11 Mar 2021

From the Principal

The harrowing reports in recent weeks of historic assaults in Sydney and Canberra have been very difficult to read and I am sure that Tintern is not the only school to be looking very carefully at how and when we educate our young women and men around consent and respect in relationships of all types and at all ages.

The developing group of women who have come forward to volunteer their stories of sexual assault or misconduct in the offices of the Australian government in Canberra and the parallel set of allegations developing around Sydney independent schools speak of clearly illegal and appalling conduct. It may be that for you the cases in Sydney speak more loudly, as they do to me as a Principal and as a parent. As presented these involved young men who appeared not to understand, or disregarded, the concept of consent, and women under the age of 18, who were coerced into these situations and did not feel they had the agency or authority to say no when they wanted to. A set of factors that are devastating for any parent to contemplate.

While currently we have had no such events reported at Tintern, it would be naive to think that it could never happen to students at our school. While I sincerely hope any current or past student who may have experienced any similar experience would seriously consider coming forward to report it, and hopefully do so, the evidence is clear that this often does not happen. I absolutely offer all our students or parents private and caring support if you have an important conversation to have and I urge you to feel confident to come forward. We must all be willing to face our own reality and history in this fraught area.

At this time, Tintern students, and parents of both boys and girls should (quite rightfully) be asking “What are we doing in this area at our school?”. Tintern has a number of programs and activities that operate from Year 7 onwards. They are a combination of the teaching curriculum, co- and extra-curricular education and our pastoral program, and a mixture of explicit and implicit education. So, I am confident that we have an age and stage appropriate trajectory from Year 7 onwards. It addresses respect in relationships, what consent really means, how to say no when you want to, and what your rights are if you feel they have been infringed upon. For younger students this is in appropriate contexts and the education grows with every child.

This is accompanied in senior years by examinations of the influence of pornography, social media use and other critical elements of modern life, and to do this, we also draw on a variety of external speakers and providers. While I am certain that it is a well-constructed, appropriately directed and gender/age/stage appropriate set of experiences, is it enough? Currently, the evidence across Australian society provides an overwhelming “No, it is not”. If we want to lead the agenda in schools and society, we need to review and improve what we do. We need to see how we can generate better engagement and understanding, support the development of greater empathy and awareness of self and others, and how to activate a broader compassion than all these events indicate is currently embedded in our society – and this starts with schools and families.

Last Tuesday, our secondary students had our House Swimming Carnivals – girls in the morning and boys in the afternoon. In the half day of no swimming, each group participated in several pastoral activities discussing, investigating, and provoking thoughts on decency in adulthood, respect, responsibility, compassion (and on consent). At the start of the day for each gender, I gave a short presentation emphasising the critical importance of the issue of consent for all of us, and that we are absolutely committed to working in a focussed way over the course of 2021, and beyond, on all our students’ understanding of consent, respect, and relationships and how that guides behaviour and action. This is a challenge we simply must take up.

You may find these links as informative and interesting as I did.




factis non verbis


Sport Matters

Sport News

EISM Division 2 Swimming Carnival 

On Tuesday 9 March Tintern Grammar competed in the EISM Division 2 Swimming carnival at Ringwood Aquanation. The students had trained well in squad training leading into the event and were confident in their abilities. There were some fantastic efforts from David Derham (Year 8) who swam even though he was injured, Leia Yeoh and Yi-Jen Hsu (Year 7) who swam two age groups higher than their own to ensure that we scored points in every race. The students swam extremely well on the day against strong opposition from Donvale Christian College especially. The carnival was extremely close all day with Tintern and Donvale exchanging the lead on multiple occasions. The carnival came down to the last few relay events. Congratulations to all of the students on the day for the fantastic result and to our swimming coach Graeme Stephenson, team manager Ms Upjohn, Ms Vine, Mrs Jurey, Mr Jurey, Ms Ord and our sport captains Harriet Rasmussen and Katey O’Reilly for their assistance on the day.

Congratulations to the girls for winning the overall girls’ trophy and the U/13 girls and U/16 boys for winning their age groups. Congratulations to Tintern Grammar students for winning the EISM Division 2 carnival and being promoted back into Division 1 in 2022.

Final Results:

1st          Tintern Grammar                          1913 points

2nd         Donvale Christian College            1874 points

3rd          Billanook                                         1763 points

4th          Oxley                                               1758 points

5th          Mt Scopus                                      1718 points

6th          Mt Lilydale                                      1705 points      


House Swimming 

On Tuesday 2 March Tintern Grammar held the annual House Swimming Carnival at the pool. After being rescheduled due to the most recent COVID-19 lockdown it was fantastic to get the house competition underway.
It was a cool morning as the girls’ carnival started but the house spirit and participation was fantastic right from the start. The noise was deafening as the girls cheered on their house peers, helping them swim their best. The carnival remained extremely close all morning with only 216 points separating first place from last place. It was great to see the students enjoying themselves and giving their best effort in both the swimming and novelty events.
Congratulations to Butterss/Cross on winning the Girls’ House Swimming Carnival for 2021.
• 1st: Butterss/Cross 1576 Points
• 2nd: Dann/Watt 1460 Points
• 3rd: Somner/Stewart 1436 Points
• 4th: Mansfield/McKie 1420 Points
• 5th: Gordon/Grant 1360 Points
Congratulations to the following girls who were declared year level champions on the day.
Year Level Champions:
Year 7: Amelie Scherer
Year 8: Holly White
Year 9: Yuellyn Sun
Year 10: Ella Jones
Year 11: Sienna Dass
Year 12: Harriet Rasmussen
The Boys’ House Swimming Carnival started in the afternoon, the participation and house spirit was also fantastic at their event with the boys cheering loudly for their house swimmers in each race. The boys’ carnival remained close all day with only 234 points separating first from last and only 14 points separating first from second. The final couple of events determined the winner of the carnival as first place was constantly changing throughout the day. Congratulations to Gordon/Grant on winning the Boys’ House Swimming Carnival for 2020.
Boys House Swimming Carnival Results:
1st: Gordon/Grant 1546 Points
2nd: Butterss/Cross 1532 Points
3rd: Dann/Watt 1405 Points
4th: Mansfield/McKie 1355 Points
5th: Somner/Stewart 1312 Points
Congratulations to the following boys who were declared year level champions on the day.
Year Level Champions:
Year 7: Ryan Jayarathna
Year 8: Shenghao Jin
Year 9: Hovan Truong
Year 10: Boyd Pearce-Schmidt
Year 11: Ben McKee
Year 12: Kaidin Dalzotto
The overall House Swimming Carnival results were extremely close when the boys and girls scores were combined. Congratulations to Butterss/Cross for winning the Overall House Swimming Carnival.
Overall Swimming Carnival House Results:
1st: Butterss/Cross 3108 Points
2nd: Gordon/Grant 2906 Points
3rd: Dann/Watt 2865 Points
4th: Mansfield/McKie 2775 Points
5th: Somner/Stewart 2748 Points

Brady Cochrane

Congratulations again to Brady in Year 7 on another very successful weekend at the Victorian Track and Field Championships. After placing first in the shot put, 100m and 400m at the first event, Brady has excelled further winning gold in the discus and 200m.

Brady has qualified for the Australian Athletics Championships in April and will represent Victoria across 6 events. This is also an Olympic qualifier event, however due to his age Brady is too young to qualify at this stage, he is currently undertaking the Athletics Australia Paralympic Pathway as a para-athlete who demonstrates the ability to compete in future Paralympic Games and WPA Championship events.


Mitch McGovern

Congratulation to Mitch in Year 12 for his great performance at the State JM19 Track Championships and 123rd Austral Wheelrace Carnival.
Over the two events Mitch placed 1st in the 25km Points race, lapping the field. He also did well in several other races, placing 2nd in the Sprint race, 3rd in the Scratch race, 5th in the Melbourne Cup On Wheels (MCOW) race, 6th in the prestigious Austral Wheelrace and other top 5 placings.
Mitch’s top performance has resulted in him being selected for the Victorian J19 Track Team and he will compete at the Nationals later this month in Brisbane, good luck Mitch we are all cheering for you.
Photo credit @ogaram

Community Matters

Book your ticket now! TPG Movie Under the Stars
Jumanji – Welcome to the Jungle

Don’t miss this fun night out with friends and family! A great opportunity to get to know your year group and community members.

Join us for the TPG Movie Under The Stars on Saturday 27 March on the Tintern Main Oval (with CM Wood Centre the wet-weather location). Gates open at 6:30pm, with the movie to start at 7:45pm (sunset lighting dependent).

Enjoy live music from some of our incredible Tintern students, and browse the Green Team’s sustainability market.

BYO blankets or chairs and picnic hampers. The Green Team will be selling popcorn, lollies, fairy floss and cold drinks. We will also have a Coffee Van and Mobile Ice Creams.

Ticket prices:
Adults $10 Child
Student & concession $5
Family Ticket 1 $26 (2 adults & 2 children)
Family Ticket 2 $21 (1 Adult and 3 Children)

Purchase your tickets through Humanitix here.

Spamalot – Purchase your tickets now!

Due to the impact of the recent COVID-19 lockdown on works being undertaken at Karalyka Theatre, there has been a change to the performance times of the 2021 Musical, Monty Python’s Spamalot. The two performances on Wednesday 16 March and Thursday 17 March have been rescheduled to the performance times below. While we understand the community will be disappointed, this decision has been made to ensure the safety of the cast and crew involved.
The Karralyka Theatre will contact all ticket holders of both the Wednesday and Thursday evening performances to make new arrangements , you can also contact the Karralyka team on 03 9870 2888 to transfer your tickets to any of the available performances.
Tintern Grammar’s production of Monty Python’s Spamalot will be held on the following dates and times:
  • Friday 19 March, Evening 7:00pm
  • Saturday 20 March, Matinee 1:00pm
  • Saturday 20 March, Evening 7:00pm
  • Sunday 21 March, Matinee 1:00pm
As of 26 February, the Victorian Government has eased COVID safe restrictions and Karralyka Theatre is now able to increase the capacity to 75%, so it is hoped with four performances, that all community members who wish to see the performance will be able to purchase tickets.

Friend’s of Music – Easter Raffle

Buy your tickets now for the Friend’s of Music Easter Raffle!

Students can purchase tickets from the Music Office from Friday 12 March until Friday 19 March. Tickets will also be on sale for an hour before each Spamalot show at the Karralyka.

Tickets cost $2 each, or 3 for $5.

The Raffle will be drawn during the Intermission at Sunday’s performance of Spamalot (see information above).

Friends of Young Farmer’s FOYF – An invitation to new members

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
Interested in joining FOYF? We always  welcome new members. Join us at our Annual General Meeting on Monday 15 March at 7.30pm, at Tintern Grammar in Kennedy Cottage. Please select here for a Map highlighting Kennedy Cottage.
If you would like more information or would like to join the committee please contact communityrelations@tintern.vic.edu.au.

Interested in taking on the role of Parent Representative?

Wanting to continue as Parent Rep for your 2021 Class or Year Level?

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.

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

We greatly appreciate the time and commitment given by our Parent Reps. This role is suitable for Parents or Guardians who are in the workforce or who undertake home responsibilities. It can be shared between many people, or looked after by one person.

A special thank you to our wonderful team of Parent Representatives from 2020. Though the year was not what we expected, with the cancellation of many events and restrictions preventing class catch ups, we greatly appreciated their efforts in unusual times.

Welcome to our 2021 Class Reps:


Lia Taylor


Ereney Francis

Pre-Prep A

Lakshika Kuruppu

Pre-Perp A

Marion George

Pre-Prep B

Emma Griffiths  

Prep A

Diana Atkins

Prep A

Claire Bernadou

Prep B

Sarah Western

Year 1 A

Claire Bernadou

Year 1 A

Fan Qin

Year 1 B

Emma Griffiths

Year 2 A

Kylie Hutchinson

Year 2 B

Katherine Gracey

Year 2 B

Jane Wilcock

Year 3 B

Danielle Kelberg

Year 4 A

Viviana Liou

Year 4 B

Sally Robinson

Year 4 B

Samantha Bray

Year 5 A

Katherine Gracey

Year 5 B

Carole Shen

Year 6 A

Danielle Kelberg

Year 6 B

Lisa Chivers

Year 6 B

Michelle Kuo

Year 7 Boys

Carolyn Wood

Year 7 Boys

Catherine Winduss

Year 11

Annette Dark

Year 11

Wendy Zhang

Year 11

Dorothy Ou

We are still seeking Reps for a number of year levels. If you would like to volunteer to be your Year Level’s Parent Representative, would like further information, or happy to continue in your current role, contact us by email communityrelations@tintern.vic.edu.au or by phone 03 9845 7877.

As we begin a new year, and adapt to our new Covid normal, we look forward to sharing with you many of the exciting events that help tie our Tintern Community together.

Footy Tipping Competition – AFL and AFLW

The Tintern Grammar community footy tipping competition is back again for 2021!

We are also pleased to announce our first ever AFLW Tipping Competition.

For those interested in joining the 2021 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+ @ 28/1/2021) Tintern community – Tintern Grammar students will not be permitted to enter. If you have any questions please email communityrelations@tintern.vic.edu.au and we’ll help you get started.

Cash Prizes awarded for the winners of each Tipping Competition:

AFLW Footy Tipping Prizes
The prizes have been adjusted to reflect the shorter AFLW season:

  • 1st Prize $100
  • 2nd Prize $50
  • 3rd Prize $25
  • 4th Prize $15

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 

We are pleased to welcome our Community Group volunteers back on site. To view a map with venue locations marked, please select here.  Please check the information below carefully for details:

  • Tintern Parent Group (TPG) AGM –Next meeting: Tuesday 11 May 2021 at 7.30pm President: Haidee Wallace Location: CM Wood Common Room 
  • Friends of Music (FOM) – Next Meeting: Wednesday 31 March 2021 at 7pm  President: Debra Fryer Location:  CM Wood Common Room
  • Friends of Young Farmers (FOYF) AGM – Next Meeting: Monday 15 March 2021 at 7.30pm President: Michael Biggs Location: Kennedy Cottage or Zoom:  Click here to join Meeting   Password: FOYF
  • Friends of Equestrian (FOE) – Next Meeting: TBC Zoom:  Click here to join Meeting   Password: FOYF

Upcoming Reunions 2021

  • 35, 40 & 45 Year Reunion YGs 1985 & 1986, 1980 & 1981, 1975 & 1976 – Saturday 5 June at 3.30pm, followed by Offsite
  • YG 2015, 5+1 Year Reunion – Friday 11 June 2021 at Beer DeLuxe in Hawthorn in the Hop Lounge
  • YG 2016, 5 Year Reunion – Friday 16 July at 7.30pm – Offsite
  • 20, 25 & 30 Year Reunion YGs 2000 & 2001, 1995 & 1996, 1990 & 1991 – Saturday 31 July at 3.30pm, followed by Offsite

Community Group Fundraising

Tintern Grammar Personalised Towels

Tintern Parent Group is proud to offer you personalised swimming towels from Sheridan. These high quality, quick dry towels will launder well and last for years. Each towel comes embroidered with the school logo and school name. Add your child’s full name or family name at no extra cost. Order yours online: https://www.trybooking.com/BOYOK 

Please note orders close on Friday 19 March 2021 for delivery early Term 2.

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.

Entertainment Books

We are thrilled to announce that Entertainment is now 100% digital! 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!


Music Matters

Friends of Music Easter Raffle

Our wonderful Friends of Music parents are running an Easter raffle with four fabulous Easter hampers up for grabs. Tickets are on sale in the Music Office ($2 for one, or three for $5). Tickets also will be available in the foyer at the Karralyka next week before our performances of ‘Spamalot’ and during the interval of the first 3 shows. The prizes will be drawn during interval at the Sunday matinee and winners will be contacted if they are not present on the day.

Diary Note: Small Ensembles Concert date change

Please note: due to Year 11 Camp being moved to 4-6 May, the Small Ensembles Concert previously scheduled for Wednesday 5 May has been moved to Thursday 6 May.

Auditions for Annual Music Scholarships postponed to Term 2

Eligible music students in Years 5 to 12 are invited to apply for the following Music awards:

Ilma Kelson Music Scholar Awards

~ Outstanding Senior Performer (Years 7-12)
~ Two Encouragement Awards for students learning ‘desirable’ instruments for the orchestral program at Tintern Grammar (Years 5-12)

Penelope Thwaites Music Awards
~ Performance of an Australian Composition Award (Years 5-12)
~ Original Composition Award (Years 7-12)Application forms are available from the Music Office or by contacting music@tintern.vic.edu.au. Please email or call Mrs Feenane in the Music Office if you have any questions.

Auditions for the awards will be held in the first 2 weeks of Term 2.

The closing date for applications has been extended to Thursday 1 April.


ELC News

Cooking in the ELC

Down in the ELC there is a marvellous kitchen space where the young ELC children are familiar with the cooking procedures. As children are empowered to voice their suggestions for the planning of their curriculum, cooking is always a popular suggestion. After learning about Letterland’s Clever Cat character, the children suggested making cupcakes and after reading The Gingerbread Man, gingerbread biscuits were included in the program.

“When we cook, we always need to wash our hands,” Isla.

“I can count there are ten cookies on the tray,” August.

“We can cook gingerbread cookies,” suggested Ariel.

Cooking with young children has many benefits and is always an engaging experience. Through reading the recipe, literacy is promoted, children’s vocabulary is extended and they are learning new and different words from their everyday language. While the children are adding ingredients, they are counting, reading numerals and using mathematical language. Following steps in the recipe supports auditory processing skills, high order thinking and communication. Through the process of cooking together as a group we learn how to take turns and share the experience. Overall, cooking provides the opportunity to gain a sense of accomplishment.

Spending time with the children in the kitchen is a lovely way to support learning across multidisciplinary learning areas, the senses are ignited and waft of delicious baking is always appreciated by the families at pickup. We are looking at ways we can further develop this passion amongst the children and educators, while embedding it in our curriculum. 



Claire Trappitt

Pre-Prep A Teacher


Girls’ Junior School News

Girls’ Junior School News

Year 3 

Would you like the canteen to have a large sit down area for Junior School students with student art adorning the walls? Staggered lunch sittings for High, Junior and ELC students? Opportunities for students to be an ‘apprentice-for-a -day’ in the canteen to learn how it works? A wider range of vegetarian, gluten free, vegan, lactose free options and sweets? UberEats to deliver? A bring your own container or incentive program to return bottles and dishes? Would you like the canteen to be free?

Recently, students in Year 3A were assigned the task to Imagine it!

Imagine if you were in charge of the Canteen – every part of it. How would you make it better? How would you make it more sustainable? The task was designed to prompt students to think creatively for ways to improve or build upon an existing system. The above are some of their fabulous ideas.

Students were able to apply their direct experiences with the canteen in a meaningful and practicable way.

Through written responses and illustrations, students discussed their ideas and provided feedback to peers. This in turn gave the authors an opportunity tweak and rethink their ideas for further improvement. 

Now, as a class, we are in the process of collaborating to narrow down the thinking by assessing the merits of each ideas. This may involve inviting the canteen manager to our classroom for intense research and lobbying and will definitely involve a lot more canteen orders.

Karen Dang

3A Teacher


Year 2 

As well as our classroom learning, the Year 2 Girl’s have enjoyed taking learning to other areas of the school.

One of our favourite places to visit is the Farm.

The girls were thrilled to come across some cheeky goats as we headed back up the hill from the farm last week and were amazed by their agility and balance.

Each time we visit, it becomes easier to walk back up the hill but we’re not sure that we will manage to scramble up the side of the hill as easily as the goats. 

Michelle Gluskie

Year 2 Girls’ Junior School Classroom Teacher



Boys’ Junior School News

Boys’ Junior School News

House Athletics

And of course we completed the week with our annual House Athletics Carnival. What a day full of energy, friendship, House Spirit and most pleasingly, parent support and involvement.

For our Preps and 1s, this was the first full Junior School event in which they have been involved, and it was so lovely to see their confidence and joy at being cheered on by the older levels.

Congratulations to all of our girls and boys who participated with such energy and enthusiasm, with a special mention to Gordon Grant House who were the 2021 Boys Junior School House Athletics Champions.

Grand Prix

All is in preparation for our annual Grand Prix tomorrow morning.

Year 3-6 boys have been participating in time trials, and the fastest 8 from Years 3 and 4, and Years 5 & 6, will compete in a Grand Prix final.

Our Prep-Year 2 boys have the opportunity to take part in a  drive around, ably assisted by their older buddies.

We are also delighted to once again be supporting the Leakemia Foundations World’s Greatest Shave by having a sausage sizzle and all Junior School students coloring their hair.



Middle School News

It has been wonderful to see all students now settled into a routine after a very busy start to the year. Throughout the month of February, we have had our Year 7 camp, the first of three Year 9 camps, 3 days of remote learning and our House Swimming carnival. Alongside all of this, our cast and crew for the 2021 school musical, Spamalot, have been incredibly hard at work preparing for their performances later in March.  

Our Year 9s successfully completed the first of their three camps recently by hiking along the Great Ocean Walk. This is a challenging camp to begin their year with as they are required to be self-sufficient for the 5 days and carry all of their clothing, food and equipment with them whilst hiking upwards of 50km over the journey. For many students the physical and mental challenge this camp provides is significant; however, the sense of fulfilment and satisfaction upon completion that all students feel makes the effort very worthwhile. I would like to congratulate all students who completed the journey, as well as thank the staff who also attend and complete the challenging trip.  

Our Year 8s are currently planning for their own camp coming up toward the end of March which sees them venturing to The Grampians in Western Victoria to complete a stepped journey around the national park as a way of preparing them for their Year 9 adventure in 2022. They too will be self-sufficient for the week and will engage in a variety of activities such as rock climbing, hiking, canoeing and bike riding. This is a new venue for our Year 8 camp and we are very excited for the experience this trip will provide our students.  

On Tuesday 2nd March we held our annual House Swimming carnival at school. This day has our girls and boys competing separately with the girls in the pool in the morning and the boys in the afternoon. The two carnivals were both wonderful examples of friendly competition as well as House spirit. For our girls it was Somner/Stewart who prevailed on the day, whilst for the boys it was Gordon/Grant who were successful. A huge congratulations to these two Houses and to all competitors on the day. From an individual perspective our year level champions this year were: 

          Year 7: Amelie Scherer and Ryan Jayarathna. 

          Year 8: Holly White and Shenghao Jin. 

          Year 9: Yuellyn Sun and Hovan Truong. 

Congratulations to these six athletes for your wonderful performances on the day.  It was great to see such a strong team going on to attend the EISM competition at MSAC on Tuesday 9th March.

When our students were not swimming on Tuesday 2nd they were involved in a gender-based learning activity involving a discussion around the topic of consent, as well as a panel focussed discussion titled Strong Foundations for our girls, and Growing Strong for the boys, both names taken from the respective school songs. The panellists included members of staff along with a number of alumni who kindly gave up their time to return to school and share their experiences and thoughts with our current students. We appreciated greatly the ongoing commitment our alumni show to the school in many ways. The questions were student driven and sourced prior to the session. They covered a wide variety of topics including attitude to school, motivation, friendships, work, bullying and life after school.

On Wednesday 3rd March our Year 9 leaders led the Middle School in their first combined assembly of the year. It was great to see the captains and vice-captains work collaboratively to put together a wonderful first assembly. They spoke about the challenges of 2020, the excitement for this year in line with the school’s theme of “Opportunities” as well as about International Women’s Day which occurred on Monday 8th March. It was great to see how both the girls and the boys of this generation recognise and enthusiastically embrace the opportunity to celebrate women’s achievements, raise awareness against bias and take action for equality.   

One of the highlights of the year for many students is fast approaching with this year’s school musical almost at performance time. Despite some last-minute logistical challenges around performance dates provided by the theatre, our cast and crew are in their final stages of rehearsals before their opening performance on Friday 19th March. I certainly wish all participants the very best for the upcoming shows. 



Senior College News

Senior College News

Congratulations to all Senior College House Captains for their leadership during the recent House Swimming Carnival. It is logistically challenging to organise the swimmers and the House Captains did a superb job creating such a wonderful House spirit throughout the day. As a school, we are grateful for the ongoing support of our alumni who attended during the pastoral session on the day and shared their experiences from school and during their working careers.


Senior students are involved in all aspects of the musical ‘Spamalot’ and they are approaching the particularly busy lead up to the performances.

On Friday 5 March, the Senior College “Flipped the Switch” by reducing non essential lighting but without impacting on the learning environment for students so our thanks to members of the Green Team for this initiative.


Reminder Student Progress Meetings

  • Monday 15 March Online Teams Meetings from 12.00noon to 8.00pm

Bookings open on Thursday 11 March.

  • Tuesday 30 March Face to Face Meetings from 4:00pm to 8.00pm

Parents or guardians of Year 10 students are encouraged, if possible, to book times on Monday 15 March.

Further information will be sent to families from Mrs Alison Bezaire and the IT team.

Year 10 Monash University Scholars Program

Tintern Grammar is part of the Monash University Scholars Program where Year 10 students can self-nominate to our Year 10 Co-ordinator Marlee Batterham outlining how they meet the published criteria. Our nominations will then be selected and students apply directly to the Monash University between Tuesday 20 April and Monday 10 May. Further information is available from the Monash Scholars website.

Tertiary Education Trends from Swinburne and Deakin Universities

Following my recent attendance at seminars from Swinburne and Deakin University, I wish to share some of the key trends outlined by these tertiary institutions with our families.

The concept of students as ‘human capital’ for the future was a consistent theme with the goals of education providing opportunities for lateral thinking, enterprising and innovation to list a few of the future orientated attributes that combine to assist employability. The model of ‘learning by doing and mastery by practise’ is an aim for all courses at Swinburne University combined with embracing and reflecting about the role of technology to create a better world for all. Increasing interest has been recorded into medical science, health and education courses last year.

Deakin University has released a new strategic plan titled ‘Ideas to Impact’ with new and revised courses, a continuation of research goals and supporting students to be active contributors in our society. For example, being involved in the new ‘Future Economy Precinct’ at Waurn Ponds or part of the hydrogen based energy research at the Warnambool campus. The university is also exploring virtual placements and this is a new trial area for us at school with our Year 10 students during June of this year.

It is likely that the role of blended learning will become a feature of tertiary studies. When speaking to our past students, there is the trend of viewing lectures on line with attendance on campus for practical classes or tutorials. Meeting expectations and preparedness of students are the key indicators for success in a blended learning environment. Universities are reimagining buildings and work integrated learning that will be embedded in all undergraduate degree courses at Swinburne and the fastest growing cohort continues to be online for Deakin University.

A number of our students took advantage of Swinburne’s early entry program last year and this will continue in 2021 but with yet to be announced variations so I will keep our Year 12 students updated once the details have been communicated to schools. As a dual sector TAFE and University, Swinburne has a number of pathways for students to consider as they transition from school.



Career News

Career News

News from the Careers Department

Final subject changes are being processed and the next opportunity for Senior College VCE and Year 10 electives will be at the end of Term 2 and in the first few weeks of Term 3.  Year 12 Careers meetings have commenced but any student may request a discussion about possible career pathways. Meetings have been held relating to applying overseas, interstate and undergraduate medical courses for Senior College students.

The following are the indexes to the latest editions of Career News and they can be accessed by selecting https://portal.tintern.vic.edu.au/homepage/14962/ (please make sure that you are logged into the Portal) or from the Careers tab and then Career News.

Number 4 Career News 19 February 2021

  • What does a Blogger do?
  • Postgraduate Pathways to Engineering at Monash University
  • The Bachelor of International Studies at Deakin University
  • Applications for 2022 Entry at ANU
  • Studying Digital Media at RMIT
  • UCAT – Entry to Medical Courses in 2022
  • Agriculture Degrees in Victoria in 2021  
  • Park Ranger Courses on offer in Victoria in 2021  
  • Snapshot – Blue Mountains Hotel Management School in 2021
  • Snapshot of the International College of Hotel Management in 2021

Number 5 Career News 5 March 2021

  • Engineering Heroes Podcasts
  • News from Monash University
    • Bachelor of International Business
    • Find your Fit in IT – Quick Quiz
    • Interesting Double Degrees
  • Studying Law at Bond University
  • New Bachelor of Data Science at RMIT University
  • Courses offered by AIM – Melbourne Campus
  • Games Design Courses in Victoria in 2021
  • Aviation Courses in Victoria in 2021  
  • Snapshot of Deakin University in 2021



International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated annually on the 8 March. This years theme is ‘Choose To Challenge’ and on Thursday 4 March, Alana (Year 12), Anika (Year 9) and Laura (Year 12) attended Maroondah City Council’s annual International Women’s Day Breakfast. This event featured two guest speakers, Kate Jones and Mandy Hose, from “Too Peas in a Podcast” who spoke about their experiences raising children with additional needs, and how they were able to Choose to Challenge by starting up their own podcast and creating a community for families in similar situations. They were incredibly inspiring to listen to and they challenged us to challenge and educate ourselves on how we can help those around us. Their authenticity connected them with the room and the communities surrounding, and it was a great inspiration to see two Ringwood East women achieving such success. Thank you to Mayor Cr Kylie Spears for the invitation to attend this wonderful event.

Written by Alana and Laura, Year 12.


The Resilience Project (TRP)

Dear Tintern families,

Tintern Grammar is delighted to continue to offer The Resilience Project (TRP) as a targeted wellbeing program for all students in years 7-12. TRP delivers emotionally engaging programs to schools, sports clubs and businesses, providing them with evidence based, practical strategies to build resilience and happiness. TRP has delivered programs to over 500 schools around the country and they have worked with many elite sporting teams including Australian cricket, netball and soccer, NRL and AFL clubs. Through presentations, wellbeing journals, schools curriculum, teacher diaries and their App, TRP seeks to help all Australians become mentally healthy.

On Tuesday March 2, Year 7 and 8 parents were invited to attend an online webinar hosted by TRP’s Martin Heppell. If you have ever heard Martin speak before, you will remember his enthusiasm and charisma. At this session, Martin spoke about the project, why it was developed, and he offered stories of change that have come from use of TRP strategies.

For anyone who was unable to join us last Tuesday, particularly for those who have missed information evenings held at school in 2019 and online in 2020, a recording has been made available until March 18, for you to watch online. It is available via the Tintern Grammar Resilience Project Portal Page at the bottom of the page. Please be mindful the link to the video of this session will expire. The video will take just over an hour to watch in full.

On the Tintern Portal Resilience Project page, students and parents will find information about TRP, as well as a link to resources specifically designed for use in your home. Following feedback from parents and schools, TRP created these resources to provide windows of opportunity for discussions at home, using the same rhetoric the program applies in the classroom – Gratitude, Empathy and Mindfulness. These tools are designed to improve emotional literacy in students and build student and parent confidence when speaking about some of those “hard to handle” issues. To support the launch of these tools, Tintern is running a face to face session on May 4 with Lael Stone, a staff member from TRP. The session will be held in Tintern’s CM Wood Centre and further details and registration for this event will be sent out via email in Term 2.

I encourage you to bookmark the Tintern Grammar Resilience Project Portal Page, as we will use this space to update you about TRP events, as well as providing photographs of the program’s implementation across the school throughout the year. You may also find articles and information about TRP in the school newsletter – Aspectus from time to time.

If you have any questions about the project, accessing the recording of Tuesday’s session or Tintern’s TRP portal page, please feel free to email me.

Building Resilience – Clean Up Australia Day Working Bee March 2021


GEM Day February 2021


GEM Day February 2021


9D 2021 Camp ‘Building Resilience’


Kind regards, 

Rebecca Infanti
The Resilience Project Coordinator



Due to COVID-19 impacts on works being undertaken at Karalyka Theatre, there has been a delay in completion of these works.
Unfortunately, this will impact two performances of Tintern Grammar’s performances of Monty Python’s Spamalot and two performances on Wednesday 16 March and Thursday 17 March which have been rescheduled to the performance times below.
While we understand the community will be disappointed, this decision has been made to ensure the safety of the cast and crew involved. The Karralyka Theatre will contact all ticket holders of both the Wednesday and Thursday evening performances to make new arrangements , you can also contact the Karralyka team on 03 9870 2888 to transfer your tickets to any of the available performances.
Tintern Grammar’s production of Monty Python’s Spamalot will be held on the following dates and times:
Friday 19 March, Evening 7:00pm
Saturday 20 March, Matinee 1:00pm
Saturday 20 March, Evening 7:00pm
Sunday 21 March, Matinee 1:00pm
As of 26 February, the Victorian Government has eased COVID safe restrictions and Karralyka Theatre is now able to increase the capacity to 75%, so it is hoped with four performances, that all community members who wish to see the performance will be able to purchase tickets.
Tickets are available to purchase via the following link – https://www.karralyka.com.au/…/Tintern-Grammar-presents…

Movie Under the Stars – Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

Book your ticket now! TPG Movie Under the Stars
Jumanji – Welcome to the Jungle

Don’t miss this fun night out with friends and family! A great opportunity to get to know your year group and community members.

Join us for the TPG Movie Under The Stars on Saturday 27 March on the Tintern Main Oval (with CM Wood Centre the wet-weather location). Gates open at 6:30pm, with the movie to start at 7:45pm (sunset lighting dependent).

Enjoy live music from some of our incredible Tintern students, and browse the Green Team’s sustainability market.

BYO blankets or chairs and picnic hampers. The Green Team will be selling popcorn, lollies, fairy floss and cold drinks. We will also have a Coffee Van and Mobile Ice Creams.

Ticket prices:
Adults $10 Child
Student & concession $5
Family Ticket 1 $26 (2 adults & 2 children)
Family Ticket 2 $21 (1 Adult and 3 Children)

Purchase your tickets through Humanitix here.


Green Team Clean up Australia Day Event

Green Team Clean up Australia Day Event

On Sunday 28 February, around 80 members of the Tintern Community took part in the Green Team’s third annual Clean Up Australia Day Event. This number included students from years prep to Year 12, Junior school parents, and teachers from senior school. Student groups were divided into year levels and assigned an area around the school. Clean up areas included the East Ringwood shopping strip, the train station and along the railway lines, and the streets in the immediate vicinity of the school. Thanks to the efforts of this committed group of people, the area around Tintern Grammar is now a much cleaner environment. The event was ably managed by the Green Team Captains and we offer our sincere thanks to the teachers, Mrs Diane Grochowska, Mrs Anthea Watkins, Ms Vanessa Rich, Ms Nancy Li, Reverend Alison Andrew, Ms Emma Lowing and Mr Trollope for giving up their Sunday morning to help supervise the students.


By Anne Bortolussi

Co-ordinator, Green Team


Jac Cottee (YG 1994)

Congratulation to alumna Jac Cottee (YG 1994) on being nominated as a finalist for her outstanding contribution to the aviation or aerospace sectors (Women in Aviation/Aerospace Australia), she has been nominated for her achievements as Airline Pilot at Qantas and is one of only 5% of female airline pilots.
Jac has spent many years as a Grade 3, 2, 1 instructor and was a chief flight instructor, she has been a Captain for a regional airline and is currently a First Officer on the B717 and Welfare Rep for the AFAP.
Jac is passionate about passing on her knowledge through platforms such as: Women in Aviation career days, aviation career days, speaker at schools and by mentoring the next generation of aviation professionals.
Winners will be announced at the Aviation/Aerospace Australia (A/AA) Gala Dinner awards night on 22 April.

Fiona Lake (YG 1979)

Congratulation to alumna Fiona Lake (YG 1979) on being nominated for her excellence in ‘Education and Safety’ at the 2021 Australian Association for Unmanned Systems (AAUS) Industry Champion Awards. The AAUS focuses on facilitating awareness, integration and collaboration between industry, academia, government and defence.
Fiona was nominated for her dedicated work in educating rural residents on the safe and practical use of drones in the performance of agricultural applications. Fiona is a self-made ‘Jack of all trades’, a professional photographer who has specialised in agriculture, author, writer, drone pilot, educator and travel guru.
To view Fiona’s photography and read about her journey visit the link below.