17 Aug 2021

From the Principal

The best jobs in the world – leading, teaching and learning in schools in the 2020’s

Below is a link to an article in The Age written by former independent school Principal Allan Shaw. Allan has been a Principal in two states, a deputy in two, and a teacher in three. Starting his career as an Art teacher, and ending up a Principal, he is not a ‘typical’ Principal (what ever that may be!), nor has he followed a ‘typical’ pathway (again, what ever that may be). While he was last the Principal at a neighbouring school, that has only offered me the opportunity to develop a strong friendship and admiration for Allan. He is a thoughtful, calm and measured man, an impressive leader and an even more impressive human being. His article on leading schools, contemporary education, the importance of teachers as mentors and guides is very interesting and gives a true insider’s view of what makes for great schooling in the 2020’s and beyond.

One of his most telling points is about the passion and commitment that good teachers give as a matter of course. Great teachers (and we have lots of them at Tintern) understand that the academic delivery is very important, and do it both very well, and with a personal and emotional investment in wanting to see their charges do their best. As the key historical element of education (academic progress), this is clearly very important. But our teachers also see their further responsibilities clearly. As teachers and leaders we are mentors and role models to the young people in our schools. We are guides and sounding boards, and our teachers are always doing this with the end in mind – the way our graduates will view and engage with the world after they finish school.

So while the significance of optimal academic progress must always be a focus, as Allan writes in the article, there is so much more needed, expected and required in schools in 2021, and it is our kind, caring, impressive and capable teachers who are delivering it. Doing this through a screen is a ‘one hand tied behind our back’ constraint, and yet they are in fact doing so in a really impressive way, as so many parents have written to me to say. One of the terrific aspects of the lockdown (and there aren’t too many!) has been parents being able to sit and listen to their children being taught at the same table or in the same room as they are working. Our young people are developing accelerated independence, self-management and planning and organisation, whilst also managing the challenges of isolation and restriction, all supported and guided by our really impressive staff.

It’s is not often that I can say that any feedback is universal, but in this case, the only feedback I have had on the work of our teachers has been affirming, admiring and grateful. There is a real understanding in these emails and messages around the effort this requires of, and the toll this takes on, staff at all levels in the School, but particularly in the younger years. As with our students, during remote learning our staff members’ ‘buckets’ get drained more quickly, and are more difficult to refill under lockdown restrictions. I know I, along with all our staff, are very grateful for the recognition of this by parents. Similarly, I am very grateful to our staff for their instinctive, active and uncomplaining embrace of the challenges of online learning, and how they impact all our staff, not just our teaching staff.

I hope you enjoy Allan’s article below.

Farewell to the best job in the world – Allan Shaw

factis non verbis

Brad Fry




Chaplain’s Corner

Chaplain’s Corner – Tuesday 17 August

Back in 1916, the Stanford Binet Intelligence Test was developed. It gauges intelligence by measuring five factors of cognitive ability and is still used today. Several studies of groups were done of different men and women, young and old, rich and poor as well as many ethnic groups.

One such group that was studied were the Native American Indian Hopis.

Now, when the Hopis received the test, they immediately started to ask each other questions and compare their answers. The instructor saw this happening and quickly intervened, telling them they each had to take the test alone. “You are not permitted to help each other or share your answers among yourselves,’ he told them.

When the Hopi heard this, they were outraged and refused to take the test saying, ‘It is not important that I am smarter than my brother, or that my brother is smarter than me. It is only important what we can do together!”

It is only important what we can do together. As I sit here in my lounge room looking out over the quiet street it feels as though what we are able to achieve together now is far more important that we are apart. And this story of the Hopi’s reminds me that intelligence cannot always be measured on a piece of paper – the Hopis proved their greater intelligence by taking a stand as to why they would not complete the test. Showing the greatest intelligence was actually the ability to work together.

In the Bible we hear about this need for each other, working together, where a community is compared to a body. In a letter Paul wrote to the church in Corinth.

Where each part is important and different and works together with the other parts.

Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be?18 But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. 19 If they were all one part, where would the body be? 20 As it is, we are many parts, but one body.

May you work with the people you live with, teams with and zoom with to create more than you ever could possibly do alone.

Grace and Peace


Community Matters

TPG Picture Plates

The Tintern Parent Group are inviting parents to turn your child’s unique artwork into durable, dishwasher safe, high-quality melamine Picture Plates – which will last a lifetime. Both decorative and useful, Picture Plates are simply beautiful and make excellent gifts.

Orders for the plates are to be placed online here by Friday 27 August 2021. In the ‘Additional comments’ section please include your child/children’s class details, and how many plates you are ordering per child @ $29 per plate.

ELC and Junior School students will complete the artwork for their plate at school from Friday 30 August to Friday 9 September. Completed plates will then be received towards the end of the year.

For any enquiries please contact the TPG by email parentgroup@tintern.vic.edu.au or Community Relations by phone on 9845 7877.

Friends of Music (FOM) Jazz Night 2021 – Postponed for 2021

Sadly, due to the extension to the Melbourne lockdown announced yesterday, we are unable to proceed with the 2021 Jazz Night.

Thank you to the students, staff and volunteers who had already dedicated so much time to this event. Though we are all disappointed, the Friends of Music committee will work with the Music Staff to consider possibilities for offering Jazz Night in an appropriate format at some point in the future, when restrictions will allow.

For those who had already purchased tickets, these will be refunded this week to the credit card used to make your payment.

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

Before the lockdown, 4A were able to enjoy a coffee catch up to welcome a new family to their class. Thank you to Class Rep Viviana Liou for organising.

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 – Final Week!

Don’t forget to submit your tips for the final week of AFL tipping! Winners will be announced in the next issue of Aspectus.

Cash Prizes, paid by direct deposit, awarded for the winners as follows:

AFL Footy Tipping Prizes:

  • 1st Prize $250
  • 2nd Prize $120
  • 3rd Prize $60
  • 4th Prize $40
  • 5th Prize $20

Good luck and start tipping!!

Community Committee Dates 

Community Group Meetings have returned to Zoom due to the current snap lockdown. Please check the information below carefully for details:

  • Tintern Parent Group (TPG) AGM –Next meeting: Tuesday 14 September 2021 at 7.30pm President: Haidee Wallace Location: Online due to the lockdown, click her to join.
  • Friends of Music (FOM) – Next Meeting: Wednesday 18 August 2021 at 7pm  President: Debra Fryer Location: Venue TBC dependent on restrictions
  • Friends of Young Farmers (FOYF) AGM – Next Meeting: Monday 4 October 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

  • YG 2015, 5+1 Year Reunion – Friday 10 September 2021 (new date) at Beer DeLuxe in Hawthorn in the Hop Lounge – Postponed due to the Victorian lockdown.
  • YG 2016, 5 Year Reunion – Friday 8 October at 7.30pm (new date) at Beer Deluxe in Hawthorn – Book Here
  • 20, 25 & 30 Year Reunion YGs 2000 & 2001, 1995 & 1996, 1990 & 1991 – Postponed. Further details to follow.

Community Group Fundraising

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!




Sport Matters

Student Achievements 

Leo Tieu, Year 7

Congratulations to Leo in Year 7 for his excellent performance in Mount Buller Race Club’s ‘King of the Mountain’ Snowboarding Parallel Giant Slalom and Giant Slalom events.
Leo placed 1st in his division of the Parallel Giant Slalom race and 6th in the overall race against all snowboarder’s male and female open age group. Leo also placed 2nd in the Giant Slalom event over the weekend, a fantastic achievement.

Girls’ Cricket Program




Music Matters

Music Theory Exam success!

 Congratulations to Danny Gong (8E) on his outstanding result of 94% (Honours) in his Grade 3 Music Theory Exam. Danny studies Music Theory with our Head of Keyboard, Ms McKenzie and she was thrilled that he attempted the Australian Music Examinations Board assessment in an online format last week with such a great outcome. Well done, Danny!



How playing an instrument benefits your brain

 Music lessons clearly promote musical understanding and literacy, which is in and of itself a noble and challenging endeavour. Research has proven that a musical education and playing a musical instrument also can enhance language ability, improve attention span, promote critical thinking and problem-solving skills, sociability, empathy and resilience and reduce anxiety and stress. Learning a musical instrument also supports the development of creative and collaboration skills. Did you know that all of this was happening as you listened to your child practise their instrument in the next room?!?

Neuromusical scientific research has reviewed brain activity scans of children (and adults) playing music and found it to be one of very few activities which activates the whole brain. If you are not already aware of the work of Australian researcher and music educator, Dr Anita Collins, be sure to watch her Ted Talk on the benefits of learning a musical instrument  https://www.ted.com/talks/anita_collins_how_playing_an_instrument_benefits_your_brain for some wonderful insights into this burgeoning area of research.


News on upcoming concerts

Music events scheduled for the coming few weeks (including the Singing Soiree, the Brass and Woodwind Concert, the Speech and Drama Concert and the Friends of Music Jazz Night) have been postponed until further notice. In all likelihood, students’ performances will be filmed (either at home, or at school when we return) and the smaller concerts will be released to families as a video link at a future date, to be determined. The Friends of Music will be discussing whether our Jazz Night might see the light of day (or night) further down the track … stay tuned for updates. Thank you for your understanding.


A Day in the Life of Tintern #2 – Tuesday 17 August

A Day in the Life of Tintern #2 – Tuesday 17 August

Following on the success of A day In The Life of Tintern on 17 August 2020, we are again calling all Tintern Community members, we will be putting together a video to capture a range of daily experiences today (Tuesday 17 August). From our students learning, to our parents, teachers and members of our community who are working on the front line or going about their daily lives.
If you would like to participate, please submit any relevant images or a short video (10 seconds or less) taken today and preferably ‘time stamped’ via the link below, please ensure that you submit your content by Thursday 19 August to be included in the video – https://tintern-my.sharepoint.com/personal/mbathgate_tintern_vic_edu_au/_layouts/15/onedrive.aspx?p=26&s=aHR0cHM6Ly90aW50ZXJuLW15LnNoYXJlcG9pbnQuY29tLzpmOi9nL3BlcnNvbmFsL21iYXRoZ2F0ZV90aW50ZXJuX3ZpY19lZHVfYXUvRWhwZkNhVW9qNnRGcHJyQ2hWZFd6YmtCdFhSWGUzbDIyMV9jRnR3WTlGbTJkdw&originalPath=aHR0cHM6Ly90aW50ZXJuLW15LnNoYXJlcG9pbnQuY29tLzpmOi9nL3BlcnNvbmFsL21iYXRoZ2F0ZV90aW50ZXJuX3ZpY19lZHVfYXUvRWhwZkNhVW9qNnRGcHJyQ2hWZFd6YmtCdFhSWGUzbDIyMV9jRnR3WTlGbTJkdz9ydGltZT01b3VWbEVwaDJVZw

Scholarships now open for 2023.

We are now accepting applications for Academic Achievement, Future Voices (General Excellence), Social Justice, Music and Performing Arts and Alumni (Sylvia Walton AO and Mike Blood) Scholarships for entry into 2023. Students are invited to apply.

To find out more and to apply, please visit our Scholarships page – www.tintern.vic.edu.au/enrolments/scholarships


Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD)

Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD)

Dear parents, guardians and carers,

Every year, the Australian government requires all schools in Australia to participate in the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD). The NCCD process requires schools to identify information already available in the school about supports provided to students with disability. These relate to legislative requirements under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and the Disability Standards for Education 2005, in line with the NCCD guidelines (2019). During Terms 2 and 3 Tintern Grammar collect and complies data to satisfy the NCCD.

Information provided about students to the Australian Government for the NCCD includes:

  • year of schooling
  •  category of disability: physical, cognitive, sensory or social/emotional
  • level of adjustment provided: support provided within quality differentiated teaching practice, supplementary, substantial or extensive.

This information assists Tintern Grammar to:

  • formally recognise the supports and adjustments provided to students with disability
  • consider how we can strengthen the support of students with disability at our school
  • develop shared practices so that we can review their learning programs in order to improve educational outcomes for students with disability.

The NCCD provides state and federal governments with the information they need to plan more broadly for the support of students with disability. This data is used to help allocate funding to schools for students with a disability.

The NCCD will have no direct impact on your child and your child will not be involved in any testing process. The school will provide data to the Australian Government in such a way that no individual student will be able to be identified – the privacy and confidentiality of all students is ensured. All information is protected by privacy laws that regulate the collection, storage and disclosure of personal information. To find out more about these matters, please refer to the Australian Government’s Privacy Policy (https://www.education.gov.au/privacy-policy).

Further information about the NCCD can be found on the NCCD Portal (https://www.nccd.edu.au).

If you have any questions about the NCCD, please contact the school.


Kind regards,


Oriana Constable

Acting Vice-Principal


2023 Term Dates


ELC News

Science Week in the ELC

2-6 August 2021

There is never a dull moment hosting Science Week in the ELC. Over the week we rotated a range of experiments for the youngest learners to engage with. Having a focus on Science for the whole week creates an opportunity for the ELC to not only get their hands dirty with science experiments, but it also allows children and educators to deepen their understanding about science.

During the ELC Science Week, we were lucky to welcome special guest scientist from the Senior School.  They brought along a range of experiments to demonstrate to the ELC children. The Science Captains very patiently taught the ELC children about magnetism, testing a range of objects to see if they were magnetic or not and the difference between wiring a light bulb in a parallel or series circuit. Their favourite experiment was the colour changing liquid with the Scientist secret potion, when the liquid was still it was clear and when agitated it turned purple. Is it magic? No, it’s SCIENCE!   

In the classrooms the children participated in a range of experiments, from colour changing experiments, to water density, to chemical change. The children had fun making skittle rainbows, mixing primary coloured playdough to make secondary colours, designing tinfoil boats to float, making lava lamps bubble and creating a walking rainbow with Texta’s and water.  The children expressed their delight in turning milk into ice cream by shaking it in a bag of ice mixed with rock salt, however I am not sure what was more fun shaking it or eating it?

We would like to say a BIG Thank You to the Science Captains for sharing their skills and knowledge about science with the ELC Children. I would like to think you have ignited a sense of curiosity in our students and perhaps we will see one of their faces as one of the Science Captains in the years to come.

Claire Trappitt

Pre-Prep A Teacher


Girls’ Junior School News

Virtual Excursion – Melbourne Zoo, Healesville Sanctuary and Werribee Open Range Zoo

The Year 2 Girls have demonstrated resilience and adaptability over the recent times of Remote Learning and although many things have changed, one thing in particular has not, their joy for exploring and learning.

On Thursday, the girls had a wonderful time visiting Melbourne Zoo, Healesville Sanctuary and Werribee Open Range Zoo for a virtual excursion.

On our return to the classroom, the girls created posters demonstrating some of the things they had learned, drew pictures of their favourite animal, researched additional facts about their chosen animal and learned to read the coordinates on a map to help find where the animals were located at the zoo.

Did you know that cheetahs have between 2,000 and 3,000 spots; that the tail of a red panda is as long as its body; that koalas sleep between 18 and 20 hours each day and that there are 28 species of Ibis?

And did you know that everyone in Year 2A had a wonderful time on our excursion and learnt a lot of new information and facts?

Michelle Gluskie

Year 2 Girls’ Junior School Classroom Teacher


Science Literacy in the Year 3 classroom

Students at Tintern are supported to be flexible thinkers and to engage in genuine practices of science. Activities such as: investigating, questioning, and exercising curiosity are ways interest in STEM subjects are captured and sustained.

Science literacy and the ability to articulate thinking is an essential part of the scientific experience. At the Year 3 level, ways of communicating in STEM subjects have to go beyond just text. Visual modes such as graphs, models, and videos are powerful ways for students to represent their learning. Even better is when students invent and author their visual interpretations of their understanding. Girls in 3A have begun this journey by exploring labelled diagrams.

Last term, during a study of Antarctica, students were awed by recent findings of a large number of species that lived under the ice shelves. Sea spiders, sea cucumbers, sea anemones, and sea urchins are some of the organisms that live on the seafloor in complete darkness. These creatures are dazzling in appearance, giant in size and interestingly, they are bioluminescent. Year 3s were inspired to design an underwater Antarctic lifeform – which could create its own light source. Designs were modelled with salt dough and were complete with an led light to represent the bioluminescence.

Labelled diagrams were drawn to explain and describe the imagined lifeforms. Drawings showed shape, size, and parts. Each labelled diagram contained a title, a drawing with labels to describe and explain the part, and a scale. Year 3s set up an Exploratorium on the topic of labelled diagrams to share our learning. Students from other year levels are invited to visit our display to see the work up close and to ‘explore’ by drawing a labelled diagram of our model penguin.

Ms Karen Dang

Girls’ Year 3 Teacher


Boys’ Junior School News

Story Time 

Today we held a virtual Story Time for our 2022 Prep students, it was fantastic to see so many faces and it was a very exciting session as the children were joined by special guests – Mrs Prandolini, Mr Kenny and Miss Peters.
The children and parents enjoyed ‘Mr McGee and the Blackberry Jam’ written by Pamela Allen and read by the lovely Miss Peters.

Cooking classes with Mr Kenny

Our Junior School boys have been enjoying Mr Kenny’s cooking class twice a week. Recipes tackled so far have led to some surprisingly tasty creations, Including GROICK cupcakes, Sausage Rolls, the ‘Big Ken’ burger, Hedgehog slice,  Pasties and ‘Nothing Beats a Mr Kenny Pizza”

Huge thank you to our Home Economics wiz Margaret Hagley for ensuring these Cooking classes end with such lovely results.

Middle School News

Although not unexpected, it was still disappointing for everyone in our community to be extended in our current lockdown and our thoughts go out to those who are adversely affected. What has been great though, is seeing the way our students have continued to adapt and move forward with their learning and the overwhelmingly positive mindset they have adopted in the face of challenge. Staff have been really impressed with the ongoing effort and commitment the students are demonstrating to their learning during these challenging times, whilst having our fingers crossed that we’re back at school as soon as possible.  

Teaching and assessing students during periods of remote learning is something that is very different to face-to-face learning and something that both staff and students continue to adapt to in order to find the most effective approach. What has been valuable for our students is to see our staff continually reflecting on their own teaching and then adapting their methods; this sense of reflection and adaptation is such an important skill for our students to be developing as they grow. 

In the coming weeks we have our Student Progress Meetings where families have the opportunity to discuss the progress of their children with their teachers and to be able to set goals for the second half of this year. All Student Progress Meetings will now be conducted via Microsoft Teams with bookings now open. Please note that all Middle School classes will end early at 3pm on Wednesdays 25 August and Wednesday 1 September to give staff and students a break before Student Progress Meetings commence at 4pm.

Unfortunately, our Year 9 camp that was already rescheduled to next week is now cancelled. We are unable to secure the venue at another date and subsequently cannot offer the camp as we have in the past. We still plan to provide our Year 9s with some experiences of mountain bike riding and white-water rafting early in Term 4 in preparation for their Summer Expedition selections. 

Our Tintern Snowsports team has recently had their competition postponed due to restrictions, so we are awaiting news around the new dates when this competition will run. We have a large number of students who are in our Snowsports team, and we are certainly hopeful that this event is able to be successfully rescheduled for later this term. I’d like to congratulate Matthew Wilby (Year 8) who was recently invited to train in the Victorian Junior Cross-Country Team as well as being awarded the “Promising Young Athlete” grant from the Victorian Biathlon association in conjunction with Victorian Sports and Recreation. A fantastic result for Matthew who has put a lot of effort into his training and preparation. Another student who is currently doing amazing things in the snow environment is Leo Tiao (Year 7). Leo is one of the best young snowboarders in the country and trains incredibly hard all year round. I know he is very hopeful that the Snowsports competition goes ahead this year so that he can represent our school.  

Another example of students continuing to achieve whilst in remote learning are Danny Gong (Year 8) and his Music Theory achievement. Congratulations to Danny on his outstanding result of 94% (Honours) in his Grade 3 Music Theory Examination. Danny studies Music Theory with our Head of Keyboard, Ms McKenzie and she was thrilled that he attempted the Australian Music Examinations Board assessment in an online format recently with such a great outcome. Well done, Danny! 


Cooper Green with his Robocopter at home

Our Year 7s are currently learning about forces in Science. They consider concepts such as how gravity and air resistance play a part in the world around us. The students are undertaking an investigation around making, testing and collecting data on a Robocopter. Changing something about each Robocopter for them to fall at different speeds. 

There are several academic competitions and challenges that are open to our students at different times of the year. An example of this was the recent Australian Mathematics Competition where we had over 150 students across the school volunteer to participate in the competition. This is a very challenging competition and we look forward to seeing the results from our students when they become available.  





Another area that is also offered is the Science Talent Search. This is a competition open to all students across Victoria and allows them to investigate an area of scientific interest in greater depth. The competition is still being conducted with a number of our students heavily engaged in their respective projects. An example of the amazing work some of our students are doing in this area is that of Year 9 student Skye Sriratana. Skye’s project was developed from her passion for weightlifting, and it was the design and development of a plate loading machine to help prevent injuries from this process. To view Skye’s project, click here: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=VsIVyfC9FOQ 

In some other exciting news, two of our Year 7 boys, Sebastian Humphreys and Ryan Jayarathne, have recently been accepted as ball boys for the upcoming Australian Open. This is great news for both boys and certainly an experience that will be a lifelong memory. 

All the best to our entire Tintern community through this challenging time. The school is here to support in any way we can and we look forward to having our students back on campus in the weeks to come.  



Senior College News

Senior College News

As we become adjusted to the reality of the latest extension to Melbourne’s lockdown, we have been seeking and made adjustments to support students pastorally and with their academic studies. The school provided another opportunity for students to come on campus last Thursday to collect essential learning materials and shortened lessons by 10 minutes to allow students to move around between classes. Feedback from students is so important as staff seek to managing the diversity of needs during remote learning.

This week in Year 10 Marlee Batterham and the Pastoral Mentors have set up small group check ins rather than the larger groups so that students have more personalised contact twice in the week. Monday’s pastoral session will focus on gaining further feedback and reminding students about ‘Teams Etiquette’ while the other levels have made adjustments to allow for small group check ins. The Year 10 students will also be receiving some information about the University of Melbourne’s Kwong Lee Dow Scholarship in terms of eligibility and the application process. Further information can be found at: https://study.unimelb.edu.au/study-with-us/programs-for-high-achievers/kwong-lee-dow-young-scholars-program

Year 11 students are focusing on the role of leadership in the Senior College and also the process of nominating and selecting the positions for next year. While the most recent extension to lockdown creates uncertainty, we had confirmed a new date for the Year 11 and 12 Formals as being Tuesday 7 September. Our intention was to dismiss students at 1.00pm and allow them to arrive later at school during recess time the next day. Both Ms Morphett and Ms Tsai Bove are committed to working through the challenges of lockdowns so further information will be provided to families as circumstances allow.

Over the next fortnight, Year 12s are creating their entries for the Valedictory Book and such traditions are particularly important in what must feel like a shifting world for school events. In terms of Careers, my focus is on tertiary applications and pathways beyond school and I have included some resources in the Careers section of Aspectus. I wish to remind students to obtain their Unique Student Identifier (USI) required when applying to VTAC and a Tax File Number (TFN) needed when enrolling in a tertiary institution. Another important reminder is the 31 August closing date for the Swinburne Early Conditional Entry program and the RMIT Early Offer Program.

The Year 12 students will be contacted this week about the University of Melbourne’s Principal Scholarship and the application process. I have also included the excerpt from Career News for your reference.


Melbourne’s Principal Scholarship 

Offered to Victorian Year 12 Australian students, this $5,000 scholarship is being offered and will be awarded to students in recognition of their academic achievement and contribution to their school or wider community.  Eligible students with an excellent academic record and a strong record of contribution to the school or wider community will be considered for this award. 

Find out more at Melbourne Principal’s Scholarship


Monash University Year 12 Busting Procrastination Webinar

As a partner school of the Monash Scholars program, Tintern Grammar has been provided access to the Year 12 ‘Busting Procrastination’ Webinar but the workshop would be valuable for families with students in Year 10 as it currently clashes with our Year 11 and 12 Formals.


“The Year 12 ‘Busting Procrastination’ webinar will provide you with practical advice and strategies to support you during Year 12 and with your upcoming exams.”

“This workshop will focus on what causes procrastination, provide you with strategies on overcoming procrastination (especially in the lead up to Year 12 exams) and discuss the importance of mindfulness.

The workshop will be facilitated by Dr Richard Chambers, a clinical Psychologist and an internationally recognised expert in mindfulness. He is the author of three books, is heavily involved with mindfulness research and has developed two award-winning mindfulness courses.  Richard was also involved in the development of Smiling Mind, a free mindfulness app and has worked with many educational institutions and businesses interested in using mindfulness to improve wellbeing and performance. He is currently leading a university-wide initiative to embed mindfulness into the core curriculum at Monash University.”

Source and Registration: https://www.monash.edu/study/why-choose-monash/information-for-high-achieving-students/monash-scholars/monash-scholars-events/monash-scholars-year-12-busting-procrastination-webinar?utm_campaign=SCHLR_SRA&utm_source=Event_Invitation&utm_medium=email&utm_content=75401_category_3_invitation_intro_cta_1

Date: Tuesday 7 September from 5.00pm to 6.00pm


Mid Semester Break

Our mid-semester break will be Friday 20 August.


Student Progress Meetings

The first of our Student Progress Meetings will be online on Monday 23 August with students being set asynchronous learning to allow them to participate in the conversation with their teachers. Further information will be provided regarding arrangements for the onsite sessions as they will be switched to an online format.

Finally, I do request assistance from families to use the Absentee Hotline prior to 10.00am on 9845 7722 if your child is away for the entire day but also to contact the relevant teacher or Pastoral Mentor if a class is missed due to internet connectivity issues etc as we are wanting to support the students but also monitor their remote learning. Your communication and feedback are always appreciated as we work together with our students.





Career News

News from the Careers Department

Tertiary Open Days continue throughout the month of August and it is important for students to register for these online events. An update of the remaining Virtual Open Days can be found at: https://portal.tintern.vic.edu.au/cms/file/new/26583

In the lead up to Open Day on 29 August, RMIT is offering the second week of ‘Next Fest’ which includes a range of online seminars and registrations are essential. Some examples are listed below:

Explore the Future of Business

Future of Business and launch of our new Bachelor of Business – designed by industry for industry ready graduates. 

Science re-imagined: Inspiring and Preparing Students for their Future Careers

Hear about our future-focused Bachelor of Science and Dean’s Scholar degrees.

Understanding Digital Design

Explore digital design and the range of skills and career paths in Game Design.

Career Pathways in Engineering 

How does your engineering degree specialisation affect your career options? When do you need to make this choice? How can you transfer between programs and degrees and is this a good idea? Our panel of academics and students will give their insights and discuss study options at RMIT.”

Source and Registrations at https://www.rmit.edu.au/openday?mkt_tok=MjA0LUJYSy0wOTAAAAF-6vZDxq4ihPtbBErLy3gdRJtZR0gpFNh_Ehlne8EalruZ0RUeamQobXTPrwWbjt_2PixybMlZTC-utD_DOgxuVbSYzR1FVUvZ1CGSk-2hPQ

Business Cadetships

I have received some information about business cadetships under the Business Cadetships in Melbourne Program. Successful cadets combine work and study at UBS which is an investment bank. Further information can be found by viewing the video at: www.professionalcadets.com.au/business-cadetships-video.asp

Business Cadetship applications are made online to Professional Cadetships Australia: www.professionalcadets.com.au  Applications close on Wednesday 1st September.

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/

Number 22 Career News 6 August 2021

Items in the Career News include – 

  • Dates to for the Diary in Term 3
  • VTAC Year 12 Guides 2022
  • Melbourne Principal’s Scholarship
  • UAC Schools Recommendation Scheme (SRS)
  • Interesting Courses at Bond University
  • J.P. Morgan Sydney Traineeship Program
  • Environmental Science Degrees in Victoria in 2021
  • Snapshot of Charles Sturt University (CSU) in 2021
  • Virtual Open Days 2021
  • Getting the most out of an Open Day
  • Getting the most out of a Virtual Open Day

Number 23 Career News 13 August 2021

  • Dates for the Diary in Term 3
  • MEGT Apprenticeships and Employment
  • Monash University Entry Schemes
  • News from the University of Melbourne
    • Guaranteed Entry Scheme
    • Access Melbourne
  • Carlton College of Sport in Association with La Trobe University
  • Preparing USA College Applications EDUSA ZOOM Meeting
  • Exercise Science & Sport Degrees in Victoria in 2021  
  • Snapshot of the University of Queensland (UQ) in 2021

A reminder that families need to be logged in to the Portal to access the links or select the Careers tab to view all the relevant folders containing the files.

Tertiary Open Days

A reminder that tertiary open days are continuing throughout August and please visit the following link for remaining dates: https://portal.tintern.vic.edu.au/cms/file/new/26583 


Karen Gately (YG 1988)

Congratulations to alumna and Board Member Karen Gately (YG 1988) who recently launched her own podcast – Work Savvy.
Karen hosts the podcast each fortnight, alongside her colleague Madeline Cook, together they talk to leading experts and successful business leaders about being a great leader of people and thriving at both work and in life.
If you want to listen to the Work Savvy podcast, visit the Corporate Dojo Members Learning Centre and sign up for a free membership, then click ‘Podcasts’ –