13 Dec 2019

From the Principal

Important Board news and end of year best wishes

As we approach the end of the school and calendar year, I wish you all a wonderful festive season and a relaxing and enjoyable summer break.

I write to you to report the resignation of Mr Greg Hoxley, Chair of the Tintern Grammar Board, effective end of 2019. Greg has resigned from both his role as Board Chair, and as a Board Director. Greg has been Chair of the Board since 2014, and a Director on the School Board from early 2013 and we will greatly miss Greg’s expert leadership.

A father of three Southwood, and later Tintern boys, Greg has shown enormous commitment to the School as a Board member, and over the last 5 years as Board Chair. He has provided very significant leadership in bringing together the previous two communities of Tintern Schools into a single united family.

Greg has also brought his over twenty-five years of project management and assessment experience to the Board, and his skills have been invaluable in the planning and execution of our last 5 years of building works. He also led the Board with an effective combination of strength and nuance, utilising his extensive experience in organisational leadership and governance. Under Greg’s leadership the school has achieved impressive community engagement and unity, new levels of academic excellence for its students and has built and renewed many important facilities to enhance all students’ experiences at Tintern.

We offer best wishes to Greg as he will take up the opportunities to re-focus his business interests with greater energy and additional time and offer our gratitude for his impressive leadership and commitment to our fine school.

Deputy Chair, Dr Jessica Davies will take up the role of Acting Chair until the appointment of the new permanent Chair early in 2020.

I thank you all for a wonderful 2019 at Tintern and look forward to seeing all new secondary students and Years 11 and 12 on Thursday 30 January 2020, and I hope to see many of our Year 7 and new parents at the Year 7 Parents and New Parents Welcome Coffee Morning in the Year 9 Courtyard from 8:30am after drop off on that day. Please book for catering purposes: https://www.trybooking.com/BGZEK

These students will be joined by all other students, including ELC, the next day on Friday 31 January. On this day we welcome all parents at the Welcome Coffee Morning at the Community Hub from 8:30am after drop off. Please book for catering purposes: https://www.trybooking.com/BGZER

Merry Christmas.


Chaplain’s Corner

Crooks not Robbers!

In our Junior School Christmas Services this year we have been looking at the origin of some of our Christmas traditions. One such tradition is the ‘Candy Cane’ and the students have enjoyed discovering more about it. In doing this we have also realised that so many of the things we do today at Christmas find their origin in that first Christmas 2000 years ago.

It is reported that candy canes were Originally straight – thus called ‘canes’ but the distinctive ‘hook’ shape associated with candy canes is traditionally credited to a choirmaster at in Germany, who, in 1670 bent straight candy sticks into canes to represent a shepherd’s crook. These were then given to children at Christmas to remember the shepherds. The shepherds were the first people to visit the baby Jesus and a crook was a vital tool for any shepherd.

As well as being a crook, the candy cane if turned the other way becomes the letter ‘J’ for Jesus and the colours symbolise his purity (white) and the blood he was to shed dying on the cross (red).

May your Christmas this year be filled with awe and wonder and the peace of the Christ Child.


Music Matters

A Merry and Musical Christmas to All!

From all of the Music Staff, we wish all of our Tintern Families and, especially, our musicians a Merry Christmas. 2020 promises to be another bumper year of wonderful performances. For those who like to lock those key musical dates into their calendars early, please take note:

Wednesday 18 – Saturday 21 March – Beauty and the Beast, Karralyka Theatre

Sunday 17 May – Tintern Grammar Cathedral Service

Friday 24 – Sunday 26 July – Music Camp

Friday 7 August  – Tintern Grammar Annual Concert

Moving to September (stay tuned) – Friends of Music Jazz Night

Friday 16 October – Tintern Grammar Celebration Evening, Robert Blackwood Hall

Have a safe and restful holiday (but don’t forget to keep practising those instruments – we don’t want them to feel unloved!)


Sport Matters

Amelia and Springwood Junior win the Horseland Interschool Combined Training Series

Amelia Qvist in Year 11 and her horse Springwood Junior have been representing Tintern Grammar in the Horseland Interschool Combined Training Series Competition. This competition has been held over four heats during the past seven months at Boneo Park. Twenty-seven riders competed in this 95cm class, which also included dressage.

Throughout the competition Amelia achieved fantastic results and we are pleased to congratulate her as the overall series winner with a total of 74 out of a maximum 80 points. This is an outstanding result. Well done, Amelia!


Community Matters

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

The Community Relations team and all the Community Groups would like to take this opportunity to wish all Tintern Grammar families a happy and safe Christmas. It has been a pleasure to work with all Community Volunteers; whether you help in the classroom, belong to a community group or contribute to a Community event, your time is genuinely valued. All the Community Groups have experienced a successful year that is truly reflective of our families. We look forward to your ongoing support in 2020.

Principal’s Thank You Night

Thank you to everyone who was able to join us for the Principal’s Volunteer Thank You evening on the 28 November. It was wonderful to be able to thank so many of the incredible people who have volunteered their time and expertise to help make the many Community events held throughout the year so amazing! 

Save the Date – Trivia Night 2020

Please save the date now for the 2020 TPG Trivia Night – Saturday 29 February 2020.

Junior School Gingerbread Decorating

Thank you to the incredible Tintern Parents Group who once again organized Christmas Gingerbread decorating for the Junior Schools. A thank you also to every family who donated to this event. The students had an incredible time decorating their cookies.  It really was incredible how many lollies can fit on a single biscuit!

Working With Children Check

Tintern Grammar requires all volunteers to have a current Working With Children Check (WWCC). If you are intending to volunteer at Tintern, now or in the future, could you please send a copy of your WWCC to either the Junior School assistants or by email to communityrelations@tintern.vic.edu.au, alternatively pop in to the Main Administration where they will be happy to take a copy for you.

Community Committee Dates 

  • Tintern Parent Group (TPG) –Next meeting: Thursday 6 February 2020 at 7.00pm Kennedy Cottage President: Haidee Wallace
  • Friends of Music (FOM) – Next Meeting: Wednesday 12 February 2020 CM Wood Common Room President: Debra Fryer
  • Friends of Young Farmers (FOYF) – Next Meeting: Monday 10 February 2020 at 7.30pm President: Meaghan Cross
  • Friends of Equestrian (FOE) – Next Meeting: Friday 7 February 2020 Kennedy Cottage President: Vacant Vice President: Karen Trevorrow

Upcoming Community Dates:

  • Foundation Service and Community Morning Tea – Friday 7 February 2020 – Book here
  • Friends of Equestrian Demonstration Day – Friday 27 March 2020
  • 20th Annual Interschool Horse Trial Championships – Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 April 2020
  • Alumni Career Event – Thursday 21 May 2020

Upcoming Reunions:

  • Class of 2010, 10 Year Reunion – Saturday 22 February 2020 – Booking link coming soon

Community Fundraising

Entertainment Books – Now Valid for 12 Months

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. The perfect Christmas Gift!

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!

Tea Towels 2019 – An excellent Christmas gift!

Creating Lasting Memories!
Our limited edition tea towel design will be made up of self-portraits drawn by all our children and staff. There are 3 separate designs by our junior girls, boys and ELC.
The pictures and names are arranged as a commemorative design and screen printed onto premium 100% white cotton tea towels.

Don’t forget to order a few extras for family members and your keepsake box. Now only $10 each!

To order this treasured keepsake please visit:

There is a  tea towel on display in the Girls and Boys Junior School and the ELC.

Please note: limited quantities available.

Thank you for your continued support!

2017 Tea Towels Designs

Tintern Grammar Photo Albums – Protect your School Photos!

Protect your child’s school photos with a stunning Tintern Photo Album. The TPG is offering beautiful quality made customised ‘buckram’ binders for only $72. The albums are Navy, featuring the school crest and name printed in silver on the front cover and come complete with 10 transparent sheet inserts.

The albums are great for storing:
– The official school photos
– Certificates
– NAPLAN and ICAS results
– Sports and performer ribbons
– Artwork
– Programs from concerts, sports days and special assemblies
– Photos
– Newsletter clippings
– Your own scrapbook creations (as the pages are 30cm x 30cm standard scrapbook size)

In fact, if you think of it like a filing cabinet of memories, over the years it builds up into quite a treasure! Samples can be viewed in the uniform shop and all orders are now taken at this link through trybooking

Once you have placed your order, please take your confirmation to the Uniform Shop to collect your Album and/or extra pages.



Congratulations to the Class of 2019

Our Year 12 VCE students received their results yesterday. We are very pleased to share that our students’ results across the board have been very strong and we congratulate our VCE cohort for their hard work and dedication to achieve these results. We are also very pleased to share an improvement in our median ATAR to 77.1 (2018 – 72.4), which is an outstanding result.

Below is a brief summary of our VCE results.

  • Congratulations to our VCE Dux, Oscar De Jong who achieved an ATAR of 99.4
  • Congratulations to our International Dux, Zhaoxuan (Steven) Li, who achieved an ATAR of 94.9
  • 1.37% of Tintern VCE students achieved an ATAR score above 99
  • 4.11% of Tintern VCE students achieved an ATAR score above 97
  • 19.18% of Tintern VCE students achieved an ATAR score above 90
  • 31.51% of Tintern VCE students achieved an ATAR score above 85
  • 41.10% of Tintern VCE students achieved an ATAR score above 80
  • Median ATAR 77.1 (72.4 last year)

These results reflect the hard work of our students and the support and excellent teaching provided here at Tintern Grammar. The school community joins with family and friends of our VCE graduates in congratulating all our students and wishing them our best for the exciting adventures that await them.

On 3 January 2020, our International Baccalaureate Diploma cohort will receive their results and we will then have a complete picture of our Year 12 results. We look forward to congratulating our IB students in January and sharing both their success and our combined results for the Class of 2019.


School Holiday Closure Period

As the school year draws to a close, we would like to take this opportunity to wish our community a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

The School will be closed from Tuesday 24 December 2019 and re-open on Thursday 2 January 2020. Our Admissions office will reopen on Monday 6 January 2020. For the remainder of December and throughout January our main reception holiday hours are 8.30am – 4.30pm. You can contact reception on 9845 7777 during this time.

Term 1 commences for Years 7, 11 and 12 students (full day) and all new students in Years 8 – 10 (part day) on Thursday 30 January 2020. All students return on Friday 31 January 2020. Term dates are available here.

The Uniform Shop will close on Wednesday 11 December 2019 and reopen on Monday 20 January 2020. Uniform Shop hours are available here.

Photo credit: Jessica and Allen, Years 3 and 4 – winners of the 2019 Tintern Christmas card competition.


The Night Before Christmas

Prep-Year 2 boys and girls thoroughly enjoyed an entertaining live performance titled The Night Before Christmas, as a special treat to end their week. Caroline and Philip from Carp Productions once again engaged the children with hilarious jokes, slapstick humour, audience participation and lots of opportunities for dancing and singing. It certainly is beginning to look a lot like Christmas!


Boys’ Middle School News

The year has come to an end! It’s amazing how quick this all goes when it feels like only yesterday that we welcomed our 2019 Year 7s into our Middle School, helped to settle them into life at the secondary school level, as well as introducing our 2019 student leadership team. It’s now mid-December and those fresh-faced Year 7s are right at home, our Year 8s have taken up the leadership role of the Middle School (with an eye to 2020), and our Year 9s have begun their transition into Senior College.

The year has seen many wonderful activities and achievements by our boys. They have grown through opportunities in class, on the sporting field, on the stage, behind the microphone, at the farm, internationally, plus lots, lots more.

Academically our boys have excelled this year, especially in external competitions that assess areas such as Mathematics, English and Science. We have had many boys placed in the top 10%, and even a number of them placed in the top 1% of students for competitions such as the Maths Talent Quest, Australian Mathematics Competition, Science Talent Quest, ICAS (Reading, Writing, Maths & Science) and Geography Competition. It is great to see such a large number of our boys being recognised for their academic achievements and capabilities.

We have seen many boys involved in enrichment opportunities in the Horizon program where they have published their own story in a book, studied anime films, looked at astronomy, trained for RoboCup 2020, plus lots more.

On the sporting field our boys have had a fantastic year. Competing in the EISM competition we have secured a good number of flags including Tennis A and B, Table Tennis and Badminton at Year 8/9 level and Indoor Cricket with Year 7s. We have had many boys succeed in individual or small team events in athletics, swimming and cross-country and it has been great to see many of them training early in the mornings even through the cold winter months.

This year, we have seen the introduction of after school training for some selected sports: football and basketball. The football training ran during the football season and was wonderfully supported by our boys (and girls) as well as Joel Pearce-Schmidt (School Captain) and Jai Van Der Wert (Year 12 House Captain) who helped to manage and coach the students. Mrs Petchell and Miss Vine have begun our elite basketball squad training over Term 4 this year with this increasing in regularity next year as we aim to select our squad to compete in a number of external basketball competitions outside of the EISM in 2020.

As always at this age level, we have seen a massive growth in our boys both physically and emotionally. I have mentioned many times about the challenges they face in this age bracket and how it’s important that as parents and as a school, we team together to help guide these young men through adolescence and equip them with the skills they’ll need for success in the wider world. Our pastoral program, aided by a fantastic group of pastoral staff including Year Level Coordinators and Pastoral Mentors, continues to go from strength to strength. We have adopted The Resilience Project and begun introducing the principles behind this. We have partnered with groups such as SALT (Sport and Life Training), Tripod and The Man Cave to deliver age and stage programs that help our boys navigate their way through puberty and their adolescent years, and we have provided other growth opportunities through activities such as Night of the Notables, The Smoothie Bar and our Becoming a Man Program.

This year was the first year we ran the Middle Years’ World Challenge and it was great to see the number of boys and girls that were able to participate. The experience they had in Vietnam was an amazing one; from learning about different cultures, to lending a hand building roads and buildings for disadvantaged communities, to trying different foods and a new language, were all amazing experiences for these students.

A key component of Middle School is our camps program that begins early in Year 7. Emma Lowing, our Head of Outdoor Education and Head of Camps, has an amazing program sequenced from Year 7 to Year 9 that builds up many skills in our students as they go through the Middle Years. From snorkelling with the seals, to hiking the top of Mount Buffalo; from skiing Mount Stirling to white water rafting down the Mitchell River – the program helps to build many competencies within our boys, especially resilience and independence. They hike, sleep under tarps or in tents, cook on trangia stoves and learn to work both independently and in teams to ensure a successful and rewarding experience that they can draw on when faced with challenging times in the future.

Other key areas that our boys benefit from are our music and performing arts department, and our school farm. The music and performing arts section of our school is very strong and is an area that many of our students utilise for their own personal development. I have mentioned many times about the benefits of being involved in these programs for social connections, as it provides our boys with opportunities to connect with other students outside of the Boys’ Middle School. The farm also provides a large number of our boys and girls the opportunity to follow an area of passion or interest, whether it be through the subject Agriculture in Year 7, or if they become members of our Young Farmers group, or if they just visit the farm at different times of the year to enjoy the peacefulness and the animals.

At our recent assembly I put to the boys the challenge of reflecting over the coming holidays around three key areas:

  • Personal achievements
  • Social development
  • School participation

For personal achievement the boys need to reflect on their academic efforts this year. They need to use their school reports (both Semester 1 and 2), their grades on other assessments as well as, and probably most importantly, the behavioural indicators from teachers that talk about effort, participation, etc.

Social development was them reflecting on how they have been with their peers this year. Have they been a “good friend”? Have they broadened their social network? Could they have done more to help someone else? All little things aimed at connecting the boys with each other a bit more.

The final area was school participation; for this I focussed on co-curricular involvement. Again, I have mentioned this many times throughout the year, but school enjoyment and connectedness correlates highly (in my opinion based on 20 years of teaching) with their involvement in, and enjoyment of, co-curricular activities. I have challenged them to involve themselves more in activities such as Chess Club, RoboCup soccer, sport training (before and after school), Dungeons and Dragons, Young Farmers, etc., to even begin their own club with a group of friends – anything that has them enjoying themselves at school and looking forward to the day these activities are on.

I wish everyone a fantastic summer holiday and a very Merry Christmas. I wish our graduating Year 9s all the best for their Senior College journey and I look forward to seeing everyone back next year. A reminder that our new Year 7s and Year 11s and 12s begin on Thursday 30 January, whilst our Years 8 – 10 start back on Friday 31 January.


Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award Ceremony

We are pleased to share that a number of Year 12 students and alumni received their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award at a ceremony at the Town Hall earlier this week.

Congratulations to Year 12 students Olivia Cross, Erin Doupe, Julia Rosenbrock and Ashlea Cross, and alumni Tara McAsey (YG 2018), Hollis Huang (YG 2018) and Jeremy Doupe (YG 2015). The awards were presented by Mr Richard Riordan MP (State Member for Polwarth, Shadow Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Shadow Assistant Minister for Regional Victoria), with Ms Sue Lloyd-Williams AO, Chair Duke of Edinburgh Victoria as the guest speaker.

The Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award is the highest of the three awards and represents a significant achievement that is recognised worldwide.

The Duke of Edinburgh program invites young people aged 14-25 to realise their ambitions and to change their world. It has three levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold. To achieve each level, participants create their own program of activities and goals over a set length of time and across four sections: Service, Skill, Physical Recreation and Adventurous Journey. Gold-level Award participants also undertake a fifth section: Residential Project– To broaden experience through involvement with others in a residential setting. Through participation in The Duke of Edinburgh, young people are empowered with the skills and opportunities to make meaningful decisions, enhance life and work skills, live active and healthy lifestyles, contribute to their communities, and build their sense of adventure in the face of the unknown and unfamiliar.


Alicia Cornwell (YG 1981)

Congratulations to alumna Alicia Cornwell (YG 1981) on her current exhibition at Wyreena Community Arts Centre in Croydon. Alicia is a local artist specialising in oil painting – particularly contemporary realism. Her work demonstrates a love of vintage and florals with an eye for detail and an appreciation for the depth of glazes. Alicia paints items that catch her eye, incorporating the beauty of both natural and man-made design. She incorporates things of old which are offset by the colour and light of nature from her mountain garden. Nothing makes Alicia happier than exploring the colours of a flower with her paint brush and matching her antique and vintage collections together.

View Alicia Cornwell’s exhibition from now until the Saturday 25 January 2020 at the Wyreena Community Arts Centre, Arts Lounge, at 13-23 Hull Road, Croydon. Find out more here: http://www.maroondah.vic.gov.au/…/Ev…/Arts-Lounge-Exhibition

Photo credit: Tumbling Native Bouquet, Alicia Cornwell – http://www.maroondah.vic.gov.au/…/Ev…/Arts-Lounge-Exhibition


Bridgette Kenna (YG 2014)

Congratulations to Bridgette Kenna (YG 2014) on the recent launch of her swimwear brand, BMK. Inspired by the relaxed Balinese lifestyle and iconic coastal Australian landscape, BMK was designed as your summer time essential. The celebration of all body types is at the core of BMK, with an emphasis on fit and functionality of all garments produced. BMK is proud to offer sizes 6-14. BMK encompasses versatile yet considered fashion. Using recycled Italian fabric ensures quality pieces that are environmentally conscious and sustainable.

Image Credit


Jodi Evans (YG 2004)

A very big thank you to alumna and former Tintern teacher, Jodi Evans (YG 2004), who joined us recently on behalf of the Climate Reality Project to talk about the science of climate change and empower our students through facts.

Jodi’s presentation to our Middle School students was part of a larger event called ’24 Hours of Reality’, an initiative of Former Vice President Al Gore, who this year have partnered with One Tree Planted As a nice surprise for our students, at the end of the presentation they were informed that by being part of a ’24 Hours of Reality’ audience, One Tree Planted will plant a tree in Australia for every student in the room. That’s almost 300 trees planted on behalf of the Tintern community!

To learn more about this initiative, please visit Climate Reality



Scotty James (YG 2013)

Congratulations to alumnus Scotty James (YG 2013) who has been awarded the Male Athlete of the Year in the Australian Institute of Sport Performance Awards. A very worthy winner, Scotty has won every major event he entered — including an unprecedented third consecutive halfpipe title at the World Championships in Utah.

Well done, Scotty!

Photo credit: Kathy Watt


Principal’s Events – Term 1, 2020

We hope you can join us for these Principal’s events in Term 1, 2020.

Year 7 Parents and New Parents Welcome Coffee Morning

Parents of 2020 Year 7s and parents of new students entering Years 8 – 12 in 2020 are welcome to join us for coffee and morning tea after drop off on Thursday 30 January 2020, 8.30am in the Year 9 Courtyard.

Please book for catering purposes: https://www.trybooking.com/BGZEK

Welcome Coffee Morning

All parents are welcome to join us for coffee and morning tea after drop off on Friday 31 January 2020, 8.30am in the Community Hub.

Please book for catering purposes: https://www.trybooking.com/BGZER

ELC and Junior School Families BBQ and Afternoon Tea

ELC and Junior School children and parents/guardians are invited to join the Principal Bradley Fry for a Welcome Back BBQ and Afternoon Tea on Wednesday 5 February, 3.30 – 5.00pm in the Community Hub.

Please book for catering purposes: https://www.trybooking.com/BGZEZ

Years 7 – 12 Parent Drinks hosted by the Principal

Parents and guardians of Years 7 – 12 students are invited to join the Principal Bradley Fry for drinks and canapés on Thursday 20 February, 6.00 – 7.30pm in the Year 9 Courtyard.

Please book for catering purposes: https://www.trybooking.com/BGZFE