Community Matters

Welcome to the first edition of Community Matters for 2019. It is through this section we keep you informed of the events and achievements of the various Community Groups as well as the many and varied activities in which they participate. If you would like to be involved with any of the Community Groups please contact the Community Relations team on 9845 7877 or email Keep your eye on the Tintern Portal as Community news will be updated regularly so you will not miss any important information. If you would like to contribute to Community Matters, email your submissions to the Community Relations Office and we will incorporate your news wherever possible.

Tintern Grammar Community Groups

Our Community Groups are an incredible and invaluable part of Tintern Grammar. They enrich us through fundraising, events and activities that bring together our community; past and present, in celebration and fun. They are also a great way to meet other parents and become involved with the school community!

Everyone is welcome to attend Community Group Meetings. Whether you are curious about joining, wish to meet other parents or just want to lend a hand with a specific event please look out for the dates and times which are advertised in Community Matters each fortnight.

Each group has a different focus, and you can read about them on the portal by selecting here:

The Election meetings provide the committees with office bearers and a direction for the year. They are a wonderful opportunity for visitors to get a broad understanding of the wonderful contribution these groups make to our School.

The events and activities run by the various community groups represent a vital contribution to the enhancement of the school experience for our students and in fostering a community atmosphere across the school in support of parents.

For more information on how to be involved please contact Di Lacey or Tegan Martin in the Community Relations Office on 9845 7877 or

We hope to see you there!

Community Committee Dates 

  • Tintern Parent Group (TPG) –Next meeting: Thursday 14 March 2019 Kennedy Cottage President: Haidee Wallace
  • Friends of Music (FOM) – Next Meeting AGM: Wednesday 13 February 2019 CM Wood Common Room President: Tim Oldmeadow
  • Friends of Young Farmers (FOYF) – Next Meeting: Monday 18 March Kennedy Cottage President: Jonathan Cross
  • Fair Committee – Next Meeting: Tuesday 12 February 7.30pm Kennedy Cottage CM Wood Common Room Fair Convenor: Amanda McKenzie
  • Friends of Equestrian (FOE) – Next Meetings: Wednesday 13 February 2019 7.00pm Kennedy Cottage President: Henrik Qvist

TOGA Women of Influence 2019
incorporating the TOGA AGM

For the sixth year we have selected former Tintern students who have excelled in their field of employment and invited them to share their wisdom at our AGM. It is a great opportunity to network and meet other women at all stages of their careers!

This year we will be hearing from Fiona Eagger (YG 1979) and Fiona Lake (McKindlay YG 1979).

  • When: Wednesday 6 March 2019 at 7pm
  • Where: In the Tintern Art Exhibition Space
  • Cost: This is a free event
  • RSVP by Friday 1 March 2019,
  • Further information contact:

Fiona Eagger (YG 1979)
Fiona is one of Australia’s most versatile producers across both film and television. She is a highly experienced producer and executive producer, specialising in drama production.

Fiona Lake (McKindlay YG 1979)
Fiona is a professional Photographer who has specialised in Agriculture and the Bush since given her first small film camera on her family’s farm in the 1970s.

Friends of Equestrian (FOE) – Clinics over the holidays

On the 29 of January the Tintern Equestrian team had a wonderful day riding at Wyronga Park with the incredible Glenda Hinchliffe. This clinic provided an excellent opportunity to learn, improve and refine our dressage skills, especially in preparation for our upcoming Tintern Horse Trials which will be held on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 April. Dressage is an integral phase of the horse trials and it determines the leader board before the two jumping phases. The skills that are learnt whilst doing dressage can also strengthen other areas of riding as they provide necessary basics like straightness, suppleness and can help to strengthen a bond between rider and horse. On behalf of the team, Jess and I would like to thank the Friends of Equestrian Committee for organising a wonderful clinic with Glenda! It is always so special learning from someone with such a high calibre, especially when you get to share the lesson with a team member and friend!

by Darcee and Jess, 2019 Equestrian Captains

Tintern Grammar Alumni (TGA) Expressions of Interest Evening

A great group of young alumni joined us at our Stand Up and Lend Your Voices event last Friday evening. These past students along with their TOGA and SOBA counterparts will head up our new Tintern Grammar Alumni group.

If you haven’t yet registered but would like to be a part of the new group, please register your interest here and we will be in touch.

Foundation Service

Each year our Foundation Service is a wonderful occasion for current and past students, staff and parents to come together to celebrate our school. At Friday morning’s Foundation Service we welcomed back Thomas “TJ” Lacey (YG 2011) and Karen Gately (YG 1988). During the Service TJ and Karen spoke to Mr Fry about their professional achievements and time at Tintern.

What a wonderful opportunity for the School community to be inspired by these accomplished alumnae.

The Foundation Service was followed by morning tea and a sneak peek at the new Speagle Science Centre, with the official opening scheduled for Thursday 30 May 2019.

Upcoming Reunions:

  • YG 2009 10 Year Reunion for Saturday 2 March at Tintern Grammar 3.30 to 6.00pm. Bookings are now open and can be made by selecting here:

Do you live on a main road in the Maroondah, Yarra Valley, Knox or Manningham area?

Would you be willing for us to put an advertising sign in your front yard to help promote our Fair?

If so, please get in contact – 9845 7877 or!

Volunteers Needed

The Fair committee are looking for parent volunteers to be year level coordinators of the following remaining stalls:

  • ELC – Pre-Loved Toys & Sporting Goods
  • Yr 1 – Cappuccino
  • Yr 11 – Sausage / Hamburger Sizzle
  • Yr 11 – Ice Creams

Please email the Fair Committee to let them know you’re interested in being a stall coordinator.

Thank you to the wonderful volunteers who have already signed on as Stall Coordinators for 2019.

Are you Spring Cleaning?

For the 2019 School Fair our parents and students will be running ‘recycling/reusing/upcycling’ stalls featuring second-hand clothing, books and toys. Please consider donating any suitable items to the school and spreading the word amongst neighbours and friends. In the past they have been fabulous fundraisers, and an opportunity to find some rare and wonderful bargains.

We ask that all donations are in a good clean condition ready for sale. All items can be boxed or bagged up and dropped off as follows:

  • Second hand books are to be dropped to the corridor running between learning enhancement and Kennedy Cottage 
  • Second hand clothing and toys will need to be dropped outside the old boarding house under the cover and Tintern staff will move inside.
  • New items should be dropped in the hallway in Kennedy Cottage.

Thank you for all of your donations!

Fair Sponsorship Opportunities

In 2017, our FAIR raised in excess of $50,000 towards a solar project for our redeveloped 21st Century Science wing. Work on this project is nearing completion. This year, with your help, we hope to continue our sustainable focus redirecting our 2019 FAIR fundraising dollars to wind power and more solar options.

The Fair is held every two years, and previous Fairs held at Tintern have attracted more than 5,000 people.  In the evening, we have an impressive fireworks display that attracts additional guests.  Many families and business owners attend the fair and come from the local and surrounding community.  This creates a unique opportunity to showcase your goods and services or your business.

If you would like to donate goods or services to be included in the silent auction, or for further information on sponsorship please read the flyer below, or contact the Community Relations on 03 9845 7877 or


Community Group Fundraising

Tea Towels – Order Yours Now

Creating Lasting Memories!
Our limited edition tea towel design will be made up of self-portraits drawn by all our children and staff. There will be 3 separate designs by our junior girls, boys and ELC.
The pictures and names will be arranged as a commemorative design and screen printed onto premium 100% white cotton tea towels.

Don’t forget to order a few extras for family members and your keepsake box. $15 each, or save by ordering 3 for $40.

To order this treasured keepsake please place your order by 24 February 2019 at:

There is a previous tea towel on display in the Girls and Boys Junior School and the ELC.

Thank you for your continued support!

2017 Tea Towels Designs

Tintern Grammar Photo Albums – Protect your School Photos!

Protect your child’s school photos with a stunning Tintern Photo Album. The TPG is offering beautiful quality made customised ‘buckram’ binders for only $72. The albums are Navy, featuring 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

Once you have placed your order, please take your confirmation to the Uniform Shop to collect your Album and/or extra pages.




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