12 Nov 2019

From the Principal

The Tintern Board have asked that, having completely re-written my Celebration Evening speech on the afternoon of the event, I publish it to the community. I know that most Junior School parents, along with some secondary parents, were unable to get to Celebration Evening. It was a wonderful recalling of our students’ activities, achievements and energy over 2019 and it was truly humbling to lead the School that night.

Good evening

Tintern Grammar students and staff, current and past parents, I welcome you to our 2019 Celebration Evening. I am very grateful for the presence of Tintern Grammar Life Governors, the Chair of the Tintern Grammar Board, Mr Greg Hoxley, numerous current and past Board members, the Presidents of TOGA and SOBA, many special guests and School alumni, and I welcome and thank you all for your significant contributions to us all coming together as a community tonight.

I’d like to tell you a story about a school, a school led by a group of thoughtful, passionate, energetic and creative student leaders. These leaders believe in the importance of service to others, and every year they design fun, serious, important and humorous activities and events for the rest of the school’s students and staff. These students ensure they spend time with younger students at various year levels, listening to them and providing thoughtful and caring advice and guidance. These leaders and this school’s other senior students believe in each other and in the relationships that they create and nurture in their school.

In this school students have a very well-developed sense of social justice and fairness. From the oldest to the youngest they are committed to service to their and others’ communities. They hold large- and small-scale events alike, fund-raising to improve opportunities and life circumstances for people they have never met, as well as those they see regularly. They play music, perform at and contribute to community events and celebrations in their leisure time and they do these things as a conscious choice. At this school students decide that the future of the planet is more important than the convenience of plastic straws or waxed paper coffee cups. They do this not because anyone asks them to, but because they understand that what they contribute to the world should always aim to make it better.

At this school these students are partnered in their aspiration by committed and passionate adults, who care just as deeply about social, environment and justice issues. These adults support, mentor and enable these wonderful student-driven initiatives relishing the shared commitment that these projects liberate for everyone, older or younger. In this school, teachers are passionate, not just about science, or art, or Maths, or French, but about life, about striving, about growth through failure and about what really constitutes success, happiness and fulfilment. At this school older people don’t just teach, they live out and model the attributes and attitudes that these younger people will use as pathways to fulfilment in their life beyond that Year 12 number.

Sure, at this school, students always want to do their best and aspiration to personal best is in its DNA, but at this school it’s also understood that not every student wants to enter law or engineering, to be a doctor, or an accountant. For the 40% of this school’s last year’s Year 12s who achieved over 90, or the 29% over 95, that personal best takes an academic form, but at this school it’s also understood that everyone walks their own path and that what counts in the end is committing to everything you do, seizing opportunities and discovering what is important to you and aspiring to your own excellence.

To enable that discovery and live that personal journey at this school, students chase their own dreams, challenges, development and excitement in a vast range of areas, from robots to sheep, from designing and creating, to collaborating and innovating, from IT projects to service projects.

Balance is seen as critical at this school. Music, performance art, STEAM, sport, outdoor education, Duke of Edinburgh and coding and robotics are just a few of the things offered in an environment where learning outside the classroom amplifies what is learnt in it. Add to this the prioritising of self-awareness, mindfulness and resilience and what the students at this school devour each day is a truly holistic growth experience, not just remarkable learning from great teaching.

Who would govern and serve such a school? This school would have a volunteer, not a paid, Board. A board fuelled not by what they might get, but by what they might contribute, each with their own capabilities and passions that drive their contribution to the school and fuel their commitment to and care for young people’s progress. Such a Board would also model those key current and future capabilities of committed and passionate collaboration allied to the desire to look outside the conventional in problem-solving. This Board would recognise the importance of placing others first and have a clear understanding of the positive individual effects felt through service to a community and it would lead its community in seeking growth through challenge and measured risk-taking.

Inside this school, it’s leadership and drive come from a team of senior staff who understand intuitively that we teach to serve, that schools are first and foremost about students, about relationships and about a shared journey. This leadership team revels in the opportunity to serve students, to hear their views and to mentor and partner them through their journey. They oversee programs and support structures that pick students up when they stumble, and most of all, they believe in their community; the students at its centre and its staff, parents and former students. This team sees it as a privilege to serve this school and its community.

And at the end of each year in this school, I’m sure they look back over the year and reflect on committed, collaborative, courageous, exciting, resilient and aspiring, but not perfect, year they’ve all had.

That is a school and a community I would love to work at. One no doubt you too would all like to be part of, one where there would be a place for each of us to be ourselves, for all of us to join as a community.

Well, we are very fortunate, as that school is our school ….. and I thank you all for what you have done to make it that school.

Thank you.


Curriculum Matters

VCE and IB examinations are well underway and we wish our Year 12 students all the best as they await the publication of their results on 12 December (VCE) and 3 January 2020 (IB). It is imperative to remember that it is not only these scores which will define the future for our graduates. It will also be the choices they make and the opportunities they embrace as so many new paths open up to them beyond Tintern. We never really know what’s ahead of us in life, but the enjoyment and challenge can often be found as much in the journey as the destination. 

It also is a busy time for our Years 9 to 11 students, as they prepare for a brief examination period. We trust all students will do their best and take away as much learning as possible from the outcomes of this period.

Additionally, final projects are being submitted and assessments undertaken to allow our teachers across Prep to Year 8 to commence their end-of-semester reporting on the progress made by each student in their various classes. Progressive Reporting has been expanded this year to cover class results in Years 7 to 11. We hope that the regular updates and feedback on individual summative assessments have kept parents informed of their child’s progress and facilitated more useful reflections, regular conversations and opportunities for goal setting between parents, students and staff. The end-of-semester reports, with gradings and comments, will be published at the end of Term 4.

We know that the skills and attributes our students have been developing this school year will be consolidated and built upon as they move into their next year of schooling. To this end, and to encourage our students to look forward with anticipation to the year ahead, we will enact a full transition to the 2020 timetable for students currently in Years 7 to 11, commencing Wednesday 27 November. Monday 25 November is a non-school day for Years 7 to 11 students, allowing staff time to correct exams and tests and to write reports. Tuesday 26 November is an Exam Return day for Years 9 to 11. Year 9s will have pastoral activities once their small number of exams have been returned. Years 7 and 8 students will be undertaking pastoral activities on this day.

Students will then commence a unit of work in each of their 2020 subject areas on 27 November, and there may be some assessments in some subjects. It is, therefore, imperative that students attend and continue to maintain their focus for this period immediately after the examination/ testing sessions. Year 7s and 8s will continue with their transition classes the following week and through to the last day of term, Tuesday 10 December. Year 9s will head off on their Summer Expeditions from 2-6 December but will return to participate in a final two days of Transition classes on 9 and 10 December. Year 10s and 11s will have a full two weeks of transition classes from 27 November to 10 December.

Looking back at some of our standardised testing this year, we were very pleased with our NAPLAN results for 2019, which showed a consistent trend in all disciplines and year levels above and well above state level results.

ICAS testing is a testing regime administered by the University of New South Wales. UNSW have run ICAS Assessments for 35 years and each year over a million students globally sit these tests.

ICAS testing used to be designed for benchmarking and measuring full-cohort progress. In 2019, the UNSW reimagined this testing to recognise academic excellence for high potential students (top 10%), with the emphasis on challenge and extension.

With this is mind, we were pleased to be notified that three of our Secondary School students achieved the top score in testing for the state in Year 7 and Year 11 English (Anika Mulemane and Ashleigh Dowling respectively) and Year 12 Writing (Oscar De Jong).

It must be remembered, of course, that these standardised tests are a single snapshot in time focussing on a few key skills and they do not provide the whole picture of the capabilities of our diverse range of students. At Tintern, we aim not to ‘teach to the test’ but embrace the many ways children can come to gain knowledge and understanding, whether it be through work or play. We continue to celebrate the many achievements of our students across a broad range of interest areas, both within and beyond our school boundaries.

I wish you all a happy and safe holiday break, when we get there!


Sport Matters

Amelia and Springwood place 1st!

Amelia Qvist and her lovely Springwood Junior took 1st place in Avenel HT EvA80A, with their highest Dressage score ever at 86.39%, a clear Show Jump round and only 4 penalty points in Cross Country giving them the lowest penalty score at 17.6 only.

This was a great win, as more than half of the competitors were joining the competition with multiple horses (serious riders) and many of them being adults. Look out for Amelia and Junior at Tooradin Horse Trial on 23+24th November.  

National Title for the Trevorrow sisters

Tintern sisters Ella and Lilly Trevorrow are riding high as part of the blue ribbon wining Victorian Tetrathlon team at the Pony club Australia national Championships.

Competing in the multi discipline Tetrathlon team event at Sydney international equestrian centre, in Horsley Park NSW.   Ella (Year 11) and Lilly (Year 10)  were strong competitors in each of the phases. The final phase, horse riding, saw both girls achieve perfect ride scores having no trouble with the show jumping and gates. The sisters from Lilydale and Mooroolbark pony club collecting the first place ribbon as part of the Victorian Tetrathlon team which won the Juniors overall.

Ella and Lilly are up at 5.30am each day to fit in swimming or gym sessions before attending school. The training continues after school with lessons in Fencing, Riding and time at the athletics track.

The girls have been riding since a young age joining their local pony club. Competing has taken them not only all over Victoria but interstate and internationally as well. Ella and Lilly both travelled to China last year as ambassadors for Pony club Australia and have recently returned from successfully competing in New Zealand, were both girls placed in their age sections at the Waikato Modern Pentathlon festival.

Looking ahead the sisters will continue their training to compete at the Asian Oceania Pentathlon championships in China next month, the Victorian State Tetrathlon Championships in December along with other international opportunities in 2020.

Congratulations Ella and Lilly!

Olivia represents Tintern at the Boneo Interschool Show Jumping Championships

Congratulations to Olivia Park in Year 7 who recently achieved some great results representing Tintern Grammar at the Boneo Interschool Show Jumping Championships, placing 1st in the 2 phase and 2nd by 1 second in the Grand Prix! Well done, Olivia!


Music Matters

Congratulations Zoe!

Zoe Stephenson (YG 2015) has just completed her Bachelor of Music (Contemporary Performance – Voice) at the Australian Institute of Music. Many may remember Zoe as the lead singer and bass guitarist from popular school band, ‘Little Archive’. Zoe still catches up with Brendon and Rory for a jam from time to time. She also played the lead role of Sally Bowles in our production of ‘Cabaret’ in 2015. Zoe stopped by the Music Department this week to relive fond school musical memories with some of the staff and current Music students. Congratulations on your upcoming graduation, Zoe!

Time to join the Friends of Music and Munch with the Musos

The Mammoth Musically Momentous occasion run by our Friends of Music committee, “Munch with the Musos” is almost upon us!

Start to dust off your Christmas finery (reindeer ears, Santa hats and tinselly halos welcome) and come along to the CM Wood Centre at 10am on Sunday 24 November.

Bookings can be made through TryBooking: https://www.trybooking.com/BGJUK

Performers enter free (but must book their seats). Tea, coffee, juice, buns, sandwiches and fruit supplied but you may also bring your own gourmet delights to share with friends and family too.
Please remember to BYO reusable cups and plates this year.


Community Matters

Munch with the Musos – Book your ticket now!

Time to join the Friends of Music and Munch with the Musos

We are less than two weeks away from the Mammoth Musically Momentous occasion aptly named “Munch with the Musos”!

Start to dust off your Christmas finery (reindeer ears, Santa hats and tinselly halos welcome) and come along to the CM Wood Centre at 10am on Sunday 24 November.

Bookings can be made through TryBooking: https://www.trybooking.com/BGJUK

Performers enter free (but must book their seats). Tea, coffee, juice, buns, sandwiches and fruit supplied but you may also bring your own gourmet delights to share with friends and family too.
Please remember to BYO reusable cups and plates this year.


Principal’s Thank You Night – Thursday 28 November 2019

We greatly appreciate the support of our volunteers, who have given their time and expertise to help make the many Community events held throughout the year so amazing!

We invite everyone to attend the Principal’s  Volunteer Thank You night, where we celebrate and acknowledge our incredible volunteers over drinks and canapés. Please book your ticket by selecting here.

Save the Date – Trivia Night 2020

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

Tintern Grammar Alumni (TGA) Committee

We are excited to announce the establishment of the new Tintern Grammar Alumni. Congratulations to the new committee.

  • Amy Cunningham (YG 2013) – General Committee position
  • Jodi Evans (YG 2004) – General Committee position
  • Annabelle McKenzie (YG 2018) – General Committee position
  • Emily Mignot (YG 2012) – General Committee position
  • Eliza Mignot (YG 2017) – General Committee position
  • Finn Murray (YG 2018) – General Committee position
  • Aimee Spears (YG 2013) – Secretary
  • Alexandra Wakeley (YG 2012) – General Committee position
  • Alan White (YG 2008) – President

If you have any suggestions, thoughts or queries or would like to find out more, please direct them through the Community Relations office via email communityrelations@tintern.vic.edu.au and they will be passed on.

Working With Children Check

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

Community Committee Dates 

  • Tintern Parent Group (TPG) –Next meeting: Thursday 14 November 2019 at 7.00pm Casa 305 President: Haidee Wallace
  • Friends of Music (FOM) – Next Meeting: Wednesday 13 November 2019 at 7.00pm CM Wood Common Room President: Debra Fryer
  • Friends of Young Farmers (FOYF) – Next Meeting: Monday 10 February 2020 at 7.30pm President: Meaghan Cross
  • Friends of Equestrian (FOE) – Next Meeting: TBA Kennedy Cottage President: Vacant Vice President: Karen Trevorrow

Upcoming Community Dates:

  • Munch with the Musos – Sunday 24 November at 10am – Book Here
  • Volunteer Thank You Night – Thursday 28 November 2019 at 7pm – Book Here
  • Foundation Service and Community Morning Tea – Friday 7 February 2020 – Booking link coming soon
  • Friends of Equestrian Demonstration Day – Friday 27 March 2020
  • 20th Annual Interschool Horse Trial Championships – Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 April 2020
  • Alumni Career Event – Thursday 21 May 2020

Upcoming Reunions:

  • High Tea Reunions – YG 1969, 1964, 1959 and 55 years + – Friday 15 November from 11am to 2pm – Book Here
  • Class of 2010, 10 Year Reunion – Saturday 22 February 2020 – Booking link coming soon

Community Fundraising

Tea Towels 2019

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

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

To order this treasured keepsake please visit:

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

Please note: limited quantities available.

Thank you for your continued support!

2017 Tea Towels Designs

Entertainment books are back for their 25th Year!

Entertainment Books are back for their 25th year! To celebrate they are offering a great range of pre-order bonus offers:

Filled with up to 50% off and 2-for-1 offers for the most popular restaurants, attractions, shopping, travel and more. The book is current from purchase until the end of May 2020.

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

Please click here to order your 2019/2020 Entertainment book from Tintern Grammar. Books can be collected from Main Reception, or 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 for 2019.

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.


New Tintern Grammar Board Member

We are pleased to welcome Karen Gately to the Tintern Grammar Board.

Karen is a graduate of Tintern (YG 1988) and a keen advocate for the education she received during her time as a student at our school. Karen is a vital and energetic advisor, author, media commentator and competitor. She currently runs her own consultancy business, and she has worked in client service, strategy and planning as well as quality management leadership roles. Karen’s career includes eight years with The Vanguard Group where she was the head of human resources for the Asia Pacific region, followed by the  founding of her own company, Ryan Gately, an HR consultancy with offices in both Melbourne and Brisbane. Karen works with organisations large and small (including schools and the Department of Education and Training) across a broad range of industries to assist them to build and leverage talented and energized teams with a spectrum of leadership and support services. This level of business and community guidance is reflected in her regular contributions to a range of business publications, and Karen has written two books – The Corporate Dojo: driving extraordinary results through spirited people and The People Manager’s Toolkit. It is a reflection of her public profile in the field that she is regularly invited to share her insights on broadcast media. Most recently, Karen appeared on the ABC TV weekend breakfast news, where she commented upon how to manage the stresses for both students and their families in preparing for final examinations!

The Tintern Board welcomes Karen’s strategic abilities in the areas of planning, well-being and human resource development amongst others. Since running her own business Karen has often been engaged to work with senior leadership teams to define a clear vision for the future, map out the road to success and align performance management and execution – skills which will serve Tintern well as we move towards a further period of vision for success. Karen’s approach is deeply rooted in the 25 years she spent training and teaching karate, which informs and stimulates engagement with broad range of people and situations.

In recent years Karen has spoken at Tintern Grammar assemblies and events, whilst taking an active role as the nominated independent member of the Tintern Finance and Risk Committee. We extend our good wishes and look forward to working with Karen as she begins her time on our school Board. 

by Rosemary Bennett, Tintern Grammar Board Member


Outstanding awareness and fundraising efforts from all our students!

Raising awareness and funds for FareShare has been one of the main activities for the Green Team this year and Saturday was the long awaited for a2 Upstream Challenge 20 km and 50 km walk. Eight teachers and 13 students walked the 20km and four teachers and five students took on the 50km.

All participants reached out to the community for sponsorship and we congratulate them on their efforts. In addition to the online sponsorship, additional funds were raised at the GT 2040 movie night, the Earth Week free dress day and the bake sale/lemonade stall. The Social Justice Group generously donated from their own fundraising as this event was a joint venture between the two groups and the Year 10 café experience classes from both semester 1 and 2 contributed the funds they raised at their respective food stalls. 

Raising money for this very deserving charity has been a great achievement, but more importantly, GT also raised awareness across the entire school of the issue of food poverty and what one organisation is doing about it. Even our junior schools took part by running a food drive. Over the past four weeks they  collected over 100kgs of food staples such as pasta, flour and tinned tomatoes – much needed items in the FareShare kitchens. 

Well done to all involved in these wonderful initiatives and thank you to the community for their support!

by Anne Bortolussi, Green Team Co-ordinator


Stella in 3A fundraisers for cleaner oceans

Our planet is home to all living things but the environment is being destroyed by humans. Unsustainable actions causes habitat destruction and the extinction of species. This makes me angry and sad. I think that if each of us makes a contribution, together we can make a big difference.

 I love the environment and our planet earth. Knowing about the problems humans have made motivated me to do something positive about it. Last holidays, my brother and I decided to hold a bake sale to raise funds for the worthwhile charity called Plastic Oceans. We chose to support this charity because they encourage people rethink their use of plastic with education as the key tool. Money raised is also used to remove plastic from the ocean. Plastic Oceans are an Australian, not-for-profit charity so all the money is directed towards helping the planet.

 The bake sale on the Sassafras Green raised just over $200 for Plastic Oceans. The success of this event has inspired me to look for different ways to support the environment. Some things my classmates have committed to doing include separating plastics for recycling at home, saying ‘no thanks’ to straws and having ‘Waste Free’ lunches. What can you do? 

by Stella Spink, Year 3


Year 5 Camp!

From Wednesday 6 November to Friday 8 November the Year 5 girls and boys travelled to Phillip Island for our Surf Camp. On the Wednesday every student had a go at Boogie Boarding. Whilst cold, they all loved it and many were so proud of their efforts on the waves. We then walked into town and had a Games Night.

We were due to return on the Thursday for surfing lessons, but unfortunately the weather conditions made surfing dangerous and we hope to return in a couple of weeks for our surfing lesson in better weather. The girls and boys displayed terrific resilience and they swam in the bay, went to the Nobbies and saw penguins, and completed a variety of activities including Ten Pin Bowling. They were happy and flexible with the change of plans.

On Friday we went to A Maze N Things and had a great time with minigolf, the maze and puzzle rooms. The whole camp was a terrific experience highlighting some of the important Compass values of resilience, independence and responsibility. We had a terrific time together.


Girls’ Middle School News

Last Tuesday we had our annual Night of the Notables evening. This event is always a highlight of the Year 7 calendar. Each student researched their chosen notable over several weeks to identify their achievements but also some of the values and strengths of their character.  The key idea is that students are encouraged to find someone they would admire, and then investigate why this person is admirable. They spend several weeks producing a display which can include posters, artefacts, and other items to help engage the audience members into learning about their notable. During the night parents and grandparents walk around and ‘meet’ each notable and are encouraged to ask a range of questions to each student. This night builds students’ self-confidence, creativity, research skills, public speaking and also a sense of satisfaction in a job well done. The students put so much effort into their costumes that some were genuinely unrecognisable which added a great sense of fun to the night. Congratulations to all our Year 7 students for a magnificent effort. More photos of the Notables will be up on the Year 7 portal page. https://portal.tintern.vic.edu.au/homepage/14173/

Our Year 8 girls have just been introduced to the leadership opportunities for 2020.  I have spoken to the cohort about what a great opportunity this can be for their own self development, for giving back to the school and the desired qualities we are looking for in our leadership team.  I then spoke specifically about being willing to put yourself out there in front of peers and staff which can be a daunting task, but also the rich reward in trying something new and minimising regrets of not trying.  We also talked through the challenge that can happen if you are not selected and how you can choose to learn and grow from the experience. I was delighted to see many of our Year 8 girls apply for a variety of positions, which will now proceed into presentations to our MS girls and staff before voting and interviewing our MS leaders. I also talked to our Year 8 girls about the year ahead where they all become the leaders of the middle school, regardless of title or not,  as our new Year 9 students. 

Our Year 9 students are preparing in class for their final events in the Middle School with their upcoming Summer Expedition and examinations. They will be having their first official exam season in the CM Wood where they will have Maths, English and Science exams. These will be under full exam conditions so that they begin to get used to the exam process. I will be there with our Year 9s to make sure that they feel comfortable and have a positive first exam experience. This will also help them to prepare for the move to senior college at the start of transition.

A reminder that the last day of 2019 classes are Friday 22 November before we head into the whole school transition period. Monday 25 November is a student free day (Secondary only) with Tuesday 26 November being a pastoral day at school or as otherwise planned. Wednesday 27 November is the beginning of our transition classes where all students move into their 2020 classes and begin the academic program before finishing on Tuesday 10 December.

As we draw closer to the end of the year it is a great time to take stock and appreciate some of the outstanding achievements our girls have made. One is in the area of sport where our girls show impressive commitment to representing our school across a variety of events. As part of our EISM competition our MS girls showed a stellar effort in securing  the premierships against all the other competing schools in our division as shown below.


Year 7 Girls Hockey

Year 7 Girls Table Tennis B

Year 8 Girls Badminton

Year 8 Girls Table Tennis A & B

Year 8 Girls Hockey

At the EISM Athletics and Cross-country carnivals, four of our students were nominated for Outstanding Contribution, which is a terrific reflection of their personal effort and dedication to their team and school.

EISM Carnivals

Outstanding Contribution


Cross Country

Maddy Block

Maddy Block

Alice Callahan

Annie Goa

In our last assembly we acknowledged our MS Girls Sports awards which are listed below.

Term 2


Best and Fairest/Runner Up

Coaches Award

Touch Rugby

Rachel Adam

Natasha Gillam


Saskia Jackson Smith/Emmy Horman

Ruby Crowe

Volleyball A

Annie Li

Miya Urquhart

Volleyball B

Natalie Young

Kiara Bakken

Term 2/3


Best and Fairest/Runner Up

Coaches Award


Orla Murray/Maddie Hupfeld

Maddy Block


Bethany Nottle/Tahlia Oldmeadow

Sara Wang

Netball A

Emma Spicer

Hannah Desmond

Netball B

Amber Wild

Abby Chai

Term 3


Best and Fairest/Runner Up

Coaches Award


Rachel Adam/Bridie Wescombe

Natasha Gillam


Annie Li

Ella Thompson

Table Tennis

Elaine Sze

Emily Biggs


Best and Fairest/Runner Up

Coaches Award


Elsje Van Vroonhoven/ Olivia Park

Charlotte du Blêt


Anni Gao

Joanne Chang

Netball A

Katherine Howell

Lauren Sansom

Netball B

Chloe Hartshorn

Chloe Richardson

Table Tennis

Emma Cooke

Chloe Chiu


Boys’ Middle School News

“The ATAR should be replaced by a ‘learner profile’, which would list students’ academic results in different subjects alongside other skills and extra-curricular achievements to better reflect their abilities.” – Jordan Baker, Education Editor of The Sydney Morning Herald.

The statement above by Jordan Baker poses an interesting directional change that our educational system is embarking on. The degree to which the change occurs, and at what speed, is still unknown. What is known however, is that a change will most definitely occur and that it is important that our students are aware of this and are looking to build their own type of ‘learner profile’ as they go through school.

I have been talking to the boys a lot about this idea of building their own portfolio of achievements and participation, referring to it as their “and”, whilst going through their secondary school journey. When they graduate they are expected to have put in their best effort and hopefully achieved an ATAR that is representative of this, but at the same time be able to demonstrate to universities or future employers what else they are able to bring to a particular organisation. At this current stage there isn’t a written list of what universities or future employers would consider necessities for this list, however, there have been many suggestions of possible options. Things such as: a part-time job (when age appropriate), member of a sporting team, Scout group, or similar, participation in the Duke of Edinburgh Award, leadership programs, etc. The list could be huge, but what is important is that our boys recognise that they need to take up these opportunities now. They need to get involved in programs offered here at school such as The Duke of Edinburgh, get a part-time job when they can – not only will this potentially benefit them in the future in terms of university entrance or employment prospects, it also helps them on this journey they are travelling on to becoming great young men.

A big part of this journey at school recently was our Year 7 boys first session with The Man Cave. The full day program was a fantastic experience for our boys where they were encouraged to open up about their feelings, to share their thoughts and to recognise the challenges they face as they grow into young men. There was a lot of fun along the way, but also a lot of care and recognition of each other. This program continues next year in Year 8 and I look forward to seeing the continuing development of our boys in this particular area.

Another amazing evening recently was our Year 7 Night of the Notables. This event had boys becoming someone of note and representing them on stage and in front of a booth. To see our boys developing skills around research, presentation and communication was incredible and puts them in great stead for The Smoothie Bar next year in Year 8. 

Our current Year 8s have just been introduced to leadership opportunities for 2020 and it was great to see so many of our boys putting their hands up to be considered as leaders within our Middle School next year. It is a fantastic group of young men who are very enthusiastic about each other and importantly about school. They have a great sense of connection and I am really looking forward to them being the leaders, regardless of having a title position or not, of the Boys’ Middle School in 2020.

Our Year 9 boys have been spending a fair amount of their time preparing and planning for their first experience with examinations. They will be having English, Maths and Science exams in our CM Wood Centre with our current Year 10 and 11 students in order to gain the experience for further assessments in Senior College.

Along with exam preparation our Year 9 boys have also been preparing for their Summer Expeditions which are happening in the last full week of school. These expeditions have our boys mountain biking, white water rafting, sea kayaking, rock climbing or hiking some of the most beautiful parts of our amazing country. It is their final outdoor education style camp and a culmination of all the skills and experience they have developed over their time in the Middle School.

At our most recent assembly awards were given out to the best and fairest players at each year level during our Boys’ Middle School House Football Competition. The following boys were recognised with medallions:

  • Year 7: Barathan Mahadeva
  • Year 8: Bailey Hanna
  • Year 9: Elliott Corcoran
  • Leading goal kicker: Alastair Wilson and Elliott Corcoran

During the assembly we were also fortunate to hear Mark Evans perform on the piano. Enjoy the performance below.

As the end of the year draws closer, a reminder that the last day of 2019 classes is Friday 22 November. Monday 25 November  is a student free day (Secondary only) with Tuesday 26 November being a pastoral day at school or as otherwise planned. Wednesday 27 November is the beginning of our transition classes where all students move into their 2020 classes and begin the academic program before finishing on Tuesday 10 December.


Quadrat Sampling on the Farm

Recently the Year 11 IB Biology class headed down to the farm to complete a quadrat sampling survey of one of the paddocks. Our investigations were focussed on two flatweed species – Capeweed (A. calendula) and Dockweed (R. obtusifolius). In particular, the class were gathering data to estimate the population density of the two flatweed species and to determine if there was a statistically significant association between the two. To calculate this students use the observations they made and perform a “chi-squared test of association” – the value generated from this statistical test will tell students if any patterns they observe in the flatweed species are statistically significant or likely due to chance. Once this information is compiled, the students will feed it back to Farmer Gavin Wall as the school’s Romney sheep graze on the sampled paddock.


NCSS Challenge

The National Computer Science School Challenge is an online programming competition run by the Grok Learning section of the University of Sydney. The Challenge lasted for five weeks and students competed in one of three streams (Beginners, Intermediate or Advanced) learning the Python programming language.

The NCSS Challenge was held during Term 3 this year and students from Years 7 to 12 were invited to participate.
Notable achievements were:

  • Ellen Abajas (Year 9) Beginners – Distinction
  • Abigail Chai (Year 9) Intermediate – Credit
  • Olivia Dowling (Year 9) Advanced – High Distinction
  • James Feng (Year 7) Beginners – Perfect score
  • Jayden Lee (Year 7) Beginners – Credit
  • Aleisha Paul (Year 9) Beginners – High Distinction

Worthy of special mention was Olivia Dowling’s performance in Year 9. Olivia is the first student at Tintern to compete in the Advanced division. Unlike the lower divisions, students in the Advanced competition are presented with a unique challenge. In 2019 this involved participating in a card game tournament called Big Two. Students build an Artificial Intelligence (AI) to play a competitive card game, and then go head to head against other AIs. They are taught the basics of how to build an AI, but it’s their job to figure out a winning strategy. This stream is designed for experienced students ready to stretch themselves. Olivia deserves high commendation on achieving a high distinction in the Advanced division for her development of a winning strategy with her Artificial Intelligence software engine.

Congratulations to all students who participated in the NCSS Challenge this year.


2019 Community Events


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Sunday 24 November, 10:00am

CM Wood

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Thursday 28 November,

Year 9 Courtyard

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