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Tintern Rose

The Tintern Rose is available for sale to celebrate our 140 year anniversary. This compact floribunda rose, exhibits orange-red buds unfolding to fragrant 10cm orange flowers, ageing through shades of pink.

The Tintern Rose is ideal for larger patio pots or garden plantings. 2017 also marks the 15 year anniversary of the Tintern Rose, developed for our 125 Year anniversary in 2002. Roses can be purchased for $20 and are available from the Community Relations Office.

Please call 9845 7877 or email for pick up and payment details.

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

The Entertainment books are once again 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

Community Group News

Father’s Day Stall

The Tintern Parents Group would like to invite you to assist on the following days in preparation for the Father’s Day Stall:

  • Tuesday 15 August from 9.30AM to 11.30AM – Father’s Day Craft Making Morning

Come along to Kennedy Cottage and learn to make bookmarks.

  • Wednesday 30 August – Father’s Day Stall Wrapping Day

This fun day is an opportunity to meet other parents whilst helping to prepare the wonderful gifts for Father’s Day.

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

Annual FOYF Dinner

The annual FOYF dinner was very enjoyable again this year.  For the first time we visited the Croydon Hotel and everyone agreed the food was delicious.

We were very lucky to have the pleasure of Jo Newton’s company this year and the Young Farmers who attended had the opportunity to ask her all about her life since leaving Tintern.  We all had a chance to chat about Bendigo Show which is next month – how the year is flying!

Thanks to everyone who attended and made the evening such an enjoyable one.

New members are always welcome. Please contact Joy Ashfield on if you are interested in more information. Alternatively, you can contact Di Lacey or Tegan Martin in Community Relations.

Community Committee dates

  • Tintern Parent Group (TPG) –Next meeting: Thursday 10 August at 7.30pm Kennedy Cottage
    Co-Presidents: Haidee Wallace and Leeze Crowe
  • Friends of Music (FOM) – Next Meeting: Monday 19 June CM Wood Common Room President: Tim Oldmeadow
  • Friends of Young Farmers (FOYF) – Next meeting: Monday 19 June Kennedy Cottage, Community services.
    : Joy Ashfield              

Footy tipping 2017

Don’t forget to update your footy tips for Round 11.

For those interested in joining the 2017 competition, here are the details:

Competition name: Tintern Grammar Community
Password: tintern

You will then have to log into your own account or create one. When setting up your account, you might like to check the reminder email box so you don’t forget!

The competition is free and open to our entire adult (18+ @ 24/3/2017) Tintern community – Tintern Grammar students will not be permitted to enter. If you have, any questions please email and we’ll help you get started.

Cash Prizes awarded:

  • 1st prize $250
  • 2nd prize $120
  • 3rd prize $60
  • 4th Prize $40
  • 5th prize $20

Good luck and start tipping!


Some more of the many wonderful Alumni who attended our Careers Night on the 18 May.

Brooke Williams (Class of 1998)

Industry: Health & Medical (Physiotherapy)

Job Title: Director and Practice Principal


I graduated from Tintern way back in 1998, which makes me sound and feel very old particularly given it’s before any of you were born! I was a Tintern “survivor” so completing all my schooling at Tintern, and was understandably quite distraught to leave my very well known and loving school community that I had enjoyed being such a part of.  I was lucky enough to gain direct entry into the Bachelor of Physiotherapy at The University of Melbourne which was both exciting and daunting. Lucky for me, the Physiotherapy course has a small intake of around 100 students each year, there are no elective subjects and you do all lectures/tutes with the same 100 people. In essence, it wasn’t all that different from school with a close knit group of 1st year students, just like my school year. With all the practical components of my course requiring varying states of undress, I soon got to know my fellow peers very well! The physiotherapy school was very social which made uni that much better. I absolutely loved the course and felt very well prepared to begin my career as a Physiotherapist.

I graduated in 2002 and commenced working at Maroondah Hospital and became the club physiotherapist for East Ringwood Football Club after being a sports trainer there throughout my undergrad degree. The whole experience was equal parts educational and enjoyable. I made great friends and was really able to cement my skills as a physio. In 2004, I resigned from

Maroondah and bought a one-way ticket to the UK on a working holiday. I worked all over the UK in hospitals and in private practice for three years in total before I decided to return home at the start of 2007. I managed to travel to 35 countries over this time and developed my physio skills a little bit too. It was a fantastic life experience that I would highly recommend. Returning to Melbourne, I took on a clinical educator role for the 3rd and 4th year physio students on their clinical placements before landing my role as Practice Principal at a new private practice in the city, with Back in Motion. I have now been at Back In Motion for 10 years. I am the Director, of the clinic managing a team of two admin and three physiotherapy staff and I love what I do. In 2008 I went back to uni and studied Continence and Pelvic Floor physiotherapy and am now the clinical lead across our national network. I have been lucky enough to be asked to author a chapter on Pilates in “Now We’re Talking” and one on Pelvic Floor health in “Get Yourself Back In Motion.”

Being a physiotherapist is a diverse job. It allows you constant interaction with different people, you become their trusted health provider and you get to work with lovely, engaging people every day who are looking at bettering themselves. I get to feel a great sense of achievement when you help someone achieve their goal, give them relief from an injury or make a life-changing difference to them.



Ben Cash (Class of 2004)

Industry: Sales

Job Title: Sales Manager

Website: / /

Hi everyone, I’m Ben. I was part of the first year 12 group to finish at Southwood in 2004.

I went straight from school to Swinburne University where I completed my Bachelor of Business (major in Marketing and minors in Tourism and Public Relations). During my time at university I was part of an Industry Based Learning programme which allowed me to complete a years full-time paid work for a major organisation learning about the in’s and out’s of working in the real world. It’s amazing what real work application does to your university grades!

After graduating I rewarded myself with travel. I never expected this to include four winters at Mt Hotham, two winters at Sunshine Village Ski Resort in Canada, backpacking around Europe and developing a deep love for travel. Those few years certainly has a lot to do with the person I am today. During this time I wanted to get involved at a community level and became a volunteer firefighter with the CFA at Mt Hotham and a paid firefighter at Sunshine Village. These days I’m still a volunteer with the CFA at Chirnside Park.

I eventually “grew up” and started working in customer service for an underwater pool lighting company. This small family business allowed me to create my own path way and before too long I had started my own department in Retail Sales.

I then got approached by a Macadamia and Chocolate facility where I worked for three years. I progressed from Trade Marketing Manager to National Account Manager and then onto International Sales Manager. My role was fantastic however when you average 1.5 flights per week for a full year, it can get a little tiring.

I was approached at the end of 2016 by my current employer to come on board as their first Sales Manager, a challenge I couldn’t refuse. Within this company we have three different joint ventures operating, so work is diverse and challenging. A lot of the time I wonder why I’m doing, then I have days when it all seems worthwhile. Again, it’s another small company where the owners are hands on.

Where to next will be anybody’s guess!


Kirsty McDonald (Class of 2011)

Industry: Technology Consulting

Job Title: Consultant

After finishing at Tintern in 2011, I went straight into a Bachelor of IT at Swinburne. I chose to go to Swinburne because of its reputation of having good connections with industry, and the job prospects this held. I completed two 6 month internships as part of my course, on at NAB and one at Siemens. This was really useful as it allowed me to get a taste of working in different areas, without having any commitments to stay at the company.

When I finished Uni it was really tough deciding what I wanted to do next, and I ended up choosing to start a graduate role at Deloitte in technology consulting. Two years on I’ve had a wide range of experiences and have met some amazing people. I’ve had the opportunity to work on a top secret merger and acquisition project, work with the Department of Defence to define how they buy IT and most recently I just finished up at Telstra helping them define a systems strategy. My roles on all these projects have varied greatly, and been dependent on what I’m working on.

In the top secret merger and acquisition project, I was working on a learning strategy with business psychologists. In the Department of Defence project I was working with finance consultants to cost model future situations and plan organisational structures. None of which I expected I would do when I first started.

I love the constant change and learning opportunities I get in consulting, and I know that as I continue into my career this will be something I continue to pursue.




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