Community Matters

Welcome to Term 2. The Community Relations team hope you all enjoyed a break from the usual routine. Term 2 is already shaping up to be a very busy term for our Community Groups; Interschool Horse Trials, Jazz Night, Presentation Ball and Spring Celebration planning, Reunions for our past students and of course Mother’s Day stalls for our younger students. If you would like to get involved with any of our community groups please contact Di Lacey in the Community Relations Office.

Parent Representatives

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Hello fellow Tintern Grammar parents,

You may not have seen my article at the end of last term? We are still looking for Parent Reps for many classes. As a new parent in the Tintern Community I’ve been particularly keen on the opportunities to meet other parents and stay connected. I’ve volunteered to help organise representatives for each class/year level as I believe parent involvement in the classroom and school community is a critical piece to the overall sense of community we share.

Would you please consider signing up to represent your son or daughter’s class?  

Generally speaking, Parent Reps help by organising class or year level gatherings in order to provide opportunity to better get to know one another.  Now that Eastland is complete, there are many great places to meet for lunch, coffee or wine:  Alternatively we have Cafe Emjay in Ringwood East or Leaf and Vine in Ringwood North:

Parent representatives also help to keep parents informed of class/school gatherings (i.e. – Community Relations and/or your class teacher may contact you asking you to help promote an event.)  Parent Representatives will be notified of upcoming school events through the Community Relations Office and are also encouraged to periodically check in with your the classroom teacher to see if there are any upcoming classroom events to promote or assist with.

If this sounds like something you’d like to be a part of, please let me know.  I’m happy to help assist you. You can contact me on 0423 223 296 or

Jessica Adam

Mum to Max, Year 6 and Rachel, Year 5

Friends of Equestrian (FOE)


The moment has arrived for the Friends of Equestrian 16th Interschool Horse Trials to be held tomorrow, Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 April at the beautiful Wandin Park. The FOE are also very proud and excited as this event is now an official qualifying event for the Australian Interschool Horse Trail Championships. Please share and like the Facebook event by clicking here. This prestigious event attracts nearly 300 competitors and around 500 plus families and spectators from all over Victoria. The FOE group invite you to come along and support the Tintern Grammar Equestrian teams and enjoy a day out at one of the Yarra Valley’s finest estates: Wandin Park, Victoria Rd. Wandin North (Melways Ref. 119 G7). Full canteen is available both days.

If you or child is interested to find out more about being involved with our Friends of Equestrian or Equestrian at Tintern please contact the Event secretary, Mrs Sandra Garland on 0425 735 577 or email or the Equestrian coordinator Mrs Alison Bezaire

Photo Albums; New and Old for your children’s School photos

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The Tintern Association have a limited number of Navy and Maroon old style Photo Albums to offer at a reduced price of $60. These albums feature the old School name printed in gold on the front cover and come complete with 10 transparent 30cm x 30cm sheet inserts albums and are large enough to hold the school photos provided by SchoolPix. The Tintern Association are currently upgrading the album design to reflect the new Tintern Grammar name and logo and these will be available later in Term 2 to purchase.  Download an order form here and forward to the Community Relations Office for processing.

Past student news – GOLF

Joan Hoyle with Prize

T.O.G.A Golf welcomed new member Lyn Coutie (Stevenson yr ’70) to our group this year and along with regulars Joan Hoyle (Nairn yr ‘52), Sue-Viginia Mackay (O’Hanlon yr’71), Deb Guilmartin (Bell yr ’91), Sue Semmens (yr ’78) and Melinda Thomas (yr’83), we had a lovely morning of golf on Friday,16 October 2015. Lyn had a great day out and won the day with a lovely score of 36pts, even though she had never played at Woodlands before!! Di Thompson (Landy yr ’56) and Margaret-Anne Thomas (Yr’47) joined us for lovely lunch and a pleasant day was had by all. 

Tintern gets closer!!!

Womens interschool Golf trophycupwithbackground-962x39087th Womens interschool golf results

The 87th annual Interschool Golf Challenge Cup was held this year at Metropolitan Golf Club, on Monday, 11th April, 2016. Grey skies threatened rain as we headed out, just as Jordan Speith plonked his ball into the water while holding a narrow lead at the Masters at Augusta. The bunkers at Metro were up to their usual tricks and the greens not far behind. However, the rain stayed away and Tintern’s team of Joan Hoyle (Nairn yr ‘52), Deb Guilmartin (Bell yr ’91), Sue Semmens (yr ’78) and Melinda Thomas (yr’83) made a valiant attempt to bring home the Cup for the first time. Unfortunately for us, Geelong Grammar decided it was their day and took the prize with a score of 135pts. Ruyton was 2nd with 129pts and Tintern was equal 3rd with PLC, with 128pts. Our ever consistent Joan Hoyle did manage to snare the Nell Goff trophy for B grade’s best score, with 36pts…well done Joan!!! So, just as it wasn’t meant to be for Jordan Speith, nor was it meant to be for Tintern….but we are getting closer !!

If you’re interested in joining the TOGA golfers, please contact Melinda Thomas on 9778-3444 or 0417 508 725. 

Entertainment book 2016/2017

The Entertainment books are once again offered for purchase through the School. These books are full of discounts to be used for restaurants, entertainment, accommodation and a range of services and retail goods. The book is current from purchase until the end of 1 June 2017. Please click here to purchase your 2016/2017 book or 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. Alternatively you can click here to have a look at what is inside.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

Community Committee dates

  • The Tintern Association (TTA) –Next meeting AGM: Thursday 19 May 7.30pm CM Wood Common room President: Amanda McKenzie
  • Southwood Parents’ Club (SPC) – Next meeting AGM: Thursday 19 May 7.30pm CM Wood Common room President: Loraine Allender
  • Friends of Music (FOM) – Next Meeting: Tuesday 3 May 7pm CM Wood Common room President: Tim Oldmeadow
  • Friends of Young Farmers (FOYF) – Next meeting: Tuesday 10 May 7.30pm Kennedy Cottage, Community services. President: Joy Ashfield              
  • Friends of Equestrian (FOE) – Next meeting: Please contact the Community Relations office for next meeting details. President: Kevin Jones

Social Justice group support Sunflower foundation; Trivia night, Saturday 7 May – save the date now! Donations needed.

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Members of the Tintern Grammar Social Justice Group, The Poverty Project are working to support the Sunflower Foundation this year.

The Sunflower Foundation was set up in 2008 and through annual grants of up to $5,000, help to educate girls and women in indigenous communities across the world. They believe that education is an important means of facilitating the creation of sustainable communities and investing social capital – something we strongly believe in. Thus, these grants assist organisations and communities to deliver educational projects that benefit girls and women, and through them, the community. For more information please visit

In today’s world, extreme poverty and inequality are unjustifiable and unfair. Around the world 1.4 billion people are living in extreme poverty and we believe that it is important for young people to work together as a team to try and end this cycle of poverty.

The Tintern Grammar Social Justice Group meets on a weekly basis and run events to raise both funds and awareness. This year we will be holding a Trivia Night on Saturday 7 May. The night will include refreshments, guest speakers, live music and, of course, trivia,  and will be open to all members of the local community. Additional advertising has been implemented in order to generate a large crowd for the event.  We hope that this event will stimulate awareness about the issue of the poverty cycle and how, through education, we can move towards breaking that cycle. 

Awareness will be generated through the guest speakers such as the founders of the Sunflower Foundation as well as Trivia. All proceeds will be sent to the Sunflower Foundation and will go towards building a better future for indigenous communities, as all organisational costs are met from membership subscriptions.

Community events such as these are not possible without the help and support of our community. As a member of our community, we would be extremely grateful for any support you could provide, whether it is in monetary or a donation towards our raffle. In return for your generosity, we would promote your business or recognise you as an individual supporter of our event in our pamphlet for the night. In addition, we would be proud to display any promotional material that you provide us for the night.

We look forward to hearing from you.

We also invite you to attend our event, where your entry also contributes to our final donation.

Entries can be completed through trybooking at this link:

Please direct all enquiries to Community Relations Office on 9845 7877 or to Alexandra Wakeley (YG 2012) 0423 862 698

Thank you for your support.

Victorian State Interschools at Werribee

Equestrian Captains’ Report

Victorian State Interschools held at Werribee National Equestrian Centre is always a big week for the members of the equestrian team who are competing. With many different disciplines and heights, the event caters for our littlest riders right through to our older riders.

We had 7 Tintern Equestrian Team members competing. There was a great sense of team spirit and everyone performed exceptionally, but the greatest achievement for the week at Werribee was 7 year old Odette McCallum who became the 35cm Combined Training State Champion. Not only was this her first ever event but it was also at State level against very talented young riders. She completed a lovely dressage test and then show jumped a clear round, winning her first ever rug!

This event was a great run up to our Tintern Horse Trials coming up soon. We are all very excited to again compete for our school!

by Madison Jones & Eliza Harvey, Equestrian Captains


Equestrian Coordinator’s Update

Congratulations to all Tintern Grammar Equestrian Team Members who rode at the 2016 Equestrian Victorian Interschool State Championships at Werribee during the holidays. Our team members were:

Madi Jones, Eliza Harvey, Millie Harvey, Keeley Thomas, Ella Trevorrow, Lilly Trevorrow, Darcee McCallum and Odette McCallum.

Overall Interschool State Championship Results for our members at this event were as follows:

Odette McCallum      1st 35cm Combined Training Championship

Keeley Thomas            4th Primary Show Hunter Championship

Eliza Harvey                  4th Preliminary Dressage Championship
                                               4th 1* Combined Training Championship
                                               6th Novice Dressage Championship

Other Results included:

Keeley Thomas            1st Primary Show Horse Led phase
                                               4th Primary Show Hunter Ridden phase

Eliza Harvey                   2nd 1.3 Preliminary dressage test
                                               4th 1.2 Preliminary dressage test
                                               2nd overall preliminary division dressage (which went to a ride off)

Further to these impressive results at Werribee, special note must be made of Keeley Thomas and her pony, Rose (pictured) who competed at the Grand Nationals in Sydney during the last week of last term, where Keeley was awarded a top ten out of 30+ entries in her competition.

The following week Keeley was back up the Hume Hwy to Sydney to compete at the Sydney Royal Easter show where Keeley and Rose received two second places, one third and a fourth.

Keeley Thomas has qualified for a place on the Victorian Interschools equestrian team over the school holidays at the Victorian Interschools championships representing Tintern. The nationals are to be held in Sydney at the end of September.


And just this past weekend Eliza Harvey, Madison Jones and Ella Trevorrow competed at the Camperdown CIC Horse Trials. Eliza Harvey and Sea Student placed 9th in the 1* class and won the Interschool Class for Tintern. Madi Jones and Graceful Gaga placed 9th in the 80cm class and 4th in the Interschool Class for Tintern. Ella Trevorrow and Woodside Supernova placed 11th in the Interschool Class for Tintern in a very hotly contested section.

We have just received news from Eventing Victoria that Madi and Graceful Gaga are 10th place on the Victorian Eventing Leaderboard 80cm and Eliza and Sea Student (pictured) have secured first place on the Victorian Interschool 1* leaderboard.

The Victorian leaderboard is the pathway to represent Victoria at Sydney Interschool Nationals in September. The 1* class is the highest level and currently is being hotly contested by 4 riders from Tintern Grammar, Bacchus Marsh College, Haileybury College and Eltham College. There are only 2 more qualifying competitions this year.

Victoria’s top 4 Interschool 1* riders can be seen live battling to climb up and secure their place on the ladder at our Horse Trials next weekend at Wandin Park and are certainly worth watching on Sunday as they head cross country over solid and rather scary jumps.


STEM Robotics

The Tintern Association, through the generous fundraising of Parents and Friends, are pleased to be able to provide 2 new Lego Robotics Kits for the benefits of both the Girls Junior and Middle Schools.  The new Robotics Kits will be a great addition to the school’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) programs, which work to engage girls in STEM disciplines and build self-belief within those fields.

Here is an example of a competition:

Primary Rescue is designed for primary aged students. Robots compete by following a winding line on a series of tiles to a designated rescue area. On the way the robot could encounter obstacles, bridges and short cut opportunities that will challenge the most intrepid programmer. After negotiating the randomly selected path, the robot arrives at a green coloured area which indicates a chemical spill. While the clock is still ticking the robot must find “the victim” before pushing them out of the quicksand to safety.


We anticipate the girls to have great fun, and enjoy valuable learning through the use of these sets of equipment.

Fundraising activities such as the Mothers & Fathers Day Stalls, Movie Nights and Photo Album sales have helped to contribute towards these purchases, and we wish to express sincere thanks to all volunteers who have contributed towards outcomes such as this over the years.

by Amanda McKenzie, President TTA






2023 Term Dates