Secondary News

End of Term Plans

After what may have felt like a very long time for some students, Wednesday 16 November saw the last of our Year 12 students finishing their examinations. As we have mentioned many times, having an uninterrupted run through their Year 12 studies has been very fortunate and enabled them all to do their very best in their own unique pathways. The staff and School community are incredibly proud of them as they now move toward the next phase of their lives with many eagerly awaiting university offers, some taking a year off to work or travel and others moving directly into a form of employment. Whatever pathway they take, we wish them all the very best and look forward to keeping an eye on their successes as they go.

Our Years 10 and 11 students have finished their 2022 classes and are sitting their examinations this week. These assessments are an excellent way in which to reinforce their study habits and approach to such assessments in preparation for next year and beyond. Following the exam week our Years 10 and 11 students will be going to their transition camp/conferences from Monday 28 November to Wednesday 30 November in preparation for 2023.

  • Year 10 into 11 Transition Camp: Our current Year 10s will be spending three days living on campus at Deakin University’s Waterfront Campus in Geelong. They will be in residential accommodation and will be participating in a variety of activities focusing on opportunities after school. This includes introductory sessions to different university courses, options available through TAFE, as well as having lots of fun and games together.
  • Year 11 into Year 12 Conference: Our current Year 11s will be on conference over these three days focusing on a number of different aspects of Year 12 as well as life after Year 12. There will be a combination of presenters focusing on relevant issues such as being a licensed driver, party safe and other age and stage appropriate topics. Their three days will vary between on campus at school, the Sage Hotel in Eastland and in the city.

Our current Year 9s have also finished 2022 classes with English, Science and Maths exams being held in their last week. They are currently on  Summer Expeditions around all different parts of Victoria enjoying a variety of activities such as hiking, sailing, canoeing and bike riding. Upon their return to school on Monday 28 November, they will be engaged in an alternative program providing them with a First Aid qualification and other activities.

Our Years 7 and 8 students continue with 2022 classes until Thursday 1 December before all secondary students and staff move into 2023. This transition period will allow all year levels to begin their new subjects and classes, setting them up well for the beginning of next year.


Throughout this month our new leadership team has been promoting the month of Movember and the importance of men looking after their health, both physical and mental. This included presentations at assemblies as well as information being shared around the school and a free dress day and sausage sizzle fund raiser. 

Year 10 Social

On Friday 11 November our Year 10 students and pastoral staff enjoyed an evening at the Chirnside Park Country Club. The event is the first time we have been able to run it for three years due to previous restrictions and it was a very successful event. It was a real pleasure to see the maturity of our students in the way they conducted themselves throughout the night including the three course meal and lots of dancing. What was really great to see was the continuous dragging up of staff onto the dance floor by the students to enjoy some time together. It highlights the strong connection between the staff and students which is a real strength of Tintern. A big thank you to Mr Kidd and his pastoral team for such a fantastic evening.

Year 9 Challenge

As a part of the Year 9 Challenge program during Terms 2 and 3, the students have been working with a local organisation, the Freedom Initiative, to sort fresh food and pack vegetable boxes to contribute to a Food Bank to care for people in our Maroondah community. This week was a special session to bring Christmas cheer to those less fortunate as our Year 9 students packed and wrapped Christmas hampers. Read the full story

Year 8 Medieval Day

Last week our Year 8 boys and girls spent the day immersed in learning about medieval times.  During this incursion the students rotated through classes on Weapons and Armour, Crime and Punishment, Calligraphy, Alchemy where they made gold and Tournament where they learnt about how knights trained. Students and staff were encouraged to come in medieval themed dress for the day.



2023 Term Dates