.

“I want peo­ple to know it’s so easy to help, so easy to give.”

Dona­tions for the Sal­va­tion Army Christ­mas Ap­peal can be made by vis­it­ing the char­ity’s web­site at -a-do­na­tion/donate-on­line/?ap­peal=cachrist­mas.

Perth singer-song­writer and na­tional tal­ent show win­ner Saman­tha Jade with the Pen­rhos Col­lege Year 9 mu­sic class.

Saman­tha Jade per­form­ing at Pen­rhos Col­lege.

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