20 Aug 2019

From the Principal

Lunch with the Principal – giving our young people a voice!

Our student-driven Green Team and the impressive impact they have had on our School community in a short time has reinforced the importance of empowering our students’ voice. Their agency and activity have been very impressive, but it is not the only way students can significantly influence the School both during their time and long after they leave.

Each year for the last four, I have met for lunch with our Year 12 students in their House and gender groups. At these lunches, I ask each student three things. What are your plans for next year and beyond, what is one thing that has been particularly good for you at Tintern, and what should we change at Tintern? A number of their suggestions on the last of these have been enacted, either at the time or since, because they were good ideas that adults had either not thought of or were not aware of. We will continue to do this, and in doing so, not only improve the student experience but also encourage student agency.

Top of the list of broader things (as opposed to smaller operational observations) we should change over the four years has to do with the Parallel model. To assist with easing the transition into Senior College and ensuring there is better effectiveness for students in the first six months of Year 10, students feel we need to provide more opportunities for boys and girls to collaborate, in Year 9 particularly. While the Year 9 experience contains many more of these opportunities than it did in 2016, when our current Year 12s were in Year 9, the students feel there is still more to do here. On this, there has been a consistent Year 12 student voice over the last two or three years for co-educational Year 9 electives ahead of Year 10. They argue for bringing together boys and girls where they have a shared interest (the elective subject) in preparation for much more of it in Year 10.

They are also aware that this would mean a broader range of electives and they feel that would be a significant improvement for students too. While we will not be doing this in 2020, we will shortly commence a wholesale review of our electives program with this being just one aspect of the review. Year 12 students have also advocated for more shared spaces in Year 9, to get used to being around each other as a matter of course and the “why”, “what” and “how” of this are things the School Executive are currently looking at.

Their reflections of what has been good are also varied, but the strongest are also around the Parallel Model. The value of the parallel teaching, particularly in Middle School, has come up early on in just about every lunch for the last four years. Students feel it assists with not only academic development but also with confidence and openness to discussion, questioning with teachers and relationships inside the classroom. These have been consistently related by Year 12s since these lunches began. They also speak in glowing terms of the willingness of staff to give up time outside class, to help students beyond expectations, of the genuine care that staff have for the welfare and growth of students, and for the way their relationships with staff develop as they move through the school. As a Principal, a current parent, and as a member of our community, I am proud to hear them speak of their teachers like this.

So, there is a clear message for me in these lunches, ask and you will hear. Our Year 12 students consistently offer thoughtful and significant responses when asked their views, and are always confident, mature and considered in expressing them. They see they have a role in improving the world, which is wonderful to see.

Factis non verbis


Chaplain’s Corner

Imagine for a moment you walk into the library and ask for a history book and the librarian hands you a Bible.

The next day you return and say you would like a book of great battles and the librarian hands you a Bible.

The next day you ask for a book that contains examples of letter writing and the librarian hands you a Bible.

The next day you return and ask for a book of myth, legend and parable and the librarian hands you a Bible.

The next day you fancy reading a love story and so ask the librarian for the greatest love story ever told – and they hand you a Bible.

Ok, then you return and ask for a Kindle or something similar that will hold up to 66 books in the palm of your hand, and the librarian hands you a Bible…

Then you return the next day and ask for a book of poems. The librarian looks at you and says, I would suggest you borrow a Bible, but you’ve borrowed all the copies we have…

This week is Book Week and our Junior School is celebrating. So I thought I would share some thoughts on my favourite book… the Bible.

The Bible contains 66 smaller books, and has two parts the Old Testament and the New Testament – the word testament means promise, so the old promise and the new promise. The writings in the Bible span over 1500 years and include the words of fishermen to kings. And if you decided to read it from cover to cover it would take 70 hours!

At Tintern, we spend a fair amount of time in Religion class and in assemblies exploring four particular books called the Gospels, which detail the life of Jesus. As a school in the Anglican tradition, this is an extremely important part of our school’s foundation and the values which we hold high.

Happy reading!


Music Matters

Annual Music Concert – A Night to Remember!

The Annual Music Concert on Friday 9 August was a night to remember once again! This is an event where all the large instrumental ensembles and choirs come together to perform in the CM Wood Centre. There was a range of pieces performed which made for a very entertaining concert where we enjoyed a diverse range of musical styles!

The items performed at The Annual Music Concert have been rehearsed for many weeks and months, including at our recent Music Camp. We heard choirs, orchestras and bands, and the evening ended with a large ensemble specifically created for our massed finale! Our featured finale this year was Baba Yetu, from Civilization VI, by Christopher Tin.

The students performed with great enthusiasm on the night and shared in a glorious experience. We would like to thank all of the Music staff for their leadership, tuition and support of our musical performance.

by Aaron Zhou, Instrumental Captain 2019

Jazz Band plays at “Essentially Ellington”

Essentially Ellington is a festival run by the Jazz at Lincoln Centre in the US which is designed to improve the musicianship and sophistication of high school bands. This event, held at Xavier College, was attended by our Senior Jazz Band on Saturday 17 August.

Not only is it a festival, but the Jazz Band also had a professional workshop where they got to work with renowned jazz drummer, Jerome Jennings. Jerome earned a Masters Degree from the prestigious Juilliard School in Manhattan NY and, in the Fall of 2017, he accepted the position as Resident Director of The Juilliard Jazz Orchestra.  In preparation for Essentially Ellington, the Tintern Jazz Band, led by their conductor Mrs Clarke, has been rehearsing their pieces: ‘Whisper Not’ by Benny Golson, ‘Bewitched’ by Lorenz Hart and Richard Rodgers and Symphony in Riffs’ by Benny Charter. The Jazz Band presented an excellent performance and the students had lots of fun and learned heaps in the workshop. 

by Aaron Zhou, Instrumental Captain 2019

CROYDON BRASS BAND – your local community band is holding an “Open Rehearsal & Bring A Friend Night”!

Monday 19 August, 7.30 – 9.30pm, Keystone Hall Civic Square, Croydon (Opposite Croydon Library)

All ages, all levels, all abilities are invited to come along for a blow to see what it’s like to play in a Brass Band. Very friendly, family orientated, just for fun and no pressure – just a great group of community-minded people of all ages looking to share our music with others in our local area. Bring your instrument, arrive a few minutes early and join in! Supper will be provided too!

Note to Parents/Guardians of young musicians: You are very welcome to stay all evening. Alternatively, you can leave your contact details with us then simply drop off and pick up later.
(Group leaders hold valid WWCC & Police Checks. Several nurses & school teachers are also members of our group).

For any other queries please do not hesitate to email, call or text! Melina Benger – Musical Director Croydon Brass Band 0402 052 205 or mbenger72@gmail.com.


Sport Matters

Tintern represented at Victorian Interschools Snowsports Championships

Congratulations to Charlie, Matthew, Lily and Max who represented Tintern Grammar competing at the Victorian Interschools Snowsports Championships in early August. Tintern had three individual racers and one relay team. Charlie placed 10th in the division 2 boys’ race, Matthew placed 11th in division 4 boys, Lily placed 10th in division 5 girls and our relay team consisting of Matthew, Lily and Max placed 9th.

Well done, Charlie, Matthew, Lily and Max!

Senior Sport Semi-Finals

Congratulations to our Senior Girls’ Hockey, Senior Girls’ Football and Senior Boys’ Badminton teams who have made their respective semi-finals! We wish them all the best for their semi-finals tomorrow afternoon.


Community Matters

In this issue:



Spring Celebration – Friday 6 September from 3.30 to 7.00pm – Register now!

Our Friends of Young Farmers Committee (FOYF) warmly invite you to the Tintern Farm on Friday 6 September from 3.30 – 7.00pm for the Spring Celebration!

Come along and see our lambs, enjoy a complimentary sausage sizzle and toast a marshmallow on the bonfire.

Our Young Farmers will be on hand to give you a tour of the farm, there will be raffles and farm snacks to purchase and support our FOYF group.

This event is free and open to everyone, but please remember to register your interest to help us cater on the day.

Register to attend through Trybooking: https://www.trybooking.com/BDIOV



Father’s Day Stall 2019 – Wednesday 28 August, 8.30am to 1.30pm in the Southwood Centre

Gifts range in price from $1 – $20. Please send a bag on the day for your child to put their goodies in!

Gift Wrapping Day – Wednesday 21 August at Kennedy Cottage 8.30am – onwards

We would love some help on the day of the stalls and the gift wrapping day.

If you are able to assist with the stall please nominate a day and time on the slip below and return to Junior Reception.

Fathers day stall 2019

Please note, we will only contact you if we need to arrange an alternative time for you.

If you have any further questions please contact: Danielle Kelberg on 0419 560 987 or email dkelberg04@gmail.com or Haidee Wallace on 0417 052 273  or email Wallace.haidee@gmail.com.



Trivia Night 2019 –  Saturday 14 September – Book your ticket now!

The Tintern Parent Group invite you to test your knowledge, and have fun, at the Annual Trivia Night! This year will have more games.

Choose a theme for your table and ‘dress to your theme’, whether a colour, book, movie, song or television show, the opportunities are endless.

We are also seeking donations towards the evening, that could be used at prizes. If you or your business have something to donate; whether a gift, product or experience, please contact the TPG to parentgroup@tinern.vic.edu.au. Any business donations will be acknowledged on the night, and in our newsletter.



Presentation Ball 2019 – Book your tickets now!

Guest tickets are now open for the 2019 Tintern Grammar Presentation Ball to be held on Friday 20 September.

Book your tickets now by selecting here


Community Committee Dates 

  • Tintern Parent Group (TPG) –Next meeting: Thursday 12 September 2019 at 7.30pm Kennedy Cottage President: Haidee Wallace
  • Friends of Music (FOM) – Next Meeting: Wednesday 11 September 2019 at 7.00pm CM Wood Common Room President: Debra Fryer
  • Friends of Young Farmers (FOYF) – Next Meeting: Monday 7 October 2019 at 7.30pm Kennedy Cottage President: Meaghan Cross
  • Friends of Equestrian (FOE) – Next Meeting: Friday 30 August 2019 at 1.00pm Kennedy Cottage President: Vacant Vice President: Karen Trevorrow


Upcoming Community Dates:

  • Father’s Day Stall Wrapping Day – Wednesday 21 August from 8.30am in Kennedy Cottage
  • Father’s Day Stall – Wednesday 28 August from 8.30am to 1.30pm
  • Spring Celebration – Friday 6 September from 3.30pm to 7.00pm – Book here
  • Trivia Night – Saturday 14 September from 7.00pm – Book here
  • Presentation Ball – Friday 20 September at Karralyka from 7.30pm – Book Guest Tickets here
  • Spring Garden Tour – Friday 25 October 2019 from 8.30am to 3.30pm

    Upcoming Reunions:

  • Class of 2014, 5 Year Reunion – Friday 23 August at 7.30pm – Book here
  • Class of 2018, 1 Year Reunion –  Friday 13 September at 7.30pm – Book here
  • Class of 2004, 15 Year Reunion – Saturday 26 October form 3.30pm
  • High Tea Reunions – YG 1969, 1964, 1959 and 55 years + – Friday 15 November from 11am to 2pm

    Community Fundraising


    Tea Towels 2019

    Creating Lasting Memories!
    Our limited edition tea towel design will be made up of self-portraits drawn by all our children and staff. There are 3 separate designs by our junior girls, boys and ELC.
    The pictures and names are arranged as a commemorative design and screen printed onto premium 100% white cotton tea towels.

    Don’t forget to order a few extras for family members and your keepsake box. Now only $10 each!

    To order this treasured keepsake please visit:

    There is a  tea towel on display in the Girls and Boys Junior School and the ELC.

    Please note: limited quantities available.

    Thank you for your continued support!

    2017 Tea Towels Designs


    Entertainment books are back for their 25th Year!

    Entertainment Books are back for their 25th year! To celebrate they are offering a great range of pre-order bonus offers:

    Filled with up to 50% off and 2-for-1 offers for the most popular restaurants, attractions, shopping, travel and more. The book is current from purchase until the end of May 2020.

    With many new offers and all the old favourites the value of this book is incredible!

    Please click here to order your 2019/2020 Entertainment book from Tintern Grammar. Books can be collected from Main Reception, or instantly purchase and access a digital membership which can then be used on two separate devices.

    Please contact Community Relations on 9845 7877 for further information.

    All proceeds raised go towards the fundraising for the TPG for 2018.


    Tintern Grammar Photo Albums – Protect your School Photos!

    Protect your child’s school photos with a stunning Tintern Photo Album. The TPG is offering beautiful quality made customised ‘buckram’ binders for only $72. The albums are Navy, featuring the school crest and name printed in silver on the front cover and come complete with 10 transparent sheet inserts.

    The albums are great for storing:
    – The official school photos
    – Certificates
    – NAPLAN and ICAS results
    – Sports and performer ribbons
    – Artwork
    – Programs from concerts, sports days and special assemblies
    – Photos
    – Newsletter clippings
    – Your own scrapbook creations (as the pages are 30cm x 30cm standard scrapbook size)

    In fact, if you think of it like a filing cabinet of memories, over the years it builds up into quite a treasure! Samples can be viewed in the uniform shop and all orders are now taken at this link through trybooking

    Once you have placed your order, please take your confirmation to the Uniform Shop to collect your Album and/or extra pages.




    Science Expo in The Early Learning Centre

    Last week, we celebrated science and technology with the children during Science Week. The focus of Science Week is to connect with others, experiment and make scientific discoveries. The Early Learners and Pre-Preps are a curious bunch and they showed a desire to learn and research alongside us.

    Throughout the week, the children explored complex scientific ideas such as water density, chemical change, chromatography, surface tension and crystal growth, all through the joy of play. We also had the opportunity to introduce the Cubetto, Bee Bots and Ozobots where the children got to try their hand at coding!

    On Wednesday, we set up a Science Expo and showcased our favourite experiments to our friends and family. Each class got to observe what the others have been learning, which was great exposure to a range of experiments and a chance to get our hands dirty.

    STEM skills are in high demand and will be part of our children’s future, so why not engage the young mind in all things STEM!


    Prep girls and boys visit Melbourne Zoo

    On Wednesday 14 August the Prep girls and boys visited the Melbourne Zoo to learn more about Animal Lifecycles.

    The skies were cloudy and grey on the way in, so we were all rugged up with our coats and backpacks on. We noticed that our bus driver had to put his windscreen wipers on, but luckily the rain had cleared away by the time we entered the Zoo.

    Our day began with a briefing from Zoo staff, then we walked to our Zoo teacher-led sessions where the girls were introduced to a tortoise before exploring the wonderful Sensory Garden. We learnt that tortoises use their muscles to draw their heads into their shells if they are feeling scared. Did you know that tortoises love lettuce? We each got to gently stroke the tortoise’s shell before our tour of the garden. In the garden, we discovered animal teeth mobiles, cocoons from different moths, animal scat and animal skin samples and a range of lifecycle objects that we had to sort into birth, young and adult sections. The boys got to meet a python up close, after their exploration of the Zoo Sensory Garden, where they used magnifying glasses and binoculars to help them be Wild Explorers. In our Wild Explorer teams, we then explored the Zoo, finding lemurs, seals, birds, lions, tigers, giraffes, penguins, meerkats and reptiles throughout the day.

    During our lunch break, some of the children noticed a bright blue macaw, who was being cheeky, not returning to the keepers. We enjoyed watching them trying to lure the macaw down with some food. The macaw clearly enjoyed his adventure too, before returning to the perch! After lunch and some more map reading, we explored the section of the Zoo that ultimately led us back to the bus. We so appreciated the help of Michelle Rogers, Katherine Gracey and Katherine Ross all day. It was a magical day, full of interest, excitement and very receptive students! Well done, everyone!

    by Mallory Peters, Nicole Thomas, Maria Dell’oste & Christine Campbell


    100 Days of School Celebration!

    Celebrating 100 Days of School began for our Prep-Year 2 girls with an exciting entry into the IJDay corridor, through the enormous ‘100’ banner, with much waving of pompoms! A special mention to Mrs Campbell for her creative sewing skills!

    We emphasised the significance of celebrating the girls’ commitment to their learning (one of our Compass values) with a very special day. After a snack of 100s and 1000s fairy bread, made by the girls and a healthy 100 made from celery and carrot circles, the girls then participated in three multi-age activities; a 100-Year-old photo dress-up booth (come and enjoy the hilarious photos in the IJDay classrooms!), engineering with 100 piece construction sets and a language-based iPad activity using the story of 100 Ants as a springboard for the learning.

    Next, estimating 100 seconds was a challenge. A wind-down was then in order, so 100 seconds of Yoga worked a treat. Blowing 100s of bubbles after singing The Big Number Song was enormous fun! The girls also engaged in Maths activities in their own classrooms using their 100 collections brought from home.

    Hip Hip Hooray for 100 Days!!! Now onto our next hundred days of learning!

    by Christine Campbell – Stewart Clyde – Mary Whitcher, I J Day Teachers


    Year 6 Girls’ Bake Sale

    The weekend before Monday 12 August, the Year 6 girls were busy baking in preparation for their Bake Sale fundraiser. They created posters to advertise for the big event, considered gluten-free options and made sure there were a variety of baked goods on sale. The recess rush was busy and the girls managed the stall with confidence, poise and enthusiasm. As we are studying Indigenous Cultures and Communities this term, the girls’ purpose for the fundraiser was to raise money for Worawa Aboriginal College. We managed to raise an impressive $653.60.

    Later in the year, the girls will travel to the college to present the money to the school and participate in sporting activities to get to know the school community and the girls. A special mention to Charlotte Davies who designed and created a Reconciliation Cake with its own story and purpose (please see below). Thank you to everyone who supported this event; you all contributed to making it a huge success!


    Year 6 Boys’ Canberra Experience

    Towards the end of last term, our Year 6 boys visited Canberra, where they spent three days participating in a variety of educational programs to complement their class unit on Government. Amidst some cooler mornings yet sunny afternoons, the boys took advantage of every opportunity offered and fully immersed themselves with energy and respect. Whilst visiting the well-known landmarks of our nation’s capital, the boys enjoyed all the fun of being ‘on camp’ with friends whilst participating in activities that extended and challenged their understandings of government and our history.

    At the War Memorial, each boy placed a poppy against the name of a Serviceman whom they had researched earlier in class, and we spent a most reflective three hours learning about and experiencing the sacrifice and terrible toll that forms such a poignant part of our history. Our boys were fortunate to lead a moving wreath-laying Ceremony at the War Memorial. It was spine-tingling when Arya read the Ode and the Last Post was played. The boys were wonderful ambassadors of the School, and we received many positive comments about their behaviour and demeanour wherever we went.

    In what was an engaging and valuable three days, other highlights included a tour of Parliament House, a scientific visit to Questacon, debating the damming of the Franklin at the Museum of Democracy (Old Parliament House), a visit to the Mint, as well as a tour and interactive sports experience at the Australian Institute of Sport. The Australian Government recognises the importance of all young Australians being able to visit the national capital as part of their Civics and Citizenship education. To assist families in meeting the cost of the excursion the Australian Government is contributing funding for each student under the Parliament and Civics Education Rebate program towards those costs. The rebate is paid directly to the school upon completion of the excursion.

    Finally, to top it all off, the comments of thanks we received from the flight attendants about the boys’ behaviour were a highlight in themselves. Well done to all the Year 6 boys and many thanks to Mr Kenny for his leadership and Mrs Macey for her care and assistance throughout the experience. It certainly was an informative, busy, yet incredibly enjoyable three days.


    Boys’ Years 5 and 6 Art

    These black marker drawings from the Years 5 and 6 boys were inspired by the works of Australian Artist, Shaun Tan.

    They also created these magnificent ‘Dragon’s Eye’ pencil drawings as well.

    by Maria Lumsden, Boys’ Junior School Visual Arts Educator


    Junior/Senior College Mathematics Tutoring and Mentoring

    Over the last two terms, I worked alongside a group of Year 12 Maths students (Simon Lan, Aidyn Malojer and Jason Zhang) on a tutoring project for students from Years 6-8. The project was designed to “horizontally” enhance the mathematic skills of high performing students, helping them develop their logical thinking and expression of ideas as opposed to teaching material from higher year levels.

    The tutoring sessions took place every fortnight and we used our own teaching material, which was carefully compiled from past questions in mathematical competitions. We felt that the experience was just as beneficial for our students as it was for us, offering a chance to experience what it is like to be a teacher. I thoroughly enjoyed the project and was glad that I got the opportunity to lead it as part of my duties as Maths Captain.

    by Ron Chen, Year 12 IB Student and Maths Captain


    World Challenge Expedition 2020 Swaziland & Mozambique – applications still open

    Are you adventurous, fun, love a challenge, enjoy helping people and are willing to step outside your comfort zone?

    We are still keen for more students to take up the challenge and join us on our first-ever World Challenge Expedition to Swaziland/Mozambique in 2020.

    This Expedition will see students head off on a safari to see the African wildlife, trek through the mountain ranges of Swaziland, immerse themselves in the local African communities and participate in community service projects, one of which involves working alongside marine biologists and swimming with the marine life, including turtles and whale sharks.

    This Expedition is open to all current Year 9, 10 and 11 students and will be held in November and December of 2020, allowing plenty of time to fundraise and help contribute towards the cost of your trip. 

    We have now extended the application deadline to Friday 23 August. Anybody keen to join us, please come and get an information pack from me or email cord@tintern.vic.edu.au for more information.

    by Trine Ord, Head of Physical Education, Careers Consultant and World Challenge Coordinator


    Comedy For A Cause – Friday 23 August

    Comedy For A Cause presents a showcase of some of the best comedians from the Sydney and Melbourne International Comedy Festival in support of Tintern Grammar’s fundraiser for The Shamrock School in Nepal. Support the Social Justice Group and join us on Friday 23 August for a night of fantastic comedy! The comedy line up is shared further below. Book here.

    Why should you come along to Comedy For A Cause? Watch the video below to find out!

    You can learn more about the student’s World Challenge trip further below.

    Event details

    Date: Friday 23 August 2019
    Doors: 6.30pm
    Showtime: 7.30pm
    Show conclusion: 9.45pm (approx)
    Venue: CM Wood Performance Centre

    Adults: $25
    Students: $20
    Tickets are not allocated – so first in, best dressed. Purchase tickets here.
    Please note: this is an all ages event.

    This year promises to be even bigger and better than last year with a fantastic night of comedy, yummy snacks, bake sale, silent auction, great raffle prizes, and some extra surprises!

    Meeting the students and staff of The Shamrock School in Nepal was a life-changing opportunity!

    In December 2018, Tintern World Challenge Team 1 had the life-changing opportunity to meet students and staff at The Shamrock School in Nepal. The school was founded in 2006 by an ex-Gurkha to provide an education for children from Nepal’s poorest communities who otherwise would not have received anything past a basic lower primary education. This amazing school is managed by volunteers and challenges the students to strive to be the best they can be.

    Whilst we were at the school, we learned how the students had to wake up at 5.30am, clean their dormitories and other areas of the school and prepare their meals, before embarking on a very long day of learning, followed by further chores in the evening. What surprised us the most was how happy, playful, intelligent and articulate the children were. They were incredibly grateful for this educational opportunity and embraced every lesson with a keenness to contribute and extend their knowledge.

    Team 1 was so impressed with the students and how the school was run that we wanted to do whatever we could to help the school continue its amazing work. At the time, we donated the money we raised from our World Challenge fundraisers at Tintern prior to our departure to sponsor the education of two very deserving children: Monika and Arbin. We also pledged to continue to support the school upon our return via the Social Justice Group.

    Fast forward to 2019 and we hope our upcoming Comedy for a Cause extravaganza evening will raise the much-needed funds to continue our support of The Shamrock School. All the students in the Social Justice Group have been working for months, approaching businesses to get donations and finalising plans for this really fun event.  This will be held on Friday 23 August with doors opening at 6.30pm for a 7.30pm start. We have some amazing silent auction items on offer from hotel stays, tickets to live shows, store vouchers and great merchandise from local businesses. Even a bicycle is up for grabs! There will also be raffles, pizza and baked items for sale.

    Tickets are only $25 for adults and $20 for students (for 4 professional comedians who have performed at International Comedy festivals, and including complimentary finger food provided by the Hospitality students), which is a bargain considering the cost of live entertainment.

    Please check your diaries and if you can, come and support what will be an enjoyable night of all-ages entertainment for a fantastic cause.

    Book now at: https://comedyforacause.net/tintern

    by Jeanette Kropp, Social Justice Group Coordinator


    Green Team Forges Ahead with New Projects to Reduce Waste

    Following the success of the 2040 film night, the Green Team has been more inspired than ever to incorporate new sustainable practices into school life. It has been one of our goals to set up a recycling system whereby students and staff are able to recycle items that can’t go into the comingle recycling bins already in place. We’re pleased to announce that we will be recycling the following:


    There is a battery bin behind the desk in the Senior School Library and members of the school are welcome to use this for their used batteries. Used batteries will be recycled through Aldi.

    Lauren Spurr from Year 7 is overseeing this recycling project and she will collect any batteries if emailed. She is also doing some research at the moment about how batteries are recycled and why it’s so important to recycle batteries.

    Coffee Pods

    Coffee pods are made from a combination of plastic and aluminium and they can take 150 to 500 years to break down in landfill. They’re tricky to recycle due to their small size but there are some recycling plants that accept them. On average, Australians consume 3 million coffee pods per day and the majority of these end up in landfill. This is why we’ve decided to introduce a program of coffee pods recycling.

    Aluminium L’OR and Moccona coffee pods are recyclable through TerraCycle and Nespresso pods are recyclable through Nespresso boutiques (nearest one is Doncaster). It seems as though the plastic pods are recyclable as long as the top lid is removed, the coffee grains are cleaned out, and the whole pod has been washed and dried.

    The Green Team is collecting L’OR, Moccona and Nespresso pods from staff rooms around the school and will dispose of them appropriately. Ellena Glenk and Skye May in Year 8 have kindly volunteered to be in charge of this recycling program.

    Plastic Bottle Tops

    Envision Hands is an organisation that turns plastic bottle tops into colourful prosthetics for children in developing countries. This is wonderful because, not only are they able to improve the lives of children by giving them mobility aids, they are also saving hundreds of plastic bottle tops from going into landfill. Even though bottle tops are fully recyclable, many of them end up in landfill because they are so small they fall through the recycling machinery.

    Did you know that humans produce 20,000 plastic bottles per second? Think of how many plastic bottle tops that is. Green Team members Olivia Dowling, Abby Chai and Lily Sun are in charge of collecting plastic bottle tops and will be organising a collection system now that they are back from Year 9 Winter Camp. Students and staff are encouraged to start collecting plastic bottle tops so that they can be collected and donated to this fantastic cause.

    Bread Tags

    Bread tags are another waste issue that we have been addressing and we have discovered they can be recycled through TerraCycle, the same as coffee pods, or through another wonderful organisation called Aussie Bread Tags for Wheelchairs. Bread tags are collected and purchased by a small company in Robe, South Australia called Transmutation – Reuse, Reduce, Recycle. This company has an eco shop and is starting to make products out of recycled plastic. The funds obtained are then remitted to South Africa where people in need who cannot afford a wheelchair can apply to the organisation and queue for a basic wheelchair. There is nowhere near the level of funding for disability services in South Africa as there is in Australia, so someone who cannot afford to buy their own wheelchair may not be able to get one at all.

    The Green Team realises that the canteen and Hospitality Department would be the main generators of bread tags, but it would be great if anyone running a BBQ and ordering quantities of bread could also put aside the bread tags. If students collected their bread tags at home that would also be fantastic. Just pile them up and when you have a large amount you can bring them to school to be collected for recycling. Abby Dunn from Year 7 is in charge of collecting bread tags and she can be emailed when you have them ready for collection.

    Results of Compost Audit

    As you know, the Green Team has implemented a school-wide compost scheme and we decided to conduct an audit so we could see how much food waste we have been saving from landfill. All areas of the school completed a compost audit across a week and the results are as follows:

    • CM Wood Staffroom, Music, PE, Finance and other staff areas: 26.6 kg
    • Middle Schools: 9 kg
    • P-2 girls: 2.35 kg
    • ELC: 4 kg
    • Year 3-6 girls: 4.5 kg
    • Canteen: 81 kg
    • Hospitality: 4.2 kg
    • Junior School boys: 13 kg
    • Senior College: 20.5 kg
    • After Care: 3.72

    Total: 168.87kg

    Obviously, the compost we get each week will fluctuate; functions come and go and cause a spike, in exam weeks there will be a lower output, but if we multiply this total by 40 school weeks we are saving a massive 6,755 kg of food waste that has been going to landfill – nearly 7 tonnes! This is the equivalent of 7 large female southern elephant seals or 7 large saltwater crocodiles or 7 medium-sized elephants or rhinoceroses!

    Food waste currently accounts for nearly 50% of landfill bins in Maroondah and approximately 35% nationally. When food is left to rot in landfill it lets off methane which is 25 times more potent than the C02 produced by cars. The Green Team is very proud to have initiated this scheme, which is not only saving unnecessary landfill but also creating wonderful compost which can be used in the garden areas around the school. The composting at the farm works in three stages – new compost, partly decomposed and ready to be used. We now have our first batch of usable compost ready to be used. Please enjoy the photos of students actively using the compost bins around the school. You can also see the compost at the farm in its three different stages. Gary Rutherford, one of the gardeners regularly turns the compost with the tractor to keep it aerated so that it breaks down correctly. The final stage compost is the darkest in colour and can be seen in the tractor bucket.

    The Green Team would like to extend a very big thank you to everybody who has been hopping on board the sustainability train. To all the students and staff who have so enthusiastically accepted our new compost and recycling programs – we couldn’t have done it without your help. It is incredible to see our hard work paying off and we are extremely grateful for the outpouring of support we have received from the wider community.

    by Hannah Taylor, Year 11 and Anne Bortolussi, Green Team Coordinator


    Green Team Waste Management Initiatives

    One of the big aims of the Green Team is to reduce the School’s carbon footprint and the whole school community has been encouraged to think about ways to reduce landfill waste and improve recycling. This term, two representatives from Envirocom (an environmental consulting group) visited the school and presented to teachers and all students from Years 3-12. Hannah Matthews-Prosser (contracted from Envirocom to Maroondah City Council as the Waste Education Officer) started the term with an engaging and educational presentation to the teachers on the first Thursday’s professional learning afternoon. Many staff members have since commented on how much they learnt about what they can do in their daily lives to be more sustainable. Regina Johar (Envirocom) continued the program with presentations to Year 12 students, Years 10 and 11 students and Middle School girls. She will return once more to present to Middle School boys in mid-September. These sessions took the form of a PowerPoint presentation with question and answer time at the end.

    On 8 August, Regina spent the entire day in our Junior Schools running workshops for the Years 3-6 students. During these sessions, the students came to understand the differences between mixed recycling, commingled recycling, landfill, compost and soft plastics. The students participated in an activity in which they were asked to sort different types of waste into the correct bins. The Years 3-6 teachers reported that these sessions were both engaging and educational, and observed that our Junior School students are well on the way to becoming eco-warriors and recycling gurus! Both Junior Schools now have soft plastic recycling bins as well as compost and mixed recycling.

    Let us not forget our youngest students! The message is getting across very strongly to our Prep-Year 2 students as well and these students are taking an active role in being sustainable both at school and in the community. The Green Team received a lovely email from Prep teachers, Christine Campbell and Mallory Peters, after their recent excursion to the Melbourne Zoo. Mrs Campbell writes:

    Dear Green Team

    We just wanted to let you know how much influence your Green Team messages have had. Today, we went to the Melbourne Zoo with both Prep classes. I had a large reusable plastic bag for rubbish collection. Both Prep classes made sure not to leave any rubbish behind, so that the animals would not be affected, without any prompting. The Prep boys chose mostly to take their foods scraps and rubbish back to school. I was thrilled when some of the Prep students asked if they could sort the rubbish we had collected into the three bins provided by the Zoo…compostable, recyclable and general waste. The students then kept an eye out during the remainder of our visit, collecting paper scraps from other visitors so that the Zoo was as clean as when we arrived! Mallory Peters and I were most impressed with their care and concern for the environment! Thanks to your wonderful Green Team for their important initiatives!

    by Anne Bortolussi, Green Team Coordinator


    Laughter Day – Friday 23 August

    In preparation for Laughter Day at Tintern Grammar this coming Friday 23 August, Brenton Killeen CEO of Jerry’s House is here to share why humour is important.  Jerry’s House was co-founded by Year 10 Tintern student Lochie Graham, and Laughter Day is an awareness and fundraising initiative for this cause. The inaugural Laughter Day, this coming Friday, will see students participate in a series of fun and humorous activities, including a free-dress day for Years 7 – 12 students and a lunchtime BBQ, cakes and ice-cream stalls and jumping castle. See the Laughter Day poster further below.

    Why humour is an important tool for learning?

    “Laughter isn’t just the best medicine for the soul; it’s a valuable teaching tool as well. It can encourage an atmosphere of openness, develop students’ divergent thinking, improve their retention of the presented materials, and garner respect for the teacher” Times Reporter 2017.

    Laughter is such a genuine and authentic human reaction to feeling enlivened and excited. Feeling excited is an important part of curiosity, and curiosity is one of the most significant aspects of learning. Humour keeps us engaged and interested.

    Sarah Henderson from The Johns Hopkins University, School of Education’s, Mind, Brain and Teaching reflects on the well documented and researched science of laughter. “Humour activates the brain’s dopamine reward system, stimulating goal-oriented motivation and long-term memory, which means that humour can improve retention in students of all ages.

    The funny bone is connected to the sense of wonder. Humour is inherently social. The contagious nature of humour naturally builds a sense of community by lowering defences and bringing individuals together. If the brain is faced with inconsistency, then laughter is the response when it is resolved in an unexpected way. This sentence, “Memorisation is what we resort to when what we are learning makes no sense,” may make us smile as our brains resolve its inconsistency.

    Essentially, humour activates our sense of wonder, which is where learning begins, so it seems logical that humour could enhance retention. A Pew Research poll showed that viewers of humorous news shows such as The Daily Show and The Colbert Report exhibited higher retention of news facts than those who got their news from newspapers, CNN, Fox News, or network stations. When Stephen Colbert demands, “If we don’t cut expensive things like Head Start, child nutrition programs, and teachers, what sort of future are we leaving for our children?”, viewers laugh and also retain the knowledge of that specific budget issue.

    A substantial body of research explains why we remember things that make us laugh, such as our favourite, hilarious high school moment or the details of that funny movie we saw last weekend. Neuroscience research reveals that humour systematically activates the brain’s dopamine reward system, and cognitive studies show that dopamine is important for both goal-oriented motivation and long-term memory, while educational research indicates that correctly-used humour can be an effective intervention to improve retention in students from early learning through to university.

    Parent References

    How can comedy and television impact culture?

    On laughter | Anthony McCarten | TEDxMünchen

    It’s no joke! Laughter is a vital part of a child’s development

    Why Laughter Is a Sign of Learning

    Encouraging Your Child’s Sense of Humor

    Keeping a Sense of Humor When Parenting Adolescents

    Scientific Research

    The Science of Laughter

    The Science of Laughter with Sophie Scott

    You’ve got to be joking – humour and education: Trevor Strong at TEDxQueensU

    The Science of Laughing

    by Brenton Killeen, Jerry’s House CEO 


    Caitlin Spears (YG 2011)

    Congratulations and kudos to alumna Caitlin Spears (YG 2011) and her team, who produced and delivered her first show under Spears Entertainment.

    ‘Everything’s Coming Up Sondheim’ performed over the weekend to sold out shows and rave reviews. Click here to read one of the reviews.

    We can’t wait to see what comes next, Caitlin!

    Image: Spears Entertainment


    Celia Pacquola (YG 2000)

    Congratulations to alumna Celia Pacquola (YG 2000) who has been nominated for the Australian Writers’ Guild AWGIE Award. AWGIE Awards recognise and reward excellence in performance writing for screen and stage. Celia along with co-writer Luke McGregor have been in nominated in the ‘Comedy – Situation or Narrative’ category for episodes four and five in the third season of their critically acclaimed show Rosehaven.

    The AWGIE Awards will be presented on Thursday 22 August at the City Recital Hall in Sydney. Find out more here: https://awg.com.au/ Good luck Celia and Luke!



    Avenue of Excellence – Induction Celebration – An exciting evening!

    A wonderful evening was enjoyed by all who attended the 2019 Induction Celebration for the Avenue of Excellence on Saturday 3 August. The Induction Ceremony saw us welcome alumnae Janine Kirk AM (YG 1970), a Business, Education, Health and Community Leader, and Cheryl Batagol PSM (YG 1970), an Environmental and Sustainability Leader. Click here to read about these incredible women

    Watch the highlights film from the evening or view the photo gallery further below.

    Learn more about the Avenue of Excellence


    Ringwood Diving Club Open Diving Day!