31 Aug 2021

From the Principal

This week we have a special lead introduction from Brett Trollope…Head of Middle School

Resilience is something that we develop as we go through life after facing a variety of experiences and situations. It’s these experiences, along with our own individual genetic makeup, that build our platforms for dealing with stressful situations. How we then ultimately deal with these challenges, will vary greatly from person to person.

Think of resilience as a seesaw or a set of balancing scales; negative experiences tip the scale in the wrong direction, while positive experiences can help balance out our scales, or even tip it in the positive direction toward good outcomes.

For our teenagers, COVID-19 has provided an acceleration in the development of their resilience. This is due partly to the ongoing changes they face from switching between face-to-face learning and remote learning, from being able to participate in weekend sport to no sport at all, and from being able to see their family and friends in a social sense, to being restricted to digital platforms for these interactions. As much as anything, it is the sense of uncertainty of the current climate that is providing our teenagers with their challenges.

For these reasons, and many more, it is not uncommon for teenagers to be feeling a little ‘over it’, a little grumpy and potentially not their usual happy and agreeable self; quite some way from this in many instances. What is important for our teens to know is that this is completely normal and that these feelings of frustration and the rollercoaster of emotions that they may be encounter is okay. What is essential is that we, as the adults and educators in their lives, continually provide support and guidance as to how best to deal with these situations as they experience them.

At Tintern, our pastoral program is underpinned by The Resilience Project (https://theresilienceproject.com.au/) where, throughout their secondary years, our students are guided through an age-and-stage appropriate program that helps to build their sense of gratitude, empathy, mindfulness and emotional literacy. This program includes structured teaching around specific skills to do with the above-mentioned attributes, whilst also providing opportunity for experiences both in and out of the classroom that allow for even greater personal development.

The relevance of our pastoral program during remote learning has never been more important in the Middle School. The program has enabled our students to build a greater understanding of themselves in terms of their own resilience, their own way to deal with life’s challenges, as well as developing an understanding of the challenges that others in the community and the greater world are facing.

Throughout the year, our students across the Middle School have participated in personal wellbeing days (GEM Days) where under the guidance of staff, they have been engaged in activities that promote personal development, as well as programs that raise awareness and understanding of others. Whilst both at school and in remote learning, students have completed mindfulness sessions, engaged in targeted physical activity and heard lectures from world-leading adolescent psychologists around positivity and growth mindset. They have also been involved in community programs such as our Solar Buddy Program where they were able to build a sense of service to others in our world and discover how a small act can make a significant impact on the lives of others.

Whilst in remote learning our staff have continued to focus on the connection and sense of belonging to school for students by maintaining a consistent routine across each day. Roll call in the morning has remained an important beginning to their day, along with a regular timetable of classes, albeit adjusted lessons durations to suit the online environment. Pastoral staff have run regular “check-in” style sessions for students in both full class settings, as well as small group opportunities within particular friendship groups. This has provided opportunities for students to connect and share their own personal experiences during remote learning and also listen to the experiences of others.

Tintern has utilised a new electronic platform called Skodel for checking in on the immediate mental health and wellbeing of students during lockdowns to great success. It provides the school with instant feedback to the general feeling of individual students, as well as the ability to group responses into that of class groups, year levels or even genders. This feedback has assisted staff in tailoring pastoral sessions to suit the particular needs of their group or individuals.

Whilst the current COVID world is testing the resilience of everyone, it is also providing us with the opportunity to see some of the best in humanity. The Tintern community is an excellent example of this, as evident by the amazing support and care that we have witnessed amongst our students, as well as from staff and families. It is this care that helps our students continue to build their own levels of resilience and potentially helps to tip their own personal set of scales in a positive direction.


A day In The Life of Tintern – Tuesday 17 August


Please enjoy this video that captures ‘A day In The Life of Tintern’, showing the many perspectives of our Tintern Community on Tuesday 17 August.
Thank you to all members in our Community who were able to contribute and a special thank you to alumna Ashleigh Dowling (YG 2020) and Madi Edwards-Turner (YG 2020) for their rendition of Somewhere Over the rainbow” that beautifully complements the video.


Scholarships are open for 2023.

We are still accepting applications for Academic Achievement, Future Voices (General Excellence), Social Justice, Music and Performing Arts and Alumni (Sylvia Walton AO and Mike Blood) Scholarships for entry into 2023. Students are invited to apply.

To find out more and to apply, please visit our Scholarships page – www.tintern.vic.edu.au/enrolments/scholarships

Closing date for scholarship applications is Wednesday 22 September, 2021.



Managing Lockdown Fatigue

Managing Lockdown Fatigue

The ongoing restrictions have caused psychological, physical and emotional effects for many, including physical and emotional exhaustion whether you live in areas of high COVID cases or in states or regions where there are few cases .

Most people have never experienced the unknowns related to and the restrictions imposed by, COVID . We are very familiar now with terms that we use on a daily basis : unprecedented, curfew, border closures, good hygiene, feeling unwell – get tested , daily reported numbers, self- isolation, mandatory mask wearing . All these terms are now a part of our everyday language . And recently ,‘ lockdown fatigue’ has been added to this growing list.

What is lockdown fatigue ?

Lockdown fatigue has been described as a state  of exhaustion caused by the long term affects of COVID – 19 and the changes it had caused to every aspect of your life .it is a state experienced when people have had to come to terms with a virus that has affected every aspect of their life, including their freedom, and which has continued for months , sometimes with no end in site.

The link below is a really helpful fact sheet that covers :

  • What are the causes ?
  • Understanding lockdown fatigue .
  • What does lockdown fatigue feel like ?
  • How to deal with lockdown fatigue .
  • Accessing help

Managing Lockdown Fatigue Fact Sheet

There are many  avenues for support both at school and externally, if you or your child are struggling in any way assistance is available so please reach out. These are truly difficult times and it is understandable that many of us may feel the need to reach out for a chat , conversation , support or advise. It is also understandable that many may feel reluctant to so , and indeed my never have been in a situation where they felt a need for support.

 Be gentle with yourselves , particle self compassion and self care. 

Take care. 



Community Matters

Picture Plates – Last Chance to Book and an Important Update

Due to the ongoing restrictions in Victoria our plan to complete the artwork in class is no longer possible. Your plate will need to be completed at home and then uploaded to Picture Plates by Friday 10 September 2021.

Orders are still open! Orders for the plates are to be placed online here by Thursday 2 September: https://pay.pictureproducts.com.au/TINRIA/86200/

In the ‘Additional comments’ section please include your child/children’s class details, and how many plates you are ordering per child @ $29 per plate.

Once you have placed your order, you will receive a printable version of the template, and tips and tricks on how to complete and submit your child’s artwork. If you have placed your order and haven’t yet received further information, please check your Junk email folder for an email from parentgroup@tintern.vic.edu.au, or get in touch.

For any enquiries please contact the TPG by email parentgroup@tintern.vic.edu.au or Community Relations by phone on 9845 7877.


Please enjoy this video that captures ‘A day In The Life of Tintern’, showing the many perspectives of our Tintern Community on Tuesday 17 August.
Thank you to all members in our Community who were able to contribute and a special thank you to alumna Ashleigh Dowling (YG 2020) and Madi Edwards-Turner (YG 2020) for their rendition of Somewhere Over the rainbow” that beautifully complements the video.

Interested in taking on the role of Parent Representative?

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 fundraisers or events. We are still seeking Parent Reps for the following classes / year levels:

  • Year 3 Girls
  • Year 7 Girls
  • Year 8 Boys
  • Year 9 Boys
  • Year 9 Girls
  • Year 10

If you are interested, please get in touch with Di Lacey in Community Relations, 9845 7893 or communityrelations@tintern.vic.edu.au

Footy Tipping Competition – Congratulations to our Winners!

Congratulations to our winners of the AFL Footy Tipping Competition 2021:

1st Place – Michael Gao

Equal Second Place (Prize money combined for second to fifth)- Ivan Yeung, Chris Millgate-Smith, Simmo Green, and Brett Trollope.

AFL Footy Tipping Prizes:

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

Community Committee Dates 

Community Group Meetings have returned to Zoom due to the current snap lockdown. Please check the information below carefully for details:

  • Tintern Parent Group (TPG) AGM –Next meeting: Tuesday 14 September 2021 at 7.30pm President: Haidee Wallace Location: Online due to the lockdown, click her to join.
  • Friends of Music (FOM) – Next Meeting: Wednesday 8 September at 7pm  President: Debra Fryer Location: Online due to the lockdown, click her to join.
  • Friends of Young Farmers (FOYF) AGM – Next Meeting: Monday 4 October 2021 at 7.30pm President: Ranald Young Location: Kennedy Cottage or Zoom:  Click here to join Meeting   Password: FOYF
  • Friends of Equestrian (FOE) – Interested in joining FOE, contact them here to be included in meeting notifications 

Upcoming Reunions 2021

  • YG 2015, 5+1 Year Reunion – Postponed to 2022.
  • YG 2016, 5 Year Reunion – Friday 8 October at 7.30pm (new date) at Beer Deluxe in Hawthorn – Book Here
  • YG 2005 and YG 2006 – 15 Year Reunions – Saturday 16 October 2021.
  • 20, 25 & 30 Year Reunion YGs 2000 & 2001, 1995 & 1996, 1990 & 1991 – Postponed. to Saturday 20 November at 11am to 2pm

Community Group Fundraising

Entertainment Books

The Entertainment Book is now 100% digital! Excitingly this means that your 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!

You can purchase a membership now, for yourself, friend or family member, and activate at any time over the next 6 months (extended from 60 days). You then have 12 months to take full advantage of the many wonderful offers!

You can purchase Woolworths Wish e-vouchers for a 3% discount. Whether purchasing to do your weekly groceries, shopping at Big W, or stocking up on Essentials at BWS, Cellarmasters or Dan Murphy’s, or even getting petrol at Woolworths Caltex, the savings can add up:

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!




Music Matters

Our Year 8 Introduction to ‘Music in Society’

Have you ever thought about the music that plays in the background of a movie? Or even the music in a video game? How about those catchy tunes from advertisements you like?

The topic for the remainder of Year 8 Music this term is “Music in Society.” For this unit, we have to analyse music from a film or video game. We need to talk about how and what in the music makes us feel a certain way, which instruments play particular parts and the impact of dynamics and tempo.

To introduce us into the thinking mindset needed to breakdown film and video game music, Andrew Pogson, Head of Presentations, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, joined a Teams meeting last Thursday 26 August to talk to us about elements of film music.

Andrew first introduced us to an analysis ‘toolkit’, which consisted of:

  • Tempo: how fast or slow is the piece?
  • Harmony/Key: is the piece in a Major or Minor key?
  • Instrumentation and Texture: which instruments has the composer chosen to use?
  • Dynamics: how loud or soft is the piece? Do the dynamics change?
  • Melodic Contour: how smooth or jagged is the melody?

Andrew then introduced us to the composer behind so many of the top box office hits: Harry Potter, Indiana Jones, Jaws, E.T, and even Jurassic Park. He explained that John Williams uses a ‘trick’, called “leitmotif” –   ‘a tune or theme associated with a character, which returns with the character on screen.  The leitmotif doesn’t have to stay the same and can be changed according to the emotional state of the character or the overall context of the particular scene in the movie.’

Andrew chose Star Wars, also by John Williams, to lead us through an analysis of Luke Skywalker’s Theme (more commonly recognised as the ‘Star Wars’ theme). We learnt that throughout the entire series of Star Wars movies, this leitmotif is used. Nearly every time Luke enters on screen, this theme does too, but it is different depending on the context. However, the leitmotifs associated with each character can also appear when the characters are not on screen. There is one scene in the movie in which Darth Vader is thinking about Princess Leia as he walks to interrogate her, and Leia’s theme is played before she even appears. The effect it had was like warning and created a build up without even saying so, like an Easter egg for an audience member who was listening.

We listened to the main ‘variation’ of the theme and applied the toolkit, looking at dynamics, instruments and contour. Andrew explained how, on the written music, we can see the melody goes up in ‘leaps,’ and comes back down all through the melody. These leaps up and notes coming down again, symbolises Luke’s characteristics in the movies. He is the hero, mostly filled with confidence, but at times, he second guesses himself, doubts himself. This is part of his character; therefore, it is a part of his theme. I found this really fascinating, as it shows that the composers don’t just want the music to sound well overall, but subtly reflect the characters in their music.

We also listened to a different version of the theme, when Luke was flying towards the Death Star. It was different, but still clearly the same melody. Listening to the first round of the melody, it starts with a triumphant fanfare, implying that Luke was gaining confidence. The second time, I could definitely feel the sudden pressure and stress Luke was feeling. This ‘tension’ in this scene is created by a piccolo above the trumpets’ line. Also, the last few notes sound ‘off’, adding to the action.

This is the essence of the leitmotif system. The same melody is used to symbolise and bond with the characters, but changes in context to what they are going through. The whole incursion was very insightful. I know what to look for when analysing any music now. And I definitely know that next time I go to a movie, I will be switched on to all the different things composers do to make the magic work.

Arya Yogesh Kumar 8D


Student musos doing a great job!

All of the instrumental teachers are thrilled that Instrumental and Voice students and students of Speech and Drama are turning up regularly to their online lessons and maintaining their levels of interest and energy in their assigned tasks and independent explorations of music and text. Many are preparing for upcoming AMEB or Trinity examinations in Term 4, so maintaining consistent practice routines will stand all of these students in good stead, moving forward towards these assessments. Well done, musos!


Percussion Concert postponed

Our Percussion Concert scheduled for Monday 6 September has been postponed until Term 4, on a date yet to be determined. All drummers and percussionists should keep up their great practice routines in order to be ready to play their selected piece next term!



Art Matters

Eyes are a window to the soul

Year 10 Elective ‘ART NOW – Paint, Print & Draw’ students have been working remotely and creating their “Eyes are a window to the soul” canvas paintings in studio spaces at home. The students are working from photographic images that they took themselves, and have chosen a circular composition. We were fortunate to be able to start the painting process at school, then transfer our knowledge to home. Each week, we have been uploading progress images of the work, and giving feedback online as a group. As you can ‘see’, the works are progressing well and have incorporated beautiful colour mixing and bold application of paint, inspired by artists such as Ben Quilty, Van Gogh and Malda Mohammed. Keep an ‘eye’ out for the exhibition of final works!



Sport Matters

Tyson Krsevan is riding 400km for the Great Cycle Challenge

Tyson Krsevan in Year 8 is currently taking part in the Great Cycle Challenge with the goal of cycling 400km to raise money for children with cancer. To learn more about the Great Cycle Challenge and to donate to Tyson’s fundraising page please follow the link – 



ELC News

Book Week in the ELC

Spend a day in the ELC and you will witness first hand how fundamental storytelling is to a child’s life. The ELC children share in rhymes, songs and stories throughout the day. They tell stories about the amazing places they have been and seen, of family or culture and it is who they are, what they believe in and what they know. The children use their imagination to change aspects of a familiar fairy tale or create a fictional word that allows them to problem-solve, hypothesise and test out future solutions.

Celebrated children’s author Dr Seuss summarises it best “The more you’ll read, the more things you’ll know, the more you learn, the more places you will go!

The children celebrated the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) 75th book of the year awards from 21 August to 27 August. Over the last term, Mrs Mars, our Library Specialist Teacher introduced the finalists of the CBCA’s Book of the Year – Early Childhood, to us during Library. We celebrated this annual event through classroom activities, both on site and online. The children read past winners of “Book of the Year – Early Childhood” in the classroom and online with our teachers and co-educators. We decorated bookmarks and crafted puppets from “Pirahnas don’t eat bananas” by Aaron Blabey. The children in the ELC enjoyed dressing up for Book Week and sharing their favourite characters with classmates. On the ELC Home Page on the Portal are the links to past winners of CBCA’s Book of the Year – Early Childhood, for you to share with your child.

Anita Mathews

Pre-Prep B Teacher


Girls’ Junior School News

Year 5 Girls

The swing back into remote learning this term has dashed some of our plans, and the Year 5 girls have shown strength of character by being creative, active and connected. Three aspects which had to happen differently were Year 5 Camp, our study of the Gold Rush and Book Week.

On the evening of 17th August, which should have been the first night of our camp, the Year 5 girls attended a special Teams call. They were encouraged to set up a virtual campsite, grab a hot chocolate and tell some fun stories. It was really pleasing to see everyone embrace this opportunity for fun and friendship.

“I set mine up under the dining room table. First I got a long blanket and draped it over the table, then I got a heap of cushions and placed them on the floor.” Grace

“I found it fun and uplifting because I got to see all my friends.” Katherine

“I camped downstairs and although it was only one night I really enjoyed being able to connect with my friends after school and really have a fun night. I’d love to do it again.” Senudhi

“It was really nice of the teachers to do this for us because we didn’t get to do camp. It was so relaxing and a fun way to stay connected with all my friends.” Ines

“Camp Night was so funny because we got to see everyone in tents and pjs, but I think the spooky stories were the best.” Riley

“I really enjoyed virtual camp though I was a still VERY sad we didn’t get to go on actual camp.” Shriya

The Year 5 girls’ study of the Victorian Gold Rush was to involve a visit to Sovereign Hill. Instead the girls have established colonies in their own imagined distant land. We call it Terra Pentorum – Latin for ‘Land of the Fives’. Imagining they are colonial governors allows them to think deeply about historical events, people and decisions. What technologies were used in the 1800s? What was life like? What happens when gold is found?

“It’s our job to create a colony and grow it to its full potential. We had to go through some bumps along the way, but we all managed to grow our colonies.” Alysha

“I’m really enjoying Terra Pentorum, because I got to learn a lot about the early 1800s and we got make our own colonies in groups of 2. I also enjoyed being creative and being able to draw a map and choose a location.” Weylen

“It was fun to design flags and read books about the gold rush and the 1800s. As part of this study we read My Place, a book about a town with points of view from different children.” Sophia C.

“I like doing Terra Pentorum because there are a variety of the things we can do like drawing up a map of your colony and writing articles like ‘The Mysterious Disappearance of Governor Gao’.” Shriya

Book Week is a celebration of reading, literature and the stories which matter to us. We participated in the Book Week fun organised by Mrs Mars and spent the week having lively conversations about story villains, books which have been turned into movies, book cover art and our favourite quotes. We even had a surprise guest author visit – my wife Amy spoke to the Years 5 and 2 girls about her writing journey during a Buddy session. Amy read a section of her book Tilda Teaches Mash-Ups and spoke about how Tilda Teaches developed from an idea to a six-book series.

The Governor’s Mansion in the colony of Berry (Jessica and Sophia G)


The colonial flag designed by Weylen and Lexin


Weylen’s map of her colony


The original allocation of land in Terra Pentorum


Amy Adeney speaks to Year 5 and Year 2


Mr Nick Adeney

Year 5 Girls’ Classroom Teacher


Challenge Time in 1A!

In between their busy online learning commitments, the Year 1 girls have been engaging in some fun and creative challenges!

After reading The Box Boy by Mal Webster, many of the girls set about designing their own inspiring creations using an assortment of boxes from home. The impressive range of ideas included dolls’ houses, a fridge, a car and even an airplane! It was quite inspiring to see how many amazing things the girls were able to create from the simplest of materials.

The following week, after reading The Paper Dolls, a delightful story by Julia Donaldson, the girls were set The Great Paper Challenge. Once again, the creative juices were flowing with an extraordinary array of ideas such as paper people circles, placemats, dragons, snowflakes, a calculator, paper butterflies, paper chains, wrist phones and watches and paper airplanes.

The third challenge provided some active fun with The Obstacle Course Challenge. The girls were challenged to create an obstacle course inside their houses or in the gardens – with Mum and Dad’s approval of course! The fabulous videos are available for viewing on the Year 1A Portal Page.

Once again, the amazing Year 1 girls have proved that during Remote Learning, THIS.GIRL.CAN!

Mary Whitcher

Year 1A Teacher


Sunshine in Your Day Art Competition 

Our Girls’ Junior School have been running an Art Competition in which the girls were asked to reflect upon the ‘sunshine in their day’. Sisters Avie (Year 6) and Eryn (Year 4) created this amazing short animation, which together they wrote, illustrated, directed and recorded the voice over. The girls were awarded a special prize for their creativity, we hope you enjoy their ‘Sunshine in my day’ video as much as we did! 


Boys’ Junior School News


It is not surprising that, given they are very much kinaesthetic learners, and therefore want to move and fidget, boys find passive, online learning challenging, and can end up in all sorts of unique positions while looking at screens and then potentially, neck and back challenges.

Andi Dowling, a current Tintern Parent and Physio, working for the Physica Physiotherapists Group has diligently constructed tips for Posture during Online Learning, and has designed some amazing GROICK-based exercises to promote and assist with posture during online learning.

These were shared with our at Assembly on Monday.  My sincerest thanks and gratitude to Andi for not just her expertise, but her amazing commitment to providing care for our boys.



Our Monday and Friday afternoon Cooking Classes continue to be great fun, while further promoting independence and confidence.

Yesterday, delicious Yo-Yo Biscuits were made and this Friday as a part of our Junior school ‘Wear Footy/Sports Clothes’ Day we will be making the traditional ‘Pie and Chips”.



This week our Junior School students celebrated Book Week, dressing up as their favourite character and taking part in reading challenges. The theme this year was Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds. 



Senior College News

 Senior College News

As a school we remain committed to providing families with timely information. However, I acknowledge that it was a real disappointment for students affected by the Government update released on Sunday limiting further students permitted on campus. My message to our Year 12s is to convey the support from Government, VCAA, VTAC and all the tertiary institutions that are working towards managing such a dynamic situation as safely as possible. I have encouraged them to remain focused (particularly this week) on actions that are within their control and to acknowledge every success along the way while using friends, family and staff here at school as their “support team”. I have also offered a Senior College Trivia afternoon with Quiz Meisters for all students on Wednesday 1 September from 1.30 to 2.30pm. We had a most successful trivia event for staff last Friday night.

Life is particularly busy for the Year 12s at the moment and I have provided them with the following important reminders:

  • VTAC Applications – timely applications close 30 September 2021
  • Registration is required for the CASPer test for Education Courses and I will be hosting a preparation session via Teams on Thursday 2 September from 1.15pm to 1.45pm
  • Completion of the English language proficiency declaration for nursing and midwifery courses
  • Check on courses with early closing dates
  • University of Melbourne Principals’ Scholarship and application process. The key criteria includes a desire to study at the university, excellent academic achievement and a strong engagement with the school or wider community. The closing date for applications is 4pm on Friday 10 September
  • Request for students to complete a survey that captures the adverse impacts of remote learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic during Year 11 and 12. This input is vital to assist the school make our submission. Year 12 students must still complete the Difficult Circumstance category within SEAS in their VTAC account and other categories as relevant.
  • Change of date for release of VCE results to 16 December at 7.00am and change of preference closes for January offers on 20 December at 4pm. A decision has been made to cancel the December round of offers. There are no changes for IB students.

Our Year 10s and 11s will be viewing the leadership applicants videos this week in preparation for voting for the 2022 leadership team. Last week, the Year 10s enjoyed the opportunity to select from a variety of activities the included yoga and body balance, trivia, puzzles and magic tricks, a selfies scavenger hunt and a mini poetry workshop so quite a diversity that appealed to different interests. Year 12s continued with the preparation for the Valedictory book and they have been reminded to send in their child photograph at the age of 5 or 6 years as soon as possible.

Given the indications in the media about an extension to the lockdown, we are investigating possible new dates for the Year 11 and 12 Formals as it is highly unlikely that these events will occur on the 7 September. Therefore, I would encourage Year 11 and 12 students in particular to register for the Monash University Year 12 Busting Procrastination Webinar to be held on Tuesday 7 September from 5.00pm to 6.00pm with specific details below:

“The Year 12 ‘Busting Procrastination’ webinar will provide you with practical advice and strategies to support you during Year 12 and with your upcoming exams.”

“This workshop will focus on what causes procrastination, provide you with strategies on overcoming procrastination (especially in the lead up to Year 12 exams) and discuss the importance of mindfulness.

The workshop will be facilitated by Dr Richard Chambers, a clinical Psychologist and an internationally recognised expert in mindfulness. He is the author of three books, is heavily involved with mindfulness research and has developed two award-winning mindfulness courses.  Richard was also involved in the development of Smiling Mind, a free mindfulness app and has worked with many educational institutions and businesses interested in using mindfulness to improve wellbeing and performance. He is currently leading a university-wide initiative to embed mindfulness into the core curriculum at Monash University.”

Source and Registration: https://www.monash.edu/study/why-choose-monash/information-for-high-achieving-students/monash-scholars/monash-scholars-events/monash-scholars-year-12-busting-procrastination-webinar?utm_campaign=SCHLR_SRA&utm_source=Event_Invitation&utm_medium=email&utm_content=75401_category_3_invitation_intro_cta_1

Finally, Student Progress Meetings continue this week on Wednesday 1 September from 4.00pm to 8.00pm. The teaching staff have appreciated the opportunity to speak with the students and their families to provide feedback but also to discuss learning goals for the remainder of the year.

With some sunshine filtering through the windows, the warmth does help to create more personal buoyancy. It is my hope that the students are taking the breaks they need as we work together during this period of remote learning. A highlight of my day is always the conversations with the students and my colleagues so please continue to take care.


School Maths Olympics

Congratulations to our students who recently competed in the virtual SMO (School Maths Olympics) held by the Melbourne University Stats and Maths Society. Our team placed in the Top 20, a wonderful achievement! Our SMO Team can be seen below showing their “greater than” and “less than” symbols.




Career News

News from the Careers Department

The focus for Careers at this time of the year is managing tertiary applications for our Year 12 students as they explore study options both within Melbourne, regional Victoria, interstate and overseas. We are finalising arrangements for our Year 10 Future Ready Program for the afternoon of Wednesday 13 October and this will include utilising pastoral sessions in the first week of Term 4. The actual event has been “COVID proofed” in terms of utilising our alumni virtually so I look forward to sharing the details with the students at the beginning of the new term.

The latest editions of Career News have been uploaded to the Careers Portal page and each file can be accessed using the link at: https://portal.tintern.vic.edu.au/homepage/14962/


Number 24 Career News 20 August 2021

  • Dates for the Diary in Term 3
  • News from the University of Melbourne
    • New Future Students Webpage
    • Guaranteed ATARs for 2022
    • University of Melbourne Residential Colleges Virtual Open Day
    • Fine Arts and Music Degrees – Extra Requirements
  • The Australian College of the Arts
  • Career as a Cardiac Technologist
  • Global and International Studies Courses in Victoria in 2021
  • Snapshot of Federation University Australia in 2021


Number 25 Career News 27 August

  • Dates for the Diary in Term 3
  • Engineering Australia: What is Engineering?
  • Whitehouse Institute of Design
  • Career as a Financial Planner
  • Careers in the Equine Industry & Marcus Oldham College
  • Pathways to Medicine at Monash University Video
  • Professional Business Cadetships in Melbourne
  • Law Courses in Victoria in 2021
  • Paralegal Degrees in Victoria in 2021  
  • Snapshot of Victoria University (VU) in 2021


Items in the Career News include – 

A reminder that families need to be logged in to the Portal to access the links or select the Careers tab to view all the relevant folders containing the files.


Tertiary Open Days

A reminder that tertiary open days are continuing throughout August and please visit the following link for remaining dates: https://portal.tintern.vic.edu.au/cms/file/new/26583 



Sarah de Witt (YG 2009)

Congratulations to Alumna Sarah de Witt (YG 2009) on the launch of talklink Australia’s first completely anonymous online mental health directory.
The concept of talklink originated after co-founders Sarah de Witt, husband Ruan de Witt and friend Eric Nastase recognised that many Australians were waiting up to 12 weeks to access mental health support and in many cases, were disheartened by the lack of rapport they felt with their practitioner when they were eventually treated. Prompted by the impacts of COVID-19, the trio utilised their qualifications in psychology and business management to address the gaps in the industry.
Click here to learn more about talklink – https://talklink.com.au/