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Tintern Grammar Movie Night

On the 27 March 2021, the Tintern Grammar Movie Night was run by the Tintern Parent’s Group, Green Team and Social Justice Group. This event was planned to occur last year, however was rescheduled to March 2021 due to the 2020 COVID-19 restrictions. “Jumanji” was the chosen film for this year’s Movie Night, and was a great hit for all the families that attended.

Although the movie was shown in the Tintern Grammar CM Wood centre (due to weather conditions), rather than on the oval as planned, there was a great spirit amongst all who attended this highly anticipated event.

The Green Team and Social Justice Group combined forces to run a Sustainability and Food Market alongside the movie itself. This market held various stalls such as organic soaps, deodorants, Net-Bags and handmade beeswax wraps from a group of students as a part of a social justice project.

The Tintern Parents Group had kindly offered for all funds raised at the Food and Drink Stall from the Movie Night to be donated to the Green Team and Social Justice Group Solar Buddy fundraising effort. Solar Buddy is a charity that provides children in disadvantaged countries solar powered lights, to reduce both energy poverty, and the environmental and health risk of kerosene lamps. The Green Team and Social Justice Group have been fundraising for over a year to reach our goal of raising enough money to supply 500 lamps @ $32.50 each ($16,250). The funds raised from the Movie Night and Sustainability/Food Market totalled $1380.50, funds which will be put towards the Solar Buddy fundraising effort.

The night as a whole was an incredible evening, and was a very successful event, enjoyed by all who attended.

The Green Team and Social Justice Group are extremely appreciative of the assistance this event, and the Tintern Parents Group, have provided to our fundraising efforts. Our next event is the Tintern Parents Group Trivia Night in late May – we look forward to seeing you all there for another night of fun.



Green Team Guest Speaker: Tiernan Humphrys

On Monday 26 April, the Green Team hosted Tiernan Humphrys as guest speaker.

Tiernan studied environmental management and town planning in Ireland, Scotland, Canada and England and has over 20 years of experience in sustainability. He started his professional life in Dublin and London working for Arup, a multi-disciplinary consultancy, on the environmental impact assessment of large- scale infrastructure projects including the Millennium Bridge, Fulham Football Club, London Eye and Millennium Dome.

Since his arrival in Australia in 2004, Tiernan has focused his career on the public sector, through working at the Victorian Department of Sustainability and Environment, VicRoads and the Office of the Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability.

In 2008 Tiernan was appointed Manager Environmental Sustainability at the Victorian Health Building Authority to provide leadership on sustainability across the Victorian health care system. His role includes providing sustainability advice on the $7 billion health capital works program, managing a $70 million energy efficiency and solar program, increasing recycling in public hospitals and making hospitals resilient to climate change.

Tiernan’s presentation covered several initiatives by the Victorian Health Building Authorities, one of which has been to place solar infrastructure on 79 regional health facilities, producing 8,800 kilowatts of peak solar energy and thus saving $2.7 million per year. He also talked about career paths in sustainability and ways in which Tintern could become more ‘green’.

Tiernan is a current parent of Sebastian in Year 7 and the Green Team thanks him sincerely for giving up his time to speak the students. It was great to hear about the significant achievements being made in the health sector in the sustainability space.



Written by Victoria McKenzie

Green Team Captain



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