11 May 2021

From the Principal

This week we have a special lead introduction from Allison Prandolini, Head of Girls’ Junior School.

Last Sunday as we celebrated the Mums, female mentors, guardians and special role models in our lives I stopped to reflect upon how the role of Mother has changed over the years. The stereotypical mother of the past has now been diversified and our girls now aspire to be mums that can do anything! What a positive image for young people to consider as they look towards their future.
The times have certainly changed for us in a number of different ways, and the parenting that I now experience as a mum is quite different to the way in which my parents, parented me. That is of course, because our world is so different. Problems young people experience today were never even imagined in the past, and the learning is steep for us all. As a mum, I know that I do not get it right all time the time, I am yet to meet a mum who does! But what I do know is the time we spend listening to our children, learning from them and reconsidering our own beliefs is time well spent. Our young people have so much to teach us, and unlike my mum who seemed to believe that she needed to have all the answers, I am keen to keep learning and growing as a result of what they can teach us.

On May 24, we have Madonna King coming to Tintern to explore with us what life is like for girls as they move through adolescence following her research with 500 10-year-old girls, 1 600 mothers, and 100 Year Five school teachers for her new book, TEN-AGER. This book, along with Madonna’s presentation aims to be a guide for parents helping tween daughters into adolescence, assisting us with understanding how our daughters are feeling, what we need to know, what to say, and when to stay silent and listen.

Booking for this session can be made via the following Try Booking link:
DATE: Monday 24 May 2021
TIME: To be seated by 7pm
VENUE: CM Wood Centre,
BOOKINGS: https:/www.trybooking.com/BPRXB



Community Matters

TPG Trivia Night – Tickets on sale now!

Tintern Parent Group would like to invite you to test your knowledge and have fun, at their Trivia Night!  Join us on Saturday 22 May 2021 at 7.30pm at Tintern Grammar.

Book your tickets here! Tickets are $15 each with $5 from each donated to a charity.

The Silent Auction has been arranged by the Green Team and Social Justice Group, with all proceeds from the Auction contributing to their projects.

Choose a theme for your table and ‘dress to your theme’, whether a colour, book, movie, song or television show, the opportunities are endless.

Senior College students are also welcome to attend.

The Social Justice Group and the Green Team are also seeking donations towards the evening, to be used as prizes or as part of the Silent Auction. If you or your business have something to donate; whether a gift, product or experience, please contact Anne Bortolussi to ABortolussi@tintern.vic.edu.au. Any donations will be acknowledged on the night, and in our newsletter.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Mother’s Day Stall

Thank you to all the wonderful volunteers who helped staff the Mother’s Day Stall last week! The children had a wonderful time choosing from the many fantastic gift options available.

A special thank you to Danielle Kelberg and Haidee Wallace for organising the Mother’s Day Stall again in 2021.

Tintern Parent Group AGM Tonight

The next meeting for the Tintern Parent Group is to be held on Tuesday 11 May 2021 in the CM Wood Common Room from 7.30pm.

All parents are welcome to attend and be a part of the Tintern Parent Group. We look forward to seeing our old and many new faces at the meeting.

Please select here to view the TPG AGM Agenda and Nomination Form for 2021.

Open Day Volunteers

Thank you to the incredible group of volunteers who assisted at Saturday’s Open Day. From greeting arriving families, managing the BBQ and assisting with the tours, we appreciated the time and care given. Your support was greatly appreciated.

Thank you to our Parent Representatives

Thank you to our incredible Parent Representatives who have been active in our Community. After the social impact of Covid 19, this sense of Community and belonging is more important than ever before.

From a Sunday family picnic day, the Prep to Grade 2 Girls Easter Egg Hunt, or the Year 4A Welcome Playdate, the Class Reps have worked towards connecting the families within their class or year level. We have also received record support of our events, in part thanks to the encouragement and sharing of information from the Reps.

If you’d like to share your Class or Year Level event, please contact Di Lacey and Tegan Martin in Community Relations.

Interested in taking on the role of Parent Representative?

Parent Representative are a liaison between parents/guardians and the school. Informing parents about activities planned either by Tintern, our community groups or within the class or year level, such as fundraisers or events. We are still seeking Parent Reps for the following classes / year levels:

  • Year 3 Girls
  • Year 7 Girls
  • Year 8 Boys
  • Year 9 Boys
  • Year 9 Girls
  • Year 10

If you are interested, please get in touch with Di Lacey in Community Relations, 9845 7893 or communityrelations@tintern.vic.edu.au

Footy Tipping Competition – AFL and AFLW

The Tintern Grammar community footy tipping competition is here, and it is not to late to join!

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:

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!!

AFLW Footy Tipping Winners

Congratulations to the winners of our first ever AFLW Tipping Competition:

  • 1st Place – Michael Gao 
  • 2nd Place – Carl Paul 
  • Equal 3rd Place – Brad Fry and Joyce Kok ($20 each)

We will be in touch soon to organize your prizes!

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 12 May 2021 at 7pm  President: Debra Fryer Location:  CM Wood Common Room
  • Friends of Young Farmers (FOYF) AGM – Next Meeting: Monday 15 June 2021 at 7.30pm President: Ranald Young Location: Kennedy Cottage or Zoom:  Click here to join Meeting   Password: FOYF
  • Friends of Equestrian (FOE) – Interested in joining FOE, contact them here to be included in meeting notifications 

Upcoming Reunions 2021

  • 35, 40 & 45 Year Reunion YGs 1985 & 1986, 1980 & 1981, 1975 & 1976 – Saturday 5 June at 3.30pm, followed by Offsite – Book here
  • YG 2015, 5+1 Year Reunion – Friday 11 June 2021 at Beer DeLuxe in Hawthorn in the Hop Lounge – Book Here
  • YG 2016, 5 Year Reunion – Friday 16 July at 7.30pm – Beer Deluxe in Hawthorn – Book Here
  • 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 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

The Entertainment Book is now 100% digital! Excitingly this means that your 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

Tintern’s Annual Cathedral Service

This year, Tintern’s Annual Cathedral Service was conducted a little differently. Instead of being held on Sunday with an audience of the entire Tintern community, 2021’s Cathedral Service was held on Friday 30 April, with an audience made up of students and teachers. The preparations for the service were a little different for musicians, teachers and leaders too, who came into the Cathedral at the beginning of the day for a dress rehearsal.

However, many things remained the same for us, too – the musical items offered during the service were beautifully diverse and offered opportunities for quiet contemplation.  

The Chamber Orchestra had the privilege of playing the beautiful melody of Nimrod from Edward Elgar’s Enigma Variations, as introductory music to the service. During prayers, the Clarinet Ensemble also provided moments for quiet contemplation through another beautiful piece, Skye Boat Song, arranged by Kate Agioritis.

An integral part of any church service is congregational singing. The combined Concert and Intermediate Choirs were also given a chance to shine, through their performances of two songs: the exciting and upbeat Jubilate Deo, rejoicing in the glory of God; and the grandiose Let All the World in Every Corner Sing by the English composer, Ralph Vaughan Williams. This song was wonderfully complex, and certainly provided a challenge for many of us; however, the great success and energy of the performance reminded us that, out of challenges, come the greatest rewards. In fact, for many singers, a highlight of the day was singing alongside the grand pipe organ at St Paul’s, of which the tallest pipe reached up to the very ceiling of the building. The service was concluded by the quiet Australian Blessing by Timothy Sexton, courtesy of the Senior Girls’ Chamber Choir.

Thus, the music of 2021’s Cathedral Service provided moments for community, joy and hope, as well as moments for contemplation and stillness for those who needed it most. Thanks to all the members of choirs and ensembles, who contributed to another successful Cathedral Service!

Joshua Choong

School Pianist 2021



May the 4th be with you!

Our wonderful Saxophone Ensemble celebrated May the 4th by performing a pop-up version of “Cantina Band” from Star Wars at various locations around the school at lunchtime, including the Canteen (!), the Senior College, the Middle School Undercroft, the Junior School Playground and the Cullen Resource Centre (Senior Library). The clever arrangement of this iconic piece was courtesy of our Instrumental Captain (and arranger extraordinaire), Josh Choong!



Twilight Concert

On Tuesday 27 April, 18 students came together to put on a beautiful evening of various styles of music ranging from contemporary, classical and musical theatre for the first Twilight Concert for 2021. Callum Battilana (Year 12) played Beethoven’s Sonata Op 28 movement 2 on piano which moved the audience with the fast-moving passages and complex but excellently executed melody. Daniel Sun (Year 8) played Orientale by Cesar Cui on the oboe. The performance was incredible and took the audience to a faraway place. Thank you to all the students who performed and a big thank you to Ms Bezaire and Ben Taylor for accompanying the students and also a thank you to the students’ family for the continued support for the music scene at Tintern.


Charlie Victoria

Instrumental Captain 2021




Small Ensembles Concert

It was so fantastic to hear all of our wonderful small ensembles performing in the Theatre on Thursday 6 May at our annual Small Ensembles Concert. The concert opened with the Intermediate Jazz Band, followed by the new Year 7 & 8 Cello Ensemble. There were several woodwind ensembles and an impressive Piano Trio, featuring our School Pianist, Josh Choong (playing viola!), Instrumental Captain, Lydia Tan on violin and talented pianist, Sarah Chen on … the piano!  The program was brought to a rousing close by Tintern’s famous Band-ana! The varied program and enthusiastic energy in the theatre was really great to see, especially following on from the absence of our enjoyable concerts last year. 

Lilli Holliday-Ryder

Choral Captain 2021



The Talent

On Tuesday 27 April, I had the opportunity to perform live-to-air on 3MBS’s 2021 ‘The Talent’. I am grateful to have had this chance to hear on-air feedback from industry mentors, to learn from fellow musicians, and to have a small taste of what it would be like to work in the performance industry.    

The Talent is a live performance program hosted by 3MBS Fine Music Melbourne, which seeks to highlight the abilities of up and coming musicians. The competition is open to all instrumentalists, vocalists and chamber groups under the age of 35. Each season, 20 performers are selected to play live-to-air.

The process for auditioning requires contestants to submit a video recording of a varied repertoire that showcases their skills. I was lucky enough to be able to advance past the initial auditioning process and was given the opportunity to attend workshops in marketing and interview training.

Since all of these were new experiences to me, I participated with enthusiasm and an open mind. The activities not only familiarized me with the radio performance process, but also provided important musician career tips and strategies on how to handle interviews successfully. I was delighted to be part of a program where everyone (both the production team and performers) was not only talented, but also had a strong passion towards music.

This program not only gives up-and-coming musicians performance and radio interviewing experience, but also provides a platform for more exposure. For those who are interested in a career in the music industry, I strongly suggest auditioning.

Further details about the program can be found at https://thetalent3mbs.com/, and the episode of the Talent where I am featured can be found on https://www.spreaker.com/user/9279832/the-talent-ep-7-podcast, or on Apple Podcasts by searching ‘3MBS The Talent’ and picking the latest episode. 

Last but not least, for each season, aside from awards for the top 3 performers of each season there is also an audience choice award. With regards to this, you can have a say in the audience vote too! Please go to https://thetalent3mbs.com/vote/ and vote for me. I would love to have the chance to go back and give a final performance. Thank you for your help and support!

Sarah Chen

Year 12 Pianist

Sarah’s delightful performance starts at the 28’ 30” mark of the podcast – and the feedback from the mentors is full of praise for her sparkling finger-work and her assured and solid performance at the keyboard. Congratulations, Sarah, on your broadcasting success. My vote is in! – Mrs Bezaire


Sport Matters

Tintern Grammar Interschool Horse Trials

On Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 May Tintern Grammar held the annual Tintern Grammar Interschool Horse Trials event at Wandin Park. With over 200 riders competing from more than 60 schools there was strong competition in the dressage, show jumping and cross-country events. Saturday’s events consisted of the dressage and show jumping whilst Sunday’s events were show jumping and the cross country. The event ran very smoothly and included a moving dawn service on Sunday morning to commemorate ANZAC Day where schools laid wreaths at the flagpole. Tintern Grammar had some excellent results throughout the weekend in different classes.

Horse Trials

95cm class– Lilly Trevorrow 7th

80cm class– Amelia Harvey 5th         

80cm class-  Lilly Trevorrow 7th

Combined Training

95cm class – Lilly Trevorrow 6th

80cm class – Lilly Trevorrow 6th

65cm class – Alyssa Carter – 4th

50cm class – Aisha Heinrich 1st

50cm class – Keeley Thomas 4th

I would like to thank the Friends of Equestrian Committee for the amazing amount of work that took place to ensure that the event ran smoothly and also Wandin Park for the use of their excellent facilities. Thank you to Alice Callahan for assisting at the event all weekend even though she wasn’t competing. Congratulations to the Tintern Grammar students who competed at the event. I would also like to thank all of the volunteers who gave up their time to ensure that the event could run.

Volleyball School Cup 

Last week our Volleyball teams competed in the State Volleyball School Cup at the State Volleyball Centre. 🏐 🏆
It was a fantastic 3-day event and the contest was very close, as per the below results:
The Years 7 and 8 Girls both finished 5th in their division after winning some tough games and playing well against a number of strong teams.
The Year 7 boys went through to the semi-finals, winning the best played game of the day, which sent them through to the final. They won the second set of the final, but in the end fell just short during a very tough competition, collecting Silver, an amazing effort overall.
The Year 8 Boys had the closest division, with only 3 points separating 3rd to 7th place.
Our Year 9 girls won 2 out of 4 matches, finishing 5th out of 12.
our Year 9 boys improved drastically throughout the day and managed to win their last game.
Our Year 11 girls won the first 3 games and tied in their 4th game, sending them through to the bronze medal match, unfortunately they lost this final game in a very close contest.
Well done to all Tintern Volleyball teams involved, for many students it was their first Volleyball contest and it was great to see them try their best with great enthusiasm!



On Tuesday 27 April,  the Senior Boys Basketball Team participated in a 3X3 basketball tournament.

This is a new style of game, that is fast paced and very physical.

It was a tough competition, but the students played very well and won the majority of their games.

Student Achievements 

Stella Forsyth – Year 9 

Congratulations to Stella Forsyth for a wonderful performance at the Victorian Elite Open Diving Championships, where she competed amongst the best open age divers in Australia including Olympic and Commonwealth Games medalists and World Champions.
Stella had a fantastic event, placing 6th in the 1m Women’s Springboard event, 5th in the 3m Springboard Preliminaries with a score of 209.05 and then improving her score to 217.8 in the 3m Springboard final to place 7th. Stella and her diving partner won gold, making them the Victorian Open Champions in the Women’s 3m synchronised event.
Well done Stella on a fantastic result!


Declan Marshall – Year 7 

Congratulations to Declan Marshall and his Baseball Team for recently winning the Victorian State Championships. The team will be representing Victoria at the Nationals in Mildura in May, well done Declan. 

Heath Fox – Year 8

Congratulations to Heath Fox on a great performance at the recent Australian Track & Field Championships. Heath placed 6th in the U14 Javelin, with a PB of 35.02m. Heath is currently ranked 1st in Victoria and 5th in Australia, a fantastic achievement. 





ELC News

Celebrating our Mums for Mother’s Day

Celebrating the special people in our lives is important to the children in our care. Mother’s Day is hugely important. While our little ones are still quite egocentric, they do understand the important part Mums play in their lives and they are happy to show and express their love for them.

This year we completed a variety of activities centred around mums. All children made a special present and card to give to Mum on Mother’s Day. The children painted a portrait of Mum and then were asked why they loved their mums. Staff scribed their words underneath the portraits.

“I love riding my bicycle with Mummy” said Sarah

“I love Mummy’s heart “said Jeffrey

“When I’m sad Mummy gives me a cuddle” said Esther

“Playing with Mummy and Marley with the blocks. We love to do that together” said Spencer

“ When I help her tidy up ( that is what makes mum smile)” said Annabelle

A lovely High Tea was held in each of the classes in the ELC on Wednesday. It was great to see so many Mums, Aunts and Grandmas join us for this special occasion.  Activities such as creating a key ring, drawing a picture, completing a puzzle together, reading a book together were set up in the rooms. In preparation for this event the children learnt some special songs which they sang to their mums at the conclusion of our High Tea.

Across the week we read a variety of picture books such as “The Mummy book” by Todd Parr, “Where’s my Mummy” by Colin and Jacqui Hawkins and “My Mum is a Superhero” by Ruby Brown sand Lesley Vamos.

All children shopped at the Mother’s Day Stall and chose the perfect present for our Mums.

We hope everyone had a lovely Mother’s Day on Sunday and let’s finish with a special poem which highlights the importance of Mums.

Of all the special

Joys in life,

The big ones

and the small

A mother’s love

and tenderness

Is the greatest

of them all.


Genevieve Brown

ELC Teacher


Boys’ Junior School News

Boys’ Junior School News

We commenced the week with our Years 3 to 6 Assembly, during which we listened to Justice Crew singing “Que Sera”, and especially the lines, “At the end of the day, Some you win, some you don’t, So I’m glad that I’m here, With some friends that I know…Singing la la la la, Que sera”

We discussed the relevance to our BOUNCE BACK theme, and the need especially to look after and support one another.

It set the scene for the aMAYzing week that was to follow.


Mother’s Day Stall

We extend our sincerest thanks to all of our parent helpers who were able to assist with our annual Mothers’ Day Stall on Tuesday. As always, it was a wonderful event for our children. Special thanks to Danielle Kelberg for the time and effort she spent organising and running the stall.


House Cross Country

On Wednesday, our House Cross Country was a most enjoyable and spirited event, run suprisingly in bright sunshine.

Our Preps, 1s and 2s were motivated by the ‘Ash Cow’ (aka 2020 Tintern Grammar School Captain and Dux Ashleigh Dowling) who gave our youngest runners something to chase, and run with.) There were some very strong individual performances but the most pleasing aspect of the event was that for those whom long distance running is challenging, their effort still represented best effort, and there was such a strong sense of support for one another.

Congratulations to the following students who came top three in their respective year levels;

9/10 Year old; Kobe Heinrich, Murray Tossel, Rowan De La Pierre

11 year old; Lewis Chen, Lenny Kilworth, Lucas Winduss

12/13 year old; Harley Cantor, Owen Huang, Ish Kohli

Congratulations to Somner Stewart House for winning the 2021 Boys’ Junior School Cross Country.

The top ten runners from each year level will represent Tintern at the Ringwood District Cross Country to be held on Tuesday 25 May at 12.30pm.


Girls’ Junior School News

Year 3 Girls 

In the 3A classroom, we use a thinking routine called ‘I used to think…but now I think…’

This helps students to reflect on their thinking and to explore how and why their thinking has changed. They see themselves and each other as learners, and make connections with what they are learning.

Students respond to the prompts by writing on a post-it note. These are displayed on the board in the front of the classroom. The process of thinking is visible.

The responses below show where the students thinking are in terms of our current topic inquiry on Antarctica. It provides direction as to where to delve further.

I used to think that the times tables were the hardest thing on the planet. Now I think that there are much harder things.

Ritisha R

I used to think that I would never be able to do a back bend. Now I think that it takes lots of practice and bravery to have a go.

Ayuni D

I used to think that polar bears lived on Antarctica. Now I think that polar bears live in the Arctic.

Jacelyn L

I used to think that polar bears live in Antarctica. Now I think there are no polar bears but penguins and whales instead.

Hannah D

I used to think there were no scientists in Antarctica. Now I know scientists work on Antarctica.

Ritchie M

I used to think that Antarctica was too cold for volcanoes. Now I think there are loads of volcanoes there, who knew?

Evelyn O

I used to think that Antarctica was the coldest, wettest place in the world. Now I think that I was wrong. It apparently is the driest place on earth.

Scarlett M

I used to think that the Artic and Antarctica were the same place. Now I think they are completely separate places.

Lana M

I used to think that penguins only walked on top of the ice. Now I know they also make holes in the ice and swim through.

Evelyn T

I used to think that Antarctica was very snowy and wet; that it was like a winter wonderland. Now I think it is not so. Antarctica is windy, dry and cold.

Grace B

I used to think that minks lived in Antarctica. Now I think they do not.

Alex W

I used to think Artic Foxes lived in Antarctica. Now I think they do not.

Taylor S

I used to think that the desert was the dryer than Antarctica.Now I know that Antarctica is drier than deserts.

Jessie H

I used to think that Artic Foxes lived in Antarctica. Now I think they don’t because they are called ‘Artic’ Foxes.

Amy G

I used to think that all Antarctica and Arctic animals such as Weddell Seals and minks lived in both the Artic and Antarctica. Now I know they live in different places depending on their survival skills.

Ariella B

I used to think that all types of penguins huddle together in winter on Antarctica. Now I know that only the Emperor penguins huddle in winter.

Ananya C

I used to think learning my doubles was hard. Now I think it just takes practice.

Isabella J


Karen Dang

Year 3A Teacher


Year 5 Girls 

We have been very productive in our Year 5A Learning Community. Here are some of our highlights of our learning we would like to share with you;

SEA – Sex Education Australia

We have been learning about puberty and how changes of to our body, physically and emotionally as we become an adult is something to embrace rather than be worried about. Having conversations with trusted adults is an important part of the journey.

Cross Country

We completed in the Junior School Cross Country, where we had to run a 1.5km route around the whole school, following the path near the ELC all the way to behind the swimming pool and Bus Bay.

ANZAC Day Research Project

To celebrate ANZAC Day, we learnt about the history of the ANZACs and how many of the traditions we still acknowledge today were part of our soldier’s journey. We worked in small groups to complete a research project to discover more about ANZAC day and why we celebrate the day each year. We made ANZAC biscuits with our Year 2 Buddies, and found out that the biscuits were shipped to the soldiers in an air-tight container and they were usually hard, using ingredients that wouldn’t expire easily. They tasted delicious.


We have been split into two groups along with the Year 6 Girls, to sharpen out chess knowledge and game strategy to become better players. Each week we run mini tournaments with different competitors to practice our skills.

Miranda Price

Curriculum Coordinator – Junior School

Year 5 Teacher – Girls’ Junior School


Middle School News

Aspectus 6 Middle School 11th May

I would like to begin by expressing my best wishes to all the mums out there and that I hope you had an enjoyable Mother’s Day on Sunday the 9 May . Having worked with middle school aged children for 20 years, and now having younger children of my own, the way gratitude is displayed towards mum is significantly different – not all the time, but more often than not. They may not want to jump back in bed with mum on Sunday morning, or argue with their sibling as to whose turn it is to cuddle mum, but I can reassure you that the underlying love and appreciation for you, and everything that you do, continues to strengthen day after day. They may just demonstrate this differently in the teenage years.

Our Mother’s Day Bowling night this term  was a wonderful evening with nearly 200 mums and daughter/sons joining us for the night. There were plenty of laughs, plenty of strikes as well as plenty of gutter balls or strategic use of the gutter bumpers – at least that’s many were claiming! Thank you to Forest Hill Bowling who host us each year, as well as for Father’s Day, and thank you to all the mums who were able to make the evening with your child/children. Apologies to those that missed out due to the number of respondents reaching the maximum number, hopefully next year we see many of you again.

At school over the last two weeks there has been many activities occurring that continue to provide our students with experiences and opportunities to challenge themselves, as well as to find and develop any areas of interest and passion. We have had representatives across the Middle School competing in the Davinci Decathlon which is an academic based challenge that incorporates 10 different disciplines. This is a teams-based event where our boys and girls compete together against other schools in areas such as mathematics, poetry, problem solving, plus more. On Wednesday 12 May the results will be announced and we look forward to seeing how we went.

A significant number of our girls and boys participated in the Melbourne University Mathematics Competition last week on Wednesday May 5th. This competition, run by the School of Mathematics and Statistics at Melbourne University, is a very demanding competition that is aimed at identifying real mathematical talent. The problems encountered are different from the regular school syllabi, being less mechanical and requiring a higher level of mathematical insight and creativity. I wish all the students who participated in this competition all the very best.

Our sport department continues to provide many opportunities for our students with the regular athletics training running on Monday and Friday mornings, as well as Wednesday afternoon, along with the regular weekly EISM Competitions against other schools. On top of this, we have had a significant number of students across the secondary (predominantly Middle School) participating in a volleyball training program aimed at competing in the Volleyball School Cup competition last week. It was wonderful to see such a large number of students participating in the program over the last couple of months. They have received excellent coaching and development of both skills and game sense and were able to put this all into practice last week in the first of several competitions. Our teams all competed very well throughout the day, with one of our Year 7 boys’ teams making their grand final, only to fall just short in the last game. Well done to all involved and a huge thank you to the staff who have facilitated this new initiative across the school.

Saturday 8 May was our Open Day at school and I want to pass on my sincere gratitude and appreciation to everyone involved. We were blessed with most beautiful of mornings weather wise, and with the amazing work our maintenance staff, our school was looking stunning. What was the most amazing part was the significant involvement of our current students and parents in helping out on the day. Our students were demonstrating in subject based stations such as Outdoor Ed, PE, Agriculture, Science, Mathematics and STEAM, they were on stage playing music in front of a large audience, or they were leading one of a very large number of tours. It is always humbling to watch our students interact with other families and explain how our school operates, the opportunities available and their own personal interests and experiences. I want to express a huge thank you to all of those students involved as your sense of school pride and belonging was absolutely palpable.

Monday 10 May was the second of our GEM Days in the Middle School. These days provide opportunity for our pastoral teams to implement larger activities aimed at helping the growth and development of our students. Our Year 7s participated in a variety of activities including engineering challenges, Resilience Project sessions and a number of fun games aimed at continuing to provide our boys and girls with the opportunities to mix and connect. Our Year 9s are currently working on the Year 9 House Showdown which is a mixed House presentation to parents at the end fo this term involving dance, multi-media and a lot of fun. Their GEM Day provided time for House Showdown rehearsals as well as Resilience Project work and the opportunity to further the focus on respectful relationships. They had an external group discuss with them the topic of consent and how this is relevant to them at this current age and stage. The session was very well received and hopefully continues to develop their understanding in these areas.

Our Year 8’s have been involved in a program title The Smoothie Bar over Monday 10 and Tuesday 11. This two-day program is an entrepreneurial based program that is aimed at developing skills such as creativity, teamwork, communication and presentation. Mixed groups of boys and girls design, build and sell (not literally) a smoothie. Over the two days they received masterclass coaching on areas such as pitching/presenting, financial literacy, communication, marketing, branding and teamwork. They designed a smoothie to a market audience of their choice, built the business including running and selling costs, developed a marketing campaign, and also developed a presentation/pitch that was designed to sell to their audience. The final part of the program is an expo style event where parents vote on different criteria for each group, and the leading three groups then present their final pitch to the audience and our Head of Commerce who will judge the best presentation and pitch. Good luck to each group in The Smoothie Bar of 2021.

As the last two weeks demonstrates, there are a huge number of opportunities for our students to participate in programs and activities that sit outside of the classroom. These programs are a combination of academic challenges, pastoral growth and development, and personal passion and interest. It is through these experiences that students can generate a sense of belonging and engagement at school which goes a very long way to helping them achieve success in their schooling journey.



Senior College News 

Senior College News 

The postponed Year 11 Conference and Year 12 Activities Day were held last week and I would like to thank the staff and in particular the Year 11 Coordinator Ms Nicole Morphett and the Year 12 Coordinator Mrs Tsai Bove for their commitment to rescheduling these events that were affected by the mini COVID-19 lockdown in February.

Year 11 Conference – The Island Accommodation – Phillip Island

After a dubious weather forecast the students enjoyed some sunshine and the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities from Tuesday 4 to Thursday 6 May. The conference provided the Year 11 students with a chance to take a break from the rigours of their academic studies and undertake activities that provided them with new challenges. These activities included a visit to ‘Clip and Climb’ in Cowes and a surfing lesson at Smiths Beach to allow the cohort to relax and enjoy a rest from studies. No trip to Phillip Island is complete without a visit to the Penguin Parade. The staff and students were able to get closer to the parade due to the reduced numbers of visitors at this time of the year. Fiona Harris spoke to the students about her career journey and emphasised the importance of resilience and following your dreams with reference to her own experiences to pursue her acting and writing ambitions. The students enjoyed her candidate discussion and Fiona left the students with several lessons to reflect upon over their VCE journey. The conference concluded with activities to discuss core leadership traits of leadership and what it means to lead in order to assist students as they begin the process of selecting the 2022 leadership team.

The Year 11 Conference was held from Tuesday 4 to Thursday 6 May at Phillip Island.  such as indoor rock climbing in Cowes and surfing at YCW beach.  The students also had the opportunity to hear from Fiona Harris, who discussed her career highs and lows in the field of the Performing Arts.  The students enjoyed her candidate discussion and Ms Harris left the students with several lessons which they will be able to reflect upon over their VCE journey. .  The conference concluded with activities to discuss the core traits of leadership, coupled with what it means to lead to assist the students as they begin the process of selecting the 2022 Leadership team.

Ms Nicole Morphett

Year 11 Coordinator

Head of Commerce



Year 12 Activities Day

The Year 12 students gathered in CM Wood for breakfast on Wednesday 5 May and enjoyed this social start to the day. The students then heard from our guest speaker Ruth Clare. Ruth used the story of her childhood, living with a violent father and an alcoholic mother as a basis to teach students about the value of self-belief, self-discipline, gratitude, resilience and always having a ‘Plan B’. She shared specific strategies that helped her navigate difficult times and techniques that kept her grounded and managed anxiety levels. Ruth’s book “Enemy” will be in the school library soon for those students wishing to find out more about Ruth’s inspiring story.

The year level then participated in student lead activities including skittle ball, a movie and indoor activities such as chess or mindfulness colouring. In the afternoon, they were involved in some elective offsite activities including Holey Moley mini golf, the Tress Adventure tree ropes and zip lining course and laser tag including a virtual reality experience.

The students thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to take a break from classes and study. The Year 12 students took away some very important messages from Ruth’s session that will no doubt help them cope and manage their final year of schooling as well as being able to enjoy time with their peers and have a bit of fun! 

Mrs Jennifer Tsai Bove

Year 12 Level Coordinator

VCE and IB Psychology Teacher

Information will be sent home shortly regarding arrangements for the GAT day on Wednesday 9 June and also for the Year 10 program that replaces Work Experience for this year. On Tuesday 15 and Wednesday 16 June, the students will be undertaking a series of career related activities and on Thursday 17 and Friday 18 June they will be involved in City Experience activities that have been delayed from their cancelled camp in February.



Career News

News from the Careers Department

Year 10 subject choice interviews continue this term and all students in the Senior College have been alerted to the Victoria Careers Show that will be held on Saturday 15 May at the Melbourne Showgrounds in Ascot Vale from 9.00am to 3.00pm.

Students are encouraged to attend this event as it includes:

  • VCE Information and resources including study tips
  • Information about the different pathway options including University, TAFE and other training courses
  • Career exploration advice
  • Employment opportunities and trends
  • Apprenticeship and traineeship options
  • International exchange and gap year programs

Further details can be obtained by selecting Victorian Careers Show 2021

The latest editions of Career News have been uploaded to the Careers Portal page and each file can be accessed using the link at: https://portal.tintern.vic.edu.au/homepage/14962/ (Please make sure that you are logged into the Tintern Portal.)

Number 11 Career News 30 April 2021

  • Dates for the Diary in Term 2
  • Inside Monash Seminar Series
  • What does a Geneticist do?
  • News from Deakin University
    • Discover Deakin Webinars
    • Bachelor of Business at Deakin
    • New Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Information Technology
  • Scholarships at Bond University
  • Animals, Conservation, Wildlife, and Zoology Courses in Victoria in 2021
  • Snapshot of William Angliss Institute (WAI) in 2021 

Number 12 Career News 7 May 2021

  • Dates for the Diary in Term 2
  • Career as an Epidemiologist
  • Career in Naval Shipbuilding
  • iCanStudy Study Skills
  • Victoria University: Block Model
  • Victorian Careers Show 2021
  • REMINDER: University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT)
  • Careers in Biomedical Science STEMinar
  • JMC Academy: Audio Production Mentoring Sessions
  • LCI Melbourne: Specialised Private Design College
  • Medical Imaging Courses in Victoria in 2021
  • Snapshot of Macquarie University in 2021 



Connected Parenting Workshop

Lael Stone – Connected Parenting Workshop presented by Tintern Grammar and The Resilience Project

In early May, Middle School and Senior College parents gathered in the CM Wood Centre to learn more about parenting and how they can better connect with their teens by finding new ways of supporting family emotional stability in the home.

For almost two decades, Lael Stone has worked with families to improve relationships and manage trauma. Drawing from her own experiences of parenting three teenage children, her work has culminated in her development of a range of well-being programs implemented in many secondary schools. As a part of this work, Lael identified that many mainstream educational settings were failing to address a substantive area of personal development. This led to her co-founding an innovative school in the hinterland of Geelong, prioritising the development of each student’s emotional intelligence alongside academic learning. Lael came to Tintern as part of The Resilience Project’s ongoing commitment to student and community wellbeing. Photographs of her presentation can be found on The Resilience Project Tintern Parent Portal Page, which also has a link to the resources available from The Resilience Project@Home, where parents can find a range of strategies on how to continue using the rhetoric of Gratitude, Empathy, Mindfulness and Emotional Literacy which are applied in our senior and middle school classes, in your own home.  

On May 4, Lael began her presentation with the neuro-behavioural science of adolescence, explaining neurological changes that stereotypically cause adolescent mood swings. She emphasised to parents that the prefrontal cortex – the risk-mitigating part of the brain, does not fully develop until a person’s late 20s, making it quite understandable that teens are unable to foresee consequences. It would be like asking the same adolescent to clean and jerk a weightlifting bar with 100kg of weights in the gym. It’s physiologically impossible (for most people). This upside of this lack of inhibition, however, is young people are open to a world of opportunities that are presented to them, broadening their curiosities and facilitating an unbridled passion about the world. This is the precursory step for them to finding their voice and place in the world. Think of the times your teen comes home fixated on an issue that has arisen, and they cannot talk about anything else. These are moments of personal and neurological growth. It is important to let your teen know you hear them and value their point of view, even if you don’t agree with it.  

It is helpful that the prefrontal cortex is most active during the day when your child is exposed to stimulation and ideas at school and with their friends. The amygdala, on the flipside, at the centre of our brain, is where our emotions are assigned meaning and you guessed it, this becomes more active at night. Habitually, this is when adolescents are more emotionally vulnerable, but of course, it is also when they can be very active on social networks. It is in these late hours of the night that the rollercoaster of emotions leaves the terminus, and amongst other things, sleeplessness and angst can set in. Having said this, the amygdala certainly likes to meddle in our diurnal experiences, which is why we have the full gamete of teen emotions available at any given moment of the day.

Lael has coined some “family-friendly” terms that she encourages parents and carers to use when they see shifts in mood in their teens. The more emotionally regulated person she termed as someone who is “in-balance”, whereas the person experiencing a wider, often more volatile range of moods is referred to as someone who is “out-of-balance”.

The in-balance adult/adolescent/child is adaptable, responds to instructions/requests with agreeance or even offers to help, talks respectfully to other members of the household including pets and siblings, and is more or less adaptable to any challenge and discomfort that may arise. The out-of-balance adult/adolescent/child is more reactive, perhaps showing up as defensive, angry or sullen behaviours, or manifesting as a barrage of emotions when you instruct/request assistance. Dismissive and aggressive to other members of the household can be the default response even without realising they are doing it.  

Although people of any age can feel out-of-balance, adults usually have a wider range of coping strategies to help them  navigate this unbalance. Things like exercise, meditation, chatting with a friend on the phone, listening to music, working out, eating chocolate, drinking wine, online shopping (well, maybe not those last three) are all ways we may mitigate feelings of overwhelm. Teens are yet to discover these strategies, and so are more readily primed for these outbursts, often with a hair trigger. As parents, it is our job to emotionally hold our teens (and children and each other, for that matter), to help them feel safe as they ride these emotions out.

At this point, many parents may feel the urge to come to the rescue. Extending the rollercoaster metaphor used earlier, parents usher their teen from the carriage and then step up to ride the rollercoaster for them. Although this does (usually) fix the problem easily and quickly, it does not help teens in the long term. Experiencing unpleasant emotions like discomfort and uncertainty are all very important parts of emotional development. They facilitate emotional intelligence and teach them strategies to manage disappointment, failure and loss. With exposure to these feelings comes improved emotional awareness, and even more importantly, their articulation fosters emotional literacy and the ability to experience empathy for others. To problem solve and “fix” every hurdle our children/adolescents face, means they will never learn to persist in the face of adversity. Although it can be a very difficult step to take, parents must work on being ‘okay’ with their child becoming increasingly exposed to disappointment, failure and discomfort.


So, how do we better provide the safety net for our children while allowing them to develop into emotionally intelligent adults and still have recognisable boundaries? Lael has found adolescents respond well to the following strategies:

1. If the issue is between you and your teen, be sure you have worked through your own feelings about the trigger before you deal with your child’s emotions and behaviours. You may perceive they have betrayed your trust or disappointed you. Other common feelings may include anger and frustration. If you can’t manage these feelings in the moment and remain calm, tell the child to go away and have some space from you, and come back to discussing what has happened later (the next morning or in a few hours).

2. Be prepared to own whatever part you have played in creating this situation. This may be things like you were too busy to help them when they needed you, or perhaps you were too enthusiastic, pushing your own agenda/needs, rather than focussing on the child’s own needs/desires? Think about these agendas – as they may not be obvious at first, but they are usually hiding in there, somewhere.

3. Begin with restorative practices – by articulating the above points in a calm manner. Owning your part in the frustration/hurt etc. shows them you also vulnerable and engaged in finding a solution. They will need to hear this to feel safe.

4. Allow them the same opportunity to voice their feelings. It is okay to have boundaries and enforce them, but we must acknowledge the feelings these boundaries create, to be able to move forward.5. When your teen speaks, respond in ways that facilitate their conversation. Use questions/comments that invite them to continue like “Tell me all about it…” and “What happened then?” or “That must have been hard?

6. Be sure to spend time with your teen outside of these moments, doing something they value. e.g. let them give you a facial, do your make up, wash their car with them, lie on the grass and look at the stars/clouds. These moments provide a platform where extremely meaningful conversations can begin.

7. Recognise when you have done a good job and own this.


Space is the most important response if these strategies lead to an escalation of emotion in either adults or teens. When you acknowledge space is needed, it gives you time to think through the emotions before they are talked about, and come back to the issue at another time. If your teen comes to you ready to speak, acknowledge their initiative and make sure you are ready to discuss it. Over time and with practice, teens will better learn to navigate triggers and even become a role model of how other children (and adults) can manage these challenging situations. This surely has to be something every parent hopes will happen for their children, and inevitably leads to a happier, more stable home environment.


Rebecca Infanti
The Resilience Project Coordinator



Open Morning

A big thank you to everyone who attended our Open Morning on Saturday, it was an amazing day filled with incredible music from our school orchestra, school tours run by our magnificent students, science and STEAM demonstrations and a wide range of activations across our campus. We hope you all experienced what it means to be part of our wonderful Tintern community!
Thank you to all of our students, teachers, parents and community members who worked so hard to make this memorable day possible.

Mother’s Day Breakfast

Our annual Junior School Mothers’ Day Breakfast is always such a lovely occasion, was even more special for us this year after the cancellation in 2020.

Moe than 400 boys and girls and their guests, gathered together in our CM Wood Centre for the 2021 Mothers’ Day Breakfast, to enjoy the company of our Junior School families, hear from our Year 3-6 choirs, and enjoy a special video featuring our Preps talking about their ‘mothers’. The video can be seen here: 

Thank you to everyone who made this a special occasion for us all.