Posted on October 12, 2021 / Middle School
After speaking to many students upon their return this week, the consistent message was that the recent school holidays seemed to “just happen” for them. The common discussion was around the fact that they really enjoyed some time off their schoolwork, but before they knew it, they were back online beginning Term 4. I would say that it felt the same way for me at my house. As much as my kids and I were able to ride endless kilometres within our set (and increased) radii, the ongoing restrictions certainly prevented too much more from happening.
On a positive note, another common thing I have been hearing is many students and staff actually using the restrictions to their favour in order to learn new skills or hobbies. I have heard of students picking up an instrument that they have either never learned or haven’t played for a long time. I have heard from students who have challenged themselves to learn a new language using an online tutorial platform. Personal fitness has certainly been something that many students have developed over this time, with stories of both boys and girls in the Middle School who have taken up either cycling, running or other forms of exercise and have improved their level of fitness over this time.
With the state set to begin a staggered return to school based on the vaccination rates, it is exciting to think that our staff and students will be back on the campus in the not-too-distant future. There is a real positive and optimistic feel among staff and students regarding the return to on-campus learning in the coming weeks.
The staggered return to on-campus learning for our Middle School is as follows:
- Tuesday 26th October: Year 7s begin full-time. Year 8s and 9s return on Tuesdays and Wednesdays only.
- Friday 5th November: All students return to full-time on-campus learning.
These dates are provided to us by the state government, and they do have the potential to change. If they do change, we will communicate this as soon as we are aware.
Science Talent Search
Throughout Term 3 many of our Middle School students participated in the Science Talent Search Competition. This is a state competition that is open to all students across primary and secondary and is designed to stimulate scientific thinking and skills. As is always the case with our school, many students performed exceptionally well.
Chloe Pike, Year 7 – Minor bursary
Isabella Di Felice, Year 7 – Distinction
Leon Jiao, Year 7 – Minor bursary
Arya Yogesh Kumar, Year 8 – Distinction
Skye Sriritana, Year 9 – Major bursary
Congratulations to these 5 students for your wonderful achievements, especially Skye who received the major bursary, the highest possible award.
TPG Mango Drive 2021
We have Fresh North Queensland Mangoes delivered direct from the farm to Tintern Grammar, ready for collection. Mangoes should arrive at school late November. Once we have a confirmed date, we will be in touch to arrange a drive through collection time. Cost is only $20 per tray, filled by weight of approximately 4.5kgs, which will contain a mix of the equivalent of either 8 large mangoes or 14 small ones.
Please note that due to the unprecedented crop failure of Kensington Pride Mangoes this year, the trays are smaller than previous years and have been reduced in price accordingly.
Place your order today, as quantities are strictly limited! Orders are open until the 29 October 2021, unless sold out prior. Please place your order here: https://events.humanitix.com/tpg-mango-drive-2021
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