21 Feb 2023


This issue’s welcome article is from Jason McManus Vice Principal.


Tintern Grammar prides itself on finding ways to maximise the growth of our students during their time with us. This is in both academic learning and the development of broader personal and social capabilities, so that our graduates can move from us to their desired pathway successfully.

Our new Forward Strategy Towards 2030 specifies four graduate attributes which detail the types of capabilities that our graduates will need to succeed beyond our gates:

  • Knowledgeable and caring thinkers
  • Open-minded enquirers
  • Balanced risk takers
  • Principled and reflective communicators


As a way of fostering these attributes and maximising the growth for each student, we will be trialling a new initiative in 2023. Each Year 12 student will meet with a member of our Senior College team to have a structured ‘coaching conversation’ about their desired pathway beyond school and therefore goals for Year 12. As part of this, they are guided to reflect on what they could do to reach those goals and commit to actions. Factis Non Verbis.

We have found in our coaching work with staff, that reflection, goal setting and action planning can be a motivating process that gives agency, fosters independence, and enables ongoing growth. We hope that extending this process to our senior students will have a similar effect and empower them to make the most of all the opportunities the School offers them in this final year of school.

For some students, their goal might be around developing skills for the workforce, or for application to courses requiring interview, audition, or folio presentation. For many, academic achievement in their studies to enable an ATAR entry into tertiary courses will be the focus. Either way, we aim to work with the students to distil their goals, then using coaching questioning guide them to devise their own actions that will make this goal a reality.

These goals and actions will be captured on a simple one-page template and uploaded to the student’s Portfolio page on the MyTintern Portal, where their teachers and parents/guardians will be able to view them. We hope that this will allow all those involved in supporting our students to best help them to achieve their goals.

Coaching is an established tool in many workplaces, we hope that by participating in this our students will also build emotional intelligence and self-knowledge that will stand them in good stead for their future careers.

We are very excited about the potential of this trial to help us support each student toward their own personal life goals and as a way to include families in the partnership. We will seek feedback from the students and staff involved later in the year and hope that it’s value may be amplified in future years with students in more areas of the school.


Jason McManus | Vice Principal


Student Voice

From our Student Leaders

What attracted you to become a Student Leader?

Natasha Gillam – 2023 School Captain

I was attracted to this leadership role through the idea of being able to give back to the School and our community. I’m very grateful for the experiences throughout my journey here and to be given the opportunity to represent our School this year. I am really looking forward to continuing to work with our team to make changes for the good of the School and assist in improving everyone’s journey at Tintern. The team and I aim to behave in the way that contributes to students in letting them know that leadership can bring an element of fun and enjoyment as well as being a good role model simultaneously. Hence, it’s imperative to be a leader that loves one’s community and brings everyone together.









Sean Harris – 2023 School Captain

When I was in Year 7, I was still struggling to find my way in the school. I was introduced to the Big Brother Big Sister program, where Year 7s have the ability to interact and learn from a Year 12 ‘Big Brother/Sister.’ I was appointed to a Year 12 named Jack. Jack happened to be the School Captain. Jack was everything that a leader needs to be. He spoke to me as if I was an adult, he listened when I spoke and he generally cared about my health and wellbeing. Meeting someone like Jack has forever inspired me to care for my community, and being appointed the role of School Captain is a dream come true.

I believe that my role enables me to show students what’s expected of a student at Tintern. To role model and set an example to the younger year levels is what I want to achieve. I need to be the person that students feel comfortable talking to. Whether it be suggesting new ideas that may better the livelihood at Tintern, or giving feedback from a House Event, my role at this school is to listen and present the given information. I understand it can be daunting to approach a teacher and offer an idea or give feedback, and if that’s the case, come find me! I’d love to have a listen!



What do our Student Leaders have planned for 2023?

Our most recent event was Valentine’s Day, where we raised money for the Heart Foundation through selling serenades, roses and chocolates. We filled the air of the 14th of February with love, decorating the Senior College with love notes, decorations and our ‘love shack’ photo booth and serenading beloved friends and teachers.

The team and I have numerous exciting things planned such as the Big Freeze and other events coming soon. For the year ahead, we are motivated to strengthen connection and community throughout the School. We’re also aiming to channel our focus on mental health as it is paramount to address solutions and consistently reinforce looking after the wellbeing of ourselves and those around us, especially due to the fact that mental health concerns are prevalent in young people these days. We are looking forward to developing and navigating ways to provide an avenue for the student voice and implementing ideas and running events that are beneficial towards the wellbeing of everyone at the school. Our aim is to foster a warm, welcoming, and supportive atmosphere within our School community, and be there for the students. It has been a positive start to the year, and on behalf of the Leadership team, I hope all staff, students and families have a wonderful 2023!

Natasha Gillam | School Captain

Sean Harris | School Captain




ELC News

Understanding Role-Play

As we move through the year, children develop closer bonds and their play evolves. We see children participate in many different role-play games where they pretend to be many things from babies, cats, police, doctors and of course families. Role-play games provide opportunities for children to process their feelings and understandings in a safe environment. Children see the real world and use role-play as a way of processing knowledge from the ‘real world’. How do I care for a cat? What does it mean to be a mum? or What happens when I go to the Doctors?

However, not all role-play games are nurturing, some test boundaries, some express feelings such as sadness, fear or anger. These types of playful behaviours can sometimes create a degree of discomfort for adults and children, due to misunderstanding the differences between this type of play and real expression of feelings. Assigning of roles in their play is an example of this and often children will opt out of the play when their desired role is assigned to another. A common response is ‘X doesn’t want to play with me’ when in reality X wanted a ‘favourite’ role for themselves.

When we hear or see this type of play, as educators we analyse it. We look at how the children are feeling as well as responding, if this play is safe for them and those around them. The next step would be to decide if the game needs adult intervention or if the children are able to manage the game successfully. Our last step in this process is to support the children to analyse and understand what they are saying or hearing and how it makes them feel?

Role-play is a huge part of our curriculum and child development. It is filled with big emotions. When we nurture and support these big emotions we are helping the children understand how to regulate their behaviours, become more independent and resilient. Therefore, spaces are set aside for it within our classrooms and outside. We often create an environment for the children to role play such as a home corner, doctors office, or vet area.

Based on Piaget’s Theory of Play, it is believed that role-play permits children to fit the reality of the world into their own interests and knowledge. He noted that one of the purest forms of symbolic thought available to young children is role-play and that it contributes strongly to the intellectual development of children.

This is part of normal childhood development and role-play should be encouraged as it assists children to learn about their emotions, roles of adults in society and their place in the world.

Mitchell Brooke | ELC Teacher


Girls’ Junior School News

Spotlight on Year 3 STREAM

This year all classes Prep to Year 6 have been enthusiastically participating in our unique, innovative subject, STREAM (Science, Technology, READING, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) with Mrs Mars in the library. Reading is the cornerstone of all STREAM learning opportunities.

A perfect illustration of this opportunity is the current focus in Year 3. The girls have been reading The Worst Witch by Jill Murphy in STREAM class. As well as discussing key themes and ideas presented in the book, the girls have been designing school emblems for the school, Miss Cackle’s Academy for Witches. Each girl designed a draft of their emblem and in the coming weeks will next transfer this design into Adobe Illustrator, with the final product a laser-cut emblem which will be led-light displayed.

We will then move on to making ‘spells’ by conducting science experiments into chemical properties and reactions. Scientific process will be a highlight, with the girls rigorously recording their hypotheses and findings. As you can see, through the lens of reading a book such as The Worst Witch the girls are engaged in purposeful, inquiry-based science, art, and technology-centred learning.

Emily Mars | Teacher

Great Learning in Year 1

Many great learning experiences have taken place throughout Term 1 so far for our Year 1A Learning Community. Here are some of the highlights:

We used a prompt to complete a ‘Me Poem’ which tells everyone a little bit about us, such as what we like and what we can do. This helps us to learn a bit more about each other.

We completed a Y-Chart Thinking Routine to decide what we want our Learning Environment to look like, feel like and sound like. We also worked on our Essential Agreements. We all agreed on how we are going to act in our classroom environment, knowing that we all are valuable contributors to our learning – we are all learners, and we are all teachers too!

As part of our writing, we brainstormed and created an anchor chart listing all of the items we would need in our Writer’s Toolbox. Some of the items are equipment, such as pencils, paper and word chart and some items are our own ideas, imagination and memories. In our reading sessions we have learned what a fake reader is; someone that isn’t really reading. They might be flipping through the story quickly, or even have the book upside down and they are talking to their friend. We demonstrated how we are all great readers and show our own best efforts. In our Writing session, we used an item from our Writer’s Toolbox and were a little creative with what we did on our weekends. Using our imagination, we tweaked some of what happened on our weekends. We connected our mentor text ‘The Day the Crayons Quit’ to our Mood Meter and recognised and described what we might see when someone feels a certain way

In maths we have used the 100s chart to do an exploration. We discovered that patterns emerge vertically, horizontally, and diagonally. We know that we can skip count and start at a chosen number. We learned and played the game ‘First to 100’ where using a die, we had to race our partner to see who could reach 100 first.

We built together a puzzle, making our own piece and adding to a whole class puzzle, and this year we have a ‘Lens of Gratitude’. Using our ‘sunglasses’ we get to look through our lens and see what or who we are grateful for. We have so much to look forward to throughout the year.


Miranda Price | Year 1A Class Teacher


Boys’ Junior School News

Shine Cambodia 

To further promote our E (Empathy) of RISE, our Junior School established a link with the SHINE CAMBODIA School.

Yesterday in our Assembly, past student Gavin Choong (Class of 2018 and who spoke at the recent whole School Foundation Assembly and as mentioned on Tintern Grammar social media was recently nominated by the Australian Financial Review as a ‘Top 100 Future Leader’ in recognition of his advocacy work as Amnesty International Global Youth Spokesperson), shared information about the RISE Cambodia School with our boys.

This is a school where students were only given the opportunity to attend for two hours a day, before being sent out to work in fields, hampering their future opportunities and life choices. Their school conditions were primitive.

Through the work of SHINE Cambodia, the School now offers a full day program and is empowering the children in the journey.

Gavin spoke about the wonderful progress that is being made and has offered our boys and families the opportunity to fundraise for a TV and speakers for the one classroom.  In the coming year, we will be regularly connecting with the school children and looking at further ways in which we can provide them with support.

We are asking our boys to genuinely offer an ‘act of service’ at home that can be recognised with a donation to this very worthwhile fundraiser.

An act of service could be washing cars, cleaning windows, assisting you with home duties…a small act that gives a sense of Factis Non Verbis.

We are hoping that each boy can be inspired to give $5-$10, which will be an empathic and kind gesture and make an enormous difference to the lives of many children. Further information can be found via the links below


 Shine Cambodia Facebook Page


Adam Kenny | Head of Boys’ Junior School 



Secondary News

Secondary School Activities

It’s been a great two weeks across the Secondary school with all year levels actively involved in regular school routines. It has been great to see so many students involved in different activities across the school both within and outside the classroom. There is a constant stream of students arriving early each morning for music or singing practice, for swimming or the gym, or even arriving early to spend time in the Secondary Library before school begins. There has been a real sense of positivity and excitement to be at school and to be involved in the different fun activities available to them.

We had our Year 7s attend Camp Iluka in week 2, engaging themselves in a wonderful week of surfing, stand-up paddle boarding, hiking and camping out along the Balnarring foreshore. The engagement and participation of all students was wonderful and provided a great opportunity for them to get to connect and develop the foundations of some strong friendships that will last a long time. Our students’ reflections:

Overall, I think camp was great, I had a wonderful time hanging out with my friends and doing super cool activities such as surfing, snorkelling, tree climbing and more. I loved going to the beach and playing fun games. Camping out in tents was something I was new to, but I still thoroughly enjoyed. The food me and my partner cooked tasted amazing and a sense of fulfilment overcame me as I tried what we made. I’m really proud of all my classmates for giving everything a go whether they​​​ felt comfortable or not.​​​​ One of the main things I enjoyed were the Year 11 leaders who were always trying to make sure we had a good time. My classes leaders, Katie and Emily, were super nice and supportive and I really look up to them. They have inspired me to be a Year 11 leader when I’m in year 11 and I am super grateful for everything they did for us.



My overall reflection of camp is that it was amazing and it was the best camp I have ever been to. I enjoyed it so much because I made new friends, cooked on a trangia, slept in tents and went tree climbing to the top of the tree. The activities I enjoyed the most at camp were the surfing, stand-up paddle boarding and snorkelling. I enjoyed the activities so much and they were so much fun because I was really good at the activities (especially surfing and stand-up paddle boarding)! There wasn’t really something I didn’t enjoy about camp, but it was just the snorkelling only because it was freezing cold but I still enjoyed it. At camp the challenge I had to overcome was when we had to snorkel over the stingrays because they were huge and scary and it was really nerve-racking because we were right above them. I developed friendships with a lot of people at camp.



At Year 7 camp my experience was amazing. The Year 7 camp featured really fun activities such as a visit to the Coolart Wetlands, surfing, paddle boarding, snorkelling, tree climbing, obstacle courses, hiking and the Indigenous Cultural Centre. At Coolart, we looked at an old sheep shearing shed which had an old start button on the wall which was very intriguing but we decided against pressing it. We then walked through the bush and popped back out on the road and walked back to camp. At snorkelling, we went out to Popes Eye and Chinaman’s Hat on Port Phillip Bay and saw the amazing and curious animals out in the ocean and off the pier. At surfing, almost everyone managed to stand up and we surfed very steady waves. The morning teas were also really nice with all the biscuits. Overall, we all had a really great time and if we could choose to go again, I think most of us would.



To kick-off our year 7 camp we had to arrive on time and take a bus to the Mornington Peninsula. We were all excited and keen to be involved in our first, High School camp. Once we arrived, we participated in many activities, ranging from putting up a tent to snorkelling at Popes Eye in Portsea. The camping experience was enjoyed where we were tasked with making our own food, setting up our tent (MUST be tidy) and doing a variety of fun, encouraging and team building activities, such as going to the Indigenous Cultural Centre. There were so many activities such as, stand-up paddle boarding, snorkelling, tree climbing, Coolart Wetlands and finally, surfing. Year 7 Camp was fantastic!


Year 9 Great Ocean Walk Camp

Our Year 9s have spent the last few weeks preparing for their camp down along the Great Ocean Walk. The left on Monday morning for what is a challenging, yet extremely fulfilling experience. They have planned their journey including where they will be camping each night, how far they travel, what food they need to carry with them and how much water they will need. The students will travel somewhere between 35 and 55 kilometres over the 5 days, with some groups travelling upwards of 16 kilometres in a single day. It is always a camp that students reflect on as being one that provided them with the most fulfilment once they have the opportunity to reflect on their accomplishments.


Year 12 Induction and 2022 Duces 

At our most recent Principal’s Assembly we welcomed back to the school our duces of 2022. Olivia Dowling was our overall Dux in 2022 with an ATAR of 99.70, whilst Jessica Chen was our international Dux with an ATAR of 97.50. Both students were presented on stage to our secondary community and were interviewed by our Principal Mr Fry. They spoke about the challenges they faced last year, how they overcame them, as well as tips and recommendations to the current Year 12s and the year ahead of them.

Along with the presentation of our Duces, we also inducted our Year 12 Class of 2023. They were all presented on stage, before reciting the Year 12 Pledge to Mr Fry and the school community. It was wonderful to see them cheered from the assembly by the greater school community.


House Swimming and Pastoral Care Day

On Friday 17 February we held our annual House Swimming competition at school which, like always, was a fantastic day. The temperature was very hot, making participation in the pool a very favourable option! Our girls swam in the morning with Butterss-Cross running out eventual winners on the day, whilst our boys swam in the afternoon and it was Gordon Grant who came out on top. The House spirit and excitement throughout the day was just amazing and highlights the positive vibe that is so evident around the school. Read the report

Whilst not swimming, our students were involved in a number of pastoral sessions that focussed on the topic of consent, the health issues associated with vaping and a deeper understanding of our relationships for learning model. Read the report.

Brett Trollope | Head of Secondary


Faith Matters

Shrove Tuesday and Lent

A 40-day journey toward Easter.

Today marks Shrove Tuesday, also known more recently as Pancake Tuesday and several parts of our School will be marking it by eating pancakes. In addition to this, the students in the Junior School through their RAVE lessons and Assemblies have been learning about what Pancake Day and Lent are.

Pancake Day marks the day before Lent begins, with what originally was the using up of all the ‘rich’ and ‘festive food’ in the house prior to 40 days of simple eating and reflection on Easter. So eggs, milk, cream were all put together to make pancakes the day before Lent.

Lent goes for 40 days in recognition of the 40 days Jesus spent in the desert being with God. Christian practices often include trying to ‘give up’ something for Lent, while others choose to consciously do something, for example, my church has suggested ‘40 days of generosity’ and has given a list of examples of acts I can choose to do. The space created by eating more simply, or consciously giving up something is so that Christians can spend some time focussing on their relationship with God.

Yes Lent is 40 days, but you’re saying it’s not 40 days until Easter? Well yes it is, if you don’t include Sundays which remain a ‘feast’ day celebrating the death and resurrection of Jesus (even through Lent).

May your journey towards Easter be the best it can be.

Grace and Peace

Rev Alison



Wellbeing Matters

On Friday 17 February all our secondary students were involved in a half day of pastoral sessions with a wellbeing focus on:

  • Consent
  • Health issues associated with vaping
  • Deeper understanding of our relationships for learning model

Consent Presentation

We had two members of our local Victorian Police Force come to school, Acting Sergeant Pete Williams and Detective Sergeant Andrea van Gemert, to present the session on consent. Andrea is a former parent of the school with Lauren and Liam graduating Tintern in 2011 and 2015 respectively and we were very grateful for both Andrea and Pete for taking the time to discuss this important topic with our students.

Relationships for Learning

The other two sessions included Relationships for Learning where Mrs Fulton (staff member in charge of this program) asked for feedback from the students regarding different aspects of the school and their learning, and provide their thoughts on how we can continue to improve their learning environment at school.

Health Issues Associated with Vaping

The third session was one presented by our school nurse, Kylie MacDonald, on the health implications and risks associated with vaping. This is an issue that is becoming a problem across the world and information sessions like this go a very long way to helping our students become more aware, and be able to make good decisions.

Brett Trollope | Head of Secondary 

Secondary School Immunisation Program

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Maroondah Council will attend Tintern Grammar on Wednesday 29 March to deliver the Secondary School Immunisation Program for eligible Year 7 and 10 students.

Information regarding this program will be sent out next week, which will include an online consent form, to be completed via edsmart, link to be provided shortly. 

The consent form is to be completed for all students even if you do NOT wish to take part in the Immunisation Program.

There have been some recent changes to the Year 7 Immunisation Program, seeing the HPV vaccine only being required to be administered as a single dose, in comparison to the previous two doses of HPV vaccine six months apart.  See here for more details on this.

Further details can be found on this link;

Immunisation in secondary schools – Better Health Channel



Kylie MacDonald | School Nurse


Music Matters

Kickstart Music Camp 3 and 4 March

To kickstart our music ensemble program for 2023, we will launch our inaugural Kickstart Music Camp next week. We will be holding rehearsals and workshops over the afternoon of Friday 3 March and all day on Saturday 4 March at Tintern Grammar (i.e. it is an onsite ‘camp’, not a sleepover). All students must attend their relevant ensemble rehearsals, as this is vital extended rehearsal time to get our ensembles up and running with some solid rehearsal time early in the year. Much learning of new repertoire will be taking place in readiness for our Semester 1 performances.

Students will be in uniform on the Friday but may wear casual clothes on the Saturday. Students must wear a black shirt on Saturday for the famous Camp Photo!

Ensembles Required

  • Intermediate Choir
  • Senior Girls’ Chamber Choir
  • Concert Choir
  • Senior Jazz Band
  • Blue Combo
  • Intermediate Jazz Band
  • Concert Band
  • Wind Symphony
  • Scrolls String Orchestra
  • Chamber Orchestra
  • Symphony Orchestra

FREE CONCERT: Come and hear our talented Music Staff performing in the CM Wood Centre at 7.00pm on Friday 3 March. This free concert is open to all Music Campers, friends , family members and members of the community. See our voice teacher, Tori, accompanying herself with a looping device. Watch all sorts of music teachers playing various instruments in the staff percussion ensemble! Hear a beautiful cello and harp duet. There will be something for everyone! The concert will conclude by 8.00pm, which will coincide with the end of Music Camp for that day.


Join our friendly Friends of Music (FOM) Committee

The Music Staff and Students are grateful for the ongoing support of the wonderful parents on our Friends of Music committee.  FOM welcome new members to join and support the activities of our Tintern musicians through fundraising and also providing services such as serving tea and coffee at concerts and assisting us at Music Camp. The first meeting and AGM for 2023 is this evening, Tuesday 21 February at 7pm in the CM Wood Centre Common Room and any interested parents/friends are welcome to take the opportunity to meet the committee and consider joining this fun-loving team. Musical ability is not a pre-requisite!

If you would like more information or would like to join the committee please contact fom@tintern.vic.edu.au.


Auditions in Term 2 for Annual Music Scholarships

Eligible music students in Years 5 to 12 are invited to apply for the following Music awards:

Ilma Kelson Music Scholar Awards

–  Outstanding Senior Performer (Years 7-12)
–  Two Encouragement Awards for students learning ‘desirable’ instruments for the orchestral program at Tintern Grammar (Years 5-12)

Penelope Thwaites Music Awards
 – Performance of an Australian Composition Award (Years 5-12)
 – Original Composition Award (Years 7-12)

Application forms are available by clicking on this link , from the Music Office or by contacting efeenane@tintern.vic.edu.au. Applications close 31 March 2023.



Sports Matters

House Swimming

On Friday 17 February, Tintern Grammar held the annual House Swimming Carnival for Years 7-12 students. On an extremely hot day, with temperatures reaching 40 degrees, the students participated with great enthusiasm and house spirit throughout the day.

The girl’s carnival was first, from 8:40am -12:00pm. There was fantastic competition between the houses and scores remained extremely close all day. It all came down to the final event, with three houses still able to win the trophy. The cheering and house spirit was extremely loud throughout the carnival and the atmosphere was electric.

The boy’s carnival commenced at 12:15pm and finished at 3:15pm. Their carnival was also very competitive throughout the day, with each house cheering on their swimmers to do their best. Congratulations to all the students who competed throughout the day in hot conditions.

Congratulations to the year level champions on their outstanding performances.

Year 7 Girls: Weylen Truong

Year 7 Boys: Aemon Trollope

Year 8 Girls: Mayah Dass

Year 8 Boys: Ethan Cheang

Year 9 Girls: Sienna Hams

Year 9 Boys: Harry Luo

Year 10 Girls: Laura De La Pierre

Year 10 Boys: Haochen Zhang

Year 11 Girls: Zoe Leonard

Year 11 Boys: Robbie Woods

Year 12 Girls: Emmy Horman

Year 12 Boys: Boyd Pearce-Schmidt


Congratulations to Butterss/Cross who won the Girls’ Swimming Carnival.

1st                         Butterss/Cross                1490 Points

2nd                        Mansfield/Mckie            1486 Points

3rd                        Somner/Stewart             1480 Points

4th                        Gordon/Grant                  1450 Points

5th                        Dann/Watt                       1414 Points


Congratulations to Gordon/Grant who won the Boys’ Swimming Carnival.

1st                         Gordon/Grant                  1560 Points

2nd                        Somner/Stewart             1452 Points

3rd                        Butterss/Cross                 1408 Points

4th                        Dann/Watt                       1386 Points

5th                        Mansfield/McKie             1296 Points


Overall Swimming Carnival Results:

1st                         Gordon/Grant                  3010 Points

2nd                        Somner/Stewart             2932 Points

3rd                        Butterss/Cross                 2898 Points

4th                        Dann/Watt                       2800 Points

5th                        Mansfield/McKie             2782 Points

Ashley Viney | Head of Sport


International Women’s Day Breakfast

Have you booked for this uplifting event?
Bookings close 2 March


 Tintern Grammar International Women’s Day Breakfast 


7:00am for a 7:15 start

CM Wood Performance Centre, Tintern Grammar

Enjoy a delicious breakfast with us. 


Guest speaker Madeline Townsend, Class of 2008

Adventurer and dentist, Madeline courageously survived a rare cancer and shares her motivation to help others. 

$5 of your ticket price will be donated to research work by Rare Cancers Australia, 

Performance by Tintern Senior Girls’ Chamber Choir 

We welcome everyone to attend, students, staff – the whole Tintern community to this uplifting event.



Community Matters

FOE Horse Trials – Registration is open

We are pleased to share that entries are open for the Annual Tintern Grammar Interschool Horse Trials to be held on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 March at Shirley Heights Equestrian Centre in Gladysdale.

Our Friends of Equestrian (FOE) group do a fantastic job running this very popular event, which is an official qualifying event for the Australian Interschool Horse Trial Championships.

Follow this link to submit your entry: https://eventsecretary.com.au/equestrian/17951 

Enjoy the gallery below from last year’s event.

TPG Picture Plates are back!

Picture Plates are back for 2023! The perfect Mother’s Day gift, orders are due by Wednesday 22 February, with artwork due Friday 24 February 2023.

Orders can be placed online here: https://pay.pictureproducts.com/TINRIA/91791/. 

Our ELC students will complete their artwork in class, but don’t forget to place an order online to receive your finished plate.
You can also order as many plates as you like from the same artwork!

If your child from Prep onwards would like to create their own Picture Plate, please order online and collect the template from either Junior School Reception or Main Reception. Don’t fold your template, as any marks will appear on your final plate.

Please contact the TPG if you have any questions, by email to parentgroup@tintern.vic.edu.au, or Community Relations on 9845 7877 or communityrelations@tintern.vic.edu.au.

Parent Representatives 2023

Thank you to the many parents and guardians who have volunteered to act as the Parent Representatives for their Class or Year Level in 2023.

If you would like to volunteer to be your Year Level’s Parent Representative or would like further information, contact us by email communityrelations@tintern.vic.edu.au or by phone 03 9845 7877

Parent Representative are a liaison between parents/guardians and the school. Informing parents about activities planned either by Tintern, our community groups or within the class or year level, such as social gatherings, fundraisers or events. We greatly appreciate the time and commitment given by our Parent Reps.Parent Reps also organise class or year level functions to provide parents with the opportunity of meeting and socialising in a relaxed atmosphere. It is a great opportunity for class groups to connect, while supporting our local community cafes and restaurants still recovering from the lockdowns.

Class of 2008 and Class of 2013 Reunion

The weather was perfect this past Saturday for our Class of 2008 and Class of 2013, 15 and 10 Year Reunions. We were excited to welcome our Alumni back onsite, to catch up with their peers from school, some of their teachers and to tour the school.

Though it hasn’t been much time since they were students at Tintern, a lot had changed in that time! They shared memories of their own time at school with our wonderful student tour guides, who ranged from Year 9 to Year 12 students, including our two School Captains!

A special thank you to our Tour Guides, who gave up time on their Saturday to show our guests around Tintern. You were incredible and we appreciated your help!

A thank you also to our current and past staff who also joined as at the Reunion! It was wonderful to see so many familiar faces and the alumni were grateful to see you all on the day.

Thank you also to Nicholas Shying, Vanessa Gillam and Ally Montgomery (all Class of 2013) who worked as Reunion Ambassadors, organising the bar afterwards and encouraging bookings. We were very grateful for your support.

Friends of Music – Easter Raffle

Keep an eye out for the 2023 Friends of Music Easter Raffle!

Tickets will be available for sale from the Music Office soon, at the School Musical, Chicago, and online.

With a delicious selection of Easter Hampers available to win, more information on how to buy your tickets will be available soon.

Included below are pictures of prizes from previous years!


Friends of Music (FOM) – An invitation to new members

We are ever so grateful for the ongoing support of the parents on our Friends of Music committee.  We welcome new members to join and support the activities of our Tintern musicians. Our first meeting for 2023 is on Tuesday 21 February and we would love any interested parents/friends to take this opportunity to meet us and consider joining our committee.

If you would like more information or would like to join the committee please contact fom@tintern.vic.edu.au.

Presentation Ball Helpers

We are still investigating current interest and format options for the Presentation Ball for 2023. Please contact Community Relations if you have any thoughts or interest to be part of the team.

If you are interested in volunteering, please email presentationball@tintern.vic.edu.au.

International Women’s Day Breakfast

Join us on Wednesday 8 March at the CM Wood Centre at Tintern for our inaugural International Women’s Day breakfast from 7am for a 7.15am start.

Embrace equity with guest speaker Madeline Townsend from the Class of 2008. Adventurer and dentist, Madeline courageously survived a rare cancer and shares her motivation with others, plus a performance from the Tintern Senior Girls Chamber Choir. Tickets are $25, including a $5 donation to Rare Cancers Australia.

We would love to share this special occasion with our Community and hope you can make it to the breakfast.

Book online here: https://events.humanitix.com/international-woman-s-day

Footy Tipping Competition – AFL

The Tintern Grammar community footy tipping competition is back again for 2023!

For those interested in joining the 2023 competitions, details are below:

You will then have to log into your own account or create one. When setting up your account, you might like to check the reminder email box so you don’t forget!

This competition is free to enter and open to:

  •  Past students (18+) (Tintern Grammar students will not be permitted to enter)
  •  Past Parents / Guardians
  •  Past Siblings
  •  Past Staff
  •  Current Parents / Guardians
  •  Current Staff

Please note that if those who place do not meet the entry requirements, they will be ineligible for the prize money. Prizes will then go to the next placing eligible entry.

Cash Prizes awarded for the winners of the AFL Tipping Competition:

AFL Footy Tipping Prizes:

  • 1st Prize $250
  • 2nd Prize $120
  • 3rd Prize $60
  • 4th Prize $40
  • 5th Prize $20

Good luck and start tipping!!

Community Committee Dates 

Community Group Meetings are now back onsite. Please check the information below carefully for details:

  • Tintern Parent Group (TPG) –Next meeting: Thursday 18 March 2023 at 7pm President: Haidee Wallace Location: CM Wood Common Room
  • Friends of Music (FOM) – Next Meeting: Tuesday 21 February 2023 at 7pm President: Debra Fryer Location: CM Wood Common Room
  • Friends of Equestrian (FOE) – Next Meeting: Monday 27 February 2023 at 7pm Online via Zoom: Select Here to Join Password: FOE 

Please select here to view a Tintern map of the meeting venues.