From the Head of Senior College

The Annual Cathedral Service

This coming Sunday 7 May we have our Annual Cathedral Service at St Paul’s Cathedral in Melbourne. It is an expectation that all secondary students will attend the Cathedral Service, which is one of the very few times in a year that we ask students and families to come together for a whole School Community weekend event. A reminder that the Cathedral Service commences at 2.30PM; an arrival time of 2.15PM or earlier at the Cathedral is suggested.

If a Senior College student is unable to attend our annual Cathedral Service, a parent or guardian is required to advise me directly by email prior to Sunday with a legitimate reason for the student’s absence (on gconnor@tintern.vic.edu.au).

As always, the Cathedral Service promises to be a highlight of the year with inspirational music, not only through the choice of hymns which we have been practising in Assemblies, but also through the special items performed by our various Tintern Grammar instrumentalists. We expect to have a larger than usual number of alumnae attending this year joining us in the Cathedral as this year we are celebrating the 140th Anniversary of the founding of Tintern Grammar.

Our 2017 Student Leadership team has assisted Rev Alison Andrew with the planning of the Service. This year our Students Leaders have chosen the Cathy Freeman Foundation as their chosen charity to support. The Cathy Freeman Foundation aims to help broaden horizons by assisting Indigenous students experience their full potential whilst at school.

A reminder that, as this is a formal School event, we expect students to wear Winter School Uniform – this is in keeping with the recent wintery feel to our weather.

We look forward to greeting all secondary school families at St Paul’s this Sunday 7 May.

 IB Information Night

All Year 9 and 10 families should have received advice that we are holding our International Baccalaureate (IB) Information Night this coming Monday 8 May, in preparation for the 2018 School year. The evening will commence at 7.30PM in Area C of the CM Wood Performance Centre and will conclude by 9PM.

Tintern Grammar has been offering the IB Diploma Program since 1993 and has a history of outstanding success in student results in this internationally accredited equivalent to the VCE (Victorian Certificate of Education). We are one of only a small number of Victorian Schools which offers the IB – but one of many schools in the IB “family” across Australia and the World.

Our current Year 10 students will be making decisions in July of this year as to which of the programs they will chose as they complete their secondary students in Years 11 and 12: the VCE; the VCE with a combination of VET (Vocational Education and Training) subjects; or the IB.

The IB Information Night offers an opportunity for parents and students to hear from IB teaching staff, as well as past and present IB students about this pathway, and to understand how it differs from the VCE. Year 9 families and students are welcome to attend so that they become better aware of Tintern Grammar’s extensive Senior College offerings in preparation for decisions made in Year 10.

As Acting IB Co-ordinator this term, I look forward to greeting current Year 9 and 10 families and students, as well as families and students from outside the School on Monday 8 May.

With kind regards to all,

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