11 Feb 2020

From the Principal

Our treatment of others says much about how we see ourselves

The scale and breadth of the recent period of tragedy, trial and challenge for communities all over Australia and the world is unprecedented in my memory, as I have written and said several times during recent weeks. The sadness arising from the spring and summer bushfires, the coronavirus and repeated smaller and larger terrorist, and other violent, events we have seen, will be lying heavy on the hearts of all of us.

What has been both remarkable and uplifting to me has been the response of people to these circumstances. The international support for Australian bushfire victims has been on an unprecedented scale, with international bodies, sportspeople, musicians and performers and celebrities joining common Australians and many others, in donating and supporting without delay and with enormous generously.

Inside our country we have seen donations of things that really made a difference in the early days after fires devastated rural, regional and metropolitan communities. Food and water, clothes and bedclothes, toys for children, fuel and other staples were all given immediately and in quantities that led organisers to need to ask people to stop, they had enough of everything!

As I have written in my letter to the community, our own School Leaders began to devise their proposal for our School’s response whilst still on their holidays and that initiative has already begun. Similarly, the Friends of Equestrian have also acted to support families with stock feed through their ‘Buy a bale’ program. The leadership both these initiatives are providing is an important aspect of young people believing they can truly have a role in shaping their own world and feeding their optimism for their future.

Also gratifying and impressive has been our community’s response to the challenges brought by the Coronavirus. While Tintern adopted a more stringent position on self-isolation than many other independent schools did initially, and certainly tighter than that recommended by both State and Federal governments, we did not receive a single complaint about this. Many families chose to self-isolate even before our communication on this out of concern for others in the community and I know that many of our parents encouraged each other to follow the School’s expectations. Our summer travellers and our international students have looked after themselves and the remainder of the community, and in doing so have bound us together in confidence and trust.

Both these responses strike me as being extensions of the commitment our students make to the Green Team and the Social Justice Group, both of which are entirely student-driven, and both of which exist solely to improve circumstances for others and the broader world.

It leads me to feel that in our community, our country and perhaps more broadly, we are moving slowly away from a period where the rights of the individual seemed to trump the rights of the group or community, and more towards actions and thinking that supports, develops and values the “we”, above the “I”. As always, it seems to me, this is being led by the remarkable young people in our school and in other schools, fuelled by their positive optimism and commitment to others – truly factis non verbis!

I cannot help but conclude that the future is in good hands.


Boys Junior School

We were delighted to welcome many parents and friends to our Year 6 Induction assembly yesterday.

This special event gave us the opportunity to acknowledge that each Year 6 boy is a role model to our Junior School boys, and a leader within our Community.

We spent some time discussing the values and traits of a ‘good’ leader, and specifically spoke about New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Jacinda Adern.

After the devastating Christchurch shootings, there was wide spread praise for Ms Adern, with quotes such as “Grace. Dignity. Courage … Real leaders do exist.

Your prime minister stands out internationally as a leader to inspire people around the world. Her poise, her steely resolve and most importantly her language of inclusiveness and diversity was admirable.”

When addressing the nation after the event, Ms Adern stated the following;

“(We have)…. responsibility to be the place that we wish to be. A place that is diverse, that is welcoming, that is kind and compassionate. Those values represent the very best of us.

We each hold the power, in our words and in our actions, in our daily acts of kindness.”

We spoke in Assembly about how similar these words are to our motto Factis Non Verbis, and how we can all strive to use our “power’ with daily acts of kindness.

We also reinforced the need to have “Clear eyes, Full heart”, our motto for the year, in all that we do,

We look forward to sharing our Year 6 boys’ final year of Junior School as they strive to be the best they can hope to be.







Girls Junior School

Our first full week of school for 2020 has been fantastic. The girls have settled into routines and

enjoyed the company of their new classmates and teachers. It was pleasing to see many parents

at the Parent Information Night on Monday evening, I hope the evening provided you with some

insight into what the year ahead will present for your daughter, along with developing

important relationship with her teachers and other parents of your year level., For those who

were unable to attend ; if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

I would also like to thank families for their attendance at the Principal’s Welcome BBQ on

Wednesday, this was a great social opportunity for families to meet and get to know each other.

At both assemblies this week, the girls and I discussed our Compass Point of ‘Compassion’,

particularly in light of the bush fire tragedy that occurred over summer. Our girls reflected upon

stories of those who have assisted others in need by showing compassion, and then had the

opportunity to make a difference to others through the purchase of wristbands and sausages

today. I would like to thank our Year 12 Leaders for the compassion they have shown in

coordinating this initiative; it is wonderful role modelling to our younger students.

At the Parent Information Night, Mrs Thomas showed the parents an example of a Maths activity

the girls had been working on. The girls’ reflected on this activity the next day, noting:

We lined up with some numbers. We had the numbers 11-1. We did it without talking. Then the grown

ups had a turn at big numbers. We were faster than the grown ups at getting in line”.








This week students in Years 16 to part in a Hockey Clinic with Hockey Victoria. The girls learnt some

of the skills of the game, and had a lot of fun having a go at developing understanding of the

game. Thank you to Ms Goder and Mr Kenny for organising this event.





Club Tinwood # 1 Thursday 20 Feb – Pool Fun Year 3-6 Girls and Boys

Club Tinwood is an activity group that meets throughout the school year – usually once per Term , for Year 3-6 girls and boys from our Junior School.

Club Tinwood will take place on designated afternoons from 3.45 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. either at Tintern or a pre-arranged external venue- Transport will be organised.

Club Tinwood offers members the opportunity to mix together whilst taking part in a range of fun activities, organised and supervised by Tintern Junior School Staff, suitable for boys and girls.

The first Club Tinwood activity for 2020 is…  Thursday 20 February 2020


Join with your friends and splash around at our very own Tintern Pool. Jump off the diving board, play water polo, dive for the rings…and then enjoy a sausage sizzle

How do I become a member of Club Tinwood?

 All Year 3-6 families have received an invitation via Edsmart  or an enrolment form is available here

2020 Enrolment and pool

All boys and girls wear a Club Tinwood T-Shirt just like every club has a uniform.

We want our members to be easily identifiable, especially when we are off campus.

If you want to join Club Tinwood, speak to your parents, get their permission, and reply to Reception by Monday 17 February    

Please note – You can still order a Club Tinwood T-shirt  for $15 for future events even if you are unable to attend this one. We aim to have one Club Tinwood activity per Term

      What do I bring to Club Tinwood                                  


  • Sports shorts/Tracksuit pants, (bathers and towel for this one!!!)
  • your Club Tinwood T- Shirt and a hat if the activity is outdoors.
  • A sense of humour, fun and co-operation
  • A drink bottle and a snack How Do I get To Club Tinwood?
  • It depends upon the activity. For this reason, and to assist us with our organisation, you need to enrol in the activities by the date listed.

Commonwealth School Banking Program – Banking begins this Wednesday 12 February 2020

2020 Treetop Savers Adventure.

This year, the Dollarmites (Pru, Addy, Spen, Lucas and Pat) are ready to take children on a Treetop Savers adventure to the enchanted Treehouse of Savings. Here they’ll discover lots of fun financial activities and rewards for saving.

Many surveyed parents think it’s important to make learning about money engaging and to reward good saving behaviour*. And this year, we’re changing our School Banking rewards for the better. We’re introducing new eco-friendly and reusable rewards, alongside other rewards that encourage creativity, as well as indoor and outdoor play.

School Banking applications are available from Junior Reception .


Tintern Junior School Term 1 2020 Calendar Dates

Week 3



Girls’ Junior School Year 6 Leadership Induction Assembly



• Year 1 & 2 Swimming Lessons



Year 1 & 2 Swimming Lessons

Week 4



• District Swimming



Year 1 & 2 Swimming Lessons



Junior School Photographs Postponed to Term 2 Wednesday 29 April

• Year 1 & 2 Swimming Lessons



Year 1 & 2 Swimming Lessons

Junior School Club Tinwood #1 Swimming

Week 5



Year 3-6 Swimming Lessons



Pancake Tuesday

Year 3-6 Swimming Lessons



Year 3-6 Swimming Lessons



Year 3-6 Swimming Lessons



Year 3-6 Swimming Lessons



TPG Trivia Night

Week 6



Year 3-6 Swimming Lessons



Girls’ Junior School International Women’s Day Assembly

Year 3-6 Swimming Lessons



Boys’ Junior School Swimming Carnival 8.30am -12pm

Girls’ Junior School Swimming Carnival 12.15-3.15pm



Prep- Year 2 Special Friends Morning

Week 7



Public holiday









Boys Junior School Crazy Hair and Grand Prix Day

Week 8



Parent Teacher interviews

Week 9



NAPLAN Co-ordinated practice test, Years 3 & 5



Year 1 Excursion to Mont De Lancey



Easter Parade Prep-Year 2

Parent Teacher interviews



• Year 5 Excursion to Scienceworks



End Term 1


GEM Day Program

This week the Year 9 girls visited the Junior School classrooms as part of their GEM Day program. The Junior School girls loved having their assistance. 



Senior College Welcome

In the short time since we returned to school 2020 has already proved to be a memorable year. It has been wonderful to see students and teachers reconnect with each other after the summer break and I am pleased that we have our usual buzz of noise and movement around the Senior College. I look forward to welcoming the remaining students who will return in the coming weeks, following their precautionary self-isolation due to the Coronavirus. I want to thank all members of the community for their understanding and support of each other during an uncertain time.

I would like to thank all staff and parents involved in our Information Evening on Wednesday 5 February. If you were unable to attend the evening, your son/daughter’s Year Level page on the myTintern Portal will shortly have copies of the information presented by their Year Level Co-ordinators.

Last Friday we held our Tintern Grammar Foundation Service celebrating our schools rich history. It was a fantastic event and we were very happy to have alumni, past staff, Board members and Life Governors in attendance. Past students Janine Kirk and Alex Zaccaria reflected on their school days and how the school helped to prepare them for life beyond school. It was inspiring to hear each of them share with our students their journey since finishing school. Friday was also an important day for our community as our School Leadership team ran their first fundraiser for the year in support of those affected by fires over the summer. This student-led initiative was a wonderful success, not only in raising money for the CFA but also in bringing our community together and allowing students to contribute to the cause and feel empowered.

We have a number of upcoming events I would like to highlight for you:

Year 10, 11 and 12 Camps and Conferences will be taking place from Monday 17 to Wednesday 19 February.

Friday 21 February is our House Swimming event. Days such as this provide students with an opportunity to develop relationships and build their allegiance to their peers and House. All students are expected to attend and to contribute to their House by either participating in individual and group events or by providing support to others in the House or assisting with official duties. The success of the House Swimming event is dependent on all students actively contributing. It is an especially enjoyable day thanks to the outstanding leadership of our House Captains who expect and need the support of all our their House peers.

On Friday 28 February we will be holding the Year 12 Induction Assembly from 9:45-10:25am. Parents are welcome to attend this assembly to support our Class of 2020.

This time of the year is one that for many staff and students is one of new beginnings. We have Year 10s adjusting to the Senior College and working with their new classmates, Year 11s commencing VCE, VET and IB classes and Year 12s starting their final year of secondary schooling. I hope that the year ahead is a positive and fulfilling one for all of our students and I look forward to celebrating and sharing with you their achievements with you throughout the year.

Book your ticket now for the TPG Trivia Night!

Tintern Parent Group would like to invite you to test your knowledge and have fun, at their Trivia Night!  Join us on Saturday 29 February at 7.30pm at Tintern Grammar.

Book your tickets here! Tickets are $15 each with $5 from each donated to a charity.

This year the Silent Auction has been arranged by the Green Team and Social Justice Group, with all proceeds from the Auction contributing to their projects.

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

This year Senior College students are also welcome to attend.

The Social Justice Group and the Green Team are also seeking donations towards the evening, to be used as prizes or as part of the Silent Auction. If you or your business have something to donate; whether a gift, product or experience, please contact Anne Bortolussi to ABortolussi@tintern.vic.edu.au. Any donations will be acknowledged on the night, and in our newsletter.

We look forward to seeing you there!


Girls’ Middle School News

“At times, our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” Albert Schweitzer

As we commence the new school year each one of us has the opportunity to celebrate what we have, to acknowledge those who help us along the journey and seek to be the source of light for others.  We can do this through simple words of kindness, encouragement and patience with one and other. Relatively simple actions can have broad positive impact across our school community.

This year we started off with a GEM day (Gratitude, Empathy and Mindfulness) as part of our ongoing work with the Resilience Project. Our new Year 7s began the day with the Year 12 leaders. They spoke of some of the opportunities that lie ahead for our new students.  They also provided key tips on how to successfully navigate challenges that may arise as they journey through high school. Following on from this our Year 7s did some exciting snorkelling training for camp. In year 8 they were looking at the concept of ‘Pay it forward’ and the powerful impact that simple acts of kindness can have on us all. They also had a workshop on empathy from “The Intersection” organisation who strive to engage students to think deeply about how to build empathy both locally and globally. For more information click here: https://www.theintersection.org.au/about-us/.

Our Year 9s commenced the day with a study skills presentation by Elevate Education. Here they focused on how to develop effective attention management and application of effort. The students then had the opportunity to give to our junior school by joining in with our younger year levels and helping out with their learning in art, music, French class, PE and maths. Later in the day they focussed on creating motivational posters for their lockers as a personal mantra in the coming year. It was a really positive start for each year level and helped the students to connect with each other and the school community. A sense of belonging and connection are essential in building strength in our young women. A reminder that if you would like to know more about what the Resilience Project is and what the program aims to achieve, please click here https://theresilienceproject.com.au/.

On Monday we farewelled our Year 7 cohort off to their first ever secondary school camp. There was a delightful buzz of excitement and energy as they boarded the bus.  They have such a wealth of wonderful activities ahead of them such as surfing, snorkelling with the seals, bike riding, tree climbing and of course their camp out. The connections that they will build on camp will provide a sound foundation to build upon over this year as they establish themselves as the class of 2025.

It was lovely to catch up with many of you at our Middle School Parent Information night last week.  Thank you for making the time in your busy week to come along and connect with us.  The PowerPoint from each year level and the general PowerPoint will be on the level page for your daughter if you missed the night.

The other resource I would like to direct you to is our School TV program. This website is an invaluable resource of interesting short videos from leading experts such as Dr Michael Carr-Gregg that are written specifically for parents. It is free for you to use and there are many topics to choose from across several key parenting areas. This week’s key article on how to survive school transition from Primary to Secondary school may be of particular interest to our Year 7 parents. Click here: https://tintern.vic.schooltv.me/newsletter/school-transitions. Throughout the year I will highlight any key articles I think would be of value to you. You are also welcome to explore the topics by clicking here: https://tintern.vic.schooltv.me/category-latest-newsletter.

Thank you for those who have been able to attend our recent Foundation Assembly. It was a wonderful opportunity to induct our new Year 7 Students as we celebrated our school’s past, present and future.

On Friday the 21st of February we have our annual House Swimming event with the girls competing in the morning and the boys in the afternoon. You are very welcome to come along to join us at this exciting event.

You are also warmly invited to our Principal’s Drinks for Years 7 – 12 Parents on Thursday 20 February from 6.00–7.30pm in the Year 9 Courtyard. This relaxed event is a space for our Tintern families to catch up and to welcome our new families. Please click here to book: https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=579466&.

Tintern Parent Group would like to invite you to test your knowledge and have fun at their Trivia Night!  Join us on Saturday 29 February at 7.30pm at Tintern Grammar. Book your tickets here! Tickets are $15 each with $5 from each donated to a charity.

A final note of thanks to all families for your understanding and support as we have worked together to respond to the coronavirus outbreak. We are now seeing our students reaching the end of their quarantine period, and are able to welcome them back to school. We are grateful to all parents for your support, and your faith in us as a school to respond as best we can to a very complex issue. We will continue to monitor the situation and keep you informed in the coming weeks if needed.

Key upcoming dates…

  • House Swimming Carnival – Friday 21 February
  • Athletic Sports – Wednesday 15 April (first day of Term 2)
  • Resilience Project Parent EveningApril 20
  • Mother/Daughter/Son Bowling Night 7 May
  • Annual Cathedral Service at St Paul’s Cathedral Sunday 17 May 2020, 2:30pm

Please do not hesitate to contact the school if you have any further questions.



TPG Trivia Night 2020

TPG Trivia Night

Tintern Parent Group would like to invite you to test your knowledge and have fun, at their Trivia Night!  Join us on Saturday 29 February at 7.30pm at Tintern Grammar.

Book your tickets here! Tickets are $15 each with $5 from each donated to a charity.

This year the Silent Auction has been arranged by the Green Team and Social Justice Group, with all proceeds from the Auction contributing to their projects.

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

Senior College students are also welcome to attend.

The Social Justice Group and the Green Team are also seeking donations towards the evening, to be used as prizes or as part of the Silent Auction. If you or your business have something to donate; whether a gift, product or experience, please contact Anne Bortolussi to ABortolussi@tintern.vic.edu.au. Any donations will be acknowledged on the night, and in our newsletter.

We look forward to seeing you there!


Community Matters

Welcome to the first edition of Community Matters for 2020. It is through this section we keep you informed of the events and achievements of the various Community Groups as well as the many and varied activities in which they participate. If you would like to be involved with any of the Community Groups please contact the Community Relations team on 9845 7877 or email communityrelations@tintern.vic.edu.au. Keep your eye on the Tintern Portal as Community news will be updated regularly so you will not miss any important information. If you would like to contribute to Community Matters, email your submissions to the Community Relations Office and we will incorporate your news wherever possible.

Tintern Grammar Community Groups

Our Community Groups are an incredible and invaluable part of Tintern Grammar. They enrich us through fundraising, events and activities that bring together our community; past and present, in celebration and fun. They are also a great way to meet other parents and become involved with the school community!

Everyone is welcome to attend Community Group Meetings. Whether you are curious about joining, wish to meet other parents or just want to lend a hand with a specific event please look out for the dates and times which are advertised in Community Matters each fortnight.

At Tintern we have eight active Community Groups:

  • Tintern Parent Group (TPG)
  • TPG Fair Committee
  • Friends of Music (FOM)
  • Friends of Young Farmers (FOYF)
  • Friends of Equestrian (FOE)
  • Tintern Old Girls Association (TOGA)
  • SOBA (Southwood Old Boys Association)
  • TGA (Tintern Grammar Alumni)

The Election meetings provide the committees with office bearers and a direction for the year. They are a wonderful opportunity for visitors to get a broad understanding of the wonderful contribution these groups make to our School.

The events and activities run by the various community groups represent a vital contribution to the enhancement of the school experience for our students and in fostering a community atmosphere across the school in support of parents.

For more information on how to be involved please contact Di Lacey or Tegan Martin in the Community Relations Office on 9845 7877 or communityrelations@tintern.vic.edu.au.

We hope to see you there!

TPG Trivia Night

Tintern Parent Group would like to invite you to test your knowledge and have fun, at their Trivia Night!  Join us on Saturday 29 February at 7.30pm at Tintern Grammar.

Book your tickets here! Tickets are $15 each with $5 from each donated to a charity.

This year the Silent Auction has been arranged by the Green Team and Social Justice Group, with all proceeds from the Auction contributing to their projects.

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

Senior College students are also welcome to attend.

The Social Justice Group and the Green Team are also seeking donations towards the evening, to be used as prizes or as part of the Silent Auction. If you or your business have something to donate; whether a gift, product or experience, please contact Anne Bortolussi to ABortolussi@tintern.vic.edu.au. Any donations will be acknowledged on the night, and in our newsletter.

We look forward to seeing you there!

2020 FOM Annual General Meeting

at 7pm on Wednesday 12 February 2020 in the CM Wood Staff Room

This will involve voting in the executive committee for 2020, and we would welcome any interested parents to join us. 

The AGM will be followed by our first regular meeting for 2020 (at around 7.15pm) when we will start to plan our events for this year.

Please contact FOM@tintern.vic.edu.au if you would like further information.

2020 FOYF Annual General Meeting

The Tintern Grammar Friends of Young Farmers’ AGM will be held on Monday 16 of March 2020 at 7:30pm in the Kennedy Cottage (opposite Tennis Courts).

Tintern Grammar’s Friends of Young Farmers (FOYF) Committee is an enthusiastic group of parents who support the Young Farmers program at Tintern. FOYF organises a number of activities throughout the year including social gatherings, dinners and functions associated with travelling to Bendigo for the annual Australian Sheep & Wool Show. The highlight of the school year for FOYF is the Spring Celebration where the entire school community is involved to celebrate the farm.

We are currently looking for new members to join our Committee in 2020. The FOYF Committee relies heavily on parent involvement and without this involvement, we cannot support the Young Farmers program.

We warmly welcome new members to join FOYF and encourage all new and existing parents to join the committee.

For further information or if you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact Meaghan Cross (FOYF President) on 0407 817 487.

Presentation Ball Helpers

In 2020 the Presentation Ball will be held at The Centre Ivanhoe on Saturday 12 September

Our dedicated team of Volunteers plan and host the Tintern Grammar Presentation Ball each year. They always appreciate extra assistance, either in the planning stages or at the Presentation Ball.

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

Community Committee Dates 

  • Tintern Parent Group (TPG) –Next meeting: Thursday 12 March 2020 Kennedy Cottage President: Haidee Wallace
  • Friends of Music (FOM) – Next Meeting AGM: Wednesday 12 February 2020 CM Wood Common Room President: Debra Fryer
  • Friends of Young Farmers (FOYF) – Next Meeting AGM: Monday 16 March  2020 Kennedy Cottage President: Meaghan Cross
  • Friends of Equestrian (FOE) – Next Meetings: Friday 21 February 2020 1.30pm Kennedy Cottage

Career’s Night – Save the Date

The Tintern Grammar Careers Night is back again in 2020! Be sure to save the date (Thursday 21 May) and stay tuned for further details.

This event is ideal for Year 9 to 12 students and their parents/guardians, however, all Tintern Grammar secondary school students are welcome to attend.

We are again extending an invitation to our alumni community to join us at this event. If you are a past student and interested in attending please register your interest here – https://www.trybooking.com/BHYRO.

Any questions can be directed to Di Lacey or Tegan Martin in Community Relations, 9845 7877 or communityrelations@tintern.vic.edu.au.

Foundation Service

Each year our Foundation Service is a wonderful occasion for current and past students, staff and parents to come together to celebrate our school. At Friday morning’s Foundation Service we welcomed back Janine Kirk (YG 1970) and Alex Zaccaria (YG 2006). During the Service Janine and Alex spoke to Brad Fry about their professional achievements and time at Tintern. 

We inducted our Year 7 students in to the Class of 2025, with a badging ceremony as part of the Service.

It was a wonderful opportunity for the School community to be inspired by these accomplished alumni. 

A special thank you to Lyn Bartold (Past Staff) and Joyce Rowlands (Cook 1949) who both presented at the Service.

Thank you to everyone in our Community who attended the Foundation Service and joined us for Morning Tea.


We have a limited number of Tintern Grammar Heritage Calendars. These include the 2020 Tintern Terms Dates.

If you are interested, you can collect one from the Main Administration Reception, or the Junior School Reception during Office Hours.

Upcoming Community Dates:

  • Friends of Equestrian Demonstration Day – Friday 27 March 2020
  • TPG Movie Night – Saturday 18 April 2020
  • 20th Annual Interschool Horse Trial Championships – Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 April 2020
  • Cathedral Service – Sunday 17 May 2020
  • Alumni Career Event – Thursday 21 May 2020

Upcoming Reunions:

  • YG 2010 10 Year Reunion – Saturday 22 February at Tintern Grammar 3.30 to 6.00pm. Bookings are now open and can be made by selecting here:  https://www.trybooking.com/BHJVB 
  • YG 2015 5 Year Reunion – Friday 17 July 2020, 7.30pm, offsite – Booking link coming soon

Community Group Fundraising

Entertainment Books – Now Valid for 12 Months

We are thrilled to announce that Entertainment is going 100% digital. New Entertainment Memberships that we know and love, will only be available via our App from next season onward. Excitingly this means that you Membership is valid for 12 months from the date of activation

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

Please click here to order your Entertainment book from Tintern Grammar. 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!

Tea Towels 

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


Boys’ Middle School News

Happy New Year to our Tintern community and welcome to what is going to be a fantastic school year in 2020. A special welcome to all the new families that are joining Tintern this year – I do hope that your journey with us is an exciting and fulfilling one.

Over the recent holidays we have seen some very unfortunate situations arise with the devastating bushfires throughout New South Wales and the eastern parts of Victoria. Having lived the experience myself during the Black Saturday fires on my parents farm, my heart goes out to all those affected by the fires and our prayers and thoughts are with them. It was great to see our student leadership team immediately jump into action with an event on Friday 7th aimed at raising money to donate to those in need following the fires, human and animal alike.

Another unforeseen circumstance over the holidays was the development and spread around the world of the Coronavirus, timed with the beginning of the school year here in Australia. The now closing of flights in and out of China and the self-isolation requests placed by the school has seen a delayed start by many of our boys and girls. We still have a good number of students who are currently in China and unable to return to Australia for some time. As a school, we are very grateful for the response and support by the community for those Tintern families affected by this. Hopefully in the not too distant future all families are able to return to Australia and to the classroom.

Last year was another great year for our Year 12 graduating class. Their combined VCE and IB results again reinforced our position as the number one academic school in this outer eastern region, but when placed alongside the other attributes our students develop in their time here at Tintern, these students are leaving our campus prepared to make a difference in this world. For a full rundown on the results follow this link to our website [https://www.tintern.vic.edu.au/congratulations-to-the-class-of-2019/].

Our annual Foundation Service was held on Friday 7th February and as always it is a wonderful way to start the year. With students from Year’s 2 – 12, along with staff, families, alumni, past staff and other special guests, the service included reference to our 143 year history, the Hawthorn era, moving to Ringwood East, Southwood Boys Grammar and of course the Tintern Grammar years. A highlight for me is the presentation of our Year 7s as the Class of 2025, and to see them nervously tiptoe up on stage, with shiny shoes and oversized blazers to shake hands with our Principal and collect a Class of 2025 badge. This is hopefully something they can remember fondly when they are eventually farewelled on the same stage in 2025.

This year the theme across the school is “Strive.” This is something that has been highlighted to students already as being the “ability to make great efforts to achieve something”. The message is about working hard to achieve something, be it in the classroom, on the stage, on the sporting field or other, and around the level of satisfaction and fulfilment that can come from this. For our boys in the Middle School this year there will be an emphasis placed on their ability to strive for their personal best. Be it in the classroom or in co-curricular opportunities, pushing our boys to always being able to reflect on their efforts as being the best they could do. They will be encouraged to take up opportunities to be challenged academically, to participate in many exciting co-curricular opportunities and to be guided as they grow up into great young men.

Our pastoral program utilises resources from The Resilience Project, The Man Cave, SALT (Sport and Life Training), plus lots, lots more, and is aimed at working hand-in-hand with our parent community to raise these young men up into great men. The partnership between school and family is crucial, especially as these boys move into and beyond the adolescent years.

The annual Trivia Night is on Saturday 29 February. This year will have more games and a Silent Auction arranged by the Green Team and Social Justice Group. Book via www.trybooking.com/BHWIR.

From all the staff at Tintern, especially those working with the boys in the Middle School, I wish you all the very best for 2020. Please never hesitate to contact the school through your son’s Pastoral Mentor, Year Level Co-ordinator, or class teacher if you have questions or queries about anything to do with school or the development of your son.



Music Matters

Music ensembles gearing up for rehearsals

Our Year 7-12 Ensembles are starting rehearsals for 2020 over the coming weeks, so now is the time for new students and existing musicians and singers who would like to join a band/orchestra/choir to come along and meet the crowd as they start to learn new songs and pieces. If you are new to Tintern and interested in joining a choir or instrumental ensemble, please check the table below and feel free to come along to try out a group before making a full commitment to it. Even if you are not a new student, you’re still welcome to jump on board! You will be made to feel welcome and you will meet many like-minded musicians who enjoy getting together to rehearse and perform music on a regular basis. All ensembles are welcoming new members (apart from a few auditioned ensembles, marked * in table).

If you are unsure as to which group you should join, please come up and introduce yourself to Mrs Feenane in the Music Office and she will be able to help you, or she will guide you to a music teacher who will be able to advise you.


*Senior Jazz Band

Mrs Clarke

7.30am Kelson Room

Year 8-12

Boys’ Intermediate Choir

Mr Kidd

7.45am, WS26

Year 7-9

Clarinet Ensemble

Mrs Clarke

1.00pm, Kelson Room

Year 7-11

Theory Club

Music Captains

1.00pm, WOO4

Year 7-12



Mr Di Cecco

7.30am, Kelson

Year 8-10

Concert Choir

Mrs Bezaire

7.30am, Theatre

Year 9-12


Concert Band

Mrs Clarke

7.30am Kelson Room

Year 7-9

*Senior Girls’ Chamber Choir

Mrs Bezaire

7.30am, Theatre

Year 10-12


Senior Boys’ Chamber Choir

Mr Kidd

7.30am, Area A

Year 10-12

Scrolls String Orchestra

Mrs Mackie

7.30am, Area C

Year 7-10

*Senior Flute Ensemble

Ms Patton

10.00am, WS21

Year 10-12

Intermediate Flute Ensemble

Ms Patton

1.00pm, WS26

Year 7-9

Symphony Orchestra

Mr Veldman

3.45pm, Kelson Room

Year 7-12


Percussion Ensemble

Ms Scarfe

7.50am, Kelson Room

Year 7-12

Improvisation Class

Mr Bathgate

7.30am, WS26

Year 10-12

Girls’ Intermediate Choir

Ms Bortolussi

7.30am, Theatre

Year 7-9

Intermediate Jazz Band

Mrs Clarke

3.35pm, Kelson Room

Year 7-9


Wind Symphony

Mrs Clarke

7.30am, Kelson Room

Year 8-12

*Chamber Orchestra

Mr Veldman

7.30am, Area B Stage

Year 8-12

Saxophone Ensemble

Mrs Clarke

1.30pm, CM Wood

Year 8-12

Brass Ensemble

Mr Haines

1.30pm, Kelson

Year 7-12





= Lunchtime




Mark those Musical Dates in your calendars!

Parents of Middle School and Senior College students who play in ensembles and sing in choirs might like to make a note of some of the important dates on our 2020 concert calendar.

Term 1

11 March                             Preliminary Concerto Concert, 7.00pm, CM Wood

18 -21 March                    Beauty and the Beast Performances, Karralyka Theatre


Term 2

21 April                                Twilight Concert, 5.00pm, Kelson Room (Years 7-12)

1 – 3 May                             Generations in Jazz, Mt Gambier

6 May                                   Tintern Grammar Small Ensemble Concert, 7.00pm, CM Wood

17 May                                 Cathedral Service, 2.30pm, St. Paul’s Cathedral

19 May                                 Junior & Senior Piano Concerts, 5.00pm & 7.00pm, CM Wood

11 June                                Concerto Showcase, 7.00pm, CM Wood

18 June                                IB Music Recital, 7.00pm, CM Wood


Term 3

24 – 26 July                          Weekend Music Camp (at Tintern)

7 August                             Tintern Grammar Annual Music Concert, 7.00pm, CM Wood

17 August                            Singing Soirée, 7.00pm, Area C, CM Wood

24 August                            Year 7-12 Brass & Woodwind Concert, 7.00pm, Area C, CM Wood

7 September                     Percussion Concert, 7.00pm, CM Wood

14 September                   VCE Performing Arts Showcase Evening, 7.00pm, CM Wood

15 September                   Year 7-12 String Concert, 7.00pm, Area C, CM Wood


Term 4

16 October                         Tintern Grammar Celebration Evening, 7.00pm, Robert Blackwood Hall

21 October                         Twilight Concert, 5.00pm, Kelson Room (Years 7-12)

29 November                    Friends of Music Munch with the Musos, 10.00am, CM Wood


Music Lockers for hire

There are a limited number of lockable music lockers available for hire in the Senior Music Department corridor at a cost of $10 per term. These are particularly useful for students in ensembles and who have lessons upstairs in the Music Department, allowing them to store instruments securely during the school day. Funds from the hire of these lockers go directly to the Tintern Friends of Music Committee who, in turn, support the musical endeavours of our students through purchases of equipment and funding of special musical experiences. Please email or call our Music Administrator, Mrs Elizabeth Feenane, for further details (efeenane@tintern.vic.edu.au or 9845 7837)



Sport Matters

Mitchell Snowball, a year 10 student recently competed in bike riding in Japan. Below he talks about his experiences and how he went. On behalf of the school, we congratulate Mitchell and wish him all the best in future endeavours.

The two races were UCI Category 2, Under 19 races, which are a level down from a World Cup. The race was located about 2 and a half hours north east of Tokyo in a village called Utsunomiya. The track included some very technical features like 35% climbs and single track (mountain bike track) descents which were covered in roots.

The first race was pretty nerve racking as I didn’t know how I’d compare to the Japanese. I rode well and came through with a 7th place. Once I knew where I’d expect myself to finish there’s a lot less stress, so the second day my goal was to just ride my own race, stay smooth and have fun. I had a bit of a battle out with a fellow Australian in the last two laps where I took out 5th place in a sprint finish.

I’m really happy with my experience of racing internationally in Japan and look forward to racing at top age next year.

EISM Swimming:

EISM Swimming Squad (invitation only) times are below. Please note the change of time for Wednesday’s session.

  • Monday: 7.00 – 8.00 am (Tintern Pool) 
  • Wednesday: 3.45-4.30 pm (Tintern Pool)
  • Friday: 7.00 – 8.00 am (Tintern Pool)

Training will commence on Wednesday 5 February and continue each Monday, Wednesday and Friday (excluding public and school holidays).

If you have trained with the squad before you are welcome to start again on Wednesday. Just a reminder that training for this squad is by invitation only.


If there are any students interested in triathlon training could you please email Ashley Viney – AViney@tintern.vic.edu.au


Basketball Training will commence on Tuesday 4 February in the Tintern Gym from 3.45 – 4.45 pm. There will be two weeks of training before trials to select the squad for the Victorian College Championships.


2019 Cohort Results

We are pleased to share the outstanding results achieved by our 2019 cohort. These results particularly reflect the hard work of our students and the support and excellent teaching provided here at Tintern Grammar.

Congratulations to the 2019 cohort, in particular to our duces, the 2019 IB Dux and Overall Dux Nicolani Susanto with a top score of 43 (ATAR conversion 99.60), VCE Dux Oscar De Jong, ATAR 99.40 and International Dux, Zhaoxuan (Steven) Li, ATAR 94.90.

The following are some key statistics achieved by the Class of 2019. I am sure you will agree that our students and the School community can be extremely proud of these results. 

  • 6% of our Year 12 students were in the top 1% in Australia
  • Almost 30% of our Year 12 students were in the top 10% in Australia
  • 41% of our Year 12 students were in the top 15% in Australia
  • Over half our Year 12 students achieved an ATAR over 80 and so were in the top 20% in Australia

Whilst these statistics certainly indicate good academic outcomes for the School, an education at Tintern Grammar is also importantly about the care and support of each individual child in preparation for their lifelong learning. Every child’s educational journey and career aspirations vary and we look forward to learning more about our newest alumni in the years to come.

The whole school community joins with family and friends of our 2019 graduates in congratulating all our students and wishing them our best for the exciting adventures that await them.


Principal’s Event – Thursday 20 February

We hope you can join us for the upcoming Principal event.

Principal’s Drinks for Years 7 – 12 Parents

Parents and guardians of Years 7 to 12 students, Principal Bradley Fry warmly welcomes you to join us for an evening of canapés and drinks to celebrate the start of the school year on Thursday 20 February, 6.00 – 7.30PM, in the Year 9 Courtyard.

This is a wonderful opportunity for all secondary school families to catch up after the holidays and for new families to meet the community.

For catering purposes please register your place via Trybooking.


2020 Term Dates

Thursday 30 January Term 1 commences for all students in Years 7,11 & 12 (full day) and Term 1 commences for all new students in Years 8 – 10
Friday 31 January All students return
Monday 9 March Labour Day – Public Holiday
Friday 27 March Term 1 concludes for all students
Wednesday 15 April Term 2 commences for all students
Monday 8 June Queen’s Birthday – Public Holiday
Thursday 18 June Term 2 concludes for all students
Monday 13 July Term 3 commences for all students
Thursday 17 September Term 3 concludes for all students
Monday 5 October Term 4 commences for all students
Monday 2 November Mid Term Break
Tuesday 3 November Melbourne Cup Day – Public Holiday 
Tuesday 8 December Junior & Middle Schools conclude

Important Administrative Information

Please note that during term time, Reception office hours are 8.00 AM – 5.00 PM. To contact the School, please use the numbers below.

Tintern Reception: 9845 7777

Absentee Hotline 9845 7722 (between 8.00 – 9.00 AM)

Absentee Email: absences@tintern.vic.edu.au

Facsimile: 9845 7712

ELC and Junior School Reception: 9845 7826

Assistant to Heads of Junior School: 9845 7840

Girls’ and Boys’ Middle Schools: 9845 7793

Senior College: 9845 7830

Charter Bus: 9845 7891

Uniform Shop: 9845 7824
The Uniform Shop is open during term time on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 8.00 AM – 4.30 AM.

Email: asktintern@tinern.vic.edu.au



School Bell Times


8.35am Lessons
9.55am Recess
10.25am Lessons
12.55pm Supervised Lunch
1.05 -1.45pm Lunch
1.45 – 3.00pm Lessons (ELC)
1.45 – 3.15pm Lessons (Prep – Year 2)
1.45 – 3.30pm Lessons (Years 3 – 6)



8.30 AM Roll Call
8.40 AM Period 1
9.55 AM Recess
10.25 AM Period 2
11.40AM Period 3
12.55 PM Lunch
1.45 PM Assembly/ Utility time
2.15 PM Period 4
3.30 PM Period 5 (Tuesdays only – Years 10, 11 & 12)

Friday Structure

8.30 AM Period 1
9.45 AM Assembly/ Utility time
10.25 AM Recess
10.55 am Period 2
12.10 PM Period 3
1.25 PM Lunch
2.15 PM Period 4

Scotty James (YG 2013)

Congratulations to Scotty James (YG 2013) who won the Men’s Snowboard SuperPipe competition at the X Games at Aspen, Colorado. You can see his ride here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSqn0rUeRjI

Congratulations also to Scotty on his win at the Dew Tour at Copper mountain, Colorado. His 11th win in a row!

You can see him in action here.





Celia Pacquola (YG 2000)

Please join us in congratulating alumna Celia Pacquola (YG 2000) on the upcoming season of Dancing With The Stars Australia

Make sure you vote for her by sending an SMS with “Celia” to 1995 1010.

You can find Celia on Instagram here.


Image Credit: Dancing With the Stars Australia


CSEF Funding

Every Victorian child should have access to the world of learning opportunities that exist beyond the classroom. The Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund helps ensure that no student will miss out on the opportunity to join their classmates for important, educational and fun activities. It is part of making Victoria the Education State and the Government’s commitment to breaking the link between a student’s background and their outcomes. Find out more information here.

The application form can be found here.



Top Class – Drama

We are delighted to announce an outstanding student achievement in Drama.

Nora Scanlan (YG 2019) will perform in this year’s Top Class Drama program as part of the VCE Season of Excellence 2020.    

Following auditions held in late January of the highest scoring VCE Drama students from 2019, Nora was one of 25 students selected to perform her VCE Drama Solo Performance.

Nora’s performance, The Queen of the Red Hat Society, was a response to the prescribed stimulus of the poem “Warning” by Jenny Joseph. Nora devised a satirical, very humorous and imaginative performance which asserted that maturing women should not be invisible in today’s society and that they should defy stereotypes.

Top Class is a concert series that presents the works of outstanding VCE students from 2019 in Dance, VET Dance, Drama, Theatre Studies, Music Performance, Music Investigation, Music Style and Composition and VET Music.

The VCE Season of Excellence is managed by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority. 

Congratulations Nora!



Tintern Friends of Snowsports

Are you a keen skier or snowboarder? Would you like to join the Tintern Snowsports Team in 2020?

The Victorian Interschool Snowsports Competition is held on Mt Buller every year and being involved is a great opportunity to be part of a Tintern team in a unique sporting environment. There’s also the opportunity to create lifelong memories and friendships across the different year levels and improve fitness and co-ordination, not to mention have a lot of fun!

The dates for the Interschools in 2020 are:

Cross Country: August 9, 2020

Ski and Snowboard: August 24 to 30, 20202 depending on age level and event.

Competition experience is not necessary; the Interschools allows participants of all abilities to compete in a number of disciplines. It’s all about being part of a team.

Students need to be accompanied to the Interschools by parents and there’s opportunity for parents to be involved as well.

Please email Ms Brentwood at kbrentwood@tintern.vic.edu.au for further information or to register your interest.