From the Head of Senior College

As we move into the second half of Term 1 there is still plenty of action across our Senior College. The Year 10, 11 and 12 Conferences from 19 – 21 February were all a great success and I enjoyed visiting the Year 10 and 11 Camps and speaking with students about their experiences.

This week our School Leaders are preparing for International Women’s Day on Thursday 8 March. The theme for this year is ‘Press for change’, the leaders have activities and events planned to encourage discussion, and actions that will promote gender equality.

Year 12 Induction and Duces Assembly

On Friday 16 February, we recognised the achievements of our 2017 Duces, Emily Cowin (VCE Dux) and Brittany Read (IB and Overall Tintern Grammar Dux) at a special assembly. During this assembly our Year 12s were inducted and recognised as the leaders of our school. We were delighted to welcome back Kirsty McDonald (YG 2011) since graduating from Tintern Kirsty attended Swinburne University of Technology to study a Bachelor of Information Technology. She has since been working at Deloitte, a global professional services company, for three years as a senior consultant in their Technology Strategy and Architecture practice. Her warm, humorous and engaging address reflected on her time at Tintern, the factors contributing to her success, and her professional career. She strongly encouraged the Class of 2018 and the secondary school to try new things and step outside your comfort zone as well as to believe in yourself and your capabilities. We are very grateful that Emily, Brittany and Kirsty could join us for this assembly and for the insight they shared of their own experiences.

House Swimming Sports

With the House Swimming Carnival being held early in Term 1, it is a credit to all House Captains and staff who worked hard to ensure as many students as possible participate and make the competition a success. Well done to all staff and students who teamed together and showed positive House spirit.

There was lots of colour, some fantastic swimming on show and many students getting involved in events and tasks to support the competition. Congratulations to Butterss/Cross (boys) and Dann/Watt (girls) for winning their respective competitions.

Digital Citizenship

On Friday 16 February, we had an opportunity for students to take part in a Digital Citizenship activity run by our Senior College students. This session was an opportunity for students to have a voice and input into the direction of our Student Wellbeing and Agency Strategic Project with a particular focus on online activities. Student leaders from Year 10, 11 and 12 met with Heads of School to provide feedback and develop the structure of the day and facilitated activities with students. The sessions have provided us with some valuable insight into the positives of social media and technology as well as some of the challenges experienced by individuals and groups of students. It was terrific to see students engage in the process and provide some suggestions and strategies that we will work with them to develop over the coming 6 months.

SMS Absence Notifications

As of Monday 5 February, parents will receive an SMS notification if their son/daughter is absent without prior notification. It is important that parents notify the school as soon as possible if their child is away. Parents can phone 9845 7722 or email absence@tintern.vic.edu.au.

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