From the Vice Principal – Senior College, Administration and Students

With all transition classes for next year’s Year 11 and 12 students having been completed in the last few weeks we have come to the end of the 2017 academic year for current Senior College students.

I take this opportunity to thank current Year 10 students who were involved in last week’s METEC and First Aid programs. Our outside presenters commented how impressed they were with the level of attention and commitment demonstrated by our students at these sessions.

Our current Year 9 students also completed their Transition into the Senior College last week and are currently on their Summer Expeditions week.

I join our Year Level Co-ordinators in reminding all students that the “holiday homework” that will be set in the Transition classes is due to be completed by the first scheduled lesson for each subject in 2018. Transition material is available on the Portal should students have missed any of the sessions. A reminder that classes resume for next year’s Year 11 and Year 12 students on Monday 29 January; whilst, next year’s Year 10 students will commence classes on Tuesday 30 January.

A number of Senior College students are currently on Exchange programs in France and Germany and are undoubtedly enjoying themselves being immersed in their chosen second language. 

Co-curricular Captains 2018

Recently at our final Principal’s Assembly for the year with all Year 7 to 11 students, I announced the next round of leadership positions for 2018; our Co-curricular Captains. On behalf of the entire Tintern Grammar community, I wish the following students well in their leadership of our various and extensive co-curricular offerings:

Performing Arts:       Gerard Barclay  Natalia Cawood    
Pegasus & Campanile: Riley Parsons Kate Swain    
Sustainability:  Courtney Snowball Isabella Vecchio    
Outdoor Education:        Phoebe Bridgford Elizabeth O’Dell    
Mathematics:    Victoria Chen Lily Li  Emma Scealy       
School Pianists:      Molly Fleming  Steven Zhang       
Choral:     Lauren Higgins           
Instrumental Music (Female):   Holly Fryer      
Instrumental Music (Male):       Gerard Barclay       
Girls’ Sport:   Isabella Wright      
Boys’ Sport:    Will Snibson      
Information Technology:  Annabelle McKenzie      
Art: Isabella Chavez Brianna Oldmeadow Maria Ruan  
Science: Sharon Li  Talia Webb    
Young Farmers:  Ashlea Cross Olivia Cross Amy Taylor Ella Watt
Debating: Nabila Ali  Rose Russell    
Blood Bank Ambassadors: Yasmin Lobo Joel Williams    
Equestrian: Brooke Thompson Darcee McCallum (Vice Captain)  
Social Justice: Eliza Allen Casey Anderson Mitch Wooller  
Brook Leaders:  Caitlin Howley Annabelle McKenzie    
Language: Daniella Cosentino Sharon Li  Lily Spence-Fletcher

 

At the same Assembly, I was totally taken by surprise in being presented with a gift on behalf of all current Senior College students and staff by next years’ School Captains, Tara McAsey and Jack Read. The gift, a beautifully framed print of a photo of Tintern Abbey, was particularly poignant for me in this my final year at Tintern Grammar.

Our School was named after Tintern Abbey by our founding Principal, Mrs Emma B Cook, and several years ago my wife, Maria, and I had the pleasure of visiting the hauntingly beautiful Tintern Abbey which is situated on the Wye River in Wales.

I was able to relay my thanks to the Senior College students at the Assembly and mentioned how I came to Tintern Grammar in 1991 with the expectation of staying one year before taking up a promotion position in the state education systems – amazingly one year became 27 years of working at our fabulous School.

With  kind regards and my thanks to all students, families and staff I have worked with across my years at Tintern Grammar and in particular, to current members of our Senior College community,

by Geoff Connor, Vice Principal, Senior College, Administration and Students

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