From the Principal

Middle School Students’ Agency – an amazing project launched by Middle School students.

2020 has been a year of learning new ways to do things. The efforts of staff and students, the support of parents and the shape of our workplaces have all looked very different this year. It would have been easy (and possibly tempting) for our students to bunker down and narrow their focus to their own needs in 2020, given the multitude of challenges the have faced. But it has been wonderful to see that this has not been the case, with a number of social justice and service initiatives and projects launched or maintained this year.

In our School Vision for our graduates, its fourth pillar revolves around the aim for our graduates to contribute: “… to create a better world.”, certainly a laudable goal, but also a very lofty one.

In the final week of November, Year 7 students Grace Boromeo, Daisy Mitchell, Matilda Bailye and Year 8 student Jayden Lee, wrote to me about an initiative they have launched to support those less advantaged than themselves. Grace’s email is below and in this year where so many people’s circumstances, many in our own community, have been so affected, I urge you strongly to support this important initiative generated by these impressive young people.

In the first half of 2021, two teams of Tintern students are participating in Global Social Leaders competition, a global competition that aims to develop students’ understanding of global citizenship and to turn their ideas into reality.

Our Middle School Team has created Project EduCare, and we are fundraising and collecting basic stationery items to donate to disadvantaged Australian students. Any supplies collected will be put into stationery packs and given to The Smith Family, who will distribute the packs to children in Melbourne who need them the most.

We are putting a call out to all Tintern students and parents, asking them to consider buying an extra stationery item (e.g. pack of pencils, pens, an eraser, or similar), when shopping for their own start of school year supplies. Any and every donation would be greatly appreciated and would make a huge difference in creating the stationery packs.

One of the members of the Project EduCare team will go around the school at the start of Term 1 next year and collect any donations, and there will also be donation boxes placed around the campus.

For more information about the competition, please visit https://www.globalsocialleaders.com

This is a powerful project and as I wrote above, I hope we can all support the impressive initiative that has been displayed by these Middle School students.

As we finish school for the year, I wish you a restful and rejuvenating holiday period and a happy and holy Christmas if you celebrate it. I am sure that we all look forward to a more conventional 2021, but there are roses to smell on the way to getting there.

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Bradley Fry

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