25 Feb 2020

From the Principal

This week we have a special guest introduction from Jason McManus, Vice Principal. 

This time last year I wrote about an exciting pilot program that we were running as part of our Bold Learning strategic project, exploring Harvard University’s Project Zero initiative, Cultures of Thinking. This was a great success in 2019 so I am pleased to report on the expansion of this in 2020.

Cultures of Thinking, drawing on research by Harvard’s Ron Ritchhart and pioneered here in Melbourne at Bialik College, looks at how teachers can create cultures within their classroom (or in a school) where the group’s collective and individual thinking is valued, visible and actively promoted as part of day-to-day experience. (Paterson & Munro, 2019. p. 48)

Teachers learn how to use cultural forces which are present in every class room to create this culture where depth of thinking is clearly valued. The 8 cultural forces that teachers are guided to reflect upon are:

  • Expectations – How do you focus on the value of thinking and learning as opposed to mere completion of “work”?
  • Language – How do you provide students with the vocabulary for describing and reflecting on thinking?
  • Time – How do you provide time for exploring topics in more depth?
  • Modelling – How do you model your own thinking so that the process of thinking is shared and made visible?
  • Opportunities – How do you provide purposeful activities that require students to engage in thinking?
  • Routines – How do you scaffold students’ thinking?
  • Interactions – How do you respect and value other ideas and thinking in a spirit of collaborative inquiry?
  • Environment – How do you display the process of thinking and arrange space to facilitate thoughtful interactions?

(Ritchhart, 2015, p. 15)

The impetus for our exploration of Cultures of Thinking is the future needs of our students. It is clear that the world that we want them to strive confidently into, requires skills and dispositions beyond that of the traditional subject disciplines, important as they are. Cultures of Thinking puts the focus on building student independence, learning how to learn, collaborating with others to build knowledge and problem solve, self-efficacy and student agency.

While mastering the subject content and skills is an essential part of learning and teaching at Tintern Grammar, we must think expansively on how we can do this while at the same time develop their values, dispositions and capabilities to achieve their potential and find their place in the world.

It is not an either/or situation – we can do both by consciously using cultural forces in our classrooms to ensure the activities we do make thinking valued, visible and actively promoted as an end in itself. By improving meta-cognition, reading and writing improve along with engagement, commitment, purpose and challenge, as well as better preparing students for senior assessment which increasingly rewards higher-order thinking.

For 2018 and 2019 we have had a number of action research groups working with a coach within the school to experiment with leveraging aspects of the cultural forces in their classrooms whilst a team of staff attended a program run by Independent Schools Victoria to apply the Cultural Force of ‘Routines’ in their classrooms and track how it impacted student learning.

In 2020 we will have 5 groups of teachers in action research groups in our Professional Growth Partnerships (PGP) program, each with a staff member trained as a coach and all assisted by Jackie Macreadie from Independent Schools Victoria who addressed all of our staff in our January in-service day. All of our secondary school Heads of Faculty are involved in these groups and they will lead the next stage of this project in their faculties. A Culture of Thinking for students, means a Culture of Thinking for staff.

Of course, this is not the only initiative in teaching and learning at Tintern Grammar with PGP teams looking at Numeracy in the Junior Schools, a Year 7 Maths teaching team and integrating the Farm into curriculum among others. At Tintern Grammar learning is something that staff as well as students are constantly striving to attain.



Ritchhart, R. (2015). Creating a culture of thinking: The 8 forces we must master to truly transform our schools. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass

Paterson, C. & Munro. C, (2019) ‘Coaching for a Culture of Thinking’, AEL 41 Issue 3, p 47-49



Glen Eira Gallery – IB Visual Arts Opening Night

On the evening of Friday 14 February, 2020, Tintern Grammar IB Visual Art student’s artworks were exhibited as key pieces at the opening of the International Baccalaureate Visual Arts Exhibition at Glen Eira City Council Gallery in Caulfield. Each year, a committee of IB art examiners choose artworks that represent the best of the candidate’s folios through Victoria and Tasmania. To have Visual Art students from Tintern Grammar represented was a credit to the students and their tireless work and dedicated creative practice. Joining in the evenings festivities were 2019 alumni and artists Nicolani Susanto and Vishnu Pillay, who works, along with works from Jessica Hyunh, Casey Anderson and Augustus Lever were prominently on display as examples of creative excellence. The exhibition was also attended by Nicolani, Vishnu and Augustus’ family, Principal Brad Fry and Head of Visual Art & Design Rachel Waud, who is also a committee member and IB Visual Arts teacher. The guest speaker at the event was renowned Melbourne artist Pamela Irving, whose colourful mosaic works feature on the wall outside the Junior School Art Room. The exhibition is open each day, including weekends until Sunday 1 March. 


Chaplain’s Corner

Love Languages

Having just said goodbye to Valentines Day for 2020, I thought about how our young people give and receive love. Author Gary Chapman in 1992, wrote the book, ‘The Five Love Languages’, which has been on the NY Times best seller list since 2009. In 2016 he followed up his best seller with the book, ‘5: A Teens Guide to the 5 Love Languages’. His premise is that we all have a preference for how we receive love and we also generally tend to give love in certain ways. These ways can be boiled down into 5 distinct areas.

These are:          Words of affirmation

                                Quality Time

                                Physical Touch (Hi-fives, hugs etc)


                                Acts of Service

Our young people are wired to receive love mainly in only two of these five, so as a mum, I often become frustrated because I show my love in acts of service, such as a lunch packed, clothes clean, cooking a favourite meal and also thoughtful gifts and get no thanks because for one of my children these efforts hold no currency. Instead their main love languages are quality time and words of affirmation. So I have to make an effort to prioritise these ways of showing love.

For our students, understanding themselves and understanding each other is the key to maintaining healthy relationships. I encourage you if the above scenario sounds familiar, to get your young person to complete a love language quiz for teens online and then this will lead to a really fruitful discussion with greater understanding of each other.

Happy Valentines for 2020!


Music Matters

Parents enjoy musical offerings at Principal’s Drinks event

Those Middle School and Senior College parents who attended the Principal’s Welcome Drinks last week were treated to some delightful music from members of the cast of our upcoming production of “Beauty and the Beast”. Madi Edwards-Turner, Jonah Fleming, Natasha Gillam, Lilli Holliday-Ryder and Ella Jones sang background music and then ‘Belle’ and ‘Gaston’ gave the parents a sneak peek at their characters in the show. Many thanks to the students who provided this delightful entertainment. ‘Beauty and the Beast’ plays at the Karralyka Theatre from 18-21 March and tickets are on sale now.


Secretary needed for Friends of Music committee

Music plays an important part in our School’s life and Tintern Grammar’s music students and staff have a strong, committed supporter base with Tintern Friends of Music (FOM). Powered by a common love of music, this passionate group of parents fundraise for the Music Faculty, as well as generously devoting their time and energy to ensure the success of a variety of musical productions and events featuring Tintern Grammar music students. No special abilities are needed, apart from a willingness to become involved and help support our young musicians with their endeavours.

Tintern Friends of Music host a range of special events each year, including Jazz Night and ‘Munch with the Musos’. Meetings are held at 7pm Wednesday evenings, usually once a month in the CM Wood Common Room. These dedicated music-lovers are on the lookout for new members (and especially in need of a Secretary at the moment) so, if you’re interested in joining the committee, please contact fom@tintern.vic.edu.au .



Sport Matters

House Swimming Carnival 2020

On Friday 21 February Tintern Grammar held the annual House Swimming Carnival at the pool. On a cool day the girls’ carnival got underway first and the house spirit and participation were fantastic from the beginning. The barracking was deafening from the girls as they urged their fellow students to swim their best. The carnival remained extremely close all morning with all houses a realistic chance to win the trophy until the last couple of races. The result of the carnival came down to the final relay with two houses able to win. Congratulations to Dann/Watt on winning the Girls’ House Swimming Carnival for 2020.

  • 1st: Dann/Watt 1474 Points
  • 2nd: Butterss/Cross 1464 Points
  • 3rd: Gordon/Grant 1454 Points
  • 4th: Somner/Stewart 1448 Points
  • 5th: Mansfield/McKie 1432 Points


Congratulations to the following girls who were declared year level champions on the day:

Year Level Champions:

  • Year 7: Holly White
  • Year 8: Ella Carboon and Melody Ch’ng
  • Year 9: Ella Jones
  • Year 10: Emma Du Blet
  • Year 11: Harriet Rasmussen
  • Year 12: Georgia Hargreaves


The Boys’ House Swimming Carnival started in the afternoon and the participation and house spirit was also of a high standard. The boys swam their best for their houses in each race and although the carnival wasn’t as close as the girls’, it was still very close for most of the afternoon. The final couple of events also determined the winner of the carnival. Congratulations to Gordon/Grant on winning the Boys’ House Swimming Carnival for 2020.


Boys House Swimming Carnival Results:

1st: Gordon/Grant           1552 Points

2nd: Butterss/Cross          1508 Points

3rd: Mansfield/McKie     1470 Points

4th: Somner/Stewart       1348 Points

5th: Dann/Watt                  1330 Points


Congratulations to the following boys who were declared year level champions on the day:

Year Level Champions: 

  • Year 7: David Derham
  • Year 8: Trent Chisholm
  • Year 9: Boyd Pearce-Schmidt
  • Year 10: Zac Crowe
  • Year 11: Kaidin Dalzotto
  • Year 12: Jeremy Yuen-Love

The overall House Swimming Carnival results were extremely close when the boys and girls scores were combined. Congratulations to Gordon/Grant for winning the Overall House Swimming Carnival.

Overall Swimming Carnival House Results:

                1st: Gordon/Grant            3006 Points

                2nd: Butterss/Cross          2972 Points

                3rd: Mansfield/McKie     2902 Points

                4th: Dann/Watt                  2804 Points

                5th: Somner/Stewart       2796 Points



Community Matters

TPG Trivia Night – Final chance to book!

Don’t miss out on an exciting, fun filled evening of Trivia at Tintern Grammar! Bookings for the Trivia Night this Saturday 29 February close tomorrow, Wednesday 26 February. Book your ticket here!

The night will feature many fun games and a Silent Auction organized by the Green Team and Social Justice Group. All proceeds from the Silent Auction will go toward their Fundraising Target $16,250, which will supply 500 solar lamps at $32.50 each to young people in developing countries who currently rely on dangerous kerosene fuelled lights. To read more on the program please visit: https://solarbuddy.org/

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!

Friends of Equestrian (FOE) Bush Fire Relief Appeal

Like all of us, the Friends of Equestrian (FOE) team are heartbroken at the recent devastating bushfires across Australia.
Our love of horses and animals leads us to help those who are most vulnerable and cannot help themselves. With millions of animals either killed, injured or lost their homes, they need our help.

The Tintern Equestrian Team and FOE are raising funds to buy feed, hay and medical supplies which will be delivered to Warriors 4 Wildlife.
The generous family from Turner’s Stockfeed in Park Orchards has sourced products directly from suppliers for us at cost price so we can maximise our funds raised.

Members from our Equestrian team will deliver to Warriors 4 Wildlife on behalf of the Tintern Grammar Community.

FOE would also like to take this opportunity to thank Turner’s Stockfeed for their support and help. 

Please make your donations there through this trybooking link: https://www.trybooking.com/BIMDY

2020 FOM Committee

The Tintern Grammar Friends of Music (FOM) would like to invite interested parents and friends to consider joining us as a Committee member or Secretary. We are a group of parents and staff who support the teaching and performing of music throughout all year levels of the school. FOM meets two to three times each term on Wednesday evenings to plan events and discuss potential projects to assist within the school.

Thank you to all who attended the Friends of Music AGM on Wednesday 12 February. A special thank you to Melissa Settle, who has stepped down as Secretary in 2020, but continues as a valuable member of the FOM Committee. 

The members for 2020 are:

Debra Fryer President
Kesta Fleming Vice-President
Joy Gao Treasurer
Andy Baugh  
Sissi Bu  
Guy Du Blêt  
Lisa Edwards  
Friederike Church  
Kelli Green  
Sharon Parsons  
Louise Schultze  
Melissa Settle  
Heidi Victoria  

If you would like to join our friendly committee, or come along to a meeting to see what we’re all about, please contact on FOM@tintern.vic.edu.au, or call Di Lacey in the Community Relations Office on 9845 7877.

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.

TPG Movie Night – Save the Date!

Community Committee Dates 

  • Tintern Parent Group (TPG) –Next meeting: Thursday 12 March 2020 Kennedy Cottage President: Haidee Wallace
  • Friends of Music (FOM) – Next Meeting: Wednesday 4 March 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 6 March 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.

Upcoming Community Dates:

  • TPG Trivia Night – Saturday 29 February 2020 – Book here
  • 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 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 – Bonus $10 JB HiFi Voucher

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

Purchase your Entertainment Membership between the 1st – 31st March and you will receive a $10 JB Hi-Fi eGift Card!

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!



FOE Bushfire Appeal

Friends of Equestrian (FOE) Bush Fire Relief Appeal

Like all of us, the Friends of Equestrian (FOE) team are heartbroken at the recent devastating bushfires across Australia.
Our love of horses and animals leads us to help those who are most vulnerable and cannot help themselves. With millions of animals either killed, injured or lost their homes, they need our help.

The Tintern Equestrian Team and FOE are raising funds to buy feed, hay and medical supplies which will be delivered to Warriors 4 Wildlife.
The generous family from Turner’s Stockfeed in Park Orchards has sourced products directly from suppliers for us at cost price so we can maximise our funds raised.

Members from our Equestrian team will deliver to Warriors 4 Wildlife on behalf of the Tintern Grammar Community.

FOE would also like to take this opportunity to thank Turner’s Stockfeed for their support and help. 

Please make your donations there hrough this trybooking link: https://www.trybooking.com/BIMDY



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.


Autumn Code Camp

Code Camp

Date: April 6 – 7 (second week of holidays)
Time: 8.30am – 4.00pm
 Senior Library 

Book here to secure your place today!


Meghan McDonald (YG 2009)

Best wishes to Meghan McDonald (YG 2009) who has been named to make her return from injury when the Cats meet the Crows at GMHBA Stadium on Sunday.

You can read more information about Meghan here – https://www.geelongcats.com.au/…/team-star-cat-set-to-retur…

*Photo credit to Geelong Cats


Dani Venn (YG 2003)

Congratulations to Dani Venn – The Wholehearted Cook (YG 2003) who is returning to MasterChef as a contestant in the MasterChef Australia ‘Back to Win’ series.

Dani was 3rd runner up in the 3rd Series from 2011.

Image Credit: The Wholehearted Cook


Fiona Eagger (YG 1979)

Congratulations to Fiona Eagger (YG 1979), Producer of the upcoming film, “Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears”, to be released this Thursday 26 February 2020.

In her debut cinematic adventure, join detective-extraordinaire, the Hon. Miss Phryne Fisher, as she embarks on a globe-trotting romp of mystery and mayhem across the exotic 1920s deserts of the Negev, glamorous manor-house ballrooms, and the darkened back alleys of London. After freeing a young Bedouin girl, Shirin Abbas, from her unjust imprisonment in Jerusalem, Miss Fisher begins to unravel a wartime mystery concerning a priceless jewel, an ancient curse and the truth behind the suspicious disappearance of Shirin’s forgotten tribe.



IB Awards Ceremony

On Wednesday 12 February 2020, Mr Brad Fry, Principal, Dr Jessica Davies, Acting Chair of the Board and I attended the International Baccalaureate Diploma Awards Ceremony. This was held at Deakin Edge, Federation Square and was hosted by Lauriston Girls’ School, one of the 19 IB schools in Victoria and Tasmania.

This is an annual event which honours IB students who attain a score of 40 and above, and acknowledges the challenging and highly rewarding aspects of the 2 year Diploma Programme.  Tintern Grammar students who received a Certificate of Distinction were Ron Chen, Sophie Glasson, Molly Fleming, Rose Russell, Nicolani Susanto (in absentia) and Eddie Yu.

 The evening was a delightful mix of musical items, presentations to the IB graduates and speeches. In his message of congratulations to the graduates, Mr Steven Wishart, IB Australasia/Asia Pacific Manager, noted that Australian results were the best across the Asia/Pacific region and, that within Australia, the Victorian/Tasmanian results were the best. The guest speaker, Lizzie O’Shea, was in the IB class of 2000. She is a social justice lawyer, is on the board of Digital Rights Watch, and is the author of ‘Future Histories’.  Her inspirational speech encouraged the IB graduates to see that taking a chance is far better than never trying something, that failing can sometimes be beneficial, and that passion for what one does is important.  Lizzie drew on her experience of both success and failure to finish with the observation that you are never too little to make a difference, and you are never too great to learn. The response on behalf of the IB Diploma graduates by a Lauriston representative of the class of 2019, noted the significant contribution made by parents and teachers to the success of the graduates.

Tintern Grammar has been running the IB Diploma Programme for 28 years, with great success. It is an important part of our culture as well as a highly desirable academic pathway in Years 11 and 12. We regularly have our past IB students return to the school to speak at information nights and assemblies where they remark upon the many benefits of the programme which include excellent preparation for university study and life. An IB Information Evening will be held on Monday 25th May 2020.


Nola Brotchie, IB DP Co-ordinator


STEAM centre

Year 3 Robots

Oh, the Possibilities for learning are endless! This afternoon the Year 3 Boys visited the STEAM centre in the Senior Library. They were intrigued by the 3D printer which was printing some robots designed by our older students. Giant Meccano robots were appreciated thoroughly before we discussed some of the options we could explore this year in our sessions. Our introductory STEAM activity today was focussed on movement. The boys got to construct a robotic hand using recycled materials, which we called ‘The Claw’! The similarities between our cardboard hands and the way our brain sends messages via the nerves to our finger muscles, to enable us to move and grip objects fascinated the boys. Using 5 coloured pieces of wool, paper straw pieces to create channels, plenty of tape to secure each piece of wool and cardboard cut outs of one of their own hands, each student created their own moving cardboard hand with jointed fingers. At times, the task was quite challenging, but we used the ‘power of yet’ to not give up….and problem solved some wonderful solutions together to achieve success. Next, we will discover and explore what a 3D printed hand model looks like.

Christine Campbell
Digital Technologies Library Teacher


Year 5 Literacy and Technology

The Year 5 girls are currently studying The Silver Fox written by Rosemary Hayes. Rosemary, who lives in the UK is arriving in Australia next week and has agreed to visit Tintern during her flying visit to Melbourne. The girls are eagerly reading Rosemary’s book which is set in Victoria at Loch Ard Gorge. The girls will have an opportunity to ask Rosemary questions about the story as well as listen to Rosemary’s journey as an author. To celebrate their study of the novel, the girls have enjoyed an introductory session in Adobe Illustrator. The girls have learned to use a number of Illustrator’s tools to trace a Silver Fox image which was then cut and engraved on our laser cutter in the STEAM Centre. The Year 5 girls have started their journey to becoming confident creators and designers using Illustrator. Each of the girls finished images was made into a badge which they will wear during their novel study. They have even made one for Rosemary as a special surprise during her visit on Tuesday 18 February.


IB Art Seminar

On Saturday 15 February, Year 11 & 12 International Baccalaureate Visual Art students were fortunate to attend a seminar at Glen Eira Gallery in Caulfield , discussing the application of techniques and skills, criterion and tips on creating a successful folio. Past students, who received top marks for their folios, also spoke with students about their artistic journey. It was a delight to have Nicoani Susanto( alumni 2019)  as a guest speaker, sharing her Process Porfolio, Comparative study and Extended Essay components of the course, as well as show her work in the associated exhibition. A highlight of the seminar were the presentations by Archibald Winning artist Yvette Coppersmith, who detailed her journey from student to practicing artist, and Pamela Irving, who explored inspiration and studio practice. Students had the opportunity to seek clairifcation, ask questions and ‘unpack’ the 2 year course. Students were left with many areas of inspiration and clarification of the course, as well as meeting students from other IB schools in Victoria and Tasmania, who are completing the IB Visual Art component of their studies.


Boys’ Middle School News

It doesn’t take long for the year to get into full swing. I’ve often referred to school like jumping on a fast-moving treadmill and trying to keep up, and the start to this term is no exception. Our Year 7s have already been on camp down on the Mornington Peninsula and had an amazing week of fun, challenges and different experiences. They hiked with full packs, camped out for two nights in tents, learnt to cook on Trangia cooking stoves, surfed the big waves (actually not so big, but still a lot of fun), learnt to stand-up paddle board, swam with the seals, plus so much more. The weather was amazing for the week and the opportunity for our boys to get to know each other and bond through the many pastoral activities on the camp was invaluable. A huge thank you to all the staff who put together the camp and especially to those who took a week out of their own family lives to help ensure our boys had such a fantastic experience.

Our Year 8s and 9s have been busily preparing for their own camps which departed Monday 24 Feb and will be returning on Friday 28 Feb. Our 8s are based near Mount Buffalo, whilst our Year 9s are down on the Great Ocean Walk. Both camps are a lot of fun whilst providing our boys with some great opportunities to grow and to feel a great sense of fulfilment after their week out and about.

There has been a huge number of co-curricular opportunities up and running already for our boys with activities such as debating, VCC basketball squad, early morning swimming, Beauty and the Beast rehearsals, gym for Year 9s, triathlon, Social Justice Group, The Green Team, plus lots, lots more. It has been great to see so many boys putting their hands up to be involved in different groups, to try something new and to just have some fun which is so important during this particular age of boys.

On Friday 21 February we had our annual House Swimming event combined with a gender based morning focussing on the themes of identity and empathy. The first half of the day saw our boys watching a particular movie (“Love, Simon” for Years 8 – 12 and “Wonder” for Year 7), before moving into small vertical House groups (Years 8–12), or Pastoral groups (Year 7) to discuss themes present in both movies. Points of discussion were around understanding, acceptance, friendship, trust, betrayal, plus others. It was great to see our older students leading the discussions with our boys and providing wonderful role modelling to them. In the afternoon we were in the pool for the House Swimming and once again it was a wonderful day of competition. We have many strong swimmers at Tintern, as well as many who find it challenging, yet it was great to see all boys participating fully, enjoying and creating fantastic House spirit, and above all having a great time. In the end it was Gordon/Grant that won the boys’ event on the day, whilst Dann/Watt won the girls’ competition. The overall House winner for the day (combined genders) was Gordon/Grant House. Congratulations to all students in the this house and better luck to the other houses at the next event (Athletics on Wednesday 15 April).

A reminder that we have a number of activities coming up in the next few weeks:

  • TPG Trivia Night on Saturday 29 February 
  • Our production of “Beauty and the Beast” beginning Wednesday 18 March
  • Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences beginning Tuesday 17 March

Please be in touch with the school if you have any questions around your son and the opportunities available to him here at Tintern.



Year 7 Camp

Our Year 7 boys and girls returned from camp last week following an amazing week of activities, challenges and a lot of fun. They  camped in tents, cooked on trangia stoves, hiked, surfed, went stand-up paddle boarding, snorkelled, plus lots, lots more. We trialled a new venue this year at Camp Iluka (approx. 5 km from our previous Year 7 camp venue) and it has been a huge success.

For camps like this to succeed, it takes the hard work of many people and I would especially like to thank Emma Lowing, Matt O’Brien and Anthea Watkins. It was incredibly well organised and structured, and provided our boys and girls with the right level of “stretch” and challenge to help them continue to grow into the great young men and women we want them all to. Along with these three, we have also had huge contributions from our pastoral staff as well as a large number of other staff who have given up their time to help make this camp so successful, so a huge thank you to all of you as well.

Our Year 11 Outdoor Ed Leaders also work incredibly hard on this camp; from organising group activities, to helping with tents and trangias, and also playing games the students at the end of the day – the connections these leaders form with our Year 7s is so important to the younger boys and girls. So again, a huge thank you to all of those leaders and the staff who have helped to facilitate their involvement.

A huge thank you once again to all involved in the Year 7 camp this year, our boys and girls loved it, and it will hopefully have both strengthened and developed friendships, as well as made memories that will last with them for a long time.

More photos can be found on the portal here.


Friends of Equestrian

Boneo Interschool showjumping

Last week, Olivia Park and her horse, Pegasus competed for Tintern at the Boneo Interschool Showjumping competition in the encouragement level (65-75cm)

Pegasus did a super speed round which was based on the fastest time. We ended up 1st in the Grand Prix. 

Congratulations to Olivia and Pegasus!

Charlie Johnson

Charlie Johnson has had a busy Christmas break. She competed and won in the Merrijig, Yarrawonga and Finley Rodeo. She also competed in the a Alexandra Rodeo coming 2nd. She is currently sitting 7th in Australia.

Charlie Johnson & Chex at the ABHA Victorian Barrels. They placed 1st in the 14-18, 3rd in Maturity and 2nd in 2D.

Ella and Lilly Trevorrow riding high on the winning team at Nationals 2019

Aisha Heinrich and her pony Bob placing 2nd overall and Reserve Champion for the VIC team at Nationals 2019.

Keeley was one of six Tintern riders at Nationals 2019.


Musical – Beauty and The Beast

Tintern Grammar presents Beauty and the Beast. 

Tickets can be puchased here.

“Be Our Guest!” and step into the enchanted world of Broadway’s modern classic, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, an international sensation that has played to over 35 million people worldwide in 13 countries.

The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed into his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.

This “tale as old as time” is filled with spectacular costumes and sets, memorable songs and lovable characters. Disney’s Beauty and the Beast offers a great opportunity to bring your entire community together for family theatre at its best.