15 Sep 2020

From the Principal


Thursday 10 September was RUOK Day, a day that Tintern has focussed on in recent years to highlight the importance of care and compassion, and its positive impact on mental health. On RUOK Day, many in our community inserted an RUOK? graphic in their email signature in recognition of the day and I must say it felt very supporting to receive so many emails on the day that felt like they were caring for me.

In the current climate in Melbourne and Victoria (I am writing this on the day After Premier Andrews released the “Road out of Lockdown” pathway), I can’t think of a more important question to ask any person you are in an online meeting with, sitting across the dinner table with, or just conversing with on the phone or social media. For some, the need for support may be more obvious, and for others less so, but there is no doubt that it is not always possible to know when someone needs that kind word, or embrace – so we ask, RUOK?

The Tintern Compass highlights the importance that we place on Compassion in our community, and compassion is something our students, staff and community ‘do’ as a matter of course, from my observation. But the Compass also highlights Responsibility – for ourselves and our actions, for others and also for our community. RUOK Day and the principles behind it are also all about seeking to take some responsibility for the wellbeing of others by just asking them how they are going.

So as we move towards the September term break, which will not feel like previous September breaks, let’s take every opportunity to ask people “RUOK?”, because at present we have many who are not.

factis non verbis



Curriculum Matters

September Curriculum Matters

Term 3 has continued much as Term 2 ended, but this time we were more prepared for the challenges and daily experiences which remote learning brings to the table. Whilst staff members worked many hours of overtime in Term 2 to learn new skills and master unfamiliar technology and new platforms, they were able to embark on the new semester with more confidence in their ability and skills to create new and engaging ways to lead students through the coursework and activities planned for Term 3. There has been much hard work undertaken and many steadfast endeavours on the part of our students and staff, in the face of weeks of living and working in our ‘bubbles’. It is a credit to all that their patience and resilience has led them successfully through these past 10 weeks. No one says it has been easy, but the ability to forge ahead and find the silver lining in each day is an attribute which has served many within our community well.

It was gratifying to see so many parents taking advantage of the recent opportunity to participate in our all-important Year 7-12 Student Progress Conferences. Having missed out on the scheduling of formal conversations in Semester 1, these sessions provided an excellent opportunity for teachers to connect with families and celebrate the success and growth of our students in the sometimes more challenging circumstances of recent months. It was especially helpful to have so many more students actively participating in these three-way conversations alongside their parents, which allowed for more meaningful discourse around the best way for our students to continue to achieve the most productive outcomes in the remote classroom and beyond.

Many thanks to the 139 families who responded to our survey regarding the online platform for these conferences. There was strong support for retaining elements of the online conference option, including commentary around the flexibility it provided for working parents, the travel time saved, fewer distractions, the easy to use platform and the convenience for many. Having said that, there also was much support for consideration being given to a hybrid model, whereby there is the option to meet with teachers face-to-face, as well as online options. A number of parents expressed a preference for ‘live’ meetings, especially our new Year 7 families, and in cases when interim reports highlighted some areas of concern which might need deeper discussion. In a pleasing parallel, our staff also found the online conferences worked well for them, but some did express a desire also to meet with parents ‘live’ and missed the more personal connections which can be made in face-to-face interactions. This is one of the many good results which will come out of us all being forced to adopt uncharted practices and learn new ways to conduct long-standing ‘live’ events in online environments. The use of technology for more efficient delivery of some of our annual functions may yet prove to be one of many positive outcomes of this unusual year.

Above and beyond the varied experiences and learning modes taking place in our remote classrooms, it is heartening to observe the collaborative and interactive learning opportunities which are being made available to our students. Most recently, students in a number of year levels took part in a 2-day podcasting experience which promoted teamwork and the development of enterprise skills. The social interactions of students with their friends and peers are, perhaps, the most sorely missed element from the regular classroom. The staff do also miss seeing your children ‘in the flesh’, hearing their noise and laughter and reading those quizzical expressions on their faces. They are the reason we do what we do and I think I speak for all members of staff when I say that we equally yearn for the day when we are together again in East Ringwood, breathing that fresh air and enjoying all that life at Tintern has to offer us. 

Senior students, no doubt, are anticipating their return to school in term 4 with mixed feelings. They are reaching the all-important pre-examination revision stage of their studies for 2020 and we will continue to support them all in this important leg of their journey. The annual GAT exam will be taking place on site on Wednesday 7 October and then we look forward to welcoming all of our senior students back into the classroom in the second week of term. Hopefully, our Middle School students will be able to follow suit soon after.

Thank you for continuing to put your trust in us as we work together to ensure that your children are doing their best in these uncertain times and that they are continuing their learning journey under the expert guidance of our wonderful staff. Spring is in the air and our students (and staff!) are all looking forward to some well-deserved ‘time out’ (a.k.a. non-screen time) during the upcoming holidays. I wish you all a happy and safe holiday break.


Music Matters

What do you teach to middle school music classes during COVID-19 online learning?

A large part of the middle school music program usually revolves around performance. Both the Year 7 and 8 students play ukuleles, boom-whackers and bucket drums. They compose their own works and perform these on acoustic instruments. Online classes this year, however, necessitated a different approach and Ms Bortolussi and Mrs Clarke decided to resurrect and rejuvenate the ‘City Rap’ project, which had given way to other units of work in recent years.

The City Rap thus became the COVID-19 Rap. Students in 7A and 8A still had to work in groups to develop their lyrics but, instead of using a set chorus, “There’s a beat to the City. There’s a hum to the street. It’s a place to be alone and a place where people meet”, they had to change or totally rewrite this chorus to reflect the period of self-isolation.

Working in groups in break out teams was not without its challenges; however, all students managed to collaborate to produce a rap of 3 or more verses with each student inputting at least one verse of their own. After the lyrics had been set, students then worked independently to create an appropriate backing track using GarageBand on their iPads. Some students were very familiar with the capabilities of this program; for others, it was the first time they had used it. Mrs Clarke (teacher of 7A) developed a series of eight short videos, which guided students step by step through the process of setting up a new song, auditioning and importing loops, recording and layering vocal tracks, balancing volume and overlaying specific effects. Students were able to work through the videos at their own pace both during lessons and for homework and the teachers were on hand to answer questions, solve problems and give feedback every step of the way. Both Ms Bortolussi and Mrs Clarke were delighted with the final products. The entire unit took the first six weeks of this term and was a complex task demanding a systematic approach. Students were required to include specific assessable musical techniques in their work and they had to make musical decisions at each stage of the creative process.

Here are several raps for you to enjoy:

Brooke Fennessy (Year 7) 

Sashenka Fernando (Year 7)

Holly White (Year 7) 

Emily Tian-Ci Manton (Year 7)

Helen Yang (Year 8)

Ruby Sun (Year 8)


Ms Bortolussi and Mrs Clarke


Online Year 7-12 String Concert released this evening

This evening brings us to the final instalment of our online student concerts for Term 3. Our Year 7-12 String Concert will feature delightful pre-recorded performances on violins, violas, cellos, double basses and one harp all recorded at home, with the exception of the final performance, which was recorded in June at school at our IB Recital. Students have continued their music lessons unabated during this remote learning period and it is wonderful that technology allows us to enjoy the fruits of their labours this evening.

If you would like to view the concert, it can be retrieved by following this link: https://youtu.be/tn34-nONMFg. So, gather your drink and snacks, make yourselves comfortable on the couch and enjoy the wonderful variety of performances by our hard working and talented Tintern Grammar musicians.

Congratulations to all of the students who contributed to this production, and thank you to the impromptu videographers who assisted the students with the task of capturing their performances. We appreciate the work of our untiring Music Administrator, Liz Feenane who co-ordinated the program, Matt Collens in the AV Team, who crafted the video, our accompanists and all of our string staff who assisted students to prepare these performances. Special thanks to Tim Veldman, Head of Strings, for his work on the attractive slideshow presentation and for co-ordinating the concert submissions with staff and students.

We very much look forward to seeing these students (hopefully all of them, including our very patient Middle School musicians) back on campus over the coming months, filling our corridors with their beautiful music.


Community Matters

Friends of Young Farmers Spring Celebration 

Spring has officially sprung, we hope you will join us virtually for our annual Spring Celebration by viewing the video below.

Jerry’s House Face Masks

Jerry’s House and I have made some funny face masks to make everyone a little more happy during lockdown.  You know we gotta keep up the laughs even if no one can see them behind our masks.  Every one I sell, another one goes to a child in foster care. Something else I have a lot of experience with and connect with emotionally.

I was just going to ask, whether we could sell some through the social justice group and through the Tintern school community parent groups etc. and maybe even social media and Factis etc.  

If you enter in the code ‘TINTERN’ at the checkout another one will be given to a foster child. This is where they can buy them.  

Lochie G – Year 11

Green Team Cookbook

The Green Team are putting together a Green Team cookbook. They are reaching out to our Community to submit a healthy recipe or two (plant based/no palm oil/low food miles) for the Green Team Cookbook. They would love to hear from you, as we know that so many people have been cooking up a storm during this remote learning period!

If you submit a recipe, please include the following information:

  • Your name
  • Name of your recipe
  • Ingredients and method
  • Photo of final product
  • Information (if possible) about the ingredients or recipe itself e.g. nutrition facts, vegan replacements if appropriate, GI rating etc
  • Source of your recipe so we can acknowledge authorship (website or name of cookbook)

Please email Anne Bortolussi by email to abortolussi@tintern.vic.edu.au

The Green Team would appreciate your recipes by the end of term, if possible, so that they can format the cookbook over the holiday break. (late submissions will be welcomed; however, if you are too busy this week).

Happy Father’s Day

The Tintern Parents Group hope all the Fathers, Uncles, Grandfathers and Guardians who love, nurture and care for the incredible children in their lives, had a wonderful Father’s Day.

Tintern Grammar Community Business Listing

To further support our strong community and fellowship, Tintern Grammar has established a Community Business Directory. You can view the current listings here,  we invite you to support these local businesses.

We understand that the constantly changing situation with COVID-19 has impacted businesses across our community, therefore if you are currently reshaping your business model to accommodate the changing landscape or simply wanting to share new business offers, you can now join our business register by filling out our online form here

we look forward to supporting your business. 


Working With Children Check

Tintern Grammar requires all volunteers to have a current Working With Children Check (WWCC). Our volunteers are a vital part of our Community, whether a member of one of sour Community groups, or assisting at an event If you are intending to volunteer at Tintern in the future:

If you have a current WWCC

If you don’t have a current WWCC

  • Applying as a Volunteer is free and easy. You can register online here.
  • Please ensure you register as a volunteer of Tintern Grammar, and include any other organizations at which you volunteer.
  • When completed, send the confirmation through to us at communityrelations@tintern.vic.edu.au as soon as possible.

Online Parent Group Catch Ups

With the current Social Distancing requirements it has been almost impossible for our parents to catch up. Some of our Parent Representatives have been organizing online meet ups via Zoom, House Party, Whats App or any number of other social apps. Look out for communications regarding any year level catch ups for your class.

Although this looks very different to the dinners, morning teas and mini golf sessions that many were planning at the beginning of the year, it is equally important that as parents and guardians you stay connected with each other, as well as your children stay connected with their school and friends.

Please remember if you hear of any distress, concerns or questions within your year level, please do not hesitate to let your immediate class room teacher/pastoral mentor know or feel welcome to reach out directly to your Head of School. If you are not sure, you are always welcome to call or email me as well (dlacey@tintern.vic.edu.au or 9845 7893). I am working both from home and in the office so any messages left on my phone will be received, so please feel free to leave me a message if you do prefer to phone in.

We still have a number of junior school year groups along with the Year 12 cohort, who do not have ‘official’ parent reps. If you have a son or daughter these years please let me know if you, or someone you know could help out, or you may know of someone already doing the role.











As they saying goes “We are all in this together” so please do not hesitate to reach out if you need.

Community Committee Dates 

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

Further information will be provided.

  • Tintern Parent Group (TPG) –Next meeting: Tuesday 6 October at 7.30pm President: Haidee Wallace Zoom: Click here to join meeting Password: TPG
  • Friends of Music (FOM) – Next Meeting: Wednesday 14 October at 8pm President: Debra Fryer Zoom:  Click here to join Meeting   Password: FOM
  • Friends of Young Farmers (FOYF) – Next Meeting: Monday 5 October at 7.30pm President: Michael Biggs Zoom:  Click here to join Meeting   Password: FOYF
  • Friends of Equestrian (FOE) – Next Meetings: TBC

Upcoming Reunions:

  • YG 2015 5 Year Reunion – Postponed to 2021

Community Group Fundraising

Entertainment Books

We are thrilled to announce that Entertainment is going 100% digital. New Entertainment Memberships that we know and love, will only be available via our App from next season onward. Excitingly this means that you Membership is valid for 12 months from the date of activation

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

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

You can purchase Woolworths Wish e-vouchers for a 5% 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!


ELC News

A Reflection of Learning in the Early Learning Centre

As we delve into Week Six of an online program in the Early Learning Centre (ELC), we can only appreciate the huge curriculum change that the students have undergone in their early years learning. With the majority of children moving to online learning and the children onsite in the ELC, making the change to the single class and to their class teacher.

We recognise their individual achievements as they approach their new style of learning with confidence and the increasing capacity for self-regulation during the changes that they have experienced. Not only do they display a quiet resilience but they demonstrate the confidence to cope with change. They have been positively receptive, opening themselves to new opportunities and continue to strive for excellence with their learning.

The children who have been attending the ELC in person have developed a closeness, strengthening their connection with a range of educators. They have built bonds with children from other classes and experienced the benefits of a mixed age curriculum.

One of the most exciting changes we have seen within the ELC has been the Pre-Prep students leading the play with the Early Learners, and Early Learners benefiting from peer support from the older children. However, all of the children are learning at an individual pace to reach their full potential.

As we reflect upon the positivity of our youngest learners, we can only marvel at their excitement and enthusiasm to learn not only at home but through our Zoom meetings. These have easily been, not only their favourite part of their day, but that of the educators too. Zoom has its advantages as a teaching medium, with us seeing children are coming out of their shell more and advocating for their learning. As the weeks progressed, we have seen their independence and confidence grow with using the new-found technology along with their love for muting and un-muting themselves, setting their screen names and adding emojis to the screen.

While the loss of the physical connection with peers and teachers filled us with trepidation, it has brought about an unexpected truth.  Connecting remotely has allowed us to maintain, grow and strengthen our relationships and even add to the skill-set of our young learners and bringing us all closer together. More than ever, it has made us believe in the grit of students to face the challenges of this brave new world.


Junior School News

Girls Junior School News 

This week we have commenced House Week in the Girls’ Junior School, a time where the girls from Prep-Year 6 have been meeting in their Houses under the leadership of our Year 6 Leaders.

It has been delightful to see the girls learning and rehearsing their House cheer as well as undertaking some fun activities together.

Our Year 6 girls have done a wonderful job in managing these meetings and demonstrating their leadership skills. Thank you to Mrs Batty for coordinating this event. 


Boys Junior School News 

In Monday’s Assembly we recognised the anniversary of Roald Dahl’s birthday (13 September).

While being a prolific author of books for children and adults, there are many themes and messages in his literature that are worth reinforcing.

His quote, “You’ll never get anywhere if you go about what-iffing like that. Would Columbus have discovered America if he’d said ‘What if I sink on the way over? What if I meet pirates? What if I never come back?’ He wouldn’t even have started.” is one that we often use to encourage our boys to strive, to embrace and try new opportunities, even if they prove to be ‘uncomfortable’.

This is very similar to our focus in our two previous Assemblies, where we shared the inspiring story of Sophie Delezio.

On Monday 15th December 2003, two year old Sophie went to day care. The day turned into an incredible nightmare when a car crashed through the front of the day-care centre. 85% of Sophie’s body was burnt, she lost both feet, some fingers, and her right ear.  So bad were her injuries, and with chance of survival considered very low, her parents were given the choice of turning off her life support. But they knew their daughter was a fighter and against all odds, she survived.

Almost unbelievably, on the 5th of May 2006, Sophie was being pushed across a pedestrian crossing in a wheelchair (by her nanny with her support dog Tara by her side) when she was hit by a car and thrown 18 metres to the ground. This time, Sophie had broken jaw, a broken collarbone, 9 broken ribs, punctured lungs, 2 fractured vertebrae and a brain injury. 

Two such horrific incidents within three years of each other, and at such a young age, would be enough to crush the soul of anyone, but as we know with children, they can have incredible tenacity and resilience.

Sophie mentions that;“Everything is a choice. You can choose not to see the positive. You can choose to just focus on the negatives.”

Ion our end of term Assembly on Thursday 2.45pm, we will be celebrating our boys’ term of resilience, flexibility, new adventures and positive thinking. We will also be watching a few examples of STAFF throwing away the What-ifs…and moving out of their comfort zones.

I wish you all a very safe and enjoyable School Holiday.

Abstract Art 

boys in Years 3 – 6 have been studying the works of  Russian artist, Wassily Kandinsky –  generally credited as the pioneer of abstract art. Here are some of the magnificent creations they were able to do during lock-down this term. What a creative bunch of boys!

Maria Lumsden

Visual Arts Educator


Middle School News

The end of Term 3 has arrived and I’m sure that every student is looking forward to some time off from their learning because I know that every teacher is looking forward to some time off from their screens as well. It has been an incredible term for the Middle School, learning remotely for the entire journey, yet still managing to accomplish many things.

The Studio
In the last two weeks our Year 7 & 8s have both been involved in a program titled “The Studio” where in small teams of 4 – 5 students, they have worked collaboratively over Zoom to design, create and produce a group podcast around the theme of “Community and Connectedness”. It was amazing to see them work so well together over the digital platform, whilst also learning about how to produce a podcast aimed specifically at a topic and an audience. The end results are currently being finalised and the podcasts will soon be available for our community to listen to.

Classroom Music
Classroom music in the Middle School is another subject area that has had to be creative in its approach to curriculum during this online time. Not having the students in the classroom together, and without access to instruments, has resulted in our staff significantly changing the content within their curriculum. The creation of rap music using an app called Garage Band has resulted in some fantastic pieces of music related to COVID-19. Click on the links below to sample some of the amazing creations by our students.

Australian Mathematics Competition
Congratulations to Kristian Dass, Ethan Hoole and Daniel Sun  in Year 7 who recently competed as a team in the Australian Mathematics Competition (AMC). This competition is an incredibly challenging mathematical competition, entered only by those with a high level of interest and very high level of ability. Our team were awarded a Distinction, placing them in the 95th Percentile (top 5% of participants). An amazing result for them and the school.

GEM Day – 4th September
On the 4th of September our Middle School participated in a variety of activities focussing on providing them with a break from their online learning, whilst also providing them with some pretty amazing learning opportunities. Our Year 8s were involved in The Studio program as already mentioned, whilst our Year 7 & 9 students participated in a variety of different activities focussed on areas of personal well-being including physical and mental health.

The day for our Year 7s included a session with alumni Dani Venn (Year Group 2003) who was a finalist in the 2011 MasterChef, as well as participating in the 2012 MasterChef All Star. Dani talked about her time at Tintern and then life after school. It was a great presentation to our students that has hopefully inspired a number of them to chase their dreams and goals no matter how far away they may seem. Throughout the rest of the day our Year 7s were involved in different activities such as hip-hop dancing and karate/self-defense, as well as a Big Brother/Big Sister session run by our Year 11 and 12 leaders where the focus of conversation was on their efforts during Term 3 as well as their mental health. It was a great way to finish their Term 3 GEM Day.

Our Year 9s were also involved in a variety of activities including personal relationship and sexual education programs, as well as hip-hop dancing and self-defence. The afternoon session presented them with the Gratitude Challenge where they were given the challenge of finding someone (or more) in their family who they wished to express their gratitude for and to find some way to demonstrate this. It was wonderful to see many photos of girls and boys going for a walk with mum or dad, cleaning the house or car, cooking dinner, plus many other great ideas. It was nice to see some thought go in to how they could help and show appreciation to others close to them.

With the upcoming holidays now upon us I would like to wish everyone a well-deserved break. Although the news recently of a continuation of remote learning for the Middle School wasn’t the news we wanted to hear, the feeling is definitely one of optimism in that we are definitely closer to being able to have our students back on site for their learning. I know the staff are missing the face-to-face interactions with our students and are excited to hopefully be back together some time in Term 4.



Senior College News

News from the Senior College

As Spring sets in and the holidays loom we can reflect on some fabulous achievements after another varied term. I continue to be impressed by the commitment and dedication shown by our staff and students through this time and am extraordinarily proud of all that our students have achieved despite some challenging circumstances. Our 2020 Leadership Team continue to inspire us all as they develop new ideas and initiatives to support students and help maintain positivity and optimism in the community; they have been such positive role models for students and it comes as no surprise that we had a great deal of interest from our current Year 11’s to be a part of the 2021 Leadership Team. The process for selection was rigorous and the strength of candidates was phenomenal. All staff involved in the process were tremendously impressed by the calibre of student applications and high level of interest in formal leadership positions. Later this week we will be announcing our 2021 Student Leadership Team and I look forward to working with these students next year and know they have some great initiatives and plans for our school.

As we approach the final examinations for Year 2 IB and Unit 3/4 VCE students I encourage students to remember how much influence they hold over their final results as they enter the final stretch before exams. The upcoming holidays are an opportunity for students to prepare through study and revision but also balance this with some rest, relaxation and opportunities to recharge ahead of their final internal assessments.

RU OK? Day

Last week we recognised R U OK? Day, Ashleigh Dowling spoke at our secondary assembly about the importance of looking out for friends and family and shared some every day strategies we can implement to foster a positive mindset and wellbeing, in case someone you ask is not feeling ok. It was a timely reminder for us all as we near the end of a very busy and unpredictable term.

I hope the upcoming break is a positive and enjoyable one for you all and I look forward to seeing students back on site in Week 2 of Term 4. We have a number of significant events and achievements to recognise and celebrate together. Some significant dates for families to note:

Week 1 (5-9 October)

Remote learning continues for Year 10-12 students

Wednesday 7 October

All students undertaking the GAT on on-campus

12 October

Year 10-12 students return to on-site learning

Friday 16 October

Year 12 IB Students final day of classes

Prep – Year 12 Boys/Girls Assemblies (online)

Thursday 22 October

Year 12 ‘Celebration Day’ – morning activities and Valedictory Service

Friday 23 October

Year 12 Celebration Evening (TBC) back-up date, if required, is Saturday 5 December

Friday 30 October

Year 12 VCE Students final day of classes




Dealing with change during the COVID-19 pandemic

Dealing with change during the COVID-19 pandemic

Constant change has been a big part of the COVID -19 pandemic. There have been lots of changes in the way we learn, work and live our daily lives, which can be stressful or scary to deal with. It might feel like as soon as you get used to one thing (e.g. staying at home) things change again. If you are feeling uneasy about returning to school (or any other change) there are some things that you can do that might make coping a bit easier.

Think things through and ask, “What’s the worst thing that can happen?” We are often stressed about change because we are afraid of the unknown . A good way to deal with the unknown is to think things through carefully. Imagine all the best-and-worst case scenarios. Write them down if it helps. Sometimes it is not as bad as it seems at first.

Ask yourself how much you can control: It is important to think how much control over the situation you really have .Understanding your role ,what you can do , and how much you can change, can help put things into perspective .Keeping up to date with factual information , while limiting media exposure will mean you are informed but not alarmed .

Accept and reframe: Accepting that things are beyond your control, and choosing to be comfortable with that, is likely to bring a greater peace of mind. Try to view change as an opportunity to learn or do something differently, rather than a setback.

Celebrate the positives: Even though it is a tough ask, focusing on the positives can really help you manage change. While the positive aspects of a situation may not be obvious to begin with, it’s worth seeking them out –no matter how small.

Take action: If there are some challenges that are within your control, try an active approach to dealing with them .Try some problem –solving techniques, or set some goals to proactively deal with the challenges.

Manage your stress: Reducing your stress level will go a long way to helping you deal with change. Meditation or mindfulness activities can be helpful and there are a variety of apps available to guide you through these techniques.




Seek Help: It’s perfectly normal to feel overwhelmed when you are facing changes that are big, or there’s too many happening all at once. This is when it might be best to seek support. Consider asking friends or family for help or support. Or you can look at some options for getting professional help.




The ever changing landscape of the COVID-19 pandemic has created a need for us all to develop ways to cope with change and deal with uncertainty. Try to remember that you do not have to deal with it on your own.

Stay safe and stay connected


Catie McNamara

Director Student Welfare Services



We are now accepting applications for Academic, Music, General Excellence and Alumni Scholarships for entry in 2022 and students are invited to apply for a Tintern Grammar Scholarship. To find out more and to apply please visit our Scholarships page – https://www.tintern.vic.edu.au/enrolments/scholarships/ 


Dani Venn (YG 2003)

On Friday 4 September our Year 7 Students were fortunate to take part in a live Q&A with alumna Dani Venn (YG 2003). After graduating from Tintern, Dani undertook a Bachelor of Communication and Media at RMIT University. Dani is well known for her appearances on MasterChef Australia: as a finalist in the 2011 series, Masterchef All Stars in 2012 and in this year’s MasterChef: Back to Win. Dani’s incredible cooking has taken her around the world and our students were very grateful for Dani’s time and were left inspired after being part of this special session, thank you again for joining us Dani.


Karen Gately (YG 1988)

Live now on the School Portal, get to know alumna Karen Gately (YG 1988). Karen is a current member of the School Board, an author, speaker, advisor and educator in the fields of human performance and leadership. You can view her inspiring interview below:

Chase Young (YG 2015)

We have been reaching out to those in the community who are working at the forefront of COVID-19. Alumna Chase Young (YG 2015) shares her day-to-day experiences in her role as a Registered Nurse and deployment to the DHHS during the pandemic.
After graduating from Tintern Grammar in 2015, I went on to complete a Bachelor of Nursing at the Australian Catholic University and I currently work as a Registered Nurse for Epworth Healthcare. I usually work in our Day Procedures Unit as an admissions and recovery nurse but after COVID-19 hit Victoria in March, I was redeployed to become a contact tracer for the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).
I am very fortunate to work in a field in which I get to help people, as this has always been a passion of mine. Working in Day Procedures, I get to know my patients as I admit them for surgery and I get to see how relieved they are when I recover them and send them home.
When COVID-19 began, I quickly learnt how rapidly this virus would affect my job and our patients. Elective surgery was swiftly shut down and I was redeployed to the DHHS to work as a contact tracer. While this was all a whirlwind at the beginning, I have learnt how to adapt my nursing skills in a different environment and help reassure COVID-19 patients and their families over the phone. While there have been challenges and confronting situations, I am proud that I have had the opportunity to assist the Victorian community during this difficult time.
I would like to send a big message of support to the Year 12 students of 2020, in particular my siblings Phoebe and Lachlan Young. I know this has been a hard year for you all, but keep your heads up because you’re nearly there! Keep working hard and think about how amazing it will be when you finish your final exams.
Wishing you all the best of luck for the future!

Year 12 Trivia Night

Year 12 Trivia Night

On Friday night, the Year 12s had the opportunity to participate in an online trivia night hosted by Your Shout Trivia. In the midst of SACs, exam preparation and COVID-19, it was great to have something fun for the year level to look forward to, so as the week drew to a close we formed our teams and the competition began.

Luke from Your Shout Trivia took us through multiple rounds of general knowledge, music and even a mystery round of questions to finish. As well as testing our knowledge, the night was filled with plenty of healthy competition and light-hearted sledging in the Zoom chat.

The Trivia Night was a great way to end a busy week, and I’m sure everyone who took part can attest to not only how much fun it was but also how lovely it was to see our year level together again.

A big thank you to Ms Constable and Mrs Ruckert and Your Shout Trivia for organising and conducting the night and congratulations to the team Real Deal (Olivia Garland, Tess Power, Charlie Johnson, Ella Trevorrow, Jade Hutchinson, Audrey Middleton and myself) for taking out the winning spot amongst some very tough competition!

Eva Corcoran

Year 12 student


Science News


Our Middle School students have been completing a food science unit, which has recently been looking at acids and bases. The students were asked to make a natural indicator at home. This can be done with many different foods, an indicator will turn a solution a different colour depending on the pH level. Students were asked to choose 3 different substances in their kitchen/ laundry that they could test. Some examples include bicarb soda, vinegar, dish-washing liquid, or even soda water.
You can view some of the results below, the colour chart shows what colour the solution will turn depending on the pH of the substance, and depending on what natural indicator the student used. Red cabbage was most popular, but in the last one curry powder was used. Our students will be doing more Science at home next week and at the start of next term, so stay tuned for more fun!

Green Team News

Green Team News

Recently our Green Team have been discussing the environmental impacts of palm oil production, to learn more about this topic you can read the article below written by Green Team Member and Year 9 Student Meleah Byth.
Palm oil is a type of vegetable oil that is made from the fruit of the oil palm trees that are native to Africa. 85% of palm oil is produced in Malaysia and Indonesia then transported all over the globe to be used in a massive variety of products. Palm oil is extremely popular because it is odourless and colourless. In fact, it can be found in about 50% of packaged products in the supermarket!
There are two types of palm oil produced, non-sustainable palm oil and sustainable palm oil (certified by an organisation called RSPO). Products containing sustainable palm oil will have RSPO written on them (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil). You may remember going to the zoo a few years ago and seeing the orangutans. I can remember learning how they were endangered species being threatened by palm oil production. Non-sustainable palm oil production involves clearing forests to make room for crops. In doing this, huge amounts of green house gasses are released. It also causes habitat loss as well as water and air pollution.
Thankfully, there is a lot we can do to reduce the impact palm oil production is having on the environment. To grow palm oil, significantly less land is needed than other vegetable oils (10 times less than soy!) so sustainable palm oil is definitely the way to go. RSPO currently makes up 21% of the world’s total palm oil supply, and, by supporting products certified by them, we can hopefully raise that percentage number and help lead to a future with more sustainable palm oil. 
Remember to check for products that have RSPO written on them. Or download the PalmOilScanner app, which will do it for you.
Meleah Byth
Green Team Member and Year 9 Student

The Studio

Recently our Year 10 Students took part in an incursion called ‘The Studio’. This program aimed to bring students together and help them understand, explore and develop enterprise skills through the creation and production of their very own podcasts. Our students immersed themselves in this project and created impressive podcasts, discussing a wide range of topics including politics, leadership, basketball, Dungeons and Dragons, social media and world cultures.

You can listen to the podcasts here.



Year 4-6 Code Clubs

Year 4-6 Code Clubs

This semester we have established two coding clubs for Years 4 to 6. Our girls code club is called Coding Queens while the boys are known as Software Chasers. These clubs are for students with a keen interest or unquenchable curiosity about coding. Students work at different levels according to their knowledge and experience. Those new to coding are using block coding while others with more experience have taken on the challenge of line coding using Python. Students are encouraged to select coding courses they want to tackle via the GROK learning platform. Coding Queens meet twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays and Software Chasers meet on Wednesdays and Fridays. We meet online via TEAMS and collaborate to solve the various coding challenges students encounter within their courses.

Each meeting students readily share ideas and solutions while encouraging each other to actively demonstrate persistence, courage and taking risks with their learning. Courses on the GROK learning platform engage via their interest in Biology, monster making and exploring fun animations using turtle. During Term 3, their understanding of and fluency in useful programming languages such as Python have increased measurably. Our Coding Queens and Software Chasers are building valuable digital literacy skills as well as demonstrating creativity, mathematical logic, critical thinking and peer-to-peer collaboration. Confidence in creating with and using digital technologies in a myriad of ways has become an essential skill for us all in 2020. Without a doubt, digital technologies will continue to be so in the future.

Mrs Sue Healey                                                         Mrs Christine Campbell

Director of Information & Technology Services                   Digital Technologies Library teacher

Head of ICT Curriculum


Visual Distortion Glass Art

Year 7 Art 

While learning online our Year 7 Art Students have been finding new, innovative ways to make art from materials that they have at home. Recently they have been exploring ‘Optical Illusion Renderings’, which led them to create a photographic studio at home, using their ipads and phones, and some clever lighting techniques to create ‘Visual Distortion Glass Art’.
The students discussed composition, balance, lighting, form and distortion – as well as exploring artists such as Susan Saroff and Steve Purnell. The students then set up their studio spaces and experimented with different lighting placement and using water to magnify and distort the patterns, well done to the students for creating these clever visual masterpieces.

Chalk the walk

Chalk the walk

In effort to spread joy and creativity our Year 9 students drew chalk masterpieces in their driveways and footpaths outside their homes. See their wonderful creations below!