Community Matters

Southwood Parents Club Mango Fundraiser


The Southwood Parents Club is again offering a Mango fundraiser for the end of year. Fresh North Queensland Mangoes direct from the farm to you! $25 per tray (estimated 7 kg weight with approximately 14-20 mangoes). Please return the order form to Deb Quirk at the Boys Junior School Reception no later than Friday 30 October.

Volunteer Thank you evening

Thank you to all Community Volunteers: Last night our community volunteers were formally acknowledged by our principal, Mr Bradley Fry at the Annual Principal Volunteer thank you night. During this night we formally acknowledged the parent volunteers who will be finishing at the end of the year as their youngest child completes Year 12. A special thank you to the following parents who have given many hours of energy and skills so willing during their time at Tintern Schools; Joy & Phil Ashfield, Brenda Doonan, Kathy Green, Tracey Maxwell, Kate and Warren McDonald, Kaye Misuraca, Sarah Ross, Joyce Sharp, Marion Sheehan and Karen Woods. The school gains so much from your generosity. Thank you and we look forward to hearing about your children’s journey and seeing many of you return to visit the school in the coming years. We also acknowledged those families who continue to support the school even though their children have left some time ago. 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.

Over the past year more than 2300 volunteer hours have been clocked up through Kennedy cottage this equates to roughly 290 working days 41 weeks or 9 1/2 months. These hours do not include time spent helping in the classroom, art room, music events and production. Without our volunteers many activities and events would not take place. Thank you for helping out.


2015 Garden tour

A wonderful time was had at the Tintern Schools Annual Spring Garden tour. Special thanks to Lisa Vecchio for coordinating the day and to Crown for their generous bus donation. The group enjoyed visiting Cloudehill in Olinda and Alowyn Gardens in Yarra Glen whilst also enjoying a scrumptious three course meal at the Healesville RACV club. 

Multicrop, Seasol are also acknowledged for their contributions to the raffle prizes.

2015 Second Hand Book Sale

Parent volunteers coordinate a Second Hand Book Sale every year as a service to the Tintern Schools community. The sale allows families to purchase second hand books and to sell current text books. A commission of 10% is levied on books sold with proceeds donated to the School for the purchase of class sets. Although online textbooks are now being used in some subjects, hard copy textbooks are still required for some subjects at all year levels from 7 – 12 where some of these will be for sale through the Book Sale. Secondary students will receive notices about the Book Sale in early November and Year 12 families will receive an email. All forms and notices will also be available from the school website and portal. The Book Sale organisers are looking for a parent or senior student volunteers to help with the Second Hand Book Sale between Tuesday 1 and Friday 4 December. Volunteers receive priority purchase and selling of their textbooks through the Book Sale, and senior students also receive community service hours. If you are able to assist, please contact Joy Ashfield on 0418304020 or email

Friends of Music Munch with the Musos – Sunday 22 November


The Friends of Music ‘Munch with the Musos’ will be held this year on Sunday 22 November. ‘Munch’, Friends of Music’s Christmas-themed end of year event, is now in its 8th year, and is always a fun occasion for young and old. A casual event with a light brunch, coffee and juice provided, Munch is a great way to finish off the year enjoying performances from our musicians from the Junior and Middle schools, ending with a marvellous sing-along that has been known to raise the roof of the packed-to-capacity CM Wood Centre. Tickets are available here: $10 per person online before Thursday 19 November, or $15 at the door (performers & pre-schoolers free).

EARLY BOOKINGS ARE GIVEN SEATING/TABLE ALLOCATION PRIORITY SO BOOK EARLY! All details can be downloaded from the following link. Munch-Flyer-2015.pdf

Friends of Equestrian


If you have a child that rides or just a passion for all things equestrian, our Friends of Equestrian team are looking for new members to help with their Annual Horse trials and other events for next year. If you would like to find out more please contact the Community Relations Office on 9845 7877 or email



Twilight Market cancelled:  Please note that due to some unforeseen circumstances, the Christmas Twilight Market will not be going ahead this year. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause and we hope to “bring back” the market – bigger and better in 2016”. 

Our Alumni – where are they now

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Alan White YG 2008: After graduating in 2008 from Tintern Schools, Alan was awarded a scholarship to study at Bond University on the Gold Coast undertaking a Bachelor of Communication/Bachelor of Law combined degree. Completing the degree in 2012, Alan continued his studies at Bond, graduating from a Masters of International Development in 2013. As was the case when Alan was School Captain at Tintern Schools, he immersed himself in Bond University life, taking on a range of leadership opportunities including Vice-President and President of the Student Association and Chair of the Philanthropic Council of Bond University – with philanthropy being Alan’s greatest passion. Alan was recognised by his peers with the Outstanding Service to Students Award in 2013 and was nominated for this 3 times previously during his time at Bond. Upon graduation he was recognised for service to the university with the Alumni Medal. During Alan’s time at Bond, he also got involved externally in the work of Oxfam Australia, with a particular focus on Oxfam Trailwalker, one of the world’s oldest and toughest endurance challenges which raises more than $8 million dollars each year. In late 2013, Alan accepted the position of Marketing, Communication and Fundraising Coordinator, Oxfam Trailwalker Australia based in Brisbane and during this time has continued to develop and grow in the fields of philanthropy, development and fundraising. Recently, Alan’s home-town event, Oxfam Trailwalker Brisbane raised a record $1.1 million dollars and was named ‘Best Outdoor Event’ in Queensland. Alan is looking to further his work in the not-for-profit sector through study project-based opportunities and in 2015/16 is set to commence his PHD with a focus on youth philanthropy in development.

The Friends of Music invite you to participate in their Christmas Mince and Lemon Tart fundraiser.

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Bakers Delight Croydon has offered us the opportunity to purchase delicious Fruit Mince Tarts or Lemon Tarts and support our Friends of Music group.

The more Tarts you purchase the more you support our Friends of Music who in turn support our wonderful music department.

For every six-pack of Christmas Tarts you order, Bakers Delight Croydon will give $2.00 to Tintern Schools Friends of Music.

Simply fill in the order form with the quantity of Christmas Tarts you would like to order, bring your order form together with full payment back to the Community Relations Office by Tuesday 24 November 2015 (or at Munch with the Musos on Sunday 22 November 2015) and your Tarts will be ready to collect on Thursday 3 December 2015.

Remember to ask family and friends if they would like to order some too.

You can download an order form here 2015 FOM Christmas Tart Drive Order Form Bakers Delight


Community Committee dates

The Tintern Association (TTA) – Next meeting: Thursday 19 November, 7.30pm Kennedy Cottage – All Welcome. President: Amanda McKenzie

Southwood Parents’ Club (SPC) – Next Meeting: Tuesday 10 November, 7.30pm Please contact the Community Relations office for venue details. President: Loraine Allender

Friends of Music (FOM) – Next Meeting: Tuesday 10 November, 7.00pm CM Wood Common Room (*NB time change) – All Welcome. President: Tim Oldmeadow

Friends of Young Farmers (FOYF) – Next meeting: Please contact the Community Relations Office for next meeting details. President: Joy Ashfield               

Friends of Equestrian (FOE) – Next meeting: Wednesday 25 November, 7.30pm Please contact the Community Relations office for venue details. President: Kevin Jones



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