11 Mar 2020

From the Principal – Important Covid19 update

You will be well aware that the situation involving the Covid19 virus is a constantly changing one, hence my further update today. I suspect these will continue to be regular as information becomes available and aspects of our environment change. I apologise for clogging your inboxes, but I feel it is better to keep regular bulletins coming, rather than silence. I do want to emphasise that we have no cases of Covid19 in the school, nor any concerns around it at this point. However, events around us in Australia and across the world indicate this could change very quickly indeed. Below is a link to a video recorded this morning (Wednesday 11 March) that it would be helpful if you watched. There are two other links that will also ensure your understanding of the ‘where are and why we are there’ conversation is a complete as possible. Below that is more detailed information on measures the School will be introducing over the next 5 days, assuming there are no mandated school closures in that time.

Video

Information articles:

https://www.theage.com.au/national/the-pinch-why-it-s-better-to-delay-coronavirus-spread-than-get-it-over-20200310-p548mh.html

Who is vulnerable to the coronavirus?

 

School closures

You will have seen that there have been a number of school closures in NSW and that Carey Grammar have closed their school today (Tuesday 10 March). I envisage this will continue to occur as schools make their own decisions about what is best for their community in varying circumstances. We are monitoring other schools’ closures and any ways they may affect us, particularly where we may have some connection to another school. The Executive team have been examining how we would manage any forced or discretionary closure, including how we would maintain the academic program for all students, but particularly for Year 11 and 12 students. I suspect we are likely to have a state-wide school closure before the end of Term 1.

 

Academic program in the event of a school closure

We are currently training staff both on our online meeting and teaching platform (Microsoft Teams) and enhancing staff capability on already utilised platforms such as Zoom and Screencast-O-Matic, to ensure that online options will exist for staff and students to collaborate through an effective teaching process, and that staff can also prepare materials that can be presented both easily and meaningfully without constant staff presence. In the event of a school closure, we will be able to deliver the full academic program to VCE and IB students, and the vast majority of the academic program to students below Year 10. If required, there will no doubt be some bumps in the early days of this, but I am confident that we can ensure student academic progress continues.

There will be an email in the near future from Mrs Sue Healey, Director of Information Technology, explaining this further and outlining the software that families will need to download from either the Portal, or through online channels if they do not have it already. This software is all either free or part of the Office360 suite that all families are subscribed to already. It may be that we will not need this, but I do not see preparation in this area as time wasted.

 

Co- and extra- curricular events, excursions and gatherings around School activities

From the commencement of next week, we are cancelling all excursions and events that take students into areas of crowds or the general population, or through transport hubs such as airports, large train depots or similar. At this point the School’s sport program will be maintained and all curricular programs are planned to run as scheduled. Similarly, from Monday, all student assemblies and gatherings will be cancelled for the remainder of Term 1, as will Junior School and Secondary Student Progress meetings (Parent/Teacher meetings). We are currently looking at how we can provide a substitute for these virtually, or perhaps during Term 2. The School Production is a point of significant risk, as it brings people from far and wide, not just those parents that students are always in the presence of, and seats them close together for a long period. We are looking at how we can run the Production, whilst managing this significant point of risk for our community. There will be further information in the near future on this.

 

School trips and tours

You may be aware of the government bulletin released last Thursday 5 March evening, which is summarised below:

With the situation regarding the coronavirus continuing to evolve, Victoria’s Chief Health Officer has issued updated advice that overseas school excursions should cease, except to New Zealand and Canada.

Based on this advice, the Victorian Department of Education and Training has told government schools that overseas school excursions should not proceed until further notice – except to New Zealand and Canada.

While as an independent school, we are not strictly bound by this, it would be inadvisable in the extreme to ignore it. As a result, we have taken the decision to delay final nomination and first payment the Year 5 and 6 Thai Exchange for 2020, due to take place in August/September. We will review this in the first week of May, as I don’t believe that we can currently know what the situation will be in 5 weeks, far less 5 months. Similarly, we are also monitoring the factors affecting the 2020 French Language Exchange program, the September Indigenous Experience and the Senior World Challenge Experience to Mozambique and Africa. Again, our decisions around these will be made with student, staff and broader community safety as the primary criterion.

While our thinking on these trips is centred primarily around student and community safety, there is also a real concern around the issue of non-refundability through travel insurance unless certain clauses are tripped. While DFAT travel warnings are the primary ones, it would appear that a viral pandemic preventing travel overrules DFAT travel warnings with at least some travel insurers, as it is considered in the same domain as tsunami and similar, as an “act of god”, and not covered in some policies (specifically not the School’s insurers’ policies. So I can assure the community that we also have this in mind in our decision-making around trips and tours also.

 

Personal hygiene for members of the community

You will see attached a bulletin on the wearing of surgical masks. Please read this and absorb the point that masks should be only be worn if you are ill, not if you are well. They provide little or no proven protection for a well person, but are desperately needed for healthcare workers and the already ill. Also attached is a bulletin around how to limit your chances of contracting the virus, much of which I have sent previously, but still stands.

However, there are two critical points please:

  • If you child is sick in any way, please keep them at home until they have recovered. A higher level of caution on this at present would be appropriate please. This is required of staff also.
  • If your child presents at school sick, you will be contacted to come and collect them and keep them at home until they are recovered.

My apologies for what is a very lengthy email and if I can ask that any queries or concerns are directed to leaders of activities, trip coordinators, Year Level Coordinators, or Heads of School as appropriate, rather than directing all enquiries back to the Principal’s Office?

I have no doubt that we will not get every element of our responses to this set of unprecedented events right, but rest assured it will be guided primarily by what is best for the health and wellbeing of our students, our staff and our broader community.

Thank you for your support.

Use of surgical mask

Ten ways to reduce your risk of coronavirus_0

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Easter Egg hunt

The Prep-Year 2 girls were thrilled with having an early Easter Egg hunt this week! The happy, excited faces say it all. Lunchtime was also fun while the girls searched for any eggs they may have missed first time around!

Mary Whitcher – Year 1 Girls’ Teacher

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From the Principal

Achieving growth through adversity

For most of us, the start of the year at Tintern has again been notably smooth and productive. Classrooms are thriving centres of activity and collaboration, study periods are being well utilised, School Production and music ensemble rehearsals are buzzing and students are playing school and House sport with passion and energy. These are all terrific to see and are hallmarks of what happens each year at Tintern through the shared commitment of the School community.

However, for a number in our community, the start of this year has been very different. On the first day of school we had approximately 15% of our school absent and for the first three weeks, Tintern, like all schools, was trying to come up with ways we could suddenly deliver quality online and virtual education to a mixture of students in Melbourne and still in China.

For me in my role as teacher of Year 10 Science, this has involved learning how to use an online platform I had never even seen a week before school commenced, alongside what I would normally do. Like all our staff through this period, I have gradually adapted to teaching a hybrid set of online and real-world pedagogies, mixing online meetings with practical activities and web-based platforms, delivering resources and tasks to students ahead of us all working out together how they can complete them with the equipment and resources they have in China.

In my Year 10 Science class I still have two students who are marooned in China; two of the School’s five students who are still at home in various places. My two science students are both keen learners, on two days per cycle getting up to be in front of a computer at 5:30 am their time! They have been seeking teaching information, tasks, worksheets and guidance in a bid to stay up with the other students who are here at school, and they are persistent in trying to get online tasks completed despite significant access limitations. In China, internet access is heavily controlled, and access is not equal in all parts of the country. One of my students cannot access his School email, nor the Tintern Portal, while the other can get to both. They both have few learning resources with them, not imagining they were going to be participating in distance education online when leaving Australia at the end of last year. Neither has a printer and they cannot leave the house to print out work.

I’ll confess honestly that personally I’ve found this multi-modal delivery really very challenging. Perhaps it’s my age, but it has really stretched me to the limit of what I can manage in the classroom, and at times beyond. But equally, I have to also say it has been very satisfying when it has worked, even more so when it has worked well, and as the classes have passed, it has worked well more and more often. And always in the back of my mind is that the two students in China have it much tougher than I do. Sometimes they cannot join the class online when the internet won’t allow it, or when I get something wrong at our end. They can’t get up and walk outside between classes and they currently have no prospect of returning this term, and possibly for even longer.

So, I hope they’ve grown through their very significant difficulties as I feel I have through my lesser ones. It’s interesting to look back and see how easy it is to get used to a comfortable and familiar anything, and how much you grow when pushed out of that comfortable place!

Factis non verbis

 

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Helen Reddy (YG 1958)

Join UN Women Australia on Wednesday 29 April for the screening of ‘I Am Woman’ which portrays Alumna, Helen Reddy (YG 1958)

Tickets here – https://unwomen.org.au/…/i-am-woman-film-screening-melbour…/

I Am Woman is the story of Helen Reddy, who in 1966 landed in New York with her three-year-old daughter, a suitcase and $230 in her pocket. Within weeks she was broke. Within months she was in love. Within five years she was one of the biggest superstars of her time, and an icon of the 1970s feminist movement, who wrote a song which galvanised a generation of women to fight for change.

UN Women Australia is proud to present the exclusive pre-screening of I Am Woman, being held in capital cities across the country.

This much-anticipated film will be followed by an intergenerational panel (details to be announced), so get your tickets now!

Proceeds from this event will go to UN Women Australia, in order to carry out our work empowering women and girls around the world.

 

 

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Scotty James YG 2013

Congratulations to Scotty James on placing 3rd in the Burton U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships!

https://events.burton.com/…/chloe-kim-and-scotty-james-qua…/

Image Credit: Burton Events – US Open Latest

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Sport Matters

Friends of Equestrian

Over the past few months our equestrian team has been out and about competing with their horses at numerous events across Victoria. One of our younger members, Millie Harvey (Year 7), has been competing on her pony Holly at a games event where she finished 2nd! She also competed at Seville Horse Trials along with Bridie Wescombe (Year 9) who finished 6th in the Grade 3.

Tonimbuk Horse Trials showed two Tintern riders Bridie Wescombe and Lilly Trevorrow competing in the EvA 95 and they both did very well in the challenging weather conditions. Keely Thomas took her pony to Horse of the Year which qualified for nationals. She also took her young horse out and finished in the top 10! Last but not least, Alice Callaghan competed on her horse at

Cockatoo Jump Trials after her horse had sustained an injury last year, however they finished 2nd in the Grade 3.

At the start of February, Olivia Park, Lilly Trevorrow and Ella Trevorrow all represented Tintern at the Interschool Show Jumping Summer Show at Boneo Park. Ella produced 4 clear rounds thought the day in the progressive class. One of our standouts however was Olivia on her pony Pegasus who won one of her classes and finished 3rd overall in the encourage class!

Some members are also very excited to be starting off the new years with some new editions to their family. Olivia Park, Saskia Jackson-Smith, Lilly Trevorrow and Bridie Wescombe all got new horses this year and we wish them all the best for their journeys with them.

Ella Trevorrow

Equestrian Captain

EISM Swimming Carnival

On Tuesday 3 March Tintern Grammar competed in the annual EISM Division one Swimming Carnival at Melbourne Sport and Aquatic Centre. On a cool night the Tintern Grammar students swam exceptionally well considering how many students we had that pulled out of the carnival against strong opposition. There were a number of excellent individual performances and team performances.

Congratulations to the following students and teams:

  • Kaidin Dalzotto
  • Georgia Hargreaves
  • Jade Hutchinson
  • Sienna Dass

U/13 Boys Relay – medley and freestyle

U/15 Boys Relay – medley and freestyle

Senior Girls Relay – medley and freestyle

The final results were:

1st           Huntingtower    2030 points

2nd          Luther                   1952 points

3rd           Aquinas                1759 points

4th           Kilvington            1746 points

5th           Eltham                  1693 points

6th           Emmaus               1684 points

7th           Knox                      1681 points

8th           Bialik                     1507 points

9th           Tintern                 1458 points

It was extremely disappointing that one quarter of the students selected in the team didn’t attend the carnival and therefore we couldn’t fill all of our events on the program. This resulted in Tintern Grammar being relegated to the Division two carnival in 2021 by a total of 49 points. This equates to last place in two relay races and one individual race.         

 

Australian National Pentathlon Championships                        

On the weekend just past Ella Trevorrow flew to Brisbane to compete in the Australian National Modern Pentathlon Championships.  Ella competed in all 5 phases, a 200m swim followed by a fencing competition where she bouted with another 23 fencers of all ages from around Australia, after a short lunch break Ella drove to a local equestrian facility where the Athletes took competed in a show jumping round on a borrowed horse, then back to the track to compete in the combined event where the competitors shoot 5 times in rapid secession, when the target is hit 5 times the athletes then run 800m this circuit is completed 4 times.  Ella achieved a personal best in her combined event and had a very successful ride. Overall Ella won her category in the Under 19 Australian championship.

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Music Matters

Madi and Ashleigh perform at HeartKids Fundraising Luncheon

“You can always find a way.”

This was Eddie McGuire’s message to the “heart kids” (children living with congenital heart disease) and their families at the HeartKids fundraising luncheon last Thursday.

But I think this message is universal.

When Madison Edwards-Turner and I were given the opportunity to perform at the luncheon, we weren’t sure if we had enough time to prepare three musical items or if we could miss a day of school to attend the event! But thanks to Lisa Edwards, who helped us through the rehearsal process, and to the school, who supported our involvement in this worthy cause, we found a way – and had a wonderful day.

HeartKids is a charity devoted to helping children, teenagers and adults affected by congenital heart disease; providing information, support and life-saving research.

For the last two years, HeartKids have run “Jaidyn’s Lunch for the Kids” – a fundraising luncheon hosted by AFL player, Jaidyn Stephenson. Jaidyn is a heart kid himself – and found himself so close to not being drafted by the AFL on account of his heart condition. However, Collingwood Football Club took a leap of faith and, after seeking advice from a sports cardiologist, decided to call out Jaidyn’s name. And Jaidyn has proven to be a “real golden nugget” (in the words of Eddie McGuire), winning the 2018 Rising Star award and serving an as inspiration for heart kids – and anyone facing challenges in their life, i.e. all of us.

The money raised by “Jaidyn’s Lunch for the Kids” goes towards the annual HeartKids teen camp, which unites teenagers living with heart disorders. This is an invaluable opportunity for heart kids to connect with others facing the same struggles that they face, while making some amazing memories. For some, this is the first time they are able to go away from home.

Madi and I performed “Shallow” from A Star is Born, “Butterfly Fly Away” by Billy Ray Cyrus, and “Over the Rainbow” in the style of Eva Cassidy, with Madi singing while I accompanied her on the keyboard. We were joined by the incredible Lisa Edwards for “Butterfly Fly Away”, making it an even more memorable experience.

Madi and I were privileged to part of such an amazing initiative and contribute to a life-changing cause. We found it to be a truly eye-opening and moving event – and we salute all of the inspiring heart kids who have managed to “always find a way” whenever an obstacle emerges in their path.

Ashleigh Dowling

School Captain, Year 12 IB Music student

 

Concerto Concert this evening

Wednesday evening sees the culmination of many months’ work for nine of our most talented senior musicians. At 7.00pm the Symphony Orchestra will open the Concerto Concert in the CM Wood Centre with a beautiful rendition of the first movement of Beethoven’s 6th Symphony, his ‘Pastoral’ Symphony. This then will be followed by eight single movements from a range of concerti for clarinet/s, violin, viola, two flutes and piano. Our adjudicator, Mr Joseph Lallo, then will select four works to be performed with orchestra at a showcase event Thursday 11 June. If you love to hear musical excellence of the highest calibre from our own student musicians, then this is one concert not to be missed. The event should conclude no later than 8.30pm. Entry is free.

 

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Community Matters

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

TPG Trivia Night 2020

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2020 Trivia Night. With a fantastic turn-out of over 150 people, some incredible costumes and a joyous atmosphere the Trivia Night was a wonderful success.

Thank you to Adam Kenny and Oriana Constable for their incredible work as Quizmasters! Also to Anne Bortolussi and the wonderful students of the Green Team and Social Justice Group for the amazing Silent Auction and games. A special thank you also to the hard working TPG Committee for organizing an amazing night.

The $5 donation amount of the ticket costs will be donated evenly between:

  • The Smith Family, a national, independent children’s charity helping disadvantaged Australians to get the most out of their education, so they can create better futures for themselves.
  • The Bushfire Emergency Wildlife Fund of Zoos Victoria, which is pooling donations to ensure long-term plans and immediate action can be taken to ensure our wildlife, including endangered species, can recover from these heartbreaking and ongoing fires.

We look forward to another amazing Trivia Night in 2021!

Presentation Ball 2020 – An invitation to Year 11 Students

For a number of years, Year 11 students have had the opportunity to take part in the very successful Tintern Grammar Presentation Ball. We are now inviting Year 11 students to become part of the 2020 Presentation Ball.

A booking has been made for Saturday 12 September 2020 at The Centre Ivanhoe, 275 Upper Heidelberg Road, Ivanhoe.

The information booklet can be downloaded here, detailing what is involved to participate in the Presentation Ball program. The booklet must be read closely, so you understand the commitment required.

This event is run by a small group of parent volunteers who spend many hours of work planning this Ball to make it an enjoyable and memorable occasion for all involved. We ask for your cooperation wherever possible.

If any parents would like to assist with the Presentation Ball we would be delighted to hear from you.

Full payment for each Presentee is required by Wednesday 25 March 2020 to secure a place. You must complete the Tintern Grammar Presentation Ball registration and payment through trybooking: https://www.trybooking.com/BIQEK

International Women’s Day – Guest Speakers

We were pleased to welcome back many Alumni to attend International Women’s Day Events.

On Tuesday 4 March we welcomed some of our alumni to chat to the Junior School girls about their various careers in celebration of the upcoming International Women’s Day.

Thanks to Jo Newton, Chloe Moorfoot, Philippa Page, Carla Johnson, Katherine Gracey, Kirsty McDonald, Mallory Peters and Peter Spink for sharing their stories.

We then welcomed Jac Cottee (YG 1994), a Qantas Pilot, and Louise Nance (YG 2008), a  Mechanical Engineer with Ford to speak with our secondary students. Inspiring and passionate speakers they spoke of their paths after Tintern, challenges they have found in their working life, and advice for both girls and boys on the future for females in the Aviation and Engineering fields, as well as the broader workforce.

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 – Event Postponed

TPG have made the decision to postpone the Movie Night due to the ongoing Covid19 virus Pandemic. Further information will be shared closer to the time.

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 15 April 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 20 March 2020 1.30pm Kennedy Cottage

Footy Tipping is back!

The Tintern Grammar community footy tipping competition is back again for 2020!

For those interested in joining the 2020 competition, 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+ @ 19/3/2020) 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:

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

Good luck and start tipping!!

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.

Class of 2010, 10 Year Reunion

Thank you to everyone who attended the Class of 2010, 10 Year Reunion on Saturday 22 February at Tintern Grammar. It was wonderful to see so many of you at the Reunion, the Southwood tour and continuing on the celebrations at Suburban Dining + Rooftop.

Don’t forget to complete the survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2010tinternreunion

To view all the photos from the afternoon click here.

Upcoming Community Dates:

  • Friends of Equestrian Demonstration Day – Friday 27 March 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!

 

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Musical – Beauty and the Beast

Tintern Grammar presents Beauty and the Beast. 

Tickets can be purchased 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.

 

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Green Team

GREEN TEAM STARTS THE TERM WITH TWO SUCCESSFUL EVENTS

On Saturday 29 February, the Green Team ran mini-games and a silent auction at the TPG Trivia Night. 150 people attended in support of the Tintern Parent Group, Green Team and the Social Justice Group, 20 of whom were proud Green Team students who either attended to support the cause or run some of the games. The silent auction took up most of Area C and the mini games, such as coin toss for chocolate and the Scavenger Hunt engaged everyone present and collected many gold coins. In total the Green Team raised $3300 throughout the night; all of which will go towards the SolarBuddy Project. The Green Team is aiming to raise $16,250 in order to purchase and assemble 500 solar lights for children in developing countries suffering from energy poverty. The night was enjoyable and energetic and everyone in attendance will rave about it for weeks to come. Thank you to Mr. Kenny and Ms. Constable for being incredible and hilarious hosts!

The following morning on Sunday 1 March, 111 members of the Tintern Community took part in Clean Up Australia Day. This number included students from years 5-12, Junior school parents and teachers. Student groups were divided into year levels and assigned an area around the school. Clean up areas included Cheong, Wombolano and Gracedale parks, the East Ringwood shopping strip, the train station and along the railway lines. The year 10s were allocated Ringwood Lake Park and couldn’t clean up the whole area in the time alloted. A few students went foraging through the bushes and emerged with heavy, bulky items such as trolleys and TVs. Other groups found TV boxes, more trolleys, backpacks, coat racks and even more crazy items. Thanks to the effort of this committed group of people, the area around Tintern Grammar is now a much cleaner environment. A grateful local resident even dropped a thank you card into main reception and wrote the following: “Thank you for taking the time to care for our local area, it is sparkling clean from your caring attentions.” The members of the Tintern Grammar Community who were generous enough to give up their Sunday morning have made a difference to Ringwood East and Croydon South, and the Green Team would like to thank everyone who volunteered.

By Alei Paul Year 10

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Senior College News

We have officially passed the halfway mark of the term and following a timely long weekend we are headed towards the final stretch of Term 1! It has been an eventful term with Year Level Conferences, House Swimming, EISM weekly sport and the Swimming Carnival, Valentine’s Day, International Women’s Day celebrations last week, various excursions locally and interstate and, of course, the academic work that has to be covered in Term 1.

 

It was fantastic to see so many students support the Green Team’s ‘Clean Up Australia Day’ event on Sunday 1 March. Over 100 community members volunteered to clean up the local area around our school. It was a great demonstration of our school motto ‘factis non verbis’ (deeds not words) and had a positive impact on our local community and the environment.

 

Students have already completed six weeks of classes, and assessments are now underway. As the end of Term 1 approaches, students will find the quantity of work will increase with new topics, new skills and assessment occurring in all subjects. To ensure the accelerating pace and quantity of work doesn’t become overwhelming, students need to plan effectively. It is vital for students to be organised, know when work is due and to keep up to date. The student Record Book is an excellent planning resource for keeping on top of due dates. Being organised is not only a life-long skill, it is also an effective way of reducing anxiety for students and will contribute positively to their confidence and readiness for assessments. If you son or daughter would like assistance with improving their organisational skills, in particular in creating a home study plan, their mentor can help them with this. Parents can assist their child’s productivity by monitoring their usage levels of computers, mobile phones and television, keeping in mind that a healthy lifestyle and a work:leisure balance should be promoted but that time should be utilised in a deliberate manner.

 

Student Progress Conferences

A reminder that the first of our Student Progress Conferences (previously known as Parent Teacher Student Conferences) is taking place next Tuesday 17 March.  This is a great opportunity for each student to join their parents with their subject teachers to discuss their progress and gain feedback.

The School Musical, ‘Beauty and the Beast’

After many, many rehearsals over the past two terms ‘Beauty and the Beast’ is set to hit the stage next week. Performances are scheduled for Wednesday 18 March (preview night) and then from Thursday 19 to Saturday 21 March. I wish all students and staff involved in the production every success for these performances. It is fantastic to see our community members get involved in every aspect of the production as performers or assisting with backstage, make-up, costumes, ushering, sound and lighting. You can purchase tickets through the Karralyka Theatre at https://www.karralyka.com.au/Theatre/Touring-and-Community/Tintern-Grammar-Presents-Beauty-The-Beast

Athletics Season

A reminder that we currently have three training sessions a week (Monday morning, Wednesday afternoon and Friday morning) for any students interested in improving their athletic abilities. This training is under the guidance of four-time Olympian Craig Mottram and his team of elite athletes. Click on www.elitewellbeing.com.au.for more info.  If your son or daughter is interested please encourage them to start attending training sessions in preparation for the upcoming House Athletics on Wednesday 15 April and EISM athletics season in Term 2. Mr Viney has emailed all students this week with specific details regarding the training sessions.

 

Some significant events that I would like to remind parents of:

  • Student Progress Conferences – 17, 24 and 25 March
  • Term 1 Concludes – Friday 27 March
  • Term 2 Commences and Secondary House Athletics – Wednesday 15 April

 

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Careers Department

 Career News

The school subscribes to ‘Career News’ that collates information about tertiary courses, upcoming events and vocational insights that assist students with their career planning. Copies will be added to the Careers tab on the Portal. Senior College students are also emailed a copy of the CareerNews content each week so that they can easily access material. The first four editions are now available on the Tintern portal and includes the following items:

Number 1

  • QS World University Rankings 2020
    News from La Trobe University
    • New Bachelor of Bachelor of Humanities, Innovation and Technology
    • Allied Health and Dentistry Course Changes
    • New Diploma of Tertiary Studies
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) at RMIT
  • The Hansen Scholarship Program at the University of Melbourne
  • Snapshot of Bond University in 2020
  • Animation & Gaming Courses in Victoria in 2020

Number 2

  • Career in Air Conditioning Technology 
    SAE Flickerfest Masterclass
  • New ComparED website
  • Academic Excellence Scheme at the University of Sydney
  • Snapshot of The University of Sydney in 2020
  • Cybersecurity Courses in Victoria in 2020 

Number 3

  • News from Monash University
    • Bachelor of Education (Honours)
    • Why study Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences?
  • Holmesglen Institute: New Course in Partnership with St Kilda Football Club
  • Career as a Cosmetic Nurse
  • Snapshot of Swinburne University in 2020
  • Studying Global and International Studies Courses in Victoria in 2020

Number 4

  • UCAT – Entry to Medicine and Dentistry in 2021
  • US and UK University Expo
  • A Career in Policing: Quick Facts about Applying
  • Gap Year & Cultural Exchange Programs   
  • Snapshot of Deakin University in 2020
  • Environmental Science Degrees in Victoria in 2020

 Year 10 Work Experience Program

Year 10 students will be participating in the Work Experience Program from Monday 15 to Friday 19 June. Students are required to organise a placement before the end of Term 1. If additional time is required then please contact Ms Julie Ennor (Work Experience Co-ordinator) or myself in the Careers Department.

Students are required to return the initial form no later than Friday 27 March, which is the last day of Term 1.  An official Work Experience package will then be prepared and sent to the employer for their signature. Copies of the initial form and a booklet of information for students can be found at https://portal.tintern.vic.edu.au/homepage/9218/

Changes to Obtaining a Tax File Number

A reminder that The Australian Taxation Office has altered the application process for obtaining a Tax File Number. Schools can no longer process applications for students. The following link provides details about the new procedures that are similar to applying for a passport. Please select https://www.ato.gov.au/Forms/TFN—application-for-individuals/

 

Mrs Heather Ruckert

Careers Consultant

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Girls’ Middle School News

The Middle School Camps Program

The power of an effective camps program in the middle years of education cannot be underestimated. Throughout Term 1 each of our year levels have attended their own specific camp with a clear focus. These camps are designed not only to develop skills in Outdoor Education but also to build upon the work that we are doing throughout the term through our pastoral program. Each activity is selected to build student confidence, build physical health, and encourage student’s willingness to try new things demonstrating a growth mindset.

 

Year 7 Camp

Our year 7 camp in the first few weeks of school is designed to be a point of connection and bonding of our students to each other, and to help them to build a solid foundation of successful experiences ready to develop further in the coming years.  Simple aspects of what to pack, how to sleep outdoors comfortably and how to adjust to communal living are all key elements of the Year 7 camp.  Our Outdoor Education staff support and scaffold the students so that they feel adequately prepared and safe throughout their camp out experience. Whilst the main activities such as swimming with seals, stand up paddle boarding and surfing are all wonderful fun, they also positively reinforce in students a belief that new experiences can be a wonderful opportunity for growth and reward.

 

Year 8 Camp

Our Year 8 Camp to the Great Alpine region of Myrtleford and Mount Buffalo build upon this Year 7 experience. As part of the program student completed several challenging activities such as high ropes course, power pole jump challenge, dual flying fox and drop slide. They camped out on the top of Mt Buffalo for two nights. This climate is a bit more challenging than the Year 7 camp, ensuring that students pack the right equipment and prepare and carry two days’ worth of food in their packs. They also canoed around the stunning Lake Catani, which was a highlight of this trip. This program is designed to build upon the experiences of Year 7 camp and works to build their independence in preparation for our extensive Year 9 camping program.

 

Year 9 Camp

Our Year 9 girls have just returned from their hiking adventures along the Great Ocean Walk. This stunning part of Victoria provided an ideal backdrop for our students to take up the opportunity to push themselves beyond what they would have said their capabilities were. The terrain was demanding in sections and required considerable effort to find self-motivation to persevere through. Students need to rely on their level of organisation and planning to ensure that they have all the right equipment and food for the week of hiking.  I was lucky enough to join one of our groups and I saw young women who were encouraging of their peers, resilient in their approach to challenges such as the hills, and took genuine delight in engaging with each other outside of the classroom.

There is considerable evidence throughout the education sector that camps can provide a genuine and unforgettable opportunity for students to develop real life skills that are applicable across the board. Camps provided invaluable hands on experience which imprints on a student’s memory in a more tangible way than theory alone can.

 

Beauty and the Beast  

Tickets are selling out fast for our upcoming performance of Beauty and the Beast. Make sure you secure yours this week to avoid disappointment in missing out.

 

Swimming Sports Year Level Winners

On Feb 21st we had our annual House Swimming sports competition.  This fantastic event was full of energy and excitement as each student represented their house to the best of their ability in everything from our level A and B races through to our novelty events. There was plenty of healthy competition to be seen, particularly during the house cheering section. There were moments of great fun, such as watching the inaugural teacher boat race where there were several capsizes across the teams. We have many strong swimmers across our year levels who are to be commended on their efforts for their house, in particular our Year level champions for their outstanding individual effort. Several personal bests were made over the day as well as some critical records for our swim teams.

Our Year level champions for the Girls Middle School are as follows:

Year 7 – Holly White

Year 8 – Ella Carboon and Melody Ch’ng

Year 9 – Ella Jones

 

Student Progress Conferences

A reminder that next week is the first of our Student Progress Conferences (previously known as Parent Teacher Student Conferences).  This is a great opportunity for each student to join their parents with the teacher of each subject, and discuss both progress and advice to ways to improve in the future.

 

Clean up Australia Day

A huge congratulations to all students and families who volunteered to help at our Clean up Australia Green Team event. The volume of rubbish collected from our local train area was overwhelming, but so encouraging to see the high number students and parents in attendance to this important event. What a great chance to make a positive and practical impact on our local community.

 

Athletics Season

A reminder that  we currently have three training sessions a week (Monday morning, Wednesday afternoon and Friday morning) for any students interested in improving their athletic abilities. This training is under the guidance of four-time Olympian Craig Mottram and his team of elite athletes. Click on www.elitewellbeing.com.au.for more info.  If your daughter is interested but is yet to sign up, please encourage her to do so in preparation for the upcoming House Athletics on Wednesday 15th April.

 

International Women’s Day

Last week we celebrated International Women’s Day across the school, with students wearing ribbons, signing pledges to improve gender equity and reduce unhelpful stereotypes through raising awareness around the school of ongoing issues for women across our world. In our assembly on Friday our girls were able to hear first-hand  experiences from two of our alumni, Jac Cottee (a Qantas pilot) and Louise Nance (a mechanical engineer). They shared the opportunities and challenges that they have worked through as women in their chosen careers. Jac Cottee spoke directly about the importance of men and women working together to continue to improve equity across the genders, and to ensure respectful treatment of all regardless of race, gender, sexuality etc. Our wonderful library staff created an outstanding display of female authors and biographies of exemplary women from across our globe. A great source of inspiration for our young women.

 

 

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Boys’ Middle School News

The weeks seem to travel very fast once the term is up and running, especially when activities such as year level camps are involved. Our middle years’ camping program at Tintern is a well-structured, sequenced Outdoor Education experience that builds a sound base in Year 7, extends it during Year 8, before culminating in three challenging, but extremely fulfilling, experiences at Year 9.

In the week beginning February 24th our Year 8 and 9 boys headed out on their respective camps. For Year 8, both the boys and girls ventured to Myrtleford where they were based for the week in a campsite called Valley Homestead. Half of their week was a mixture of adventurous activities such as flying foxes, high ropes, mountain bike riding, plus lots more activities that provide all students with an appropriate level of challenge and a lot of fun. The other half of the week has our students venturing out to Mount Buffalo and spending two days and nights hiking around the top of Mount Buffalo. This also included canoeing on Lake Catani, stunning scenery on their hikes and being self-sufficient with food for the two days. It is also a great experience in preparation for their first Year 9 camp the following year.

The first of three camps for Year 9 is our Bushwalk trip down along the Great Ocean Walk. It is 5 days of hiking along stunning walking tracks and being completely self-sufficient for the 5 days. This camp provides all boys with a high level of challenges as they traverse up to 50km over the week whilst carrying everything they need for the week including tent, stove, food, clothing, etc. Despite the physical challenge of this camp, the level of fulfilment at the completion of camp is one that they will remember and draw upon during future challenges for a long time to come. A huge congratulations to all boys who supported each other across the five days.

Our school musical “Beauty and the Beast” begins next week and having seen a sneak preview at our recent whole school assembly, I highly recommend buying tickets to see what will be an amazing show. There are many Middle School boys involved both on stage and behind the scenes, and I continue to reinforce the amazing sense of belonging and connection that our students feel from being part of the school musical. Good luck to all involved in the performances next week.

In our most recent Boys’ Middle School Assembly, our student leaders highlighted to our boys the upcoming International Women’s Day on Sunday 8 March. They gave some incredible and alarming statistics around gender inequity around the world and in our own neighbourhood. They then introduced Mrs Fulton who spoke to the boys around what the day means to her and how the young men of today can help to make a difference to bridging the equity gap between genders. This was then reinforced at our whole school assembly on Friday when we were fortunate to have two alumni return to school to share their stories. Jac Cottee (YG 1994) is an international pilot working for Qantas and Louise Nance (YG 2008) works for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS).

Our Year 7s have begun their Big Brother program during their pastoral sessions where Year 11 boys come down for a total of approximately 10 sessions to mentor small groups of Year 7s on topics relevant to the growth and development of boys and teenagers. It is a great way for our boys to connect with the older students and provides them with someone they can potentially talk to on topics they would prefer not to talk to a teacher or their parents about.

Earlier last week our champion swimmers competed at Melbourne Sports & Aquatic Centre (MSAC) in South Melbourne in the EISM Divisional Championships and our Middle School boys were absolutely fantastic. We had a number of strong individual efforts along with excellent results in a number of relays. Congratulations to all boys who participated so well, and a special congratulations to the boys who have made it through to the next level.

As our swimming season ending, the athletics season has well and truly begun. We currently have three training sessions a week (Monday morning, Wednesday afternoon and Friday morning) for students interested in improving their athletic abilities. This training is under the guidance of four-time Olympian Craig Mottram and his team of elite athletes. If your son is interested but is yet to sign up, please encourage him to do so in preparation for the upcoming House Athletics on Wednesday 15 April.

Next week is the beginning of our Student Progress Conferences (previously known as Parent Teacher Student Conferences) and we look forward to catching up with as many of you as possible at any of the three nights available. It is a great opportunity to hear directly from the teachers about the progress of your boy(s) and continue to build that ever so important network of family, school and student that is essential for the success of any boy.

 

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IB Biology Investigations

Claire Stanner, Science and Biology Teacher has profiled 3 students in her IB Biology class who are currently conducting their major investigations. 

As part of the IB Biology course, students get to design, conduct and report on a biological investigation of their choice. It is a challenging task for students requiring them to look for inspiration in the media, their local communities and global events. Below are three student profiles outlining the journey so far.

Bianca Settle

What are you investigating?

I am looking at if ladybird beetles show a preference for different garden herbs.

What inspired you to investigate that?

I was reading on a gardening website that you should plant fennel and coriander to attract ladybird beetles to your garden. So I wanted to investigate the validity of that claim.

And how are you investigating that claim?

I have 3D printed a choice chamber where you place the ladybirds in the centre and after a period of time you record what end of the chamber they have moved to (ie. towards or away from a herb in an adjoining chamber).

Jeremy Yuen-Love

What are you investigating?

I am investigating the effect of herbicides on seedlings.

What inspired your to investigate that?

My involvement in the school’s horticulture club and discussions with Farmer Gavin on the uses of the Round Up herbicide. My parents also own a veggie patch so I am quite interested if herbicides impact plants other than weeds.

How are you going to measure the results of your investigation?

I am actually interested in looking at what effect the herbicide has on chlorophyll concentration in the leaves. To do this, I will be using the spectrophotometer to see if there is change in absorbance of the prepared samples across the investigation.

Zoe Classon

What are you investigating?

I am investigating the effect of soil pH on the rate of seed germination.

What inspired you to investigate that?

With the recent bushfires in NSW and eastern Victoria, there have been some media reports about the resulting ash increasing the pH of soils and the runoff into our waterways. I wanted to see if there was a measurable effect.

How are you investigating that claim?

I have created ash by burning wood and leaves, which I have then added to beakers filled with soil. My initial results do show that adding ash to soil increases the soil pH. I now intend on placing seeds in the different soil samples and timing how long it takes for them to germinate. To ensure reliable results, I have set-up quite a number of repeat trials.

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Autumn Code Camp

Code Camp

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

Book here to secure your place today!

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Junior School House Swimming Photos

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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, 2020 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.

 

2020 Mt Buller School season membership offer

Buller Ski Lifts in conjunction with Buller Holidays offers the extension of the ‘Kids Festive Bird Membership’ sale price of $549 to Victorian primary and secondary school students. If you would like to apply for this Season Membership offer, please contact Buller Holidays at schools@bullerholidays.com.au or Kbrentwood@tintern.vic.edu.au

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Girls’ Junior School International Womens’ Day

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Green Team

GREEN TEAM STARTS THE TERM WITH TWO SUCCESSFUL EVENTS

On Saturday, 29 February, the Green Team ran mini-games and a silent auction at the TPG Trivia Night. 150 people attended in support of the Tintern Parent Group, Green Team and the Social Justice Group, 20 of whom were proud Green Team students who either attended to support the cause or run some of the games. The silent auction took up most of Area C and the mini games, such as coin toss for chocolate and the Scavenger Hunt engaged everyone present and collected many gold coins. In total the Green Team raised $3300 throughout the night; all of which will go towards the SolarBuddy Project. The Green Team is aiming to raise $16,250 in order to purchase and assemble 500 solar lights for children in developing countries suffering from energy poverty. The night was enjoyable and energetic and everyone in attendance will rave about it for weeks to come. Thank you to Mr. Kenny and Ms. Constable for being incredible and hilarious hosts!

The following morning on Sunday 1 March, 111 members of the Tintern Community took part in Clean Up Australia Day. This number included students from years 5-12, Junior school parents and teachers. Student groups were divided into year levels and assigned an area around the school. Clean up areas included Cheong, Wombolano and Gracedale parks, the East Ringwood shopping strip, the train station and along the railway lines. The year 10s were allocated Ringwood Lake Park and couldn’t clean up the whole area in the time alloted. A few students went foraging through the bushes and emerged with heavy, bulky items such as trolleys and TVs. Other groups found TV boxes, more trolleys, backpacks, coat racks and even more crazy items. Thanks to the effort of this committed group of people, the area around Tintern Grammar is now a much cleaner environment. A grateful local resident even dropped a thank you card into main reception and wrote the following: “Thank you for taking the time to care for our local area, it is sparkling clean from your caring attentions.” The members of the Tintern Grammar Community who were generous enough to give up their Sunday morning have made a difference to Ringwood East and Croydon South, and the Green Team would like to thank everyone who volunteered.

Article by Alei Paul Year 10

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Prep girls meet Mr Fry

This week, our Prep girls came to say ‘Hello’ to Mr Fry and he was able to show them where he works and what he does.

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