11 Mar 2022

From the Principal

What does a future -focused school look like? Part 2 – The Foundations For Future Success

In the Part 1 on this topic (8 February, accessible here), I explored the current social landscape of our world, and what it means for our young people as they navigate their schooling and plan their future in the world. I wrote about what experiences, drivers and challenges will be different for those young people leaving school in the next 10 years, compared to the last 40, and how these things have been core influences and priorities during the creation of our 2030 Forward Strategy. So that logically leads to what skills, attributes and dispositions will young people need to have to successfully navigate this future world that is already so very different, and will only become more so?

The erosion and ultimately, the death, of the so-call ‘knowledge economy’

With enormous amounts of information and knowledge at the fingertips of every person through their desktop, laptop, iPad, or phone and every possible query having a ‘how to’ with FAQs online, the historically valued importance of ‘knowing content’ and schools assessing solely on that basis must logically be reconsidered as being the very highest priority. Similarly, a world that increasingly values collaborative capability, ingenuity in problem solving, and ongoing learning, unlearning, and re-learning gives us cause to consider what we prioritise in teaching, mentoring, and guiding young people.

The unchanging and immutable elements of great education

Like a house, an excellent future education will be built on strong and shared foundations. One of these foundations that will always be prioritised at Tintern will be a leading academic education. Without excellent foundation knowledge, understanding and skills, along with higher order thinking and metacognition cannot be adequately and consistently scaffolded, and will not ‘stick’.

In the ELC and Junior School particularly, academic literacy, numeracy, and the progressive development of application and problem-solving skills are key to establishing those foundations in the early years of school. Whilst by no means the only important elements of an overall education, without them, future options and opportunities may be limited. Strong primary years foundations will enable the extension, complexity, and breadth of secondary education and beyond, to be accessible to every student who seeks it, so the work our ELC and Junior School teachers is critical for every child.

Second, but perhaps even more critical to be embedded in primary education, is a sound understanding and critical examination of ethics and values, and the fostering of the self-awareness and emotional intelligence that will enable young people to be ‘readers’ of others and good partners, team contributors, and collaborators later in life. These are the foundation footings and the concrete slab on which their later ‘capability house’ will stand tall and strong.

What else will be in the toolkit that will support young people to find their successes, and reinforce this ‘house’ that symbolises the creation of a success-ready graduate profile?  

In Part 3 of this series in April, I will examine what we need to equip our young people with, beyond excellent knowledge understanding and skills, to maximise their chances of finding future success and finding fulfilment in their lives as adults.

* A late addition to this article

The terrible events in the Ukraine, where an unprovoked invasion of another country has occurred, with terrible loss of civilian life, along with those defending their country, leaves me terribly saddened as I am sure it does you. Many of us will be wondering how we talk with our children about this, particularly young children. The following article from the politically and financially neutral website “The Conversation” provides excellent guidance and tips that will help parents negotiate this very tricky topic in age and stage appropriate ways.


factis non verbis


Brad Fry



Music Matters

Concerto Concert a winner!

Wednesday evening saw 12 talented student musicians playing at our first live concert for 2022. The following students (listed in performance order) presented a concerto movement with piano accompaniment for the large appreciative audience present in the CM Wood Centre:

Shenghao Jin (Year 9 – Clarinet), Lexin Zhao (Year 6 – Violin), Kacee Chen (Year 8 – Cello), Helen Yang (Year 10 – Piano), Sophie Qiu (Year 8 – Violin), Sashenka Fernando (Year 9 – Viola), Amy Zhang (Year 9 – Clarinet), Jayden Lee (Year 10 – Violin), Bohan Liang (Year 8 – Violin), Kevin Wang (Year 8 – Oboe), Nishka Fernando (Year 12 – Violin), Joshua Tan (Year 11 – Violin).

Our guest adjudicator, Ms Debbie Haskell, selected the following students to perform their works with orchestra next term: Sophie Qiu, Amy Zhang, Bohan Liang, Kevin Wang.

After her selection, Sophie Qiu wrote the following reflection on the whole experience:

Preparing my piece (Summer, 1st movement by Vivaldi) for the Concerto Concert was a long journey, from learning the notes to exploring the style, expressions and story-telling of the piece. I would not have been as well prepared for this concert without the support and guidance of my violin teacher, Mr Veldman. Rehearsing with my amazing accompanist, Mr Taylor, was a truly sensational experience and exceedingly improved my confidence and ability to lead. I felt especially nervous while walking on stage, as my opportunities to perform have been few over the past two years due to the pandemic. It was completely different, standing on stage in front of a crowd compared to practising on stage alone. I am looking forward to playing with the orchestra and exploring this piece further in more detail and having that chance to play and perform with a larger group of people. I really enjoyed bringing my music to share with the audience, who I must thank for joining and supporting me and all the other performers on that night. 

Sophie Qiu

Year 8


Japanese Taiko incursion for Year 7s and 8s

On Thursday 10 March Year 7 and 8 students experienced a once in a lifetime opportunity listening to Toshi play the taiko drums and Anne, the shakuhachi. After the performance, 8B and 8E had the privilege of playing on the many drums that Toshi had brought with him in our workshop. The instruments we played were the taiko drums, the chappa and gong. This incursion experience was related to our music topic this term, where we are learning about Japanese music and its culture, and this subject connects well with geography and history in many ways.   

The experience was truly fascinating, learning about cultures other than the one we know about now. We had a wonderful time and I’m sure our classmates did too. Being there and learning about something up close is different from learning through videos on a screen. We got to experience the thrill of listening to professionals play and it is something that we will never forget.  

Our appreciation goes out to the many hardworking teachers who helped put this together and Toshi who took time to help educate the Tintern Grammar middle school students. 

Amy Wang and Emily Hardy 

Class of 2026 

Congratulations to Music Examination candidates

Congratulations to the following students who have recently received their AMEB Music Examination results, having submitted video exam entries to the examination board in late 2021.

Abigail Hsiao (Year 5) Elijah Hanna (Year 9)
Preliminary Piano for Leisure – Credit Grade 3 Saxophone – Credit
Lachlan Hsiao (Year 7) Aryan Chekka (Year 10)
Preliminary Piano for Leisure – Honours Grade 3 Piano for Leisure – Credit
Etienne Meddings (Year 8) Matthew Zhu (Year 11)
Preliminary Piano for Leisure – Honours Grade 3 Saxophone – Credit
Grace Clark (Year 6) Alen Yun (Year 8)
Grade 1 Cello – Credit Grade 3 Saxophone – Honours
Felix Meddings (Year 5) Will Storey (Year 11)
Grade 1 Double Bass – Honours Grade 3 Piano for Leisure – Honours
Ines Llobera (Year 6) Millie Blank (Year 9)
Grade 1 Cello – Honours Grade 3 Piano for Leisure – High Distinction
Avie Lee (Year 7) Anika Mulemane (Year 10)
Grade 1 Clarinet – High Distinction Grade 4 French Horn – Credit
Scarlett Mackie (Year 4) Haochen Zhang (Year 9)
Grade 2 Viola – Credit Grade 4 Piano for Leisure – Honours
Andrew Wang (Year 7) Zachary Ho (Year 11)
Grade 2 Clarinet – Credit Grade 4 Saxophone for Leisure – High Distinction
Hallie Walder (Year 9) Amy Zhang (Year 9)
Grade 2 Cello – Credit Grade 5 Clarinet – Credit
Ethan Hoole (Year 9) Isaac Lin (Year 11)
Grade 2 Clarinet – Credit Grade 5 Clarinet – Credit
Isabella Di Felice (Year 8) Daniel Sun (Year 9)
Grade 3 Cello – Credit Grade 5 Oboe – Honours
Matilda Robson (Year 9) Kacee Chen (Year 8)
Grade 3 Cello – Credit Grade 6 Cello – Pass
  Shenghao Jin (Year 9)
  Grade 6 Clarinet – Credit


Congratulations to Andy Shi

Andy Shi, Year 9, sat his Grade 1 Music Theory examination online last week, and received 91%. Congratulations, Andy, on this excellent result!


Sport Matters

Swimming Success 

On Monday 28 February some of our Girls’ Junior School swimmers competed in the Division Swimming Competition at Aquanation. 
Some incredible results were achieved which included:
• Lexin, Weylen, Jess D and Adnana placing 1st in the open age 4 x 50m Medley Relay.
• Lexin, Weylen, Jess D and Riley P placing 2nd in the 4 x 50m freestyle relay.
• Lexin placing 1st in the individual 50m freestyle and backstroke
• Weylen placing 2nd in the individual 50m breaststroke and 3rd in the 50m butterfly.
As a result, in the events where a first or second place was achieved, these students will now move on to the Eastern Metropolitan Regional competition to take place on 25 March.
We congratulate these students and wish them all the best at the next competition, with fingers crossed to make it through to the State Championships!


Beach Volleyball 

This week our Volleyball Teams competed in the Beach Volleyball Victorian Schools Cup. 

An amazing two days in South Melbourne on the sand, learning so much and having a lot of fun.  See their results below: 

Year 8 Boys – fours. With 15 km winds, we were challenged, but never gave up. Unfortunately, the final points didn’t fall our way. Being within reach of winning every match. 

Year 9 Girls – fours. Dominated. Finishing undefeated in their pool, then unfortunately loosing the first final in cross overs. 

Year 9 Boys – fours. Had a strong day, winning 2 and loosing 2. Adapting to new beach rules on the fly, and improving with every shot. 

Year 9 Boys – doubles. Heath and Tom, were put to the test of playing in the doubles competition. They stepped up to the occasion, winning 2 and loosing 2 games. Meaning they just fell short of finals by a handful of points. 

Year 10 Girls – fours. An amazing effort by this group. Supporting each other and showing excellent leadership. They finished second in their pool, sending them through to the final. Where they were up against a very strong team. 

Congratulations to all students involved! 

Community Matters

Friends of Music FOM – An invitation to new members!

We would like to invite new members to join and support the activities of our Tintern musicians. Our AGM is Tuesday 15 March 2022 at 7pm in the CM Wood Common Room and we would love any interested parents/friends to take this opportunity to meet us and consider joining our committee.

The Friends of Music was formed in 2000 and is a community group which seeks to:

  • Promote an appreciation of music in a variety of forms for the enjoyment of the school community.
  • Act as a support group to the Music Department by providing financial and physical assistance with musical events and the music requirements of the school.

Membership consists of parents and staff from all areas of the school who work together in various ways to support the school’s Music students and the Music Department.

We very grateful for the ongoing support of the parents on our Friends of Music committee and look forward to welcoming new members. If you are interested in assisting with events, but unable to attend meetings, would like further information, or would like to join the committee please contact fom@tintern.vic.edu.au.

 Little Shop of Horrors – Tickets available to purchase now!

Parent Representatives 2022

Thank you to Eran Dharmasena for organizing a coffee morning tea for the Prep Boys class on Thursday 10 March. 

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:

Class First name Surname
Pre-Prep A Lia Taylor
Pre-Prep A Emma Griffiths  
Prep Ivon Tio
Prep D Eran Dharmasena
1 D Sarah Western
1 A Ereney Francis
1 A Diana Atkins
2 A Stewart Cant
2 D Emma Griffiths
3 D Katherine Gracey
3 A Sally Robinson
3 A Jenny  Wang
3 D Jane Wilcock
4 D Danielle Kelberg
4 A Nicole Doyle
5 A Debbi Lukman
5 A Jo Hams
5 D Sally Robinson
5 D Samantha Bray
6 D Michelle Kuo
6 A Katherine Gracey
7 D & E Lisa Chivers
7 A, B & C Danielle Kelberg
9 A, B & C Kerry Boromeo
12 Dorothy Ou
12 Annette Dark
12 Wendy Zhang

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.

Friends of Young Farmers (FOYF) – An invitation to new members

We would like to invite new members to join and support the activities of our Tintern Young Farmers and the Tinternwood Farm. Our AGM is Monday 4 April 2022 at 7pm and we would love any interested parents/friends to take this opportunity to meet us and consider joining our committee. Our meeting is held both onsite in the CM Wood Common Room, as well as online via Zoom by selecting online here.

Friends of Young Farmers are parents, friends, ex-students and like-minded people who come together to support students interested in the Tinternwood Farm and to promote the farm itself. It is a relaxed and friendly community group formed in 2012 who come together to:

  • Support the teaching staff and students in the Young Farmers’ program
  • Actively fundraise to support the Young Farmers’ program and the farming requirements of the school.
  • Support the farm by coordinating working bees, activities or Farm events.
  • Support each other by attending ‘getting to know you’ events.

We very grateful for the ongoing support of the families on our Friends of Young Farmers Committee and look forward to welcoming new members. If you are interested in assisting with events, but unable to attend meetings, or would like further information or to join the committee please contact foyf@tintern.vic.edu.au.

Footy Tipping Competition – AFL

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

For those interested in joining the 2022 competitions, 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.

Unfortunately, due to the new AFLW timing, we have missed the start of the season. We are incredibly disappointed, but we are unable to run a fair and equitable tipping competition for AFLW in 2022. Please note we will ensure the Tipping competition commences prior to the start of the 2023 AFLW season.

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 12 May 2022 at 7pm President: Haidee Wallace Location: CM Wood Common Room Or join online by selecting here.
  • Friends of Music (FOM) – Next Meeting: Tuesday 15 March 2022 at 7pm  President: Debra Fryer Location: CM Wood Common Room
  • Friends of Young Farmers (FOYF) AGM – Next Meeting: Monday 4 April 2022 at 7.30pm President: Ranald Young Zoom:  CM Wood Common Room Or join online by selecting here.
  • Friends of Equestrian (FOE) – Next Meeting: Contact us for further information  Location: CM Wood Common Room 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:

  • All attendees must be double vaccinated (and provide proof of vaccination – the easiest way is via the Services Victoria App at Check-in)
  • Check-in with the QR Code
  • Masks to be worn indoors (unless you have an exemption)
  • Social distancing where possible

Upcoming Reunions

  • Canberra Chapter Reunion – Wednesday 16 March at 7pm, Hotel Realm – Book Here
  • 5+2 Year Reunion YG 2015 – Friday 18 March at 7.30pm, Sage 2, Sage Hotel, Ringwood – Book Here
  • High Tea Reunions – Tuesday 5 April 2022 at 11.30am

Community Events 2022



2022 Musical

Wednesday 23 to Saturday 26 March

Cathedral Service 2022

Thursday 5 May 1pm to 2pm

Career’s Night

Thursday 19 May at 6pm

2022 FOE Horse Trials

Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 May

TPG Trivia Night

Sat 30 July at 7pm

Jazz Night

Friday 26 August at 7pm

FOYF Spring Celebration at the FARM

Friday 2 September, 3.30pm to 7.00pm

Celebration Evening

Monday 17 October at 7pm

TPG Spring Garden Tour

Friday 21 October – 9.00am to 3.15pm

Community Fun Day

Saturday 22 October at 2pm to 7pm

Principal’s Volunteer Thank You evening

Thursday 24 November at 7.00pm

Munch with the Musos

Sunday 27 November 10am

Reunions 2022



10 Year Reunion YG 2012

Saturday 19 February at 7pm at Sage Hotel

Canberra Chapter Reunion

Wednesday 16 March at 7pm, Hotel Realm

5+2 Year Reunion YG 2015

Friday 18 March at 7.30pm, Sage 2, Sage Hotel

50, 55, 60 & 55+ Year Reunion YG 1970, 1971 and 1972, 1965, 1966 & 1967, 1960, 1961 & 1962

Tuesday 5 April, 11am to 2.00pm

15 Year Reunion YG 2007, 2006 and 2005

Saturday 4 June at 3.30pm, followed by offsite

5 Year Reunion YG 2017

Friday 22 July at 7.30pm, offsite

Reunion Festival 2021 YGs 2002, 1997, 1992, 1987, 1982, 1977

Saturday 5 November at 3.30pm, followed by Offsite

Return to Tintern Alumni Admissions Tour

Thursday 17 November, 6pm – 8pm CM Wood Centre



ELC News

Welcome to Tintern and ELC BYO Picnic

This year we combined our ELC Welcome to Tintern Event and BYO Picnic out on the Tintern Oval. The warm summer night was just perfect for our families to enjoy their picnic dinner and meet others from the Tintern community.

To make up for past, cancelled and postponed events, we added a few extra activities to add a little sparkle to the night. The children enjoyed showing their families how they could balance and jump on the mini obstacle course. They loved snuggling with the rabbits, pigs and guinea pigs at the petting farm and Tom the ice cream man arrived with his ice cream truck just in time for dessert.   

It was great to see the families being able to connect with one another, catch up on a more personal level, sit back and relax. The Staff appreciated getting to know the families and strengthening ties between home and school.

Everyone seemed to thoroughly enjoy themselves at the event and it was warming to see the families being able to connect after a somewhat restricted past two years.

Thank you to the ELC Staff for helping organise the event and a special thanks to the Year Twelve Leaders for helping out on the night.


Claire Trappitt

Pre-Prep A Teacher



Girls’ Junior School News

Crazy Hair Day 

Today we supported the Leukaemia Foundation’s World’s Greatest Shave with a Crazy Hair Day fundraiser. As you can see below we had lots of very fun and creative hairstyles in the Girls’ Junior School. 


My Place in Space

What a wonderful start to the year we have had in Year 2. The girls have settled well and have taken beautifully to their responsibilities as the leaders of our Prep to 2 area; kindly supporting our newest friends in the Prep Classroom. What wonderful role models they have become.

As a class we have delved deeply into our learning and while studying the topic “My Place in Space”, have discovered much about the areas in which we live, our indigenous culture and history, the states and territories of Australia, the continents and oceans of the World, and the planets of our solar system. We have looked at maps and learned to use an atlas. We launched into Google Earth and found our school, the City of Melbourne and Uluru!

We even explored the Great Barrier Reef, considered one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the world, all from the comfort of our own classroom. The girls wondered at the magnificence of the reef and were amazed to realise that coral are actually animals.

In between this we have been reading, writing, spelling, becoming marvellous mathematicians, and we even cheered on Scotty James during the Olympic Games.

 So much learning already and we are only half way through Term 1!

Michelle Gluskie

Prep – 2 Cluster Coordinator Junior Schools

Year 2 Girls’ Junior School Classroom Teacher




Boys’ Junior School News

Boys’ Junior School News 

We have consistently talked in our Junior School about the use of candles as a way of celebrating, remembering and for wellbeing. I know that many of boys are lighting their candles at home, and in the class, for a variety of reasons.

Earlier this week, each class lit a candle for the people of Ukraine, and placed it under our TV in the Southwood Centre Social Space, where we have the display at right on the screen. We took the time in our Years 3 to 6 Assembly on Monday to ask the boys to express their feelings about the Russia-Ukraine conflict. Discussing the War helps children process  their emotions…and ‘combats’.  misinformation.

Grand Prix

Our Boys’ Junior School held their annual Grand Prix event this morning, along with Crazy Hair Day in support of the Leukaemia’s World’s Greatest Shave. Congratulations to all of our students who participated with such energy and enthusiasm.



Secondary School News

Secondary School News

The Secondary School is in full pace now which is such a delight to be a part of. We have successfully managed to execute 5 of our school camps this term with our Year 8s set to go out early in Term 2. The opportunities and activities that all year levels have had on their respective camps has been excellent and the learning moments they experienced will help guide them throughout this year and beyond.

We are very grateful for the way our students, families and staff have helped manage the COVID situation for the school. Like all of society, we have our share of people who either contract the virus or become household close contacts through others, and the support and care that has been displayed by everyone is a testament to our wonderful community.

The Middle School is a busy place, both in and out of class, and the first half of Term One has been no exception. Year 7 students have been meeting new friends and teachers, learning how to pack their lockers (a challenging task!) and generally becoming familiar with the routines of Secondary school life. The Big Brother/Big Sister (BB/BS) program started with our Year 7 and Year 11 students this week, which is one highlight of our Pastoral Program. BB/BS helps promote positive student mental health, by developing strong relationships with mentees. It is of great benefit to both the older and younger students, with great excitement shown by our Year 7s in anticipation of meeting their ‘Big Brother/Sister’.


Year 8 students are in the advantageous position of being familiar with school routines and peers, and therefore are well placed to become involved with the many co-curricular offerings at Tintern Grammar. Being involved in the extra activities Tintern offers improves connections with the school, which can have the flow-on effect of significantly improving student academic achievement, attitudes about self and others, and conduct in home and the community. School is not only a place where we learn reading, writing and mathematics; it is also a place where students learn to get along together, and develop social skills and becoming involved in the co-curricular program is a great place to grow.  Aside from the numerous music ensembles students can become involved in, other events including debating, Pegasus magazine editing, Maths Assist, Young Farmers, Green-Team and the Social Justice Group to name a few, are events we encourage students to become involved with throughout the year and which are advertised on our Portal currently.

The Year 9 students have settled back after a week of hiking along the Great Ocean Road where they made memories that will last a lifetime. The Challenge Program is in full-swing, beginning early in the year with preparing for their Year 9 Camp. The program is now focusing on character strengths and study skills, in this important year of setting the groundwork for Senior College and beyond. Elevate Education will be presenting to the students providing invaluable tips and suggestions for improving study techniques, which is particularly relevant this year as Year 9s have their first formal examinations later in the year.


Our Year 10s in particular have demonstrated a wonderful approach to their learning this year having now made the transition up into our Senior College. We recently had a representative from the Maroondah City Council speak to our students about a leadership program open to Year 10s. There is an opportunity for a small group of Tintern students to work as a Student Wellbeing Action Team and interact with other school representatives in the region. The program includes a one-day seminar, overnight camp, and meetings with a Youth Worker to identify an area of need and implement change at the school. Applications are currently open and students apply directly on the website. Further information can be viewed in this video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9xf1WTesD8&t=5s

and the application link is https://www.maroondahyouth.com.au/Programs-for-Young-People/Leadership/Senior-SWAT-Student-Wellbeing-Action-Teams

Work Experience preparation has been another focus over recent weeks as a follow up from the introduction to students when they were in Year 9. They are currently completing the Safe@Work General Module test and also submitting their Work Experience Arrangement Form so the official documents can be prepared by our Work Experience Co-ordinator Ms Julie Ennor. She can be contacted at jennor@tintern.vic.edu.au if you have any questions.

Our Year 10 Co-ordinator, Mrs Heather Ruckert, will be taking medical leave from Wednesday 16 March until early in Term 2, and we wish her all the very best for this time. In her absence, Mr Rowan Kidd, will be filling the role of Year 10 Level Co-ordinator. Rowan is a long-standing staff member who has worked in our pastoral program for many years as a pastoral mentor from Year 7 to Year 12. He is very well-liked by all students and staff and we have great confidence in Rowan taking on this role.

Our Year 11 and 12 students have set a fine example of the commitment and dedication required in the Senior College. Despite the challenges presented to them over recent years, it has been great to see them working both collaboratively and independently on their classwork, whilst also providing a great sense of enjoyment and participation in school life. It is through these opportunities, even at Year 12, that our students continue to develop that sense of fun and enjoyment, as well as a sense of pride for belonging to Tintern Grammar. Many of our Year 11s are involved in Big Brother/Big Sister program where they are providing a wonderful sense of mentoring and connection with our Year 7s. The experience of leadership and the challenge of connecting with 12-year-old students is helping to develop wonderful attributes in our Year 11s, as well a providing them with a real sense of fun and fulfilment.

Our Year 12 students have been officially making their mark on the Senior College with work beginning on their Year 12 banner. Lead by a talented group of Year 12 students their piece of artwork will hang proudly in the upstairs social space for the remainder of 2022.

Careers and Tertiary education has also been a focus for our Year 12 students in the past few weeks. Mrs Ruckert has spoken to all the Year 12 students at assembly and now many students are making appointments to discuss their pathways with Mrs Heather Ruckert. Those who have not made an appointment yet are encouraged to do as soon as possible careers@tintern.vic.edu.au. Or Hruckert@tintern.vic.edu.au Students and families are also encouraged to visit the Careers tab on the Portal for more information relating to open days, VTAC applications, vocational testing and lots more.

This week was an opportunity to celebrate International Women’s Day and our student leadership team helped to provide a fantastic experience for the Secondary School. They also helped to facilitate our Utility activities that focused on this year’s theme; discussing ways that we can #BREAKTHEBIAS when it comes to gender inequity. This will be continued in our full school assembly next Friday.

Our school’s athletics carnival is Friday 11 March, and it promises to be another fantastic day. For many students this is a highlight for them, much the same as the stage is for some or STEAM lab is for others. It provides them with the opportunity to shine and to contribute to their House points for 2022, whilst for others the athletics day can be quite challenging. What is important is that it is a day of fun and an opportunity to show spirit by being involved. It could be by running the 100m or doing the triple jump, or it could be by being involved in one of the many novelty events that are also part of the fun throughout the day. A reminder that our athletics training program, open to all Secondary students, will be beginning shortly on Monday and Friday mornings as well as Wednesday afternoons. This is run by four-time Olympian Craig Mottram and his team and provides great coaching and fitness tips for all levels of ability.

Our Student Progress Meetings begin next week and provide an opportunity for all families to connect with their child/children’s classroom teachers. There will be three sessions in total, all run via Microsoft Teams, with bookings opening up on Friday 11 March. Students are expected at these meetings as well as it is an opportunity for a three-way discussion around how they are going and goals they could be setting as they move further into Semester 2.

Finally, I would like to wish all our students involved in the School Musical, Little Shop of Horrors, all the very best for their approaching performances. Tickets are available from the Karralyka Theatre and I encourage all families to get along to support the show and to also see some amazing performances by some very talented students.


Little Shop of Horrors at the Karralyka Theatre!

Tintern Grammar presents Little Shop of Horrors at the Karralyka Theatre! A deviously delicious Broadway and Hollywood smash hit, Little Shop of Horrors has devoured the hearts of theatre goers for over 30 years.
Tickets are now on sale for the following performances:
Wednesday 23 March 6:30pm (Preview performance)
Thursday 24 March 7:00pm
Friday 25 March 7:00pm
Saturday 26 March, 7:00pm
Click here to purchase your tickets – https://aukarralyka.sales.ticketsearch.com/…/sale…/51483

Maria Ruan (YG 2018)

Last week we were fortunate to have alumna Maria Ruan (YG 2018) return to Tintern to speak with our International students.
Maria was our International Dux in 2018 and completed a Bachelor of Arts majoring in both Applied Linguistics and English Literature at the University of Melbourne. Maria has recently returned to Melbourne to undertake her Master of Education at Melbourne University.
Maria enjoyed reflecting on her time at Tintern, catching up with past teachers and viewing her wonderful painting which is on display in the Senior College. As the 2018 Art Captain, Maria’s passion for Art still continues today.
We thank Maria for taking the time to return to Tintern and speak with our students.