Community Matters

Tintern Parent Group

The new Tintern Parent Group met for its inaugural meeting on Thursday 26 May. Congratulations to the new committee:

Loraine Allender – President

Jessica Adam and Kate Jones – Vice Presidents

Secretary – Clare Jensen

Assistant Secretary – Roshini Higgins

Treasurer – Ruby Nagendran

Committee members: Katy Brumley, Leeza Crowe, Lisa Robson, Caitlin Bryson, Kylie Spears, Lee Elliott-Bruce, Michael Love, Djoymi Baker and Haidee Wallace

Meetings will continue to be held in the CM Wood Common room every second Thursday during term time. The next meeting to be held Thursday 14 July @ 7.30pm.

The Tintern Parents Group is made up of parent and friend volunteers who support the school under the following aims:

  1. to promote the welfare of the School and to assist the School Board, other bodies which form part of the Tintern Family, the Principal and Staff Members, and other persons and organisations associated with the School in furthering the interests and objectives of the School;
  2. to promote and facilitate contact and communication between Members, Staff Members, the School Board and other interested parties in order that ideas and views may be exchanged and developed for the support of the School and its activities; and
  3. to raise funds for the School.

The Tintern Association and the Southwood Parents Club 1922 – 2016: The Tintern Association was established in 1922, 94 years ago, when money was tight and it was thought that parents and friends could assist keeping the basic running of the school; the immediate object of the group was to ‘improve material conditions at the school.’ During the depression and for some years following the regular income of the school was stretched and could barely cover essential purchases and replacements. Tintern was dependent on its old girls and on the small but active Tintern Association to donate and fund Library books, sports trophies, an epidiascope, top dressing for the tennis courts, playground equipment and donations for prizes. These things and much else were given by individual members of TOGA or the Association, or by the groups themselves from funds raised by bridge evenings, plays, fetes and other activities.

Over the years the need has changed but the community spirit and support has continued. In 1996 the Tintern Association joined together with other community groups as part of the Tintern Family association which provided the groups with legal protection under the Incorporation rules.

In 1999 following the commencement of Southwood Boys Grammar, the Southwood Parents Club was formed with their inaugural meeting on 21 July 1999.

A number of notable contributions over the history of the SPC followed including honour boards, tree project, kayaks, Southwood inaugural fair in 2003, awards, cubby house, billiard and table tennis tables, Southwood coffee table book, pavers, coffee machine, hoodies and support of the Mothers and Father’s day breakfasts.

In 2008 the two parent groups discussed a possible merger but decided to defer to another time.

The Tintern Association also continued to add value added items to Tintern and during most recent years has contributed with its Southwood counterpart items that include water tanks, solar panels, computer equipment, play and sports equipment, sound equipment, stage lighting, honour boards, art affects, tents and outdoor equipment.

We must not forget the numerous events that are supported and hosted by the parent Associations; Fairs, exhibitions, garden tours, mother’s and father’s day stalls, movie nights, second hand book sale and the Presentation Ball are just to name a few.

It is important to also acknowledge the special interest groups that stem from the Tintern Association such as the Friends of Music (est. 2000) and Equestrian (est. 2001) and the newly formed Friends of Young Farmers (est. 2012) and we can’t forget the Parents of Paddlers which finished up in 2011.

It goes without saying that these achievements over the years do not happen by magic; they are the culmination of many dedicated and passionate people who all have one thought in mind; to enhance the students experience through value added activities whilst building a spirit of togetherness. The Tintern Association together with the Southwood Parents club no doubt has contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars, to the school but more importantly it has built on Tintern’s resounding community spirit that will take the new combined parents group well into the future.

No dollar value can be placed on the worth of community spirit and unity. Thank you to all the parents and friends who are willing give their time, energy and effort into different activities around Tintern Grammar. 

 ‘Don’t ever question the value of volunteers. Noah’s Ark was built by volunteers; whereas the Titanic was built by professionals.’ anonymous

Entertainment book 2016/2017

2016 entertainment book

The NEW 2016 | 2017 Entertainment™ Book and Digital Memberships are available now and are packed with thousands of up to 50% off and 2-for-1 offers.  From every Membership we sell, 20% of the proceeds go towards our parent groups fundraising goal for Tintern Grammar.

If you prefer not to pay online you can download the order form here from the Portal and return to the Community Relations office and collect your book.  For more information please refer to the community news on the Tintern portal or contact the Community Relations Office. You can click here to have a look at what is inside. Thank you for your ongoing support.

140 Year Celebrations in 2017 – we need your help


We are currently assembling a working group for thoughts and ideas on how we can celebrate the School’s 140 years in 2017 and we would love to hear from our parents. If you feel you have the skills, inclination to be involved and you would be available during the day we would love to have you on board. Please contact Di Lacey in the Community relations office on 9845 7877 or email for more information or to register your interest.

Tintern Trivia Night – 30 July 2016

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Please click here to make a booking for our Trivia Night.

Tintern Grammar Fair 2017


Do you have any new ideas that could make our next Fair an even bigger success than before? Are you interested in being a part of the dynamic team of individuals who plan the Fair and create the fun for our community? If you are keen to be involved in any way, please contact our the community relations office on 9845 7877 or email 

Friends of Equestrian

Notice of AGM – CM Wood Common Room, Tuesday 14th June 2016, 7.30pm

We invite you to attend our AGM and become a part of the Friends of Equestrian team.

As we head into our 17th year of Friends of Equestrian (FOE) and our 17thAnnual Interschool Horse Trials Championship in 2017, we need you!

We have had an exciting 2015/2016 offering FREE clinics, a subsidised camp and VEIS competitions for those interested. We also reimburse entry payments for one competition each year and of course the planning of 2017 Horse Trials. We have recently put our support behind and funded entries for the 2016 Balcombe Grammar School Equathon Challenge!!

For our riders it’s not all about the horse trials but a range of other activities to develop their skill, horsemanship, fun with their mounts and they all enjoy being together developing bonds and friendships that will last a long time beyond school.

Currently we have 6 enthusiastic members on the committee and a wonderful Equestrian Co-ordinator in Alison Bezaire, who have worked extremely hard the last 12 months, but we are running out of steam!!! We need extra hands to continue to offer our riders the opportunities they have enjoyed. We have been able to provide these opportunities to our riders with the funds raised from the Horse Trials. Moving forward we need people to join us in order to continue this great tradition, without more commitment and assistance we could be in danger of not continuing. Currently we are the only school in Victorian that runs standalone interschool horse trials, and we have developed a wonderful name in the Eventing world. We would dearly love to continue this tradition for the school, and the interschool equestrian community.

You do not need to be an expert in any area, simply willing to have a go….we have all learned along the way! We are volunteers with day jobs and we all pull together and have a go!

So come and join us, we would love to have you and your energy!

RSVP for attendance and supper to Sandy Garland 0425735577.

If you would like to have a chat about what’s involved contact Sandy or Gabby on the numbers below and we would be happy to have a chat to you.

Sandy Garland –  0425 735 577
Gabby McCallum – 0419 155 626

Community Committee dates

  • Tintern Parent Group (TPG) – Next meeting: Thursday 14 July 7.30pm CM Wood Common Room President: Loraine Allender
  • Friends of Music (FOM) – Next Meeting: Tuesday 7 June 7.00pm CM Wood Common room President: Tim Oldmeadow
  • Friends of Young Farmers (FOYF) – Next meeting: Tuesday 14 June 7.30pm Kennedy Cottage, Community services. President: Joy Ashfield              
  • Friends of Equestrian (FOE) – Next meeting AGM; Tuesday 14 June 7.30pm CM Wood Common room. President: Kevin Jones





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