Music Matters

Paul Jarman visits Tintern

We were very pleased to host a two-day visit from Paul Jarman, composer of the Southwood Boys Song, earlier this week. With the support of our Friends of Music committee, the school is commissioning Paul to write a new school anthem for a combined Tintern Grammar. Paul toured the school and met with a range of people in our community to get a feel for our campus and culture, now that Southwood Boys’ Grammar and Tintern Girls’ Grammar have become one school. Having said that, it must be noted that we are not decommissioning our old songs – there will still be an important place for them at many community events in the future, as an acknowledgement of the historical journey which has brought us to where we are today. It is time, however, for us to also sing a new song which brings our boys’ and girls’ voices together as one through a more contemporary and customized musical vehicle which reflects where the school is placed heading into 2021. Paul will be returning to Tintern in Term 1, 2021 to meet more students and staff as he workshops our song.

We are looking forward to launching the new song in 2021. It will be a wonderful way to celebrate being together again at school and, with no restrictions in place (fingers crossed), raising the roof with our joyous voices!

Term 4 AMEB Results

Congratulations to the following students on completing their AMEB examinations, many being video submissions of exam performances (yes, the AMEB also had to abide by COVID restrictions, so our Tintern students had to become video producers as well as musicians, ably supported during the filming process by family members in many cases!)

  • Grace Clark (Year 4) -Preliminary Cello – Credit
  • Ines Llobera (Year 4) – Preliminary Cello – Honours
  • Laura De La Pierre (Year 7) – Grade 1 Cello – Credit
  • Hallie Walder (Year 7) – Grade 1 Cello – Credit
  • Isabella Di Felice (Year 6) – Grade 2 Cello – Credit
  • Ryan Makkar (Year 6)  – Grade 2 Cello – Credit
  • Holly Ming (Year 7) – Grade 2 Cello – Credit
  • Matilda Robson (Year 7) – Grade 2 Cello – Credit
  • Oliver Heathcote (Year 7) * – Grade 2 Piano – Honours
  • Aryan Chekka (Year 8) * – Grade 2 Piano for Leisure – Honours
  • Will Storey (Year 9) * – Grade 2 Piano for Leisure – Credit
  • Maya Dass (Year 5) – Grade 3 Cello – Credit
  • Charlotte Davies (Year 7) – Grade 3 Cello – Credit
  • Helen Tan (Year 9) – Grade 3 Cello – Credit
  • Sara Wang (Year 10) * – Grade 3 Piano – Credit
  • Ella Jones (Year 9) * – Grade 3 Piano for Leisure – Honours
  • Caroline Ni (Year 12) – Grade 4 Cello – Credit
  • Karen Ma (Year 10) * – Grade 4 Piano – Credit
  • Heath Elias (Year 6) * – Grade 4 Piano – Honours
  • Lucy Zhao (Year 10) * – Grade 5 Piano – Pass
  • Lily Sun (Year 10) – Grade 7 Piano – Honours
  • Sarah Zhu (Year 8) * – Grade 8 Piano – Credit

* these exams were conducted ‘live’ at the AMEB studios in Hawthorn


Friends of Music seeks new members

We are ever so grateful for the ongoing support of the parents on our Friends of Music committee. With four parents of Year 12 students leaving the committee this year, this community group is keen to have some new members join their ranks to support the activities of our Tintern musicians. Please contact if you would like more information or would like to join the committee.


Resilience personified

One thing which has struck me over and over during 2020 has been the resilience and commitment of our students to keep on learning and doing things they love, even during those many months of remote learning. Our musicians kept turning up like clockwork to their online music lessons and practising their pieces and recording their performances for our wonderful online concerts. And the return of lessons to school and the sounds of music echoing around our corridors has been and absolute delight these past few weeks. As I passed by one music room recently I spied the ultimate personification of resilience and enthusiasm in a music student: Felix Meddings (Year 3) had bounded into his double bass lesson ready to get stuck into some music making with Mrs Mackie. The fact that his arm was in a plaster cast was not going to slow him down one iota. What a champion!


Music lessons for 2021

 A reminder to all families with students who currently learn Instrumental Music to return your enrolment forms for lessons in 2021 if you wish to continue lessons in the new year. Emails were sent recently to parents of all existing instrumental/voice students at Tintern. New Music Lesson enrolments for 2021 also are welcome at this stage. Please call Elizabeth Feenane in the Music Office (Ph: 9845 7837) if you have any questions regarding these matters or if you would like to receive an enrolment form for Music lessons in 2021.


A Merry Christmas to all Tintern families from the magical musos at Tintern.

We look forward to seeing you return to our concerts and musical events in 2021!





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