10 Dec 2020

From the Principal

Middle School Students’ Agency – an amazing project launched by Middle School students.

2020 has been a year of learning new ways to do things. The efforts of staff and students, the support of parents and the shape of our workplaces have all looked very different this year. It would have been easy (and possibly tempting) for our students to bunker down and narrow their focus to their own needs in 2020, given the multitude of challenges the have faced. But it has been wonderful to see that this has not been the case, with a number of social justice and service initiatives and projects launched or maintained this year.

In our School Vision for our graduates, its fourth pillar revolves around the aim for our graduates to contribute: “… to create a better world.”, certainly a laudable goal, but also a very lofty one.

In the final week of November, Year 7 students Grace Boromeo, Daisy Mitchell, Matilda Bailye and Year 8 student Jayden Lee, wrote to me about an initiative they have launched to support those less advantaged than themselves. Grace’s email is below and in this year where so many people’s circumstances, many in our own community, have been so affected, I urge you strongly to support this important initiative generated by these impressive young people.

In the first half of 2021, two teams of Tintern students are participating in Global Social Leaders competition, a global competition that aims to develop students’ understanding of global citizenship and to turn their ideas into reality.

Our Middle School Team has created Project EduCare, and we are fundraising and collecting basic stationery items to donate to disadvantaged Australian students. Any supplies collected will be put into stationery packs and given to The Smith Family, who will distribute the packs to children in Melbourne who need them the most.

We are putting a call out to all Tintern students and parents, asking them to consider buying an extra stationery item (e.g. pack of pencils, pens, an eraser, or similar), when shopping for their own start of school year supplies. Any and every donation would be greatly appreciated and would make a huge difference in creating the stationery packs.

One of the members of the Project EduCare team will go around the school at the start of Term 1 next year and collect any donations, and there will also be donation boxes placed around the campus.

For more information about the competition, please visit https://www.globalsocialleaders.com

This is a powerful project and as I wrote above, I hope we can all support the impressive initiative that has been displayed by these Middle School students.

As we finish school for the year, I wish you a restful and rejuvenating holiday period and a happy and holy Christmas if you celebrate it. I am sure that we all look forward to a more conventional 2021, but there are roses to smell on the way to getting there.

factis non verbis

Bradley Fry

PRINCIPAL

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Chaplain’s Corner

Christmas gift suggestions: To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect.

– Oren Arnold

 In our Senior School assembly this week, we stopped to take a moment to look at the story of Ebenezer Scrooge from the classic ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens.

At the start of the tale,  we meet Scrooge who is a bitter old man. He appears to have given up on human happiness. It would appear that the purpose of his life, is to take what he can from anyone and everyone. He has closed his heart and has allowed hurt and anger to brew deep inside him. Time has deepened these wounds for him.

Throughout the story Scrooge is challenged about who he is and his outlook on life. By the end we see a man who has been able to let go of anger, to genuinely forgive and has made a choice to change how he lives his life.

His heart becomes lighter and he no longer carries a burden of anger and hurt. He learns the joy of giving to others, and he is set free to start to live again. 

What an incredible story of the power of redemption and change.

If I am being completely honest,  I think we all have some of Ebenezer Scrooge within us. Each one of us could recognise hurts or disappointments that we hold onto and let fester. Perhaps we have even hurt someone else? Do you resonate with the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge?

I wonder what it would be like to be able to let go of those hurts and to be free. Over this strange year of ours, I think we have all had more time to be reflective on life and the choices we make. In discussion with my students, they have shown that this time of lockdown has been quite profound in shaping their outlook on life. This has in turn deepened their desire to help others and they are more aware of the interconnectedness of humans across our world.

Here is my Christmas challenge to us all.

Maybe the best gift you could give someone this Christmas, is your forgiveness?

Maybe the best gift you could give yourself, is letting go of some disappointment or hurts.

Christmas can be an incredible time to heal and to forgive. A time to start afresh as we enter a new year.

Each year as I sing the carol “ Oh Holy Night” my heart lifts on this line

‘A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn’

Our world was ready and waiting for Jesus to come, and he came. This was just what our world needed.

The thrill of hope!  I wonder what you are looking forward to most about 2021.

This is my prayer for us all.

May our minds dwell not in the past, but on the bright future ahead.

May our hearts have room for forgiveness and grace.

May our homes be open to others as we share whatever we have  and give freely to others.

May we never forget the valuable lessons we learnt this year about the importance of human relationships and connection.

Amen.

 

Elizabeth Cutter

Acting Chaplain

Acting Head of Religion Studies

9A Pastoral Mentor

Farm Curriculum Co-ordinator

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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. 

2020 was not the year any of us expected. Every one of us experienced the effects of Covid19 and its associated restrictions. Some of our families experienced severe and unexpected financial difficulties. Whilst our students experienced the cancellation of many of the special events that help add joy to the school year. A special thank you to Friends of Young Farmers, Friends of Equestrian and Friends of Music, who all made a monetary donation to support families struggling financially due to the lockdowns. A special thank you also to the Tintern Parents Group, who gifted our entire Year 12 Class a $25 Uber Eats gift voucher, to bring a spark of joy to a final year like none before.

We were grateful for the events and fundraisers that were able to go ahead; the Trivia Night, Mango Drive, Second Hand Book sale, Equestrian Clinics, a virtual Spring Celebration and Spring Garden Tour.  We look forward to many wonderful Community events in 2021!

Class of 1970, 50 Year Golden Zoom-union

On Tuesday 8 December at 7pm we celebrated out first ever Zoom-union with the Class of 1970, in celebration of their 50 years anniversary.

There was much laughter, catching up and an instant camaraderie, though many hadn’t seen each other in a long time. The online format made it easy for Interstate Alumnae to join us.

We look forward to seeing the Class of 1970 at their postponed physical Reunion in 2021.

TPG Mangoes and Second-hand Books

Thank you to everyone who supported the Mango Drive. We appreciated your support of the Covid Safe collection process. I hope you all enjoyed the mangoes, as we did!

Thank you also to everyone who submitted books for the I Love Books Second-hand Book Sale, or attended the Tintern exclusive shopping event. 

Ritchies Community Benefit Program

The Ritchies Community Benefit Program has contributed more than $50 million dollars back to the local community across Australia over the past 26 years.

The Community Benefit Program has now moved to a new Ritchies Card App, available from the App store or Google Play, and or you can get a new physical Ritchies Card in store.  You can to download the App, or apply on line at www.ritchies.com.au/loyalty, and then choose a charity, school or club they wish to direct their financial support.

Community Committee Dates 

Please note that due to Tintern moving to online teaching in response to the Covid19 virus, all Community Group Meetings will be held online.

Further information will be provided.

  • Tintern Parent Group (TPG) –Next meeting: Tuesday 9 February 2021 at 7.30pm President: Haidee Wallace Zoom: Click here to join meeting Password: TPG
  • Friends of Music (FOM) – Next Meeting: Wednesday 17 February 2021 at 7pm  President: Debra Fryer Zoom:  Click here to join Meeting   Password: FOM
  • Friends of Young Farmers (FOYF) – Next Meeting: TBC President: Michael Biggs Zoom:  Click here to join Meeting   Password: FOYF
  • Friends of Equestrian (FOE) – Next Meetings: TBC Zoom:  Click here to join Meeting   Password: FOYF

Community Group Fundraising

Entertainment Books

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

With many new offers and all the old favourites the value of this book is incredible!

You can purchase a membership now, for yourself, friend or family member, and activate at any time over the next 6 months (extended from 60 days). You then have 12 months to take full advantage of the many wonderful offers!

You can purchase Woolworths Wish e-vouchers for a 3% discount. Whether purchasing to do your weekly groceries, shopping at Big W, or stocking up on Essentials at BWS, Cellarmasters or Dan Murphy’s, or even getting petrol at Woolworths Caltex, the savings can add up:

Please click here to order your Entertainment book from Tintern Grammar. Instantly purchase and access a digital membership which can then be used on two separate devices.

Please contact Community Relations on 9845 7877 for further information.

All proceeds raised go towards the fundraising for the TPG!

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Music Matters

Paul Jarman visits Tintern

We were very pleased to host a two-day visit from Paul Jarman, composer of the Southwood Boys Song, earlier this week. With the support of our Friends of Music committee, the school is commissioning Paul to write a new school anthem for a combined Tintern Grammar. Paul toured the school and met with a range of people in our community to get a feel for our campus and culture, now that Southwood Boys’ Grammar and Tintern Girls’ Grammar have become one school. Having said that, it must be noted that we are not decommissioning our old songs – there will still be an important place for them at many community events in the future, as an acknowledgement of the historical journey which has brought us to where we are today. It is time, however, for us to also sing a new song which brings our boys’ and girls’ voices together as one through a more contemporary and customized musical vehicle which reflects where the school is placed heading into 2021. Paul will be returning to Tintern in Term 1, 2021 to meet more students and staff as he workshops our song.

We are looking forward to launching the new song in 2021. It will be a wonderful way to celebrate being together again at school and, with no restrictions in place (fingers crossed), raising the roof with our joyous voices!

Term 4 AMEB Results

Congratulations to the following students on completing their AMEB examinations, many being video submissions of exam performances (yes, the AMEB also had to abide by COVID restrictions, so our Tintern students had to become video producers as well as musicians, ably supported during the filming process by family members in many cases!)

  • Grace Clark (Year 4) -Preliminary Cello – Credit
  • Ines Llobera (Year 4) – Preliminary Cello – Honours
  • Laura De La Pierre (Year 7) – Grade 1 Cello – Credit
  • Hallie Walder (Year 7) – Grade 1 Cello – Credit
  • Isabella Di Felice (Year 6) – Grade 2 Cello – Credit
  • Ryan Makkar (Year 6)  – Grade 2 Cello – Credit
  • Holly Ming (Year 7) – Grade 2 Cello – Credit
  • Matilda Robson (Year 7) – Grade 2 Cello – Credit
  • Oliver Heathcote (Year 7) * – Grade 2 Piano – Honours
  • Aryan Chekka (Year 8) * – Grade 2 Piano for Leisure – Honours
  • Will Storey (Year 9) * – Grade 2 Piano for Leisure – Credit
  • Maya Dass (Year 5) – Grade 3 Cello – Credit
  • Charlotte Davies (Year 7) – Grade 3 Cello – Credit
  • Helen Tan (Year 9) – Grade 3 Cello – Credit
  • Sara Wang (Year 10) * – Grade 3 Piano – Credit
  • Ella Jones (Year 9) * – Grade 3 Piano for Leisure – Honours
  • Caroline Ni (Year 12) – Grade 4 Cello – Credit
  • Karen Ma (Year 10) * – Grade 4 Piano – Credit
  • Heath Elias (Year 6) * – Grade 4 Piano – Honours
  • Lucy Zhao (Year 10) * – Grade 5 Piano – Pass
  • Lily Sun (Year 10) – Grade 7 Piano – Honours
  • Sarah Zhu (Year 8) * – Grade 8 Piano – Credit

* these exams were conducted ‘live’ at the AMEB studios in Hawthorn

 

Friends of Music seeks new members

We are ever so grateful for the ongoing support of the parents on our Friends of Music committee. With four parents of Year 12 students leaving the committee this year, this community group is keen to have some new members join their ranks to support the activities of our Tintern musicians. Please contact fom@tintern.vic.edu.au if you would like more information or would like to join the committee.

 

Resilience personified

One thing which has struck me over and over during 2020 has been the resilience and commitment of our students to keep on learning and doing things they love, even during those many months of remote learning. Our musicians kept turning up like clockwork to their online music lessons and practising their pieces and recording their performances for our wonderful online concerts. And the return of lessons to school and the sounds of music echoing around our corridors has been and absolute delight these past few weeks. As I passed by one music room recently I spied the ultimate personification of resilience and enthusiasm in a music student: Felix Meddings (Year 3) had bounded into his double bass lesson ready to get stuck into some music making with Mrs Mackie. The fact that his arm was in a plaster cast was not going to slow him down one iota. What a champion!

 

Music lessons for 2021

 A reminder to all families with students who currently learn Instrumental Music to return your enrolment forms for lessons in 2021 if you wish to continue lessons in the new year. Emails were sent recently to parents of all existing instrumental/voice students at Tintern. New Music Lesson enrolments for 2021 also are welcome at this stage. Please call Elizabeth Feenane in the Music Office (Ph: 9845 7837) if you have any questions regarding these matters or if you would like to receive an enrolment form for Music lessons in 2021.

 

A Merry Christmas to all Tintern families from the magical musos at Tintern.

We look forward to seeing you return to our concerts and musical events in 2021!

 

 

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Sport Matters

EISM Virtual Cross Country

Congratulations to Amelie Byth U/13 Girls, Meleah Byth U/15 Girls and Asha Pongho U/15 Girls for placing in the top 3 for their age group in the EISM Virtual Cross Country.

The students had to complete a 3km course and log their run using an app. They then submitted their entry to me to be verified before being officially submitted to the EISM.

It was fantastic to see students taking up this opportunity and to achieve success. Well done to the other students who also submitted an entry into the virtual event.   

 

Congratulations to Amelia Qvist for securing 5th place at the 2020 Interschool Championship Victoria in CT95.

Amelia and her horse Springwood Junior managed to ride a clear 95cm show-jumping round which secured her 5th placing.
It was a very close top 5 riders in Victoria this year – with 3rd, 4th and 5th decided on decimal points, well done Amelia!

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Rider

Horse

TeamName

 Total 

Place

42

Abby Port

HIGHFIELD LUDA CHERRY

Ave Maria College

    28.2

1

45

Jessica Tyrrell

KOKO MAXIMUS

Methodist Ladies College

    30.0

2

80

Ella Mccann

ESBIRISHTOUR 

The Geelong College 

    32.1

3

90

Indeya Talay

TIME MAKER

The Hamilton And Alexandra College

    32.4

4

79

Amelia Qvist

SPRINGWOOD JUNIOR

Tintern Grammar

    32.6

5

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ELC News

This year has been an extraordinary year and it has been dominated by the watching of numbers going up and coming back down. These have all been related to Covid so I thought it was fitting to recount some different numbers relevant to the ELC:

7, the numbers of weeks we delivered an online program to 3- and 4-year olds.

150, the approximate number of Zoom sessions that were held during the ELC online learning.

4, the number of spaces I have taught and led the ELC from, the classroom, my dining room table, the ELC office and my kitchen bench.

4, the number of whole ELC events that have been presented and run on Zoom. Friday Disco Dance, Fathers Night, Information Night and the ELC Christmas Concert.

97, the number of children in the ELC.

50, the number of children leaving us this year to move onto Prep either here at Tintern or elsewhere.

1800, the approximate number of stories read to the children in the ELC over the year.

240, the number of band aids applied to knees.

720, the number of cuddles provided.

2 the number of staff who are leaving us this year. We wish both Gemma Tucker and Mikaela Kelly all the best for their future endeavours.

14, the number of staff I am eternally grateful to for their hard work, dedication and ability to deliver amazing programs to the children in our care be it Face to Face or via zoom.

33 weekly newsletters with a total word count of: 33,000.

56, the number of days until we welcome back our students and meet all our new families and their children

17, the numbers of “sleeps”, at the time of writing this, until Christmas day. This is a very important number in the ELC.

94 the number of families who have enrolled their children at Tintern Grammar ELC and trusted us with their child’s education.

Infinity the wishes for Christmas and the New Year that we as a staff send to all our families.

1, big wish for all our families for a safe Holiday and a prosperous 2021.

  

 

 

 

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Girls’ Junior School

Year 6

As we conclude our School year this week, Junior School Girls and Staff took an opportunity to farewell our wonderful Year 6 students.

The class of 2020 have been challenged in ways we have never seen before. But at each stage of the journey they have shown character, kindness and respect. They have looked after each other and listened when a friend needed time.

As we reflected upon this journey, I urged the girls to hold onto the qualities and values that they have developed in Junior School. To continue to strive to be optimistic, to be true to who you are, to face life with a growth mindset and to always remain hopeful about yourself and your future.

Each Year 6 student is an important part of our school and we will always remember the impact they have made on our Junior School. We wish the well as they transition to Middle School for the next stage of their Tintern journey.

Thank you to these wonderful girls for the difference you have made to our community.

Farewell to Staff

Along with farewelling our Year 6 girls, we took the time at our final assembly to farewell Mrs Kathy Agius. Mrs Agius commenced at Tintern in 2006 and has been an outstanding teacher for our Girls’ Junior School since then. At Assembly, the girls shared some happy memories of their time with Mrs Agius, including the wonderful experiences she had curated for them in her classroom. Kathy has been a well-regarded colleague, and personally I know I have been incredibly grateful for the many kind  words or positive comments she has made to me during my time at Tintern. Kathy will be greatly missed by the Girls’ Junior School community; however, we wish her the best of luck for a well-deserved retirement.

Thank you Kathy for the commitment, integrity and compassion you have demonstrated to our students, their families and your colleagues.

During this Assembly we also took the time to say au revoir to Ms Kelli Green who will be taking a 12 month break to recharge with some long service leave. Best wishes Kelli, travel safely and we look forward to your return in 2022 with lots of stories to share.

 

ICAS

Congratulations to the following Junior School Girls on the wonderful achievement in the 2020 ICAS Assessments. These assessments are designed to challenge advanced thinkers across

Australia, targeting the top 10% of the population. Our girls have performed exceptionally well which is a credit to their hard work and commitment to their studies.

 

Spelling:

Linna Yue                                             Distinction

Avie Lee                                               Distinction

Enya Ouyang                                      Distinction

 

English:

Linna Yue                                             Distinction

Ines Llobera                                        High Distinction

Stella Spink                                         Distinction

Madeleine Jennings                        Distinction

 

Maths:

Jenna Ji                                                 Distinction

Angela Ni                                             Distinction

Lexin Zhao                                           Distinction

Ruby Chen                                          Distinction

Enya Ouyang                                      High Distinction

Emmy Zhou                                        Distinction

 

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Boys’ Junior School

End of Year Assembly

Our End of Year Assembly this week gave us the opportunity to share in some important moments. We watched a snippet from an address by Admiral William McRaven who was a Navy SEAL for 37 years. I have shown this before to our boys but feel it important, as he speaks about a number of ‘life lessons’, that can influence students to accomplish, and ‘change the world’. He believes that every child should make their bed in the morning, as it ensures that each day stars with “…a task accomplished.” He also speaks of the need to “respect everyone”, that “life is not fair and you will fail often”, that we need to “step up when the times are toughest”, and we must “never, ever give up” I challenge the boys to tackle each day over the holidays with these life lessons in mind.

During the Assembly, we recognised the large number of our Years 4 to 6 boys who participated in the Maths Olympiad Competition throughout the year, and who performed so strongly. We were also delighted to present each of our Year 6 boys with a certificate recognising their construction and flying of a balsa plane as a part of the Term 4 Flight Unit. Each boy also received a special set of
wings, made by our IT team on our School 3D printer.

 

 

Prep and Year 6 Boys 

During our Assembly we especially recognised our Prep and Year 6 classes. Our preps, in their first year of schooling, have shown amazing flexibility and independence, as they have bounced between school and home learning. Our Year 6 boys now come to the end of their Junior School journey. As we thanked all boys for their outstanding efforts throughout 2020, these two year levels especially have had very unique first and final years.
At the completion of the assembly,  we gathered in the playground, with our Year 6 students ‘symbolically’ atop the ‘spider web’, and the preps surrounding the bottom, with our Years 1 to 5 boys encircling the area. The boys then sang our school song, for the first time in many, many months. While a little ‘rustic’, it was still a memorable moment for us all.
 

 
 
Santa in the Southwood Centre
At the conclusion of our Prep to Year 2 Christmas Morning, Santa arrived in our Southwood Centre, it was a very special moment . As usual, Santa was very jolly and the boys loved hearing from him.
 
 
 
I wish you and your family the best Christmas possible and a fulfilling and enjoyable New Year.
 
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Middle School News

It’s hard to imagine what we were thinking at the beginning of 2020 in terms of what lay ahead for all of the students and the school. No doubt it was focussed on academic endeavours, sporting opportunities, music performances, the school musical, trips and tours. Who would’ve thought that we’d be looking back on a year that has turned out the way it did. COVID-19 has provided the world, our country, our state of Victoria especially, and every one of us, with challenges and setbacks we could never have expected.

We were fortunate to successfully run all three Middle School camps in Term 1 and therefore provide all students with a part of their outdoor education experience. It was especially great for our new Year 7s who were able to get to know each other socially and pastorally early in the year. EISM sport was underway across Year 8s and 9s, and our school musical was nearing performance time toward the end of the Term. It was at this point that COVID-19 took us on the remote learning pathway that has become synonymous with 2020.

Life as we knew it was turned upside down with staff and students begin fast-tracked in their understanding of Microsoft Teams in preparation for moving all teaching to the online platform. Whilst we returned for a small portion of Term 2, it was at home we would stay for a very large portion of the year before finally being able to come back onsite during Term 4.

With all the difficulties and challenges that remote learning provided, it was incredible to see the way our community responded. The students, the staff and the families all rallied together to ensure that the educational journey of all Tintern students continued in a wonderful way.  We are very grateful for the effort of our students and staff, and for the support that our families and wider school community provided everyone.

In the months ahead, it will be interesting to see if the period of remote learning will have any noticeable impact on the current group of students. Some experts have expressed their concerns about potential gaps in the learning of students; however, there are far more who predict a very optimistic outlook in terms of the skills our students developed this year such as resilience and independence. The forced development of these skills across all ages can only be of benefit to students as they continue to grow and move their way through their educational journey. It is this outlook that I tend to agree with, even with my own primary school aged children.

 

Assembly Links

It does feel as though we are almost back to normal at the moment with the level of activity that is happening in the classrooms and around the school grounds again. In recent weeks we have managed to celebrate our Year 9 Graduation with an online assembly, along with our Middle School End of Year assembly (also online). These two assemblies are available for viewing until Friday 11 December by clicking on the links below.

Tintern Grammar Year 9 Graduation Assembly 2020

Tintern Grammar 2020 Middle School EOY Assembly

 

Middle School Leaders 2021

During our Middle School assembly, we announced our new student leadership team for 2021. It is a wonderful group of enthusiastic and committed students who will continue on with the great work achieved by our leadership team of 2020. Our 2021 leaders are:

 

Position

Girls

Boys

Captain

Anni Gao

Barathan Mahadeva

Vice-Captain

Anika Mulemane

Trent Chisholm

School Leader

Katherine Howell

Callum Power

School Leader

Emily Stokes

Liam Rosewarne

Butterss-Cross House Captain

Zoe Leonard

Aiden Van Dijk

Dann-Watt House Captain

Skye Sriratana

Luke Fryer

Gordon-Grant House Captain

Salma Maher

Will Kenny

Mansfield-McKie House Captain

Elsje Van Vroonhoven

Jayden Lee

Somner-Stewart House Captain

Emily Block

Kye Bertram

Music and Drama

Helen Yang

Hovan Truong

Sport

Ava Cantor

Flynn Hutchinson

Community

Maddie Glasson

Alexander Martin

 

Middle School Awards

At the end of their Middle School journey there are four awards presented to select students. The awards are:

 

 

 

The Middle School Endeavour Award

Awarded to a Year 9 girl and boy who have distinguished themselves through displaying: ongoing commitment and responsibility for their own behaviour and learning, and determination to improve their academic grades across the Middle School years. Significant service to their classmates and to the School and outstanding qualities of character and integrity including, demonstrated respect for self and others.

In 2020 this award went to: Meleah Byth and Lachlan Smith.

 

The JP Masters Award

Jerry Masters was a foundation member of the Southwood staff who was an outstanding teacher, demonstrating dedication and commitment to the education of Southwood students. The JP Masters award is presented to a Middle School student who, as judged by the Middle School Pastoral Staff, best exemplifies the values portrayed by the Compass.

In 2020 this award went to: Max Lalor.

 

Elspeth Adamson Award

The most prestigious Award made available to a Middle School girl is the Elspeth Adamson Award  which is given annually to the Year 9 student who most embodies the School’s motto and who has  made a significant contribution for the good of the School in service of her Middle School peers and the whole School Community. Elspeth Adamson was a former staff member who was Deputy Principal of Tintern Schools from 1997 – 2006.

In 2020 this award went to: Natasha Gillam.

 

Semester 2 Reports

Very soon our reports for Semester 2 will be made available to students and parents and as always, we encourage all students to read over their reports and reflect on how they have gone throughout Term 3 and 4 this year. It is important that they focus on the behavioural indicators and not just the grades, as a means of measuring their success this year. It is these indicators that help provide a true reflection to their level of success at school. It is also important that they begin to think about goals for 2021 and about areas they intend to improve in.

 

Year 9 Summer Expeditions

We have been fortunate to have our Year 9 Summer Expeditions go ahead last week and this has seen different groups hiking the high country, rafting down the Mitchell River, sea kayaking and sailing the Gippsland Lakes, and rock-climbing Mount Arapiles. There were some great stories upon their return as well as some stories of challenge and growth. For many this will be their last outdoor education style camp and hopefully one they will definitely remember.

 

Term 1 2021

Looking ahead to next year, our first day of school for 2021 Year 8s and 9s is Monday 1st February (a Day 6 of our timetable). If you are a family with a Year 7 starting next year then they begin on Friday 29th January (a Day 5 of our timetable). We are all very excited for a positive year and one hopefully free of interruptions. This will provide all students with the opportunity to get involved in the co-curricular and sports programs, along with the academic program.

I would like to wish all families a wonderful summer break and a lovely Christmas period, hopefully spent with family and friends. I would also like to wish those families moving at the end of this year all the very best for your new ventures. To our staff here at Tintern, I am extremely grateful for the hard work and effort they have all put in to this year in order to make it as successful as it was – you have definitely earned a good rest in order to be ready again next year. Finally, thank you to all families for you amazing support to your child/children and to the school throughout the year of 2020. I look forward to seeing you all next year.

 

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Senior College News

Celebration Evening 2020

A wonderful and certainly unusual night of celebration was had last Saturday when over 200 members of the Tintern community came together at the Coburg Drive-in to view our Year 12 Celebration Evening. As is tradition, this evening is an opportunity to recognise and celebrate the achievements of our students and farewell the Class of 2020. Despite the unusual format it was terrific to have many students given the opportunity to showcase their talents as they performed in musical items and the collaboration to put these pieces together during remote learning was truly impressive. The event will be long remembered, particularly the Year 12 Leaving Song titled ‘Year 12 Rhapsody’ and the inspirational speeches from our two School Captains, Ashleigh Dowling and Jeremy Yuen-Love were also a highlight.

Congratulations to all Year 10 and 11 students who received Subject, Academic, Compass and Overall Excellence Awards that were presented at our final assembly on Tuesday 8 December. We also announce our Co-curricular Captains for 2021.

I would like to recognise the recipients of the ‘Special Awards’ that were awarded at Celebration Evening; these awards are not listed in the program as they are announced on the night.

  • The June Ward Trophy for Commitment to Girls Sport – Jade Hutchinson
  • The Pinnacle Trophy for Commitment to Boys Sport – Joshua Chang
  • The Sylvia Walton Trophy for Excellence in Sport – Ella Trevorrow
  • The Marisa Sibson Award – Adam Choong
  • The Elizabeth Ann Walker Art Encouragement Award – Zoe Liew
  • The International Student Award – Zhao (Dylan) Liu and Sze Tik (Tiffany) Ho
  • The Tintern Grammar Parents’ Group Awards – Zoe Classon, Darcee McCallum and Zhao (Dylan) Liu
  • Friends of Young Farmers’ Award – The David Wilkinson Award – Hannah Taylor and Rafi Taylor
  • The Patrizia Jakovljevic Performing Arts Award – Lachlan Young
  • The Friends of Music Award – Alice Church and Clarisse Liew
  • The Long Tan Leadership and Teamwork Award – Emma Du Blet (Year 10) and Ashleigh Dowling (Year 12)
  • School Awards – Joshua Chang, Alice Church, Eva Corcoran, Madison Edwards Turner, Zoe Forbes, Clarisse Liew, Tess Power, Angelina (Angel) Tully

Dylan Wild, Joshua Winter, Phoebe Young

  • The Wendy McComas Award – Natalie Owen
  • The Caltex Best All-Rounder Award – Hannah Taylor
  • The Board Chair’s Awards – Annabel Cowin and Audrey Middleton
  • The Sylvia Walton Award – Lachlan Young and Jeremy Yuen-Love
  • The Emma B Cook Award – Ashleigh Dowling

We look forward to celebrating with the Class of 2020 at their Valedictory Dinner on Tuesday 2 February and eagerly anticipate receiving our VCE results on 30 December and IB results on 3 January.

Congratulations to all our Senior College students for their determination and resilience this year and for the care and support for each other. It was wonderful to have some time together on campus to see out the year and the energy, enthusiasm and positivity was great to see. It’s hard to believe the 2020 school year has come to an end! We now look forward to 2021 and I remain optimistic that we can continue to resume activities we are more familiar with in the school that will bring great fulfillment and joy to the school community. I hope families enjoy a well-deserved break and can enjoy some time together. I look forward to the return of Year 11 and 12 students on Friday 29 January and our Year 10 students on Monday 1 February.

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Deakin University Study

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Factis Magazine

We are excited to share that Tintern Grammar’s annual School magazine Factis is now available. Visit our website to view the digital edition: http://www.tintern.vic.edu.au/community/factis/
 
This year we explore striving for confidence, education in a COVID-19 world, hear from our teachers and students on Remote Learning, Alumni on the front line of the pandemic and much more!
 
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