12 Sep 2017

From the Principal

A guest introduction from Ms Oriana Constable, Head of Girls’ Middle School and Girls’ Education.

Throughout our school there are many examples of students achieving excellence across a range of areas. Just this week we have seen students excelling as they competed at World Championships in Cycling, in the Maths Talent Quest competitions and showcasing their work through productions and art exhibitions. The commitment, persistence and skill demonstrated by students across areas such as performance, leadership, academic and sporting achievements constantly impresses me. To see students strive towards a goal and achieve it is a joy to watch and be a part of.

On Saturday night we were reminded of some of the truly tremendous achievements of our Alumni at the launch of our ‘Avenue of Excellence’. It was terrific to see past students, current and past families and staff celebrating the remarkable achievements of our 10 inductees. The achievements of our inductees were both varied and significant for many different reasons. Throughout the evening it struck me that in most cases, they had not set out to be extraordinary but rather their achievements were the result of following their passion and interests, working hard and showing great determination and commitment. It is evident that each person had a belief in the importance of their work and had given their all to achieve their goals. Our inductees shared memories of their times at school and spoke very fondly (and with great humour) about their time at Tintern. As I have come to expect from members of our Alumni they were grounded and certainly very humbled by the acknowledgements they were receiving.

As a community, there is a great deal to take away from celebrating individual excellences in a chosen endeavour and we are enormously proud of the contributions made to society by our Alumni. I am truly amazed by their achievements, impacts and contributions. However, it is also important that we acknowledge excellence as not simply being the best at something but doing your best; doing your best in your approach to learning, in your application to tasks and in the relationships you build along the way. Doing your best is something we can see every day in our school.

Our students are always encouraged to strive towards achieving their own personal best. Through focusing on what is their ‘own best’, students benefit positively as they compete with themselves rather than competing with others. If girls and boys can set their expectations of success based on their previous academic (or sporting or musical) personal best they will benefit positively and are more likely to motivate themselves by attempting to beat their ‘PB’. The thought of competition can be very motivating and energising for students but can be counterproductive and dispiriting if they are making excessive comparisons with others. Setting personal academic goals with students that work towards achievement of an academic standard in a given subject can help set out achievable steps, actions, attributes and approaches to learning that will help students achieve and be the best they can be.

Tintern is an environment in which we are constantly learning. Not only students in their classrooms and co-curricular involvements but also teachers taking part in professional learning, professional growth partnerships and participation in conferences, research and graduate studies. Learning is constantly evolving and changing but what remains consistent is our expectation that students strive for personal excellence. This will assist not only in achieving positive academic outcomes but also towards their development more broadly; the relationships they build, the attitude with which they approach tasks and activities, their resilience and willingness to take on challenges and see challenges as an opportunity for personal growth and development. H. Jackson Brown Jr said, “The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today” and this is the approach I encourage all students to adopt as they approach their learning, particularly our senior students as they continue their preparation for end of year VCE, IB and subject assessments.

From the Principal Video Blog

Please view the Video Blog below from our Principal, Mr Bradley Fry.

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Junior Schools ‘Wala’ Incursion

All the Junior School classes attended an energetic and very enjoyable performance by the African music group Wala on Tuesday.

Wala are from Ghana and presented drumming, songs and dances from their country. Some students were given the opportunity to play the drums or learn a dance (even the teachers!) A finale with everyone singing, dancing and playing was a great way to end the concert.

by Jan Wagner, Head of Girls’ Junior School Music

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Home Economics Assistant required for Term 4 2017

We are currently seeking a Home Economics Assistant for Term 4 2017 to assist in the Home Economics/Hospitality kitchens.

Experience in the food industry would be an advantage.

Please contact Adriana Mantella for further information: 9845 7777 or email: mantead@tintern.vic.edu.au 

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Maroondah Film Festival – An Opportunity For Aspiring Young Film Makers

Visit Maroondah Youth Services for more information: http://www.maroondahyouthservices.com/

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Music Matters

IB Recital this Thursday promises to be a feast of delightful musical (and culinary) offerings!  

Rehearsals for the IB Music Recital are in full swing. During the course of the year, the class has been studying the score of J. S. Bach’s masterful Brandenburg Concerto No. 2. We could think of no better excuse to perform this magnificent work as a centrepiece for this event. After much searching, we have engaged trumpet player, Dennis Stevenson, who is one of a small breed of trumpeters capable of performing this diabolically difficult score. Steven Zhang and Lovelyn Lim will be playing the exquisite harpsichord pictured here. Alison Yang (Year 12) will perform the violin solo, Holly Fryer (Year 11) the flute solo, and our specialist double reed teacher, Mary Glen-Norman, will play the oboe solo. The evening will also feature original compositions by the IB Music class, written for a wide variety of instruments ranging from Taiko Drums to a Baroque Orchestra and a beautiful choral setting by Josephine Owen of a French text by Charles Baudelaire, performed by the Senior Girls Chamber Choir. The first half of the concert will be comprised of three recitals by each of the Year 12 IB musicians (Alison Yang – violin, Lovelyn Lim – voice and Josephine Owen – violin). If that was not enough to draw you to this event, the hospitality students will be providing a delicious supper, for performers and audience alike, during the interval. This free concert starts at 7.00PM in the CM Wood Centre. Learn more here: https://www.tintern.vic.edu.au/event/ib-recital/ 

by Tim Veldman, Head of Strings

Tintern’s Inaugural Chamber Music Festival

On Tuesday night, 29 August, four Tintern quartets, a Tintern quintet and two Yarra Valley Grammar quartets performed at the Inaugural Chamber Music Festival at Monsalvat in Eltham. Each group performed their pieces spectacularly with many positive remarks from audience members and teachers alike. There were a number of pieces from composers such as Mozart and Chausson. 

We were fortunate to have one of the members of the Flinders Quartet, their cellist Zoe Knighton, attend the performance. She, along with the other members of the Flinders Quartet, came to Tintern to run workshop sessions and tutor the performers the Sunday beforehand, giving tips and helpful feedback. Everyone benefited immensely from their visit and enjoyed the day’s rehearsals.

Overall, the showcase concert was a great success, filled with some superb music from a varied range of talented ensembles. Many thanks to Mr Veldman and Mrs Bezaire for bringing this new musical initiative for Tintern to fruition. It was a wonderful opportunity for enhanced learning for a number of senior musicians, both from Tintern Grammar and Yarra Valley Grammar.

by Brianna Oldmeadow (Year 11), ‘Cellist

Tintern Grammar Concert Band takes out Silver Award at Victorian Schools Music Festival

On Wednesday 30 August, the Concert Band travelled to Hawthorn to perform in the VSMF (Victoria Schools Music Festival) in the Junior Concert Band section. There were several other schools there, such as Blackburn Primary School, Waverley Christian College, Wesley College, and Fountain Gate Secondary College.  For our performance of Roger Schmidli’s Beyond the Void, and Robert Sheldon’s arrangement of “Annie Laurie,” titled A Scottish Ballade, we received a Silver Award. The chief adjudicator, Dr Ralph Hultgren, worked primarily with us on the sound and dynamics of our pieces, whilst making some jokes along the way. A huge thanks to Mrs Clarke for her hard work with us!

by Zoë Forbes (Year 9), Concert Band Captain

by Alison Bezaire, Director of Music

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Sport Matters

2017 Australian National Championships

Best wishes to Eliza Harvey (Equestrian Captain 2017), Ella and Lilly Trevorrow as they head off to the 2017 Australian National Championships for Pony Club and Interschools Championships which will be held in Toowoomba (Qld) during the holidays.

by Alison Bezaire, Equestrian Coordinator

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Community Matters

North Queensland Mangos

The Tintern Parent Group are once again offering North Queensland Mangos straight from the farm to you!

  • A tray is filled by weight and will contain somewhere between 12 large mangoes and 20 small mangoes.
  • Cost is $25.50 per tray.
  • Mangoes should be ready for collection in late November/first week of December. The date varies depending on the mangoes ripening.
  • All families will be emailed confirmation of the delivery date and collection point.
  • Please select here to place your order.
  • Orders strictly close on the 20 October.

Community Group News

Father’s Day Stall

The Father’s Day Stall was held on Wednesday 30 August and the students had an exciting time choosing from a wonderful selection for gifts for their dads or a significant male in their lives.

Thank you to everyone who dedicated their time in assisting with the Stall on the day, and the many hours of work leading up to the Stall. Your hard work was greatly appreciated by all.

If you have any questions or would like further information on this or any other aspect of the Tintern Parent’s Group please contact Haidee, TPG Co-President on 0417 052 273 or email to hmallett@optusnet.com.au.

Reminder – Year 10 Butterss Cross Community Action Project – Supporting Animal Aid

As part of the Year 10 Butterss Cross Community Action Project, we are organising a Food and Blanket Drive to support the organisation Animal Aid.

If you or anyone you know have old blankets/towels or any kitten food they would like to donate (Whiskers), please drop it at the P.E centre anytime until this Friday 15 September. Please donate to this worthy cause, all contributions are much appreciated!

by Year 10 Butterss Cross Students

2017 Garden Tour save the date Friday 27 October 2017

The 2017 Spring Garden tour will once again be running on Friday 27 October – mark this date in your calendars now. Please contact the Community Relations office if you have any venue ideas or would like to assist our volunteer coordinator, Lisa Vecchio.

Avenue of Excellence

The Celebration Induction Dinner on Saturday night was a fabulous evening with all sections of our Tintern community coming together to celebrate and honour our 10 inaugural inductees into the Tintern Grammar Avenue of Excellence. The CM Wood Performance Centre was sparkling in hues of blue and silver as the guests arrived for drinks and canapés.  Our Tintern Concert choir dazzled us with their tunes before we moved to the official induction proceedings.

A very big thank you to Karen Gately nee Mitchell (YG 1988) who was a wonderfully engaging MC, Canterbury Rd Flower Gallery for the beautiful flower table centre pieces, The Essential Caterer who provided the delicious canapés and meals, photographer alumna Zoe Murdoch (YG 1996) of Zoe Murdoch – Photography, videographer alumnus Tim Churchward (YG 2010) and Lachlan Campbell for his technical management of the event.

Thanks are also extended to our Director of Music, Mrs Bezaire who organised a wonderful musical program for the evening, alumni TJ Lacey (YG 2011) and Kathleen Yardley (YG 2008), who was accompanied by Rhianwen Bramble, and the students in the Clementson Piano Quartet, Kelson String Quartet, Tintern Grammar Concert Choir and our 2017 School Pianist Molly Fleming, for their wonderful performances throughout the evening.

When passing the CM Wood centre next, be sure to take a moment to read over the astonishing achievements of our first inductees. It is our vision to inspire current and future students to pursue excellence in a wide range of areas. Click here to visit the Avenue of Excellence web page to learn more about our first inductees and view the photo gallery. 

Footy Tipping

The home and away season has come to a close and so has our footy tipping competition. On behalf of Community Relations, thank you to everyone who participated in the competition and congratulations to our prize winners.

1st Place  Chris Swadling    Staff  $250  134 points
2nd Place   Carl Paul  Community  $120  131 points
Equal 3rd Place  Natalie Martin Staff                    $30  130 points
  Deb Fryer Community      $30  130 points
  Ben Brown  Community      $30  130 points
  Jack Watts (aka) Brad Fry Staff                    $30  130 points

Please note that the Prize Money for 3rd – 6th place is split equally between our eligible third place getters.

Community Committee dates

  • Tintern Parent Group (TPG) –Next meeting: Thursday 14 September 7.30pm Kennedy Cottage Co-Presidents: Haidee Wallace and Leeze Crowe
  • Friends of Music (FOM) – Next Meeting: Monday 23 October 7pm CM Wood Common Room President: Tim Oldmeadow
  • Friends of Young Farmers (FOYF) – Next meeting: Monday 9 October 7.30pm Kennedy Cottage, Community services. President: Joy Ashfield
  • Friends of Equestrian (FOE) – Next Meetings: Monday 10 October 7.30pm Kennedy Cottage, Community Services. Vice president: Kevin Jones      

Upcoming Reunions

  • Alumni Twilight Tours – Tuesday 17 October at 6.00pm
  • Class of 1972, 1977 and 1982 – 45, 40 and 35 Year Reunions – Friday 3 November at 5.30pm – Bookings can be made by selecting here
  • Class of 1967 and earlier – 50 + Year Reunions – Tuesday 21 November at 11.00am

Past Students

Nancy Pettifer nee Elvins (1911-1996) (YG 1929)

RMIT Design Archives recently featured a work by Tintern Grammar Alumna Nancy Pettifer (nee Elvins) who graduated in 1929. The gorgeous illustration was featured as the cover of Australian Home Beautiful Magazine in 1936. To learn more about Nancy and this illustration please the RMIT Design Archives Instagram page here.

Community Group Fundraising

Photo Album

The TPG is also continuing to offer beautiful quality made customised ‘buckram’ binders for only $70. A saving of $20 as they normally retail for $90. The albums are available in both Navy and Burgundy and feature the school crest and name printed in silver on the front cover and come complete with 10 transparent sheet inserts.

The albums are great for storing:
– The official school photos
– Certificates
– Naplan and ICAS results
– Sports and performer ribbons
– Artwork
– Programs from concerts, sports days and special assemblies
– Photos
– Newsletter clippings
– Your own scrapbook creations (as the pages are 30cm x 30cm standard scrapbook size)

In fact, if you think of it like a filing cabinet of memories, over the years it builds up into quite a treasure! Samples can be viewed in the uniform shop and all orders are now taken at this link through trybooking

Entertainment Books

Entertainment Book has a special offer this month (whilst stocks last) of 2 free Village Cinema e-saver movie tickets. 

The Entertainment books are offered for purchase through the School. The Entertainment™ Book, and the Entertainment™ Digital Membership, are your guide to the most popular restaurants, attractions, shopping, travel and more, all with valuable up to 50% off and 2-for-1 offers. The book is current from purchase until the end of May 2018.

Please click here to order your 2017/2018 Entertainment book

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Spring Celebration at the Tintern Farm this Friday 15 September, 3.30PM

The Tintern Grammar Friends of Young Farmers invites you to join us for an afternoon of family fun and meet the residents of the Tintern Farm! Enjoy a free sausage sizzle, campfire marshmallow roasting, Petting Yard where you can meet our newborn lambs and more. This is a fantastic interactive event not to be missed!

When: Friday 15 September, 3.30PM

Where: Tintern Farm

Please register for this free event via Eventbrite to assist us with catering: https://tinterngrammarspringcelebration2017.eventbrite.com/?aff=Aspectus

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Toddler Time

It is hard to believe that Toddler Time is nearly at the end of its first term.

It has been delightful to see the children grow in confidence. They now enter the room confident and excited to see what activities are on offer for the session.

In the last couple of weeks, we have also had some special events. We were lucky enough to go and visit the Junior School’s library. There, the Year 6 girls hosted us by reading stories to our toddlers. It was lovely to see the enjoyment, not only with the toddlers, but also with the bigger girls.

We have had a music session with Mrs Jan Wagner. She played the piano and the toddlers played some instruments and had fun dancing on the mat. The Toddlers have been enjoying our informal mat session so it was delightful to see them engaging with Mrs Wagner and participating in the music session.

We have even introduced painting to the session. It is fascinating watching the toddlers play with the paint and take their first tentative steps into the creative world. Overall, it has been a very successful first term and we are all looking forward to what Term 4 will bring for Toddler Time @ Tintern.

by Kristin De Vos, ELC-Co-ordinator

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Junior Schools Father’s Day Breakfast

Our Father’s Day Breakfast was certainly an enjoyable occasion for all of us in our Junior Schools. If you haven’t yet had the chance to do so,  please have a look at the photos posted on the school Facebook page…they really do capture the fun, energy and warmth of the morning. Click here to visit the Facebook album. We are always happy to have any feedback that affirms and/or offers suggestions to make the morning even better for our ‘dads’ and students.  Thank you to all our Dads or significant males who were able to make it…it was really a very special event for our students!  

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From the Vice Principal – Senior College, Administration and Students

It is timely for me to advise/remind all Senior College students and families that in the last week of Term 3 we have a “re-scheduled day”, with Wednesday 20 September being designated as a Day 6 (ie we will run a Monday Day 6 timetable on this day) – we have done this several times across the year to compensate for the number of Mondays we lose from the teaching timetable across the year. I would also like to remind all students and families that Term 4 starts with a “student free” staff in-service day and that the first student day of Term 4 is therefore Tuesday 10 October, a Day 7 on our 10 day timetable cycle.

As all families would be aware, this year’s Celebration Evening is scheduled for Wednesday 18 October at Robert Blackwood Hall – with a prompt 7.30pm start. Students will be asked to arrive by 7pm on the night and families will be reminded to be seated in the auditorium by 7.15pm. This is a very special evening which enables us to celebrate all of the wonderful achievements of our Tintern Grammar students. It also provides an opportunity for the School Community to farewell our Year 12 class of 2017, before final examinations commence. Ticket bookings have commenced for Year 12 families and will become available for Years 7 – 11 families on Monday 18 September. Families need to be aware that there will be no ticket sales available on the night.

Practice Examinations for Year 12 Subjects

In the last week of the upcoming holiday break our Year 12 VCE students, our Year 11 VCE students who are undertaking a Unit 3/4 subject, and our Year 12 IB students will all be undertaking practice examinations before their final written examinations. Our Senior Students have received their practice examination schedules and I wish them all well for these practice exams but also urge them to ensure that they do take some time for rest and relaxation to “recharge their batteries” before they channel their energies towards their final revision.

Study Hints

It is thus timely for me to reprint the sound study advice we provide for our students in the Senior College Course Handbook, under the heading of Practical Study Suggestions for all Students, as follows:

Conditions for Study

  • Adequate light, ventilation, heat and space
  • Use a consistent workplace
  • Sit on a comfortable chair at a desk or table
  • Keep both noise and visual distractions to a minimum
  • Work while you are fresh

Fitness

  • Physical fitness is important in order to work well
  • Proper food, exercise and leisure are essential
  • Adequate sleep is a must

Organisation

  • Plan your study time; not only WHEN you will study, but WHAT and HOW you will study
  • Do not sit down to study and then try to decide what you will do – this is a sure way of wasting valuable time
  • Work out a study timetable, allotting time fairly so that each subject is well covered – this will overcome the tendency to spend too much time on any one subject at the expense of others
  • Break study time into blocks allowing for 5–10 minutes break after each hour
  • Use an efficient reading method, for example the SQ3R -survey, question, read, recall, and review

Summer Uniform

The arrival of one or two days of very pleasant Spring weather coincided with the changeover period, from 1 September until the end of Term 3, when our students may opt to wear Summer or Winter Uniform. I need to remind students and parents, however, that the requirement is that students wear a complete and correct version of the School Uniform – whether it be Summer or Winter, and not a mixture of the two. The School Blazer must be worn to and from School with either version of the uniform; parents are asked to support the School with this matter.

 Our Annual Presentation Ball

This coming Saturday 16 September Mrs Maria Connor and I, and other invited guests are looking forward to attending the annual Presentation Ball at The Ivanhoe Centre. As usual, our Senior College students who are involved, and their families, will be full of anticipation of a wonderful evening; the culmination of all the hard work in dancing lessons that are vital parts of their preparation for the evening.

With kind regards to all members of the Senior College Community,

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Interschool Gymnastics

On Tuesday 5 September Tintern Grammar competed in the Inter School Gymnastics competition at Cheltenham Youth Club, Braeside. We had two teams of girls competing on the day and both teams achieved good results. Each team completed the same apparatus throughout the competition and the girls demonstrated great skills on each one. Team one did a fantastic job and finished fourth in the competition.

Team 1:

Rachel Adam

Ruby Crowe

Genevieve Gough

Katherine Howell

Mayunie Munasinghe

Team 2 competed well on the day and also did a great job. They placed fifth on the day.

Team 2:

Olivia Beaton

Coco Butterfield

Ava Cantor

Charlotte Collins

Abby Dunn

Audrey Tandori

Congratulations to all of the girls on a fantastic competition.

by Ashley Viney, Junior School PE Teacher

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S.T.E.M Activity – Spaghetti Structures

Standing, standing, and…… CRASH! The Year 6 girls showed great persistence when creating our Spaghetti Towers. Using spaghetti, plasticine and marshmallows the Year 6 girls set out to create the tallest Spaghetti Tower that they could.

We kept on trying, showed amazing perseverance and eager to find a resolution when creating our various models, experimenting with different structures and shapes to get a stable, secure edifice. Most girls had to restart their Towers multiple times, changing the placement of the pieces or the material they used to stick the pieces together. We focused on the engineering principles, the use of shapes such as triangles, struts and cross bracing and also creating a broader base which would gradually become narrower. In building one of the most successful towers, Ella and Genevieve had to work on ladders!

This fun task was a great way for us to learn about basic engineering and geometry strategies. Using the fundamental knowledge of the properties of shapes and structures, we all created original and unique towers. Overall, it was a fun, sticky project which involved us in the STEM program in a creative and enjoyable way. Oh, and many marshmallows never actually made it into the towers!  

by Mayunie Munasinghe, Year 6A

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Junior Strings Rehearsal in the Early Learning Centre

The Early Learning Centre was filled with beautiful music last Thursday as our Junior String Orchestra completed their final rehearsal in preparation for the Junior Schools String Concert. The students had a captivated audience of Early Learning Centre students and parents for this special rehearsal, which was excellent practice for the ensemble, made up of boys and girls in Years 1-3.  Many of the students rehearsing had gone through the ELC – it was exciting for them to demonstrate how much progress they had made in their first few years at Tintern!

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Meet the Orchestra

The Junior Girls’ Orchestra delighted an audience comprising of all the ELC students and Prep-Year 2 girls on Wednesday at our Meet the Orchestra concert. The Junior School Band performed first followed by a number of girls demonstrating their instruments which included flute, oboe, saxophone, trumpet, french horn, tenor horn, violin, viola, cello, double bass, harp, guitar, piano and drums.

Mr Veldman then taught the audience some conducting patterns and the orchestra performed Hedwig’s Theme from Harry Potter.

by Jan Wagner, Head of Girls’ Junior School Music

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Bake Sale Fundraising – Yum, Yum!

The Year 6A students are planning to have a Bake Sale in the last week of this term with funds raised to go to the Motor Neurone Disease Foundation. We hope that you and the students are able to do some baking over the following weekend to stock our shelves with tempting goodies. After the recent Book Sale, the Year 6 girls are very keen to get behind the counter again!

Some ideas would be:

  • Honey Joys
  • Choc Chip Cookies
  • Melting Moments
  • Anzac Cookies
  • Slices
  • Cupcakes
  • Brownies
  • Rock Cakes
  • Lamingtons
  • Rum Balls (minus the Rum!)

Some reminders when baking goods:

I’m sure there are more you can think of!

  • Please attached a list of ingredients to your goodies.
  • Please list the date and time your goodies were made.
  • Plastic containers need to be labelled for easy return to you.
  • Please bring contributions to the Colebrook Foyer on Monday 18 September.

Thank you in advance for your contributions.

by Kathy Agius, Girls’ Year 6 Teacher and Year 6A

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Girls’ Junior School Art Program Term 3, 2017

My name is David Kittelty and I have had the privilege of delivering the Junior School Art Program to the Prep to Year 6 girls during Term 3 while the  Art Teacher Mrs Kate Shearer, has been on leave. 

Prep to Year 2

The Hot Air Balloon has been our main focus where the girls have used coloured paper to construct and decorate their models. String was used to attach the basket underneath the balloon and the girls added a unique character to each basket using coloured markers and pencils.

Year 3 and 4

The girls have been designing, constructing and decorating wooden figures called Abi Tanti. The term comes from the Italian language and means ‘many inhabitants’ and is used to welcome immigrants to a new country. Many students have used hand saws and electric drills for the first time and in a most competent manner. Girls had fun with bold and colourful designs.

Year 5 and 6

Decorative Wall Clocks made from recycled fence palings have been the focus for these students. The girls developed their sanding, marking out, drilling and design skills to produce quality clocks displaying innovative decorative and finishing techniques.

Thank you to the Tintern Junior School Community for a very positive experience in the Art Program during Term 3. 

by David Kittelty, Girls’ Junior School Art Teacher

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Guide Dog Victoria’s 60th Anniversary Graduation Day

Last Saturday 2 September, Scarlett Wild had a very special role at Guide Dog Victoria’s 60th Anniversary Graduation Day. 

This special ceremony recognises the freedom and independence a Guide Dog can bring to the lives of people who are blind or vision impaired, as well as the dedication and commitment from puppy raisers, Guide Dogs Victoria (GDV) staff and the generous donations from the public who make the whole process possible. 

This year GDV celebrated a record 93 dogs who have been placed with clients over the past twelve months. This is our biggest graduating cohort ever! Just like graduates from universities, the dogs will graduate with different qualifications – the majority are of course Guide Dogs, but for those not suited for guiding we try and place in a ‘helping role’ as Pets-as-Therapy Dogs, and even Service Dogs for war veterans affected by PTSD, or working for Guide Dogs Victoria as education & Ambassador Dogs.

Scarlett got up on stage in front of 400 people, with her mum Sophie, and spoke for several minutes about her experience helping to puppy raise three dogs – Maxwell, Jed and Woodruff. She even got tips from MC Peter Hitchener on public speaking. It was the first time GDV had ever had such a young puppy raiser take to the stage and she captivated the audience with retelling what she had learnt along the way, and some funny stories! Raising is a very fulfilling thing for a family to do together, and helps encourage responsibility and a positive view of diversity and disability.

Guide Dogs Victoria receives less than 10% government funding, and couldn’t do the work it does without volunteers and donations. The demand for Guide Dogs is growing at a rate of 20 per cent per annum, which means we have a lot more pups being raised out in the community by volunteer Puppy Raisers. Right now, Guide Dogs Victoria is in great need for Temporary Carers – people or families who might not be able to commit to a pup for 12 months, or would rather not care for a very young pup but prefer an older pup. If you can step in and help look after a pup over the weekend or for several weeks over the school holidays, if their regular raiser is away, we would love to hear from you! You can go to www.guidedogsvictoria.com.au, or call 1800 804 805. You can also find out here how to become a Puppy Raiser, donate, or run a community fundraising event. 

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Junior Schools’ Writers Festival

On Friday 1 September Tintern Libraries in conjunction with both Junior Schools held our first Writers Festival for students from Prep to Year 6. The event included 10 authors who inspired and amazed our boys and girls during two 45 min sessions.

Our 2017 author roll call included: Lucy Wise (singer/songwriter), Adam Wallace (writer/illustrator), George Ivanoff (writer/storyteller), Meredith Costain (writer & MC), Marjory Gardner (illustrator), Corinne Fenton (writer), Jacqui Grantford (Melbourne based artist/illustrator),  Judith Rossell (maze creator/writer/illustrator),  Scot Gardner (writer/storyteller), Matt Porter (writer/storyteller) and Anna Ciddor (writer/illustrator) plus a special guest author Serena Geddes.

All Students in Years 3 to 6 were given an opportunity to select which workshops they wanted to attend, the final workshop groups became a cross age and cross gender activity. 

The Writers Festival came out of a reimagining of our annual Book Week author visit. This year we wanted to explore a range of the different writing styles with students ie stories, poetry, song writing and illustration.

Paul Collins from Ford Street Publishing, and a well-known writer himself worked with us to find a right mix of writers for students from Prep to Year 6. Our day started with a ‘quirky’ introduction to each author as students were asked to match a childhood photo to the adult author seated in the Southwood Centre. Each author then had ‘90 seconds’ to tell us about what would be happening in their session.

Before heading off to the workshop sessions there was an official launch of ‘Rusty, Buster & Patch versus the Opera’ by Adam Wallace and Serena Geddes. Lots of fun and laughter as George Ivanoff played Harpo Marx (from Marx Brothers fame) to launch Adam’s book. If you want to know why George dressed up as Harpo you will need to read Adam’s book.

Below are just a few of the many comments which we have received about the Writer Festival. Many thanks to staff and parents who have shared their stories with us and a huge thank you to all members of the Library team who worked tirelessly for the last 6 weeks to make it happen.

“I got inspired by Lucy Wise, she is an author and song-writer. I loved listening to her the most, when the authors were introduced. All weekend I wrote songs in the book from my Writer’s Festival showbag!” – Lucy Dauparas, 2A

“It was really exciting to meet all the authors and get tips from them, and the fact that they helped you with your own writing was really inspiring. Thank you! Can we do it again please?” – Sarah Fisher, 5A

“During parent teacher interviews one parent told me that her son went home on Friday and wrote a story all by himself that same night and then proudly read it to her. She was thrilled!” – John Bonnyman, Year 4

“My Year 6 class said it was ‘awesome’. They loved it and so did I. A parent last night said that their daughter had come home talking nonstop about the event” – Kathy Agius, Year 6

“I just wanted to say that our son had a fantastic day on Friday … he was absolutely over joyed by the Writers Festival and hearing the writers and illustrators speak.  He retold his day for at least 15 minutes non-stop.  He was clearly very taken with George Ivanoff and relayed the stories George told with much laughter and enthusiasm.” – Year 4 parent

At the end of the Festival, all students received a show bag of goodies to encourage them to write as well as a copy of a signed copy of Adam’s latest book.

Will we do it again? ABSOLUTELY! Staff, students and parents have already started asking me about which authors will be coming next year.

by Sue Healey, Director of Information & Technology Services

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Boys’ Junior School News

While the ten inductees into the Tintern Grammar Avenue of Excellence have all had significant, individual journeys, a common theme that shone through as each was individually acknowledged was a recognition and appreciation of the opportunities and support that they received while at Tintern, whether this be through introducing new activities and experiences or by further developing a passion in an area of particular interest. In our Boys’ Junior School Assembly yesterday, as we re-visited each inductee, we spoke about their very often understated but amazing influence upon their communities and in so many cases, the much wider population. How important has been Mavis Robertson’s ‘influence’ in establishing compulsory Superannuation, and to hear her son tell the story of her rescuing children from torture and imprisonment, one who is Michelle Bachelet, the current Prime Minister of Chile! What a wonderful example of how passion and commitment CAN be life changing.

Our last weeks of term provide our boys with many opportunities: 21 Year 3-6 boys represented Tintern at our District Athletics, all of Year 4 spend weekly sessions developing an understanding of sustainability at the farm, our Year 5 boys are preparing to immerse themselves in Australian History as they head to Sovereign Hill this Thursday and Friday, 22 boys have completed a two month Robotics Course, all Prep – Year 6 boys and girls participated in an inspiring Writers’ Festival hosted by 10 authors,  we had a tasty MND for Donut fundraiser, a team of Year 4 boys came first in the State in the Have Sum Fun Maths On-Line competition, our Year 3-6 boys hit the stage next Thursday evening, reciting Poetry and performing plays as a part of our biennial SOVANI (Southwood Variety Night), forty-eight performers participated in our Junior School Strings Concert last Thursday, our Year 3 and 4s head to Monash University’s Woodside Innovation Lab on Thursday to experience and learn more about 3D printing and materials science….I have no doubt that these varied opportunities will further spark interest and passion in many of boys, and for all of them, at least exposes them to experiences that enrich and expand their development.

We have continued to discuss our SAIL point of Independence in Assemblies, with the 10 Rules of Independence list (another article in this edition – available here) forming the basis of discussion with our Prep to Year 2 boys especially.

Also, with yesterday being ‘9/11’, we spent some time in Assembly recognising the significance of the date that is now etched in history, and rather than focussing solely on the distressing events of the infamous day, spoke about the terrible impact of hatred, and the importance of acceptance, tolerance, care and love.

Spring Celebration at the Tintern Farm this Friday 15 September, 3.30PM

The Tintern Grammar Friends of Young Farmers invites you to join us for an afternoon of family fun and meet the residents of the Tintern Farm! Enjoy a free sausage sizzle, campfire marshmallow roasting, Petting Yard where you can meet our newborn lambs and more. This is a fantastic interactive event not to be missed!

When: Friday 15 September, 3.30PM

Where: Tintern Farm

Please register for this free event via Eventbrite to assist us with catering: https://tinterngrammarspringcelebration2017.eventbrite.com/?aff=Aspectus

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Year 1 and 2 STEAM activity

The Year 1 and 2 boys were tasked with an exciting Outdoor Classroom challenge yesterday. Working together they needed to get water to flow through the dry creek bed in the playground. This was a fun STEAM learning activity combining maths and science concepts, with the boys having to consider movement, direction, speed, acceleration and gravity. We are excited to let you know that they were successful in completing the activity!

by Jen Sloane, Boys’ Year 2 Teacher

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News from the Boys Junior School Art Room

It’s Time…

The boys in Years 5 and 6 made clocks for their dads for Father’s Day. They successfully sawed, sand-papered, nailed, screwed and decorated these magnificent time pieces.

by Maria Lumsden, Boys Junior School Art Teacher

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Boys’ Junior School – Term 4 Dates

Monday 9 October             Staff Day

Tuesday 10 October           School resumes for students

Thursday 12 October         Divisional Athletics

Monday 16 October          Year 6-7 Orientation # 2 (til 12.30pm)

Tuesday 17 October           Twilight Tour

Wednesday 18 October     Secondary Celebration Evening

Friday 20 October              P-12 Boys Assembly, 8.30 – 9.30

Tuesday 24 October           P-12 Valedictory Service

Mon & Tues 6 & 7 Nov      Mid Term Break

Wed 8 – Fri 10 November Year 5 Phillip Island camp

Friday 10 November          Prep 2018 Orientation # 1

Friday 10 November       Year 2 Dads and Lads Evening

Mon 13 – Thurs 16 Nov     Swimming Lessons

Tuesday 14 November       JS Woodwind and Brass Concert, 5.00-6.00pm

Friday 17 November          Prep/1 PJ party, 6.00-7.30pm

Monday 20 November      Year 6-7 Orientation Day

Mon 20 & Tues 21 Nov      Swimming Lessons

Wednesday 22 November P-2 Swimming Morn and 3-6 House Swimming

Sunday 26 November        Munch with the Musos

Tuesday 28 November       2018 Orientation Day

Wed 29 – Fri 1 Dec             Year 3/4  Camp Manyung Camp

Wednesday 6 December   Year 6 Transition Dinner

Monday 11 December       BJS Year 3-6 Speech Night

Tuesday 12 December       End of Term (students)

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District Athletics Results

On Thursday 7 September, Tintern Grammar competed in the annual District Athletics Competition at Bill Sewart Athletics Track in East Burwood. The boys and girls gave their best performances in a range of events and were able to achieve some outstanding results. Tintern Grammar achieved the following results on the day:

Track Events: 3rd

Field Events: 6th

Ball Games: 2nd

Overall place: 4th

Congratulations to the following students who achieved outstanding individual results and now progress to the Divisional Athletics Carnival in Term 4:

Boys:

Felix Kilworth 200m, Relay: 1st, 1st

Kye Bertram 100m, Relay: 1st, 1st

Daniel Elias 800m: 2nd

Mitchell Laurie 1500m, Relay: 2nd, 1st

Max Lalor 1500m: 2nd

Ethan Hoole Relay: 1st          

Girls:

Elisha Sze 100m: 2nd

Ashley Honan 800m: 2nd

Emma Cooke High Jump: 1st

Ava Cantor Triple Jump, Relay: 1st, 1st

Olivia Beaton Relay: 1st

Coco Butterfield Relay: 1st

Rachel Adam 200m, Relay: 1st, 1st

Natasha Gillam 800m, 1500m: 1st, 1st

Jessica Fettell 1500m: 1st

by Ash Viney, Junior School PE Teacher

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Year 6 Boys 40 Hour Challenge – Our Fantastic August Fundraiser

Eighteen of the Year 6 boys took up the challenge in August to complete the 40 Hour Famine, run by World Vision. This year, the 40 Hour Famine was a little different as their aim was to bring attention to the biggest humanitarian crisis in history, displaced children and their families. The boys were given the challenge to pack a backpack and live out of the contents for 40 hours. Alternatively, they may choose to give up anything that is important to them, which they would find quite challenging to do. Things like giving up all screen time, not using any form of technology, not using furniture, even not using a limb were all considered. The boys gathered sponsors and on a chosen weekend in August and they attempted their challenge.

All money raised went towards helping displaced child refugees who are unable to return to their own country due to conflict. The purposes of this challenge are many:

Every day children are forced to flee their homes in search of food and safety and we wanted the boys to try to begin to understand what it is like for these children, who must flee with only their essentials. It can also help them to learn more about the difficulties faced by people in less fortunate countries around the world, and in doing so appreciate how lucky they are. Finally, to experience the sense of fulfilment by giving something up so others may benefit.

The eighteen boys did an amazing job and raised a total of $2,231.76!!

Well done to all the boys who participated and thank you so much for your time and efforts in raising this substantial amount of money for such a worthy cause. Thanks must also go to these boys’ wonderful families for their fantastic ongoing support. Congratulations to all involved. This 40 hour experience contributes to the Community Service section of the Year 6 Compass Award. So proud to be your teacher!

by Ros Neilson, Boys’ Year 6 Teacher

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News From Year 12

As we enter the final fortnight of Term 3, the Year 12s continue to work towards the completion of their assessment tasks for the semester, with the “light at the end of the tunnel” becoming clearer.  

Rehearsals for Celebration Evening are in full swing, with the whole secondary school attending weekly mass singing practices; the next session being at 8.30am on Wednesday 13 September in the CM Wood Centre – attendance is compulsory for all students.

The Year 12s are also completing preparations for their Leaving Song, Valedictory Book and their “hoodie”. Families are encouraged to check their e-mails to ensure that they are aware of the return dates of a number of Forms associated with these matters and, most particularly, for the Year 12 Valedictory Dinner which is being held on Friday 24 November at Leonda in Hawthorn.

Year 12 families are also encouraged to attend the final Prep to Year 12 Girls’ Assembly on Tuesday 17 October from 8.40 to 9.30am in the CM Wood Centre. The Boys Prep to Year 12 Assembly will be held on Friday 20 October from 8.40 to 9.30am, again in the CM Wood Centre.

by Nicole Morphett, Year 12 Co-ordinator

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Girls’ Middle School News

As we near the end of Term 3, it’s hard to believe how quickly the term has passed and how many wonderful, interesting, challenging and creative activities have been packed in! The positive opportunities presented by our co-curricular music program were recently evident at the very dynamic and energetic Percussion, Brass and Woodwind concerts. Tomorrow I look forward to enjoying student performances at our Middle School assembly. There is truly some amazing and diverse musical opportunities for our students and their participation and enjoyment of these opportunities is great to see.

During our Middle School assembly this week we are hearing from Ben O’Toole from ‘Step Back Think’. Throughout the presentation students will hear personal stories of social violence, gain a greater understanding of the consequences for both the victim and the perpetrator, and learn how to be better equipped when faced with potential violence. I hope that following the presentation you can discuss these issues further with your daughter.

Our Antipodeans – Vietnam group have been working hard this past term to raise funds for the community service project they will be taking part in during our Term 3 holidays. Thank you all for your support as the students have sizzled sausages, sold chocolates and raffle tickets to raise funds for our project. With the itinerary set, bags packed and VISAs approved, students are set to go! I know this trip will be a memorable and meaningful one for students.

Lastly, we have our annual Spring Celebration at the Tintern Farm this coming Friday afternoon. More details are provided below.

Spring Celebration at the Tintern Farm

The Tintern Grammar Friends of Young Farmers invites you to join us for an afternoon of family fun and meet the residents of the Tintern Farm! Enjoy a free sausage sizzle, campfire marshmallow roasting, Petting Yard where you can meet our newborn lambs and more. This is a fantastic interactive event not to be missed!

When: Friday 15 September, 3.30PM

Where: Tintern Farm

Please register for this free event via Eventbrite to assist us with catering: https://tinterngrammarspringcelebration2017.eventbrite.com/?aff=Aspectus

 

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Year 8 Geography Fieldwork at Hanging Rock

On the Friday 1 September, the Year 8 Geographers went to Hanging Rock to complete the fieldwork component of their study of landscapes and landforms. Hanging Rock is a relatively rare volcanic landform and is globally recognised as being one of the best examples its kind. Rather than a typical volcano shape of a mountain with a crater, the mountain has eroded over several 10s of 1000s of years to leave the lava from the vent as a rocky projection – this is called a mamelon.

The students spent the day collecting data on land use, management techniques, human impacts and the flora and fauna found at the site. They studied the land forming processes that contributed to the way that Hanging Rock is today. This data will now be used in class to write a comprehensive report answering the student’s research question “To what degree have humans changed the natural environment at Hanging Rock?”

It was lovely to see in the café a picture of Tintern Grammar girls in February 1990 standing with their geography teacher and the Head Ranger of Hanging Rock. It illustrated the importance of traditions and the love of the outdoors being a hallmark of Geography teaching at Tintern.

by Naomi Baulch, Head of Geography

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Boys’ Middle School News

I’ve just spent two days at the National Boys’ Education Conference which included many wonderful presenters speaking on topics relevant to the education of boys in today’s world. The scary thing that came from the conference were the number of issues facing boys of today and the increasing levels of depression, anxiety and even suicide in young men. A real positive that came from the two days was the way in which we are going about things here at Tintern in terms of parallel learning and looking to provide a pedagogical approach more suited to the boys in both our Junior and Middle years. Not that we are doing it perfectly for our boys, but more importantly that we are looking to ensure that our teaching strategies and methods are more aligned with where the boys are at from an emotional and cognitive level during adolescence. It was a wonderful two days and I can highly recommend speakers such as Michael Carr-Gregg and Dr Justin Coulson who were just two of many great presenters. A good article that was mentioned to us for parents was one written by Maggie Dent. Click on the link below to have a read.

http://www.understandingboys.com.au/maggie-dent-talks-teen-safety-without-suffocation/

The last few weeks of school has seen our boys involved in many activities including an excursion to Hanging Rock, rehearsing for co-productions, auditioning for the 2018 musical, competing in Maths Games Day competitions, fundraising for a myriad of organisations, competing in sporting competitions, winning titles in sport, learning poetry, plus so much more.

As we near the end of term it is important to remind you of key dates at the beginning of Term 4 including our annual Celebration Evening held at the Robert Blackwood Hall at Monash University on Wednesday 18 October which is a compulsory evening for all secondary students. Also, we have our annual Spring Celebration at the Tintern Farm this coming Friday afternoon. More details are provided below.

Spring Celebration at the Tintern Farm

The Tintern Grammar Friends of Young Farmers invites you to join us for an afternoon of family fun and meet the residents of the Tintern Farm! Enjoy a free sausage sizzle, campfire marshmallow roasting, Petting Yard where you can meet our newborn lambs and more. This is a fantastic interactive event not to be missed!

When: Friday 15 September, 3.30PM

Where: Tintern Farm

Please register for this free event via Eventbrite to assist us with catering: https://tinterngrammarspringcelebration2017.eventbrite.com/?aff=Aspectus

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Year 7 Boys’ Maths Games Day

On the Monday 4 September 2017, eight Year 7 students participated in the annual Maths Games Day at Mount Hira College in Keysborough. 60 teams were there from various places around Victoria with four participants in each group. The staff at Mount Hira gave us a traditional Muslim song and ceremony before the start of the day.

Our first activity of the day was a warm up in which we completed a Japanese ‘sudoku’ named KenKen. In the corner of various boxes was a number and a symbol, for example +3. This meant you’d have to have two numbers next to each other that added up to three without using the same number twice in a horizontal or vertical line. This was relatively easy for most but now the real thing started. We were given 45 minutes to complete an 18 question sheet with algebraic and counting questions. We set off to work and found the first 10 or so questions quite easy but the next were extremely challenging. We finished the sheet just in the knick of time and it was then time for a quick recess.

Now for the next game. We were given a brief tutorial on how to play certain maths game and had to move around table to table individually playing students from other schools in order to earn points. The games we played were Chasing Zero, Honeycomb and Pentagon. 10 points were awarded if you won, 5 if you drew and 0 if you lost. We regrouped after playing 3 games each and shared our successes or losses in our games. Now it was time for lunch being 15 minutes ahead of time and therefore getting more lunch time!

Now for the last and quite possibly the most challenging activity of them all, the relay. In your teams, you were given questions and had to answer them. Then a team member has to return it to an adjudicator and would receive the next question if the answer was correct, if not, you would return with the question and had to answer it again. After a fast paced and exciting 10 minutes, we’d completed our last activity. William was puffed after having to run so much! A man then played traditional Turkish music on the Bağlama, a Turkish guitar.

It was now time to announce the podium standings. The girls’ Tintern team did an outstanding job finishing as the 3rd highest team out of 60 with a total score of 225 points. Then 2nd with 235 points and 1st being Mount Scopus with 240 points sealing a close victory. It was then time to head back to school with a great, big box of Maltesers for the trip home!

Well done everyone who participated in the event making it a good fun experience for us all. I’d also like to specially thank Ms Stewart for driving us there and back and Ms Tillyer for helping us out and making the whole thing possible. I’d also like to thank Mount Hira College for their hospitality on the day and the presenter for making some great jokes. Overall, it was a great experience which really boosted our confidence and knowledge in maths. I’d highly recommend this event to other incoming Year 7 students.

by Lorcan McCrave, Year 7

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News from Year 11

As Term 3 draws to a close, Year 11 students are reminded that they have only six weeks of classes in Term 4 in which to complete all their required work and to utilise their class time in preparation for their examinations.

For those who are undertaking a Unit 3/4 VCE subject, there are compulsory practice examinations in the second week of the upcoming holidays. These provide the first experience of what their end of year examinations will require of them, and the feedback they receive from their teachers is invaluable. A timetable for these trial examinations has already been released.

As always, students are encouraged to ask as many questions as possible in order to help target their studying as effectively as possible.

Additionally, over the holidays students who have successfully been voted in for the 2018 School Leadership team will be contacted by the school and asked if they wish to apply for either the School Captain or Vice-Captain positions. Those who wish to do so will present a speech to the Year 10 and 11 students on the first Tuesday back of Term 4.

Students and staff will then vote, followed by an interview with the Principal. Successful applicants will be notified the weekend prior to Celebration Evening (Wednesday 18 October) where the specific positions within the leadership team will be formally announced. The 2018 House Captains will also be formally announced at Celebration Evening.

by Nick Stefanac, Year 11 Co-ordinator

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District Athletics

On Thursday 7 September Tintern Grammar competed in the annual District Athletics Competition at Bill Sewart Athletics Track in East Burwood. The boys and girls gave their best performances in a range of events and were able to achieve some outstanding results. Tintern Grammar achieved the following results on the day:

Track Events: 3rd

Field Events: 6th

Ball Games: 2nd

Overall place: 4th

Congratulations to the following students who achieved outstanding individual results and now progress to the Divisional Athletics Carnival in Term 4:

Boys:

Felix Kilworth 200m, Relay: 1st, 1st

Kye Bertram 100m, Relay: 1st, 1st

Daniel Elias 800m: 2nd

Mitchell Laurie 1500m, Relay: 2nd, 1st

Max Lalor 1500m: 2nd

Ethan Hoole Relay: 1st          

Girls:

Elisha Sze 100m: 2nd

Ashley Honan 800m: 2nd

Emma Cooke High Jump: 1st

Ava Cantor Triple Jump, Relay: 1st, 1st

Olivia Beaton Relay: 1st

Coco Butterfield Relay: 1st

Rachel Adam 200m, Relay: 1st, 1st

Natasha Gillam 800m, 1500m: 1st, 1st

Jessica Fettell 1500m: 1st

by Ashley Viney, Junior School PE Teacher

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Year 7 & 12 Big Brother Program

From the end of Term 2 to the beginning of Term 3, the Year 7 Boys had the opportunity to take part in the Big Brother program, and the girls had the chance to take part in the Big Sister Program.

For every second Tuesday during utility, the boys and girls were allocated to separate groups, all hand-chosen with one or two Year 12 Buddies. We went to different places such as the library, outside the middle school and inside the middle school, and talked together for half an hour. We talk about problems that are faced in this generation such as social media, homework, our time allocations and whatever is bothering us. We also played a game of basketball or 40-40 at the end of the session.

It was great to know that the Year 7 students for 2017 were the first to try this awesome experience. So as we can see, it was a huge success and should continue on in the next couple of years.

by Krisshnaa Kannan, Year 7

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News from Year 10

House Community Action Project

The Year 10 House Community Action Project has proven challenging for some of our students as it transfers responsibility for the organisation and execution of a project to a group of students. The personal skills involved are often referred to as employability traits and are not easy to master; generally, the year level is progressing well with one group visiting Mercy Place Aged Care Facility in Montrose to present musical items and engage in activities with the residents on Wednesday 13 September. Another group will be visiting Eastwood Primary School to support young refugee children with a reading activity on the same day.

Persistent Head Lice

Some families in Year 10 are still frustrated by the lingering issue of head lice so it would be appreciated if all families could check their child carefully for head lice and implement appropriate treatment so that we can start Term 4 free of this condition. A copy of an information flyer has been uploaded to the Year 10 Portal page at http://portal.tintern.vic.edu.au/homepage/16620/

Wednesday Afternoon Sporting Arrangements

This Wednesday 13 September some of our students, as above, will be involved in House Community Action Projects and others will be representing the school at the EISM Cross Country event. The remainder of the level will have the opportunity to participate in a range of physical activities or join a study group with staff who have expertise in Mathematics, English, Science or the humanities.

Please note that on Wednesday 11 October there will be a follow-up session with Elevate Education titled ‘Ace Your Exams’; families are asked to not make any appointments during this time. Students involved in VET classes will be provided with an alternate session to cover the content.

End of Term matters

Many Year 10 students have been unwell in recent weeks and the students have been encouraged to discuss any changes to due dates or tests proactively with the teaching staff. I hope that the holidays are a chance for all students to have a rest and some personal time to recharge before the final term and lead up to examinations.

Optional Course at the end of Term 4 – METEC Driving Course and Level 2 First Aid Course

A letter outlining the optional METEC driving course and Level 2 First Aid training will be distributed to students and emailed to families following a presentation by METEC on Tuesday 12 September.

by Heather Ruckert, Year 10 Co-ordinator

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News from the Careers Department

Year 12 VTAC Applications

Year 12 students have been sent a reminder about important closing dates for “timely” VTAC applications that close on 28 September at 5pm, which includes paying the required fee. At present 36 percent of Year 12 students have not applied through VTAC for study options in 2018.

Specific closing dates:

  • SEAS applications including submission of all supporting documents close on 10 October at 5pm
  • VTAC Scholarship applications with supporting documentation close on 13 October at 5pm

Always check VTAC for key dates and further information about your particular courses of interest. A follow-up reminder will be emailed to families; please use the reply email if your child does not wish to apply through VTAC as further personal reminders will not be sent.

Year 9 Work Experience Program for 2018

A reminder that current Year 9 students should be organising their Work Experience placement now as popular organisations, including hospitals, have specific application procedures and can fill at least 12 months ahead. Our Work Experience dates for 2018 are from Monday 18 to Friday 22 June.

CareerNews

The latest edition of Career News Number 17 is now available on the Portal at http://portal.tintern.vic.edu.au/homepage/14962/ includes the following items:

 

Reminders Year 12 VTAC Diary Dates in Term 3

  • Bond University Medicine & Biomedical Science Information Evening
  • Meet U.S. Universities: Johns Hopkins University & University of Chicago joint Information Session
  • School Holiday Program at William Angliss Institute
  • News from Deakin University
    • Course Updates at Deakin
    • ‘Step on Campus’ School Holiday Tours
  • News from Victoria University
    • Early Entry Offer Program at VU
    • VU Law and Justice Open Day
  • VCE Extension Studies in 2018
    • Deakin University – Deakin Accelerate
    • La Trobe University – VCE Plus Program
    • Monash University – Extension Studies
    • RMIT University – VCE Extension
    • University of Melbourne – Extension Program
  • RSPCA September Holiday Program
  • News from La Trobe University
    • Bachelor of Biomedicine and Bachelor of Biomedical Science
    • Bachelor of Health Sciences
  • News from RMIT University
    • Science in the City (Lab Tour)
    • RMIT Village
  • TAFE pathways to Deakin University
  • UniLink at Swinburne University

by Heather Ruckert, Careers Consultant

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Boys’ Middle School Sporting Achievements

Year 7 Sporting Achievements

Throughout Term 3 the Year 7 boys have been introduced into EISM Middle School Sport. We have had some outstanding performances by some Year 7 boys’ teams and also some individual performances from outside of school grounds. To start off, we had our Year 7 Boys’ basketball team was the first year level team in the Middle School to win the Year 7 EISM competition going undefeated through out the term.

Year 8 & 9 Sporting Achievements

As for Year 8 and 9, we’ve had multiple students who have achieved high standards in their sports throughout Term 3. Such as Adam Pica from Year 9 who has just recently won his League Best and Fairest. For Adam to be able to achieve this he had to compete at a high standard throughout the year at a constant rate for each game and rack up the highest number of votes in the league throughout the season. As for one of our Year 8 boys, Kaidin Dalzotto has just competed at his State Swimming carnival where he has achieved three personal bests.

Our Year 8 and 9 boys combined as one team in the EISM division sport, as we have limited students in our Middle School. This meant we had a slight disadvantage to other major sporting schools such as Luther and Aquinas but this didn’t seem to bother our boys as they had a pretty successful two terms of sport. The Year 8 and 9 Boys Table Tennis A ended up 4th, Boys Soccer finished 4th, Boys Badminton finished 3rd and our Boys Football team finished in the middle of the ladder. All our teams had an outstanding few terms and I would like to thank all the coaches and students on their efforts this year.

by Paul Haasbroek, School Sports Captain

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House Cross Country

The sun was shining, then it was raining then it was sunny again. On the second last day of winter, we held the House Cross Country at Tintern which required students to complete a course that took in the whole campus, including a challenging run up the ‘farm hill’ and a finish on a wet and muddy oval.

It was a terrific afternoon that saw high levels of participation, support and encouragement by our Middle School girls. Following this event, students have been selected to participate in the EISM Cross Country this week and we wish them well for the competition.

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Avenue of Excellence Celebration Dinner

The Celebration Induction Dinner on Saturday night was a fabulous evening with all sections of our Tintern community coming together to celebrate and honour our 10 inaugural inductees into the Tintern Grammar Avenue of Excellence. The CM Wood Performance Centre was sparkling in hues of blue and silver as the guests arrived for drinks and canapés.  Our Tintern Concert choir dazzled us with their tunes before we moved to the official induction proceedings.

A very big thank you to Karen Gately nee Mitchell (YG 1988) who was a wonderfully engaging MC, Canterbury Rd Flower Gallery for the beautiful flower table centre pieces, The Essential Caterer who provided the delicious canapés and meals, photographer alumna Zoe Murdoch (YG 1996) of Zoe Murdoch – Photography, videographer alumnus Tim Churchward (YG 2010) and Lachlan Campbell for his technical management of the event.

Thanks are also extended to our Director of Music, Mrs Bezaire who organised a wonderful musical program for the evening, alumni TJ Lacey (YG 2011) and Kathleen Yardley (YG 2008), who was accompanied by Rhianwen Bramble, and the students in the Clementson Piano Quartet, Kelson String Quartet, Tintern Grammar Concert Choir and our 2017 School Pianist Molly Fleming, for their wonderful performances throughout the evening.

When passing the CM Wood centre next, be sure to take a moment to read over the astonishing achievements of our first inductees. It is our vision to inspire current and future students to pursue excellence in a wide range of areas. Visit the Avenue of Excellence web page to learn more about our first inductees and view the photo gallery. 

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Rose Rostron to the Nationals!

Rose Rostron (5A)  is performing at a very high level in skiing.  She is currently in Hotham with her family, spending Term 3 competing in events. Both Rose and her brother, Archer, are coached each morning for race and freestyle events. Both are on top of the leader board for the Hotham Freeride season. They will both take out the season! The Freeride consists of five events spaced out over the season: SBX, park, freestyle, bankslalom, GS.  Rose has won every event!  Both Rose and Archer qualified for Nationals which is an amazing outcome!

Rose demonstrates such grit and determination.  She is a focussed sportsperson who is working very hard to achieve her goals. A wonderful role model for our community.  Fantastic work Rose! 

The link below is a  not-for-profit Snow Board Club. Rose’s Family are heavily involved with the club. They are planning overseas programs for the northern winter. Most likely in Park City or Big White USA. The club will also be offering further programs next year at Hotham to introduce new kids and families to the sport.

It is terrific, healthy family time.  http://hothamsnowboarders.com.au/

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MAV Maths Games Day 2017

On Monday 4 September, two groups of four Tintern students departed on the trip of a lifetime, to the MAV Math Games day at Mt Hira College. We began the day with a quick warm-up, before delving straight into some challenging problem-solving. For 45 minutes we worked tirelessly, and our efforts so far had paid off –  the girls’ team was coming third!

We then moved on to individually compete against students from other schools in mind-blowing maths games. Following this, it was time for the most exciting part of the day – the maths relay! We worked hard for ten minutes, one member of each team continuously racing through the hall to collect new problems. Overall, out of 60 teams, the girls’ teams managed to place third!
Many thanks to Ms Stewart and Ms Tillyer for making such an excellent day for everyone.

by Olivia Dowling, Year 7 student

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After School Care

A Special Visitor to After School Care

On Tuesday 15 August After School Care had a special visitor come in to show us about the world of AFL. His name is Henry Schade from Collingwood Football Club, and he is a defender so look out for number 41. While Henry was with us he spoke about being a footballer and that they yes do eat their vegetables along with after games food like jellybeans. Henry showed us how to hold the football correctly in order to handball and also kick as the hand positions are different. All of the children involved really enjoyed learning practising their skills  – they stood in line just like footballers do in their practices.

 When kicking the ball Henry gave advice on how to kick the ball effectively. The event ended with a mini game of Footy Tennis. We thank Henry for coming and showing us these wonderful tips on AFL and answering all our questions.  We had a blast and hope to see him again another time at Tintern. 

by Kate Wood, After School Care Assistant (Monday-Thursday)

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Eve’s hard work is paying off!

Last month, Eve competed in the CLASAX (clarinet and saxophone society) competition and came 1st in the 10 and under and 2nd in the AMEB Grade 6 section. She performed a French piece, Nuits Blanches, at a subsequent prize winner’s concert at Fintona Girls’ School.  She recently took part in the Waverly Eisteddfod, competing against over 20 brass and woodwind players, and came 2nd in the 14 years and under.  Also, last week she was pleased to receive an A+ for her AMEB Grade 5 Saxophone exam. Eve’s hard work and commitment is certainly paying off!  Eve only started playing the saxophone last year and has made incredible progress since she has begun.  Congratulations to Eve for some outstanding results!  

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Junior Strings Rehearsal in the Early Learning Centre

The Early Learning Centre was filled with beautiful music last Thursday as our Junior String Orchestra completed their final rehearsal in preparation for the Junior Schools String Concert. The students had a captivated audience of Early Learning Centre students and parents for this special rehearsal, which was excellent practice for the ensemble, made up of boys and girls in Years 1-3.  Many of the students rehearsing had gone through the ELC – it was exciting for them to demonstrate how much progress they had made in their first few years at Tintern!

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Mangoes are coming…

The Tintern Parents Group are offering Fresh North Queensland Mangoes direct from the farm to you!

Delicious, healthy and raises money for Tintern Grammar.

Orders must be received by Friday 20 October.

  • A tray is filled by weight and will contain somewhere between 12 large mangoes and 20 small mangoes.
  • Mangoes should be ready for collection in late November/first week of December. The date varies depending on the mangoes ripening. 
  • All families will be emailed confirmation of the delivery date and collection point.
  •  Follow this link below to secure your delivery of Mangoes
  • https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=317413

 

by the Tintern Parents Group

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10 Rules of Independence

by Adam Kenny, Head of Boys’ Junior School and Boys’ Education

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Father’s Day Pizza and Pyjama Day

On Wednesday 30 August the ELC staff hosted the Inaugural Fathers’ Day Pizza and Pyjama Day. The afternoon started with many excited children dressed in pyjamas along with their fathers, grandfathers or special male guest waiting for the ELC doors to open. Once inside everyone settled into the classrooms to build, draw, create and play with the many pieces of equipment that are on offer to the children on a daily basis. The children were also very proud to show off their various pieces of artwork that are on display in the classroom to their special guests. Many varieties of pizzas arrived to satisfy the hungry stomachs of both the children and our guests. Dessert was ice cream and sprinkles with some children even requesting and enjoying seconds. It was pleasing to see all guests enjoying the chance to catch up, communicate and enjoy the afternoon with other members of our community and of course their own child/children.

Thanks to Anna, Kristin, the ELC staff and Jan Wagner for their contribution and organisation of the event.

by Robyn Hill, ELC Co Educator/Learning Enhancement

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Surprise Animal Visits in the I J Day!

The girls in the I J Day building were thrilled by a visit from Evie’s new lamb, Nugget, last week! We were so pleased to see that Nugget is thriving at Evie’s place after a tricky start to life. We can’t wait to see the new quads who were born at the Tinternwood Farm on the same day too. A few minutes into Nugget’s visit, Aisha’s pug, Pugsley also arrived for a quick pat! The excitement in the room was palpable! Hands-on learning  – just the way we like it! Thanks to Renae Hupfeld and Nelaana Heinrich for bringing in the animals.

by Christine Campbell, Girls’ Year 2 Teacher

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100 Art Exhibition

Tintern Grammar Visual Art and Design are excited to announce that four Year 11 Visual Art students, Maria Ruan, Abby Hurleston, Ashleigh Harrison and Alex Eadie have been selected to participate in an upcoming exhibition – 100. Congratulations Maria, Abby, Ashleigh and Alex.

100 is an art exhibition profiling Melbourne’s centenarians through portraits created by skilled young artists. The project is about bringing generations together outside the typical family unit, celebrating elders from the community and creating a fun platform for inter-generational exchange.

Each centenarian is partnered with a teenage artist from the local area. Over several visits, the centenarian and teenage artist share time together, drinking tea and getting to know each other. Sketches and reference photos are created and a portrait is made. This delightful process offers hope, joy and inspiration. 100 has engaged 200 participants from 70 Melbourne suburbs, 63 secondary schools and 87 nursing homes.

For the teenage artists, it is an opportunity to meet a centenarian often for the first time and create a portrait. For the centenarians, it is a chance to share history. For both generations, it offers a memorable experience exchanging perspectives.

The exhibition will run from 4- 17 October 10am – 5pm, and will be launched on Sunday 8 October at 3.30pm at The Stables @ The Meat Market in Melbourne.

All portraits will be gifted to the centenarians and their families at the close of the exhibition.

by Rachel Waud, Head of Visual Arts & Design 

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Mrs Baulch Awarded the Alex Lyne Fieldwork Geography Award

Congratulations to Tintern Grammar’s Head of Geography, Mrs Naomi Baulch (YG 1991), who was awarded the Alex Lyne Fieldwork Award at the Geography Teachers Association of Victoria Annual Conference held in August. This award is an internationally recognised competition open to all Geography teachers.

Mrs Baulch entered the Phillip Island Fieldwork Study undertaken by all of our Year 10 students. The judging panel were very impressed with the quality of her submission, stating that her entry “provided engaging, appropriate and challenging activities and reflected all that is ‘Best Practice’ for Geography teaching. The range of data collection and recording techniques used by the students was outstanding”.

Mrs Baulch has subsequently been invited to present at the “EuroGeo 18” conference in Cologne to an audience of European Geography educators.

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Spring Celebration at the Tintern Farm – Friday 15 September, 3.30PM

Click here to register for this free event via Eventbrite. Please register for catering purposes.

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Nancy Pettifer nee Elvins (1911-1996) (YG 1929)

Nancy Pettifer nee Elvins (1911-1996) (YG 1929)

RMIT Design Archives recently featured a work by Tintern Grammar Alumna Nancy Pettifer (nee Elvins) who graduated in 1929. The gorgeous illustration was featured as the cover of Australian Home Beautiful Magazine in 1936. To learn more about Nancy and this illustration please the RMIT Design Archives Instagram page here.

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Ringwood Diving Club Open Day – Sunday 17 September

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Blackburn Cycling Club Summer Track Season – ‘Come and Try Day’ – Saturday 23 September

Download the flyer

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Key Dates – Term 4

School Events for Term 4

DATE EVENT VENUE TIME SCHOOL COMMUNITY
Wednesday 25 October Twilight Concert Kelson Room 5.00 – 6.30PM  Middle Schools & Senior College
Thursday 26 October Year 9 and 10 Production – Performance 1 CM Wood Performance Centre 7.30 – 10.30PM Middle Schools & Senior College
Friday 27 October 2017 Annual Spring Garden Tour View itinerary. Book here 8.30AM – 3PM School Community
Friday 27 October Year 9 and 10 Production – Performance 2  CM Wood Performance Centre 7.30 – 10.30PM Middle Schools & Senior College
Saturday 28 October TPG Trivia Night Book here CM Wood Performance Centre 7.00PM School Community
Tuesday 14 November Junior Woodwind, Brass and Percussion Concert Colebrook Hall 5.00 – 6.00PM Junior Schools 
Thursday 23 November Year 8 Performing Arts Night CM Wood Performance Centre 7.30 – 9.30PM Middle Schools
Friday 24 November Valedictory Dinner Leonda By The Yarra 7.00 – 11.00PM Senior College
Sunday 26 November Munch with the Musos CM Wood Performance Centre 10.00AM – 12.30PM Junior Schools & Middle Schools
Friday 8 December Girls’ Junior School Concert CM Wood Performance Centre 7.30 – 9.30PM Girls’ Junior School
Monday 11 December Boys’ Junior School Speech Night CM Wood Performance Centre 7.00 – 9.00PM Boys’ Junior School
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