From the Head of Senior College

I’d like to take this opportunity to wish all Senior College students, their families and the Senior College staff a restful and reinvigorating Easter and Term holiday break, after what has been a typically very busy and successful first term.

Looking back, so much has been occurred in Term 1 – Year Level Conferences; the wonderful School Musical that so many of our Senior College students performed in, or assisted with; House Athletics; EISM weekly sport and the Swimming Carnival; Commencement of our House Singing practices; Special events, such as Valentines Day; and, of course, the academic work that has to be covered in Term 1.

I reiterate the words of our Year Level Co-ordiantors who have suggested that, whist students may need some time to complete set work over the upcoming holidays, it is crucial to remember that holidays do provide an opportunity for students and staff to “recharge their batteries”, thereby enabling a fresh start for Term 2. We look forward to welcoming all students back on Wednesday 19 April. Please note: that this first day of Term 2 has been designated as a Day 6 (that is we are following a Day 6 timetable in order to recoup some of the Mondays we “lose” across the year.) This change in designated day is actually indicated in student diaries. 

I extend my best wishes to all students and staff who are departing on the China Study Tour early this coming Saturday 1 April. We look forward to hearing about your time in China once school resumes. 

As we move into Term 2 our focus in the Senior College will certainly become even more attuned to academic matters as we prepare our Year 10 and 11 students for their semester examinations and all Year 12 students, along with Year 11 students undertaking a Year 12 study, will also be taking the GAT on Wednesday 14 June. In addition, our Year 10 students and their families (along with Year 9 students and their families) will be provided with the opportunities to hear about our IB, VCE and VET offerings with the IB Information Night occurring on the evening of Monday 8 May and our Pathways Evening scheduled for the evening of Wednesday 14 June. Both of these evenings will be more fully detailed closer to the time and both are held to assist students and their families in making choices about what specific pathway and what subjects will be chosen in Year 11 and 12.

Three other events that I would like to make mention of that occur early in Term 2 are: the Tintern Fair on Saturday 22 April; the Tintern Grammar Horse Trials at Wandin Park on Saturday and Sunday 28-29 April; and, our annual Cathedral Service at St Paul’s Cathedral on Sunday 7 May. I would like to remind all Senior College students and families that it is an expectation that all secondary students attend the Cathedral Service, so please ensure that this date is remembered by entering it on whatever is used as your family calendar.

In closing, I would like to thank all the parents and guardians who support the school in a number of ways and, in particular in reinforcing our uniform expectations. I would like to remind all Senior College students and families that we have very clear published requirements on both general School Uniform and Sports Uniform. One of these requirements is that there is not to be a mix and match between School and Sports uniform. A particular item that has become quite prevalent late in this term and does not meet our requirements is the wearing of black socks with sports uniform. As a reminder, the following rule on sports socks is listed for your information:

  • Students must wear plain, unbranded white sport socks with their sports uniform.

I ask parents and guardians to please ensure that your daughter/son has a supply of the appropriate plain, unbranded white sports socks to wear with their sports uniform. The full list of School and Sports Uniforms has been provided at the start of the year and should be known to all.

I once again remind all Tintern Grammar students that they are expected to take pride in their personal appearance. When wearing the School uniform in public, it should adhere to the expected and approved standards, be worn appropriately and students should appear neat and tidy. Continued breaches of the School’s Uniform policy will result in detention, and again we ask for parental support in this matter. Following contact with parents/guardians, students may be sent home if their uniform or appearance is repeatedly deemed unsatisfactory.

With kind regards,

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