From the Principal

Maths, Science and great news!

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In the 2016 National Maths Talent Quest, two Tintern Grammar students were ranked best in Victoria and competed at the National MTQ, with both doing very well indeed. Ashleigh Dowling (Year 8) and Eddie Yu (Year 9) both acquitted themselves terrifically in the rarefied air of the best mathematicians in Australia! Indeed, occasionally judges award ‘Highly Commended’ to projects that really stand out, but do not win and I’m delighted to announce that Eddie’s project received this rare accolade.

In addition, our Year 7 mathematicians have also been competing; for them it was in the Mathematics Association of Victoria’s Year 7 students’ ‘Games Day’. Out of the 48 teams competing, our boys came 2nd overall and our girls came 18th (and 7th of all girl’s teams). These were both terrific efforts and I commend both teams as a top 20 placing is something to be very proud of indeed! The schools present was a ‘who’s who’ of Victorian schools, so these are results for our students to be very proud of!

The Science Talent Search is a very long running science competition, offering students an opportunity to express their scientific creativity. This year Tintern students entered right across the secondary school and amongst a group of very high standard entries from our school, some of our young men and women achieved remarkable accolades:

  • Of our four Year 7 students, Lydia Tan, Joshua Choong and Alex Higgins were all awarded Merit Certificates for their creative writing entries and Christabelle Sriratana was awarded a Minor Bursary for her Working Model.
  • Our Year 8 entrant, Annabel Cowin, entered in the Photography section and also won a Minor Bursary.
  • In Year 12, our six entries were all in the Experimental Research section. Jack Church, Grace Edwards, Heidi Ruckert were all awarded Minor Bursaries and Sanya Bhatia, Keely McGovern and Maddy Button achieved Major Bursaries. All bursaries were also accompanied by not insignificant financial prizes.

All of these awards and prizes speak of the hard work of the students who had the courage to enter these competitions (and the staff who supported and assisted them), and their achievements are truly remarkable.

We also have many, many students who are working very hard in their own school studies, and often in areas outside this too. Students who work for others in social justice, in tutoring other students, in fund-raising for charities and many other fields. These students are striving for their best in every way and it is this ‘personal best’ aspiration that will serve them particularly well in the world outside school, when they get to it.

So our congratulations go to not only our award and prize winners, but to all the other students in our school who are making positive contributions to our academic and social culture, which in turn, assists and supports all of us as members of our community.

Factis non verbis.

Bradley Fry
Principal

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