Community Matters

Year Level Functions

Thank you to all our parent reps who continue to organise social opportunities for our families. Please show your support and attend the organised functions when you can, it is a great way to catch up on all the news in your children’s year level.

Parent representatives

What are they? What do they do?

Now is the time to consider a role as a Year level parent representative for next year.

Year level parent reps are a vital link between the school and parents at each Year level. Each level or class should have at least one representative who will make themselves known to other parents across the year. The primary responsibility of the parent reps is to co-ordinate parent social activities throughout the year. The Year level parent rep should make every effort to meet all the parents at their Year level and should a new family arrive during the year, the Parent Rep is asked to make contact with the family, invite them to have coffee and meet other members of the year level. The parent and friend groups or the Community Relations Office may call upon the parent Reps to assist with sourcing volunteers for events or activities. We also encourage our parent reps to be available to answer any questions from our new incoming 2017 families. If this sounds like you please call or email Di Lacey in the Community Relations Office.

A huge thank you is extended to all our 2016 Parent reps and if you would like to continue in the role please contact Di Lacey in the Community relations office on 9845 7877 or email

Friends of Music Munch with the Musos – Sunday 20 November 2016 10am – 12.30pm

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Book online before 17 November to reserve your seat.

Munch with the Musos is Tintern’s Friends of Music fabulous end of year social event. It is a fundraising brunch which brings the Tintern community together to celebrate the end of the year with a Christmas themed concert from the school’s talented ensembles. Sandwiches, buns, tea, coffee and juice are provided and you may bring your own snacks. Bookings are now open through trybooking:

This event is not to be missed. Online bookings made before 17 November will ensure table and seating priority.

Kinky Boots – tickets available for Sunday 12 February 2017 3pm show


30 tickets have been pre booked for the ‘Kinky Boots’ musical on Sunday February 12 (at 3pm) for our Year 7 cohort and there are a few tickets now available for anyone to purchase.

The show will run at Her Majesty’s on Exhibition St and discounted tickets are available for $124 each. Payment will be due by December 1.

Kinky Boots is the very popular musical which sends positive messages on self-belief, not being judgemental of others, strive and you can succeed etc etc. Team that up with a sensational soundtrack by Cyndi Lauper, and you have a multi award winning hit!  It is recommended for ages from 10 and up. 

Tickets have already been offered to the year 7 cohort and there are only a few left.

If families are interested, could they please email Heidi Victoria (mother of Charli 7C) directly on  

Payment will be due early December, and you will be notified re bank account details etc.  Due to the limited number of seats available in this group booking, those who respond first will ensure they get tickets at this price.    

Here’s a brief synopsis of the show.

A shoe manufacturer’s son inherits the business, only to find out that it had not made a profit in years.

The story takes us on a journey of how a chance meeting turns around the fate of the business, its’ workers and the lives of all involved.

For further information on the show please visit the website

Tintern Grammar Fair 22 April 2017 

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Fair – Spring Cleaning???

If you are spring cleaning, or doing a Christmas cleanout in the coming months, please keep in mind all the pre-loved items we can benefit from at the Fair next year.

Collections will begin at the start of the new year, so please set aside any of the following items:

  • Secondhand Books & Clothes, Pre-loved Toys & Sporting Goods
  • Items for Auction or any items of value that may be used as prizes.
  • Glass Jars for the Junior School Lucky Jars

Enquiries to: Amanda McKenzie Phone: 0419 313 279 Email:

Stall Coordinators

Many thanks to all who have already offered to assist as Stall Coordinators. We are still looking for Coordinators for the following stalls:


2017 Stall




Show Bags & Lucky Dips

Year 4

Fairy Floss & Popcorn

Year 5

Chicken Skewers

Year 6

Secondhand Clothes

Year 6

Games , Chocolate Toss

Year 7

Drinks & Snow Cones

Year 7

Rides Booth

Year 9


Year 9


Year 10


For a full list of the Stall Coordinators visit this News Digest article:

Here are just a few ways you can help right now:

  • Offering donations of goods or services
  • Become a Stall Coordinator for your year level (see above)
  • Sponsoring a specific stall
  • The success of our Fair can be enhanced by great publicity.

Can your location help?


Do you live on a main road, and are willing for Tintern Grammar  to advertise our School Fair with a Real Estate Billboard in your yard?

If you can assist with any of these items, or even just to share your ideas, get in contact with the committee at or call our Fair Convenor, Amanda McKenzie on 0419 313 279.

Please like and share our Fair Facebook page:

Volunteer thank you evening

A wonderful night was had at the recent Volunteer Thank You Evening. Mr. Fry welcomed and formally thanked volunteers and supporters from all areas of our school; parent groups, friends groups, board members, classroom reading and activities, art room assistance, fairs, working bees and many many more. Mr Fry extended a special thank you to a number of community members who no longer have children or a direct connection with the school but continue to assist as volunteers by giving their time, energy and skills to various areas around the school; Michelle Shafto, Joy Ashfield, Alex Wakeley, Mike Blood, Carol Robertson and John Capper. The school gains so much from their generosity. We also take this opportunity to acknowledge other past parents who could not attend the evening and also continue to help long after their children have finished School; Vicky Wilks, Sharyn Frisby, Kathy Paige Kylie Spears, Kate and Warren McDonald. We cannot overlook and acknowledge the generous sponsors and donors in our community who financially support the many activities and fundraising events. And finally our past student bodies who also give their time, energy and expertise in providing opportunities for our alumni to reconnect and network, particularly acknowledging; Lynne Franke, Sharon Fox, Doris Rose, Marlene Bevan, Jenny Brown, Olivia Green, Dani Cox, Ivan Yeung and Dean Vescio. Without all our volunteers many activities and events would not take place. Thank you for helping out.

Second Hand book sale @ Lilydale Books


The Tintern Parent Group have conducted a review of the volunteer-run second hand book sale and concluded, due to the difficulties in running such a big operation with volunteers and the service advantages that an external provider can offer, it would be best to move to an external provider rather than continue to run it from the school. If you would like to sell any of your child’s text books or buy any second hand for next year we have sourced a reliable trader, Lilydale Books, who will be able to provide more buy and sell opportunities than we could at school. (CAS Calculators included) All information can be viewed at this link on their website: or on the school portal under parents services by clicking here.  Lilydale books is located at: Unit 1, 25-27 Hightech Place Lilydale VIC 3140

Our Alumni – where are they now?

The community relations team have been working hard to showcase and highlight our alumni on prominent notice boards around the school for our students and community to read about our diverse and very talented past students. Please take the time to read over them and if you have any news about our past students please let Di Lacey know at or phone 9845 7877 so we can showcase them and stay connected.

louis-gysbertsLouis Gysberts YG 2008: Louis came to Southwood in Grade 6. He excelled at mathematics and science and was enthusiastically involved in many sports, musicals, choirs and the leadership team. After graduating from Tintern Schools in 2008, Louis went on to study Aerospace Engineering at Monash University. He was a member of many university groups and clubs and amerced himself in university life. He studied for five years and spent three months backpacking throughout Europe. In his last year of study, he completed his final year thesis with the Monash Unmanned Aerial Systems team to develop a search and rescue autonomous drone for the UAV Outback Challenge in Queensland. He achieved high academic results and consequently received honors of his year and was inducted into the Golden Key International Honors Society.

After graduating from university, he was keen to start his career in engineering. Within months of graduating from Monash, he landed a full time position as an Engineer at Planet Innovation, an engineering consultancy firm. He worked on many projects at Planet Innovation including a smart IVF incubator to streamline the IVF industry in Australia and make IVF more affordable and accessible. After working at Planet Innovation, he became a mechanical engineer at Mini FAB, a medical engineering consultancy firm. He is currently working on many projects with clients and investors in the US and Europe regions. At the moment he is developing a rapid point of care diagnostic system for infectious diseases such as Ebola, various cancer diagnostic devices and the Monash Vision Group’s direct to brain bionic eye to bring sight back to the blind. He has utilized his skills in 3D printing and other rapid prototyping techniques to deliver world first solutions to some of the most difficult engineering challenges. He enjoys working on projects to better the living conditions and quality of life for some of the most disadvantaged people on the planet.

He hopes to someday own and operate his own modern and innovative consultancy firm. He still has a passion for aviation, astronomy and drone technology and still routinely builds and pilots drones in his personal time.

TPG (Tintern Parent Group) News

​Hello fellow parents and happy spring!

We, the Tintern Parents Group (TPG) would like to thank everyone for their participation and support in the Mango Fundraiser this year and all the other fundraising and friendraising events and activities throughout the year. The Mango fundraiser is set to be a clear success as we’ve exceeded expectations with a total of 270 trays ordered! 

As you may have heard, the Junior School Boys and Girls will enjoy making/decorating gingerbread on the second to last day of school.  It certainly is a fun project for the children.  If you’d like to help out, please let us know by emailing .

 *All Parents, please note: The TPG will again be organising a Parents luncheon on the last day of school, Thursday 8 December. Last day of school assemblies will have many parents on campus and the luncheon serves as a great opportunity to come together before year end.  It will be held from 11am – 2pm in between assemblies; all the details and bookings here through trybooking. We look forward to seeing you then!

Our next meeting will be Monday, January 30th @ 7:30pm at the CM Wood Centre, Common Room and then again Thursday, February 9th 7:30pm CM Wood Centre.  Please join us at either meeting if you’re interested – we’d love to have you join us.

Jessica Adam, President, TPG

Community Photo Albums

The Tintern Parents Group have now updated a limited number of photo albums, large enough to hold the school photos provided by SchoolPix. They feature the Tintern Grammar Logo printed in silver on the front cover and come complete with 10 transparent 30cm x 30cm sheet inserts, plus a CD holder insert which holds 8 discs. These quality-made, customised, “buckram” binders and inserts are offered at a saving of $20, as they retail for $90. Cost per album is $70 (GST inclusive) Albums come in Navy and Burgundy and samples can be viewed in the uniform shop. Orders can be made through trybooking:

Community Committees

Most community groups are winding up now for the end of the year, but all have planned a very busy year ahead. If you would like to get involved or find out more about our parent and friends groups please contact the various people as listed below:



2023 Term Dates