14 Jun 2022

From The Principal

This week we have a special lead introduction from  Assistant Principal, Oriana Constable.  

With Winter well and truly upon us and only a matter of days before the 3 week school break begins, there’s a lot to reflect on as we near the end of the semester. As families may be aware, a key focus of my role as Assistant Principal is overseeing and developing our student wellbeing and pastoral programs. Care and wellbeing of our students has long been a focus of Tintern Grammar and it continues to feature at the centre of our forward strategy. I have the great privilege of working closely with Heads of School, Level Co-ordinators our School Counsellors and of course our students, to support student growth and wellbeing. Several initiatives have been developed, continue to grow and, most pleasingly, some opportunities that have not been possible through the disruptions of the past two years have been re-instated and re-energised!

Over the course of the next year we will be sharing with you details about a deliberate approach we are adopting as a school in the area of Restorative Practice. Restorative Practice is a whole school teaching and learning approach that encourages behaviour that is supportive and respectful. In schools, the focus is on building, maintaining, restoring and/or improving relationships with the belief that the most profound learning occurs when there is a healthy relationship between teacher and student, and healthy relationships between students themselves. By strengthening relationships between students and their staff we will continue to see high levels of connectedness for students. This short clip gives a broad overview or what Restorative Practice is What is Restorative Practices? – YouTube.

Late last year we appointed Mrs Jessica Fulton as the Restorative Practice Co-ordinator and she has been working closely with a group of 10 staff, representing the ELC, Junior School and Secondary School, who’s Professional Growth Partnership for 2022 is focusing on Restorative Practices. Their focus is on developing a deeper understanding of restorative Practices, exploring ways in which it can be incorporated into our teaching and learning program (including student social and emotional learning) and utilising skills learnt through training and professional development. I look forward to sharing more with you in the coming months as we develop further in this area.

We continue to encourage and support student voice and emphasise the importance and significance of showing empathy to others, making ethical decisions, taking action, being inclusive and living our School Motto ‘Factis non Verbis’ (‘Deeds not Words’). Our students have certainly been in action and shown care for others through service, volunteering, and promotion of initiatives. We have grown in our awareness and supported causes such as Neurodiversity Week, Wheelchairs for Kids and Fight MND. The fundraising efforts of our community have been enormous, as has the creativity, perseverance and collaboration of our students and staff to promote such wonderful causes!

Feedback from students and insights into their experience is integral to our pastoral care of students. Earlier in the year, as part of our partnership with The Resilience Project, all secondary students were given the opportunity to complete the Resilient Youth Survey. The survey measures the resilience and wellbeing of your young people across 9 key domains: Understanding Self, Social Skills, Positive Relationships, Safety, Healthy Body and Healthy Mind, Learning, Positive Attitude, Positive Values, Positive Identity.

Key pastoral staff have reviewed the results of this year’s survey and Level Co-ordinators will be analysing the responses for their cohorts in relation to their strengths, life satisfaction, hopefulness, anxiety and depression, coping style, and risk and protective behaviours, which in part informs the pastoral program focus.

Additionally, after a trial with three year levels in 2021, we have expanded the use of ‘Skodel’, an online platform where students can ‘check-in’ and let staff know how they’re feeling. Skodel allows us to get up to date information about students which allows us to respond and start conversations to provide support where necessary.

What these feedback tools have told us is that many secondary students feel connected as they report high levels of positive relationships, they have a generally positive attitude and feel safe and engaged with schooling. As is to be expected, there is variation between year levels and gender, however, one consistent message that is coming through is that students report they are tired, have trouble concentrating and are at times experiencing low energy.

The National Sleep Foundation recommends 9-11 hours of sleep for children aged 6-13 and 8-10 hours per night for teenagers (Why Do We Need Sleep? | Sleep Foundation). Of those surveyed, on average around 40-50% of our secondary students are getting at least 8 hours of sleep most nights with some cohorts as low as 25% of students reaching this target.

Sleep has a really important job in allowing the body and mind to recharge and remain healthy. Without enough sleep, the brain cannot function properly and we are less able to concentrate, think clearly, and process memories.

Better Health (https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/teenagers-and-sleep) outlines a number of causes of sleep deprivation for teenagers including: use of screen based devices; kids hectic after-school schedules; and social attitudes. The effects of ongoing sleep deprivation can lead to several poor outcomes including poor decision making, moodiness, reduced academic performance, lack of enthusiasm, poor mental health and concentration difficulties. It is pretty hard to put forward a case for reducing the amount of sleep kids (and parents for that matter) get each night!

Parents and carers may like to follow the Better Health ‘Preventing sleep deprivation in teenagers – tips for parents’ (https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/teenagers-and-sleep ) which suggests that rather than arguing with teenagers about their bedtime, it is better to discuss the issue with them and work through some strategies and approaches to increase the hours of sleep they are getting. Some suggestions include:

  • Allow your child to sleep in on the weekends.
  • Encourage an early night every Sunday. A late night on Sunday followed by an early Monday morning will make your child drowsy for the start of the school week.
  • Decide together on appropriate time limits for any stimulating activity such as homework or screen time. Encourage restful activities during the evening, such as reading.
  • Avoid early morning appointments, classes or training sessions for your child if possible.
  • Help your teenager to better schedule their after-school commitments to free up time for rest and sleep.
  • Assess your teenager’s weekly schedule together and see if they are overcommitted. Help them to trim activities if they are.
  • Encourage your teen to take an afternoon nap after school to help recharge their battery, if they have time.

With a change to routine for students during the school holidays, it might be a good time to start having those conversations and look to form new, healthy sleep habits and routines. Something you could try as a starting point could be the 20, 3, 2, 1 formula suggested by the Resilience Project (https://theresilienceproject.com.au/at-home/). It aims to help you get to sleep on time, sleep better and wake up feeling rested. Perhaps you and your child could give it a go this week or during the holidays and see if it helps you get more sleep.

 

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Sport Matters

Tennis Update

Over the weekend, James won the 14 & U Singles title (in his UTR band) 2022 Eley Park Queen’s Birthday Tournament.  It was played over the long weekend in trying weather conditions and the Final ran for 2.5 hours!  Ryan Jayarathna and his partner Brody won the 14 & U Doubles title at the same tournament!

James’ matches were:

Round 1 Bye
Round 2 4-1, 4-1
Quarter Finals 4-2, 4-1
Semi Finals 6-1, 6-2
Final 7-6, 6-2

 

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Music Matters

Three String Quartets shine at Ringwood Eisteddfod

This year, as performance opportunities return to pre-pandemic levels, there has been a wonderful buzz in the music department. In our rehearsal rooms much effort is being put into rebuilding the confidence of our young performers. Part of this endeavour has been to form a number of new small ensembles. We now have three string quartets who rehearse on a weekly basis and each of these groups now has a sizable repertoire of works that they are able to perform at concerts and events. 

On Sunday 5 June all three ensembles, The Wagner String Quartet, Junior School String Quartet and Middle School String Quartet, all competed at the Ringwood Eisteddfod. We are pleased to announce that our young string quartets all performed exceptionally, and their efforts were rewarded with accolades to be proud of:  

The Junior School String Quartet performed a movement from a Mozart String Quartet and won first prize in the Chamber Music Under 13 category. Well done, Lexin, Weylen, Edward and Senudhi! 

The Wagner String Quartet came close second in the same category with a refined and delicate performance of Faure’s Pavane. Well done, Charlotte, Ruby, Enya and Mayah! 

The Middle School String Quartet competed in the Under 16 Chamber Music category and came second in their field with a compelling performance of the Farandole by Bizet. Congratulations Leon, Sophie, Danny and Kacee. 

We look forward very much to observing these young performers’ progress as they develop into capable and confident performers.  

Tim Veldman

Head of Strings

Joshua Choong LMusA, AMusA

In my capacity as an examiner for the Australian Music Examinations Board, it was an honour for me to be part of the Official Party at the AMEB conferring of Diplomas ceremony on Sunday 5 June. In my capacity as a Tintern teacher, I was thrilled and proud to see alumna Joshua Choong receive his Licentiate in Music, Australia – Viola – with Distinction, and to also witness Joshua being joint recipient of the AUSTA (Australian Strings Association) Viola Award for the highest standard in the Licentiate Viola examinations in 2021. This is an outstanding achievement, made even more remarkable by the fact that Joshua sat this examination in the midst of his busy Year 12 IB studies. This is Joshua’s second diploma, having already been awarded the Associate in Music, Australia.

In his Occasional Address, Professor Duncan Maskell, Vice-Chancellor of The University of Melbourne, spoke to the diplomates of the importance of music education in developing all aspects of life and learning. Joshua is now studying 1st year medicine at Monash University, and he is playing Viola in the Monash Medical Orchestra, which is an ensemble created especially for the many talented medical students who recognise the importance of continuing to develop their musical skills.

Throughout his years at Tintern, Joshua’s musical journey has been under the expert tutelage of our Head of Strings, Mr Tim Veldman. Even after leaving school Joshua continues to contribute generously to the musical life at Tintern. We were fortunate to have him play Keyboard in the recent musical production of Little Shop of Horrors, and we hope to see him in the alumni band at the Friends of Music Jazz Night next term.

Heather McKenzie

Head of Keyboard

Concerti and Orchestral extravaganza on Wednesday evening

The long-awaited day (that would be 15 June – tomorrow) of our Concerto Showcase has finally arrived, when four of our talented young musicians play a concerto movement each on stage with orchestra in the CM Wood Centre at 7.00pm. Entry to the event is free and further details can be found here. We highly recommend this as a feast of outstanding music and a great way to end Term 2!

 

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Community Matters

Frank Green Water Bottles – Orders close this Friday! Order yours now

The Tintern Parent Group are offering Frank Green water bottles and insulated food containers at a discounted price to the Tintern Community. Orders close this Friday 17 June, to allow for delivery in early Term 3, so order yours now!

To achieve ‘sustainability in style’ Frank Green have created beautifully designed, innovative and highly functional environmentally sustainable products that are available for pre-order from Tintern Grammar.

Frank Green Bottles are:
• Multi-award-winning product design
• Triple wall vacuum insulated to retain heat or cold
• Durable stainless steel bottle – made to last
• Ceramic lined for a better taste experience
• Bpa free, fda & eu approved safe materials
• Available with an easy-to-use straw lid

With 8 colours to choose from, products available for purchase are:

  • 10oz/295 Ceramic Lined Reusable Cup – $36 each
  • 16oz/475ml Insulated Food Container – $38 each (Limited Colour Options Available)
  • 20oz/595ml Ceramic Lined Reusable Bottle (comes with straw lid) – $40 each
  • 34oz/1L Ceramic Lined Reusable Bottle (comes with straw lid) – $48 each

Orders can be made online here until Friday 17 June, for delivery in early Term 3.

TPG Trivia Night 2022 – Book your tickets now!

The Tintern Parent Group would like to invite you to test your knowledge and have fun, at their annual Trivia Night! Join us on Saturday 30 July 2022 at 7.30pm at Tintern Grammar. Doors Open at 7pm.

Book your tickets here! Tickets are $15 each.

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

The Silent Auction has been arranged by the Green Team and Social Justice Group, with all proceeds from the Auction supporting Girl Rising, and the subsidiary program Future Rising. This supports Fellows to initiate collaborative programs to address Climate Change. The organisation utilises research that highlights the importance of girls’ education in reducing global poverty, which underpins the United Nations Sustainability Goals.

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 Heather Ruckert by email to hruckert@tintern.vic.edu.au. Any donations will be acknowledged on the night, and in our newsletter.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Save the Date – Community Fun Day – Saturday 22 October from 1pm to 6pm

Parent Representatives 2022

We’d like to wish a warm welcome to our new Parent Rep for Year 8,  Pooja Mathur. Pooja, along with Michele Brooks, are organising a Year 8 table for the Trivia Night. If you would like to join them, please indicate Year 8 table when booking.

Thank you to the many parents and guardians who have volunteered to act as the Parent Representatives for their Class or Year Level in 2022.
We are still seeking representatives for the following year levels:

  • Year 9 Boys
  • Year 10
  • Year 11

Please note that some of the Class and Year Level representative are still in the process of being finalised, and this list will be updated on the Portal.

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 greatly appreciate the time and commitment given by our Parent Reps.

Parent Reps also organise class or year level functions to provide parents with the opportunity of meeting and socialising in a relaxed atmosphere. It is a great opportunity for class groups to connect, while supporting our local community cafes and restaurants still recovering from the lockdowns.

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

Tintern Umbrellas

Due to popular demand the Tintern Parents Group will have a limited quantity of Tintern small folding and Golf Umbrellas for sale from early Term 3 from the Uniform Shop.

Availability and how to order will be shared in Term 3.

Footy Tipping Competition – AFL

The Tintern Grammar community footy tipping competition is back again for 2022!

It isn’t too late to join, details are below:

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

The competition is free and open to our entire adult (18+ @ 28/1/2022) Tintern community – Tintern Grammar students will not be permitted to enter. If you have any questions please email communityrelations@tintern.vic.edu.au and we’ll help you get started.

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

AFL Footy Tipping Prizes:

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

If the AFL season is shortened at a later date due to Covid, the tipping competition will continue, but the prizes will be adjusted accordingly. 

Good luck and start tipping!!

Community Committee Dates 

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

  • Tintern Parent Group (TPG) –Next meeting: Thursday 14 July 2022 at 7pm President: Haidee Wallace Location: CM Wood Common Room Or join online by selecting here.
  • Friends of Music (FOM) – Next Meeting: Wednesday 13 July 2022 at 7pm  President: Debra Fryer Location: CM Wood Common Room
  • Friends of Young Farmers (FOYF) – Next Meeting: Contact us for further information 
  • Friends of Snowsports (FOS) – Next Meeting: Contact us for further information 
  • Friends of Equestrian (FOE) – Next Meeting: Contact us for further information  Co-Presidents: Nelaana Heinrich and Sherie Vicary-Carter 

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

Please note the following CovidSafe considerations to attend an onsite Community Group Meeting:

Upcoming Reunions

  • Class of 2017, 5 Year Reunion – Saturday 22 July at 7.30pm at The Hawthorn –Book Here

Community Group Fundraising

Entertainment Book

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The Entertainment Book is 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!

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ELC News

In the ELC we love learning about the Letterland characters, the sounds they make and what adventures they go on.

Each week we have been looking at and investigating a letter from Letterland. This week marks the halfway point with Munching Mike.

We share a story about the Letterland character and their special song. We explore the Letterland box which is filled with objects that start with the same sound as our Letterland character. We also complete a special activity around the Letterland character which we paste into our Letterland workbooks. These will come home at the end of the year to share with our families.

We enjoy cooking within the Letterland program, completing puzzles, playing Letterland Bingo and exploring the relationships between letters and their sounds.

Letterland works by capturing children’s interest and attention. Children relate to characters like Bouncy Ben, Harry Hat Man, Sammy Snake and Talking Tess. So, learning about them feels like play. Yet they are laying solid foundations for successful reading. All the information that your child needs is embedded in the Letterland characters.

Being a phonics-based program for establishing letter sound relationships Letterland is an important part of our program supporting our children in learning to read. While having fun doing it.

Enjoy the photos of the Kicking King Kites!

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Girls’ Junior School News

Library in the Girls’ Junior School

The GJS Library program fosters creativity and a love of literature through open-ended learning experiences coupled with scientific inquiry.

SPOTLIGHT on Year 1 Library

The Year 1 girls have been reading The Owl Who Was afraid of the Dark by Jill Tomlinson. This text explores themes of emotional resilience, growth mindset and overcoming challenges. It also delves into opportunities for inquiry into day and night, nocturnal and diurnal animals, habitats, food-chains, space, meteors, and constellations.

The girls spoke about times they were afraid, and we brainstormed strategies we can use to overcome difficulties. We created nightscapes and described the night sky using descriptive language. We classified animals according to when they are awake. As you can see in the photos, we also made our own constellations by comparing and creating constellations in the northern and southern hemispheres.  This knowledge of stars was built upon by learning about how aboriginal and first nation peoples use stars to navigate and find food.

SPOTLIGHT on Year 6 Library

The Year 6 girls have been reading How to Bee by Bren Macdibble. This text was the CBCA gold medal winner in 2018. How to Bee explores themes of food security, and the crucial role of bees in pollination and global food production. This text also explores themes of family, friendship, resilience, responsibility, selflessness, empathy, and social privilege. The girls were deeply engaged in the story of Peony, the main character, and her family. We discussed the use of language in the text as well as connections, changes, challenges, and concepts woven throughout the plot.

Alongside the literary exploration into the text, the class also conducted experiments into the nature of honey and debated the best pollination processes. The girls also conducted several mathematical investigations into the shape of hives and which shapes work best for their structural integrity and capacity. As you can see in the photos, the Year 6 specifically investigated ‘why are hexagons the best shape for a hive?’

Do you know why hexagons are the best shape for a hive? Can you think of other six-pointed, naturally occurring structures or objects in nature?

Year 3A Girls

We have had lots of great learning experiences in the last few weeks in Year 3A. Here are some of our recent highlights.

For our Assembly Share we presented our reflection of our Camp to Lady Northcote YMCA Recreational Camp. Using the Tintern Compass points, the Girls shared how they demonstrated each of the points whilst on Camp. The Girls did a terrific job of working collaboratively to achieve the outcome and despite some of them being nervous to speak in front of an audience, they showed great confidence.

In Literacy we have learned about what it means to persuade. We determined that to persuade is to convince someone to do something or to agree with us. We thought of reasons why dogs or cats would make a better pet. We learned that we use modal words, such as should, should not, probably, might or absolutely, to help us to support our reasons.

Working on our persuasive skills we invited Mrs. Yardley to our classroom to convince her which chocolate biscuit was better; the tim tam or the chocolate teddy bear biscuit. The Girls considered the different features, the deliciousness, the cost and the popularity. In the end Mrs. Yardley decided that the tim tam was the better biscuit. Either way, we got to try each biscuit and we decided for ourselves!

In Maths this week we focused on graphing, We devised a question, collected our data, and created a bar/column graph to show our results. We worked together for our first attempt, and discovered that 3A’s favourite chocolate was a KitKat – yum! Following this we collected data and represented our favourite food. Once the Girls felt confident enough, they chose their own question and gathered their information to create their own graph.

During our STEAM Centre session, the Girls, using their design, commenced creating their animal. This animal/creature is an individual design. We used coloured playdough that had lost of salt in the recipe to build our creature. We then used white playdough, which had no salt in the recipe, to put between the colours. This meant that when we put the LED light into the coloured playdough, and attached it to the circuit, the LED light flashed. This was to show how a creature could be bioluminescent – glow-in-the-dark.

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Secondary School News

Despite the many challenges and hurdles that have been thrown our way throughout the first Semester, it has been wonderful to take a moment to reflect back on what we’ve managed to accomplish over the first half of this year. Our entire community has come together to support and provide a learning environment for our students that has enabled them to re-connect with each other, and to develop their interests and passions both within and outside of the classroom.

We have seen fantastic academic growth in our students through their subject classes, along with their involvement in other academic activities such as the many state and national competitions that are available, the strong co-curricular program available at Tintern and their involvement in opportunities such as our Tintern Grammar Enrichment Program (TGEP).

What has been equally important, and equally successful, has been the pastoral growth and development of our students across Year 7 to 12. What is absolutely certain with any student is that academic growth does not happen without a strong foundation of mental health and personal well-being. Our pastoral staff at Tintern, including the Pastoral Mentors and YLCs, have structured a sequenced program aimed at helping to build on the challenges our young people face today after the last few years. This includes an understanding in what our new Year 7s need to ensure they are ready for their secondary schooling both emotionally and educationally, and the fact that our current Year 9s have not spent one entire secondary term at school and have therefore missed a lot of the emotional and social education that comes with being in and around your peers through the time of adolescence. For our Senior College students, they are facing the most important years of their lives (especially our Year 12s) and have had such a disrupted lead in. For this reason, there has been a large focus on ensuring they are not just ready academically, but also from an emotional side of things in terms of dealing with the stressors and pressure that can come from doing VCE.

In our Senior College over the last two weeks, our pastoral staff have led reflections with our Year 10 and 11s on their recent examinations; how they approached these assessments, how they may do it differently next time. All aimed at preparing them for their Year 12 examinations in the coming years. They have also been provided with group lectures from our Heads of Department regarding how to move forward successfully in Semester 2 with each of their subjects.

Another key part of this year is the beginning of our subject selection process across the whole of secondary. Our Year 7 & 8 students are considering the electives they may wish to study next year, whilst our Year 9s are beginning their thoughts around what the Senior College may look like for them. This includes whether they wish to consider accelerating in a particular subject next year by selecting one of several Unit 1-2 subjects that will be on offer to them. On Wednesday 8 June we held our “Guiding Your Futures” evening for our Year 9 & 10 families where our Director or Curriculum, our Head of VCE/VET and our Head of Careers presented to all families around the key aspects of what VCE/VET is, how it works, the subject selection process plus more. This process continues early in Term 3 where we have our VCE/VET Subject Showcase Evening for Year’s 9 – 11 students and families to help them in their decision making around subjects and pathways for next year. Following this event students will be submitting their subject preferences for 2023.

Yr 12 – Toolbox Education
For our Year 12s the focus continues to be on ensuring they are best prepared for their current assessments and what also lies ahead for them over the remainder of this year. This includes being ready both academically and emotionally. To help with this, we organised a session with a group called Toolbox Education. This session focussed on providing them with skills and tips to use to help deal with the pressure and the workload of Year 12. How best to manage their time, to manage their mental health and their relationships, whilst always ensuring they are looking to perform at their best. Our Year 12s are working really well this year and we certainly wish them all the best for what lies ahead.

The Big Freeze
On Friday 10 June was our annual Big Freeze event at school aimed at helping to raise awareness of, and money towards, MND Foundation. The event included the sale of MND 8 beanies over the last few weeks as well as the opportunity to   tip a bucket of ice and water over particular staff members. This year we had 14 staff volunteer themselves to be part of this event. They all went to a great effort to dress up in costume and to be willing participants for this great cause. Students purchased raffle tickets through the purchase of a beanie or by buying them separately and were selected from a draw to have the pleasure of tipping the bucket of ice-cold water over one of our staff.

Staff versus student goal kicking
As a continuation of The Big Freeze Day, lunch included a sausage sizzle and ice-cream van for everyone to purchase their food or snacks for the day. What also occurred at lunch was the staff versus student goal kicking competition. This is where 12 students (one from each gender and from each year level) took on 12 staff (6 female and 6 male) to see who the most accurate goal kickers in the school are. There were plenty of near misses and plenty of great goals; however, in the end it was the staff, led by our Vice Principal Mr McManus and our Assistant Principal Ms Constable, who finished in front at the end of the competition.

Enlighten Education
Dannielle Miller is the CEO of Enlighten Education – Australia’s leading provider of in-school workshops who has been awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for her service to education and women. We were fortunate to have her present on GEM Day to the Yr 7 & 8 girls, where she addressed many of the issues facing our young people today.

A variety of activities were interwoven throughout the day, including a mindfulness session, practicing gratitude and breathing techniques, doing craftwork to make a journal, taking notes about how to solve friendship issues well and learning about how we should not be critical of ourselves, but rather be critical of what we look at. There was also a session where in their groups the girls shared their journals, giving and receiving positive messages and compliments to each other which was a highlight of the day. The girls came away with their own ‘showbag’ which included the diary they had made, and a number of cards to help remember key points from the day.

The final session included seeking and collecting feedback from the girls which has now been collated. The comments made by students are remarkably positive – all six pages of them! I have selected just a small number of statements made to help paint the picture of what an incredibly constructive and successful day we all had:

Today was incredible and I really enjoyed every activity we did! I loved the journal

making and the compliments, it was nice to have an opportunity to say stuff I

wouldn’t usually in such a nice, calming, and safe environment. I learnt that

gratitude has more benefits than I thought, how much models are photoshopped

and how happy gratitude makes people.

I thought that today was going to be boring, but it was actually so fun! It was

amazing listening to your experiences and stories! I learnt how to be respectful to

my friends, how to be grateful, how much editing is done on models and what

people think about me.

I really liked reading the cards and making the front cover for our diaries! I learnt

that gratitude makes me feel less pain, how to solve problems, to be more grateful

and to stop trying to compare myself to someone that’s not real. Thank you, this

meant more than you think!

Tintern Grammar Enrichment Program (TGEP)
After a hiatus due to COVID, Tintern Grammar Enrichment Program (TGEP) resumed this year. TGEP is a program offered to selected students from Years 5- 8, running alongside but separate to the Middle School syllabus. It is an enrichment opportunity open to our most able Middle School students, where intellectual nourishment and gaining an appreciation of areas of curiosity outside and in addition to the Australian Curriculum, can flourish.

Students involved in the program were offered a choice of 3 Units. In Term 2 the Units offered were:

Philosophy: Designing the Perfect Society.  Exploring some of these big questions and using our newfound knowledge to construct a blueprint for our perception of a more perfect society.

Being successful on purpose – turning an idea into reality. Focusing on channeling your inner passion, or purpose, and the steps required to turn this into a unique product.

Idea Generator.  Students work in groups to formulate provocative, thought-provoking questions and discussion, with the outcome being determined by the group.

TGEP continues again in Term 3, with different Units offered for students to select. By all reports, students have thoroughly enjoyed the experience, which finishes for the term this week.

I would like to wish our students a wonderful holiday in the coming weeks. I encourage them to read their school reports fully, to sit with family and discuss their results and feedback, and to set personal goals for the upcoming semester. I look forward to seeing all students returning to school on Tuesday 12 July.

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Middle School News

Despite the many challenges and hurdles that have been thrown our way throughout the first Semester, it has been wonderful to take a moment to reflect back on what we’ve managed to accomplish over the first half of this year. Our entire community has come together to support and provide a learning environment for our students that has enabled them to re-connect with each other, and to develop their interests and passions both within and outside of the classroom.

We have seen fantastic academic growth in our students through their subject classes, along with their involvement in other academic activities such as the many state and national competitions that are available, the strong co-curricular program available at Tintern and their involvement in opportunities such as our Tintern Grammar Enrichment Program (TGEP).

What has been equally important, and equally successful, has been the pastoral growth and development of our students across Year 7 to 12. What is absolutely certain with any student is that academic growth does not happen without a strong foundation of mental health and personal well-being. Our pastoral staff at Tintern, including the Pastoral Mentors and YLCs, have structured a sequenced program aimed at helping to build on the challenges our young people face today after the last few years. This includes an understanding in what our new Year 7s need to ensure they are ready for their secondary schooling both emotionally and educationally, and the fact that our current Year 9s have not spent one entire secondary term at school and have therefore missed a lot of the emotional and social education that comes with being in and around your peers through the time of adolescence. For our Senior College students, they are facing the most important years of their lives (especially our Year 12s) and have had such a disrupted lead in. For this reason, there has been a large focus on ensuring they are not just ready academically, but also from an emotional side of things in terms of dealing with the stressors and pressure that can come from doing VCE.

In our Senior College over the last two weeks, our pastoral staff have led reflections with our Year 10 and 11s on their recent examinations; how they approached these assessments, how they may do it differently next time. All aimed at preparing them for their Year 12 examinations in the coming years. They have also been provided with group lectures from our Heads of Department regarding how to move forward successfully in Semester 2 with each of their subjects.

Another key part of this year is the beginning of our subject selection process across the whole of secondary. Our Year 7 & 8 students are considering the electives they may wish to study next year, whilst our Year 9s are beginning their thoughts around what the Senior College may look like for them. This includes whether they wish to consider accelerating in a particular subject next year by selecting one of several Unit 1-2 subjects that will be on offer to them. On Wednesday 8 June we held our “Guiding Your Futures” evening for our Year 9 & 10 families where our Director or Curriculum, our Head of VCE/VET and our Head of Careers presented to all families around the key aspects of what VCE/VET is, how it works, the subject selection process plus more. This process continues early in Term 3 where we have our VCE/VET Subject Showcase Evening for Year’s 9 – 11 students and families to help them in their decision making around subjects and pathways for next year. Following this event students will be submitting their subject preferences for 2023.

Yr 12 – Toolbox Education
For our Year 12s the focus continues to be on ensuring they are best prepared for their current assessments and what also lies ahead for them over the remainder of this year. This includes being ready both academically and emotionally. To help with this, we organised a session with a group called Toolbox Education. This session focussed on providing them with skills and tips to use to help deal with the pressure and the workload of Year 12. How best to manage their time, to manage their mental health and their relationships, whilst always ensuring they are looking to perform at their best. Our Year 12s are working really well this year and we certainly wish them all the best for what lies ahead.

The Big Freeze
On Friday 10 June was our annual Big Freeze event at school aimed at helping to raise awareness of, and money towards, MND Foundation. The event included the sale of MND 8 beanies over the last few weeks as well as the opportunity to   tip a bucket of ice and water over particular staff members. This year we had 14 staff volunteer themselves to be part of this event. They all went to a great effort to dress up in costume and to be willing participants for this great cause. Students purchased raffle tickets through the purchase of a beanie or by buying them separately and were selected from a draw to have the pleasure of tipping the bucket of ice-cold water over one of our staff.

Staff versus student goal kicking
As a continuation of The Big Freeze Day, lunch included a sausage sizzle and ice-cream van for everyone to purchase their food or snacks for the day. What also occurred at lunch was the staff versus student goal kicking competition. This is where 12 students (one from each gender and from each year level) took on 12 staff (6 female and 6 male) to see who the most accurate goal kickers in the school are. There were plenty of near misses and plenty of great goals; however, in the end it was the staff, led by our Vice Principal Mr McManus and our Assistant Principal Ms Constable, who finished in front at the end of the competition.

Enlighten Education
Dannielle Miller is the CEO of Enlighten Education – Australia’s leading provider of in-school workshops who has been awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for her service to education and women. We were fortunate to have her present on GEM Day to the Yr 7 & 8 girls, where she addressed many of the issues facing our young people today.

A variety of activities were interwoven throughout the day, including a mindfulness session, practicing gratitude and breathing techniques, doing craftwork to make a journal, taking notes about how to solve friendship issues well and learning about how we should not be critical of ourselves, but rather be critical of what we look at. There was also a session where in their groups the girls shared their journals, giving and receiving positive messages and compliments to each other which was a highlight of the day. The girls came away with their own ‘showbag’ which included the diary they had made, and a number of cards to help remember key points from the day.

The final session included seeking and collecting feedback from the girls which has now been collated. The comments made by students are remarkably positive – all six pages of them! I have selected just a small number of statements made to help paint the picture of what an incredibly constructive and successful day we all had:

Today was incredible and I really enjoyed every activity we did! I loved the journal

making and the compliments, it was nice to have an opportunity to say stuff I

wouldn’t usually in such a nice, calming, and safe environment. I learnt that

gratitude has more benefits than I thought, how much models are photoshopped

and how happy gratitude makes people.

I thought that today was going to be boring, but it was actually so fun! It was

amazing listening to your experiences and stories! I learnt how to be respectful to

my friends, how to be grateful, how much editing is done on models and what

people think about me.

I really liked reading the cards and making the front cover for our diaries! I learnt

that gratitude makes me feel less pain, how to solve problems, to be more grateful

and to stop trying to compare myself to someone that’s not real. Thank you, this

meant more than you think!

Tintern Grammar Enrichment Program (TGEP)
After a hiatus due to COVID, Tintern Grammar Enrichment Program (TGEP) resumed this year. TGEP is a program offered to selected students from Years 5- 8, running alongside but separate to the Middle School syllabus. It is an enrichment opportunity open to our most able Middle School students, where intellectual nourishment and gaining an appreciation of areas of curiosity outside and in addition to the Australian Curriculum, can flourish.

Students involved in the program were offered a choice of 3 Units. In Term 2 the Units offered were:

Philosophy: Designing the Perfect Society.  Exploring some of these big questions and using our newfound knowledge to construct a blueprint for our perception of a more perfect society.

Being successful on purpose – turning an idea into reality. Focusing on channeling your inner passion, or purpose, and the steps required to turn this into a unique product.

Idea Generator.  Students work in groups to formulate provocative, thought-provoking questions and discussion, with the outcome being determined by the group.

TGEP continues again in Term 3, with different Units offered for students to select. By all reports, students have thoroughly enjoyed the experience, which finishes for the term this week.

I would like to wish our students a wonderful holiday in the coming weeks. I encourage them to read their school reports fully, to sit with family and discuss their results and feedback, and to set personal goals for the upcoming semester. I look forward to seeing all students returning to school on Tuesday 12 July.

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Tintern Grammar Big Freeze

Big Freeze 2022

On Friday, the 2022 Tintern Grammar Big Freeze was held to raise funds and awareness for FightMND.

Well done to everyone that participated:

🥶Di G 🥶Alex P 🥶Rebecca I
🥶Oz C 🥶Marlee B 🥶Brett T
🥶Tom S 🥶Trine O 🥶Rev A
🥶Julie T 🥶Matt C 🥶Naomi B
🥶Liz B 🥶Jess P 🥶Sebastien L

You can  help by making a donation through the team’s page: https://hub.fightmnd.org.au/diy-big-freeze-8/tintern-grammar

 

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STEAM

STEAM in 2022

STEAM is for Science – what do scientists do?

They observe and they think… & do experiments too

Magical Milk or Making Rain Clouds in a Jar

A great start to school – our Preps are all stars!

Onto Year 1 and the 3D printer

New skills to learn, all without a splinter!

Using Tinkercad tools designing their faces,

Learning about filaments and support bases

Problems to solve… so you don’t lose a feature

 Nametags to make and animal creatures

Year 2 students made their own Laser cut Memory Cubes

Using Adobe Illustrator software tools

Resizing objects and copying files,

A challenging task, but look at their smiles!

Our Year Threes were learning how to strive

Robotic hands & recycled materials – they continued to thrive

Turing Tumbles kits, building mechanical computers,

Logic gates and marbles

They are ready to tutor!

The World of Plants were investigated by our Fours,

With digital microscope studies of plant parts galore

Documenting their learning in PowerPoint presentations

Purple Mash software – Creating Apple tree lifecycle as animations

Years 5 & 6 were all into Coding – Blockly, Javascript and Python

using variables and loops to write efficient algorithms

Collaboration skills sharpened and honed

Logic applied…and learning owned.

Now it’s Term 2,  and with afterschool STEAM

Drones, Animation and Coding – oh, what a dream!

Our STEAM classes continue, new ideas galore

Experiments, Coding… and much more!

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CEO Sleepout

This year on June 23, Head or Sport, Ash Viney is participating in the annual CEO Sleepout. 

The Vinnies CEO Sleepout is a one-night event over one of the longest and coldest nights of the year. Hundreds of CEOs, business owners as well as community and government leaders sleep outdoors to support the many Australians who are experiencing homelessness and people at risk of homelessness. Each CEO Sleepout participant commits to raising a minimum amount of funds to help Vinnies provide essential services to the people who need them. 

To support Ash, you can make a donation here

 

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Alumni at Tintern

Jodi Evans (YG 2004) spoke to all the Year 11 and 12 students on Monday 6 June, addressing climate change and shared practical ways to make an impact. It was organised by the Green Team who are focussing on water poverty.

Jodi shared a recent film project she is working on with Screen Australia called ‘Bad River’ which focuses on the current decline in Australian rivers.

Braden Cooper and Dan Nyberg (both YG 2008) from Victoria Police joined us on Tuesday 7 June to talk with our Unit 3 Legal Studies group on how they came to join the police force. The discussion included legal rights linking back to their current studies.

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Boys Junior School

SUPERSTAN is on his way

One of the highlights of last Thursday evening’s Junior School Musical Showcase was the finale item featuring the theme song from 9our upcoming Boy’s Junior School production, “The Amazing adventures of Superstan”

The energy and enthusiasm displayed by the boys reflects their passion for what will be an amazing show, to be held on Thursday 21 July.

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Updated Policies

Please note the following policies have been recently updated and approved as part of our ongoing policy review cycle. The following policies can be accessed via these live links and are found on the myTintern Portal under School Policies – Parents

School Policies – Parents

ELC Policies

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