This week in our Principal’s assembly, I was delighted to see how many our Middle School Girls’ achieved their Bronze Award for the Duke of Edinburgh. This wonderful program uses a non-formal education framework, which helps to provide opportunities for young people to develop essential life skills, increase their employability and foster their creativity and innovation. Congratulations to Freya Bryson, Jessica Hobson, Emma Jones, Victoria McKenzie, Laura Mitcham, Kaitlyn Oldaker, Katey O’Reilly, Eden Riddell, Lydia Tan, Holly Whitfield, and Lauren Wooller for their hard work and determination shown through obtaining this award.
Last week we commenced our 2019 leadership campaign for our Year 8 students with an introductory presentation where students were shown what leadership positions were available and what the process would involve. As a result, several Year 8 students have been working hard on their applications, identifying their key skills and practicing their public speaking skills. All Year 8 students were encouraged to consider applying if they would like to, and reminded that regardless of the outcome that the process can be a valuable reflection of their skills and growth over their Middle School Years. The positions available are Middle School Captain, Middle School Vice-Captain, Middle School Leaders, House Captains, Music & Drama Captain, Community Service Captain & Sport Captain. The application process continues this coming week with presentations to the Middle School by those who are applying to be MS leaders. The 2019 MS leadership team will be announced in our Final Combined Middle School Assembly on 11 December at 10am in the CM Wood. Our Year 9 students will also be farewelled at this assembly as they leave the Middle School and join our Senior School.
I would like to congratulate our Middle School girls who gave a great performance as part of the Tintern Intermediate Choir last Sunday at the Heathmont Uniting Church for the WW1 Century Remembrance day concert. The feedback that I have already received from Mrs Bortolussi was that “they sang beautifully, looked immaculate and behaved impeccably. They were wonderful ambassadors and a credit to themselves, their parents and their school”. High praise indeed! I would encourage any student who is looking for a way to get involved in co-curricular to consider joining one of our choirs in the coming year.
On Wednesday 14 November (tomorrow) we are participating in a free dress day as a fundraiser for ‘Days for Girls’. All students are encouraged to wear something orange and bring a gold coin donation for this worthwhile cause. On the day there will also be a bake sale and ice-cream sundaes for sale from our dedicated ‘Days for Girls’ Year 8 fundraising team.
Our Year 9 students are rapidly heading into their first exam time. We are continuing to work with them on effective revision methods and time management skills in this busy time.
Finally, I would like to congratulate the recipients of our Term 3 Factis awards. These awards reflect students that consistently display the Tintern compass points based on teacher nominations. Each young woman has worked hard to display compassion, respect, commitment, fulfilment, confidence, responsibility, independence and integrity, which is wonderful to see. Congratulations to Amanda Huang, Niki Partovifar, Kiara Bakken, Miya Urquhart, Mellyn Sun, Emma Pethebridge, Emma du Blet, Olivia Dowling, Olivia Dunkley, Victoria McKenzie, Halle Hupfeld, Emma Jones, Jaimee Jalocha and Lydia Tan.