19 Jun 2018

From the Principal

Tintern Grammar Fair 2019 – A call for Fair Committee members!

The biennial Tintern Fair is our most significant community and public event and we need your expertise! From logistics legends, to spreadsheet specialists and community connectors, the Fair cannot run without the expertise our community contributes and we are now seeking Expressions of Interest in membership of the Fair Committee. All manner of capabilities are needed and there is a diverse range of areas and roles within which our community can support this wonderful event.

In 2017, as in previous iterations, the Fair raised very substantial funds. Last year’s will be directed towards improving our solar power capability, particularly on the roof of the new Speagle Science Centre (our Annual Appeal project for 2018) later this year. As well as helping address the rising costs of electricity for the school, while decreasing our carbon footprint, in The Speagle Science Centre we will be able to monitor our energy production and enable students to develop real-world understanding of the relationships between power generation and environmental impact, to consider the costs to the community and whether entrepreneurship can enable this power generation to support the School in other ways. This will help develop ideas in those young people that will serve them well in their future.

So the Fair is a significant contributor to important aspects of our students’ academic and overall development, not merely a fundraising event. I hope you might consider what contribution you could make, either to the Fair Committee or closer to the time, as an overseer or volunteer on the day. It is a wonderful collaborative event that is truly fun to be part of and showcases the strength and cohesion of our Tintern community.

Although the 2019 Fair may seem some way away, it is a lengthy organisational task and the School and the Fair Committee are asking our community how they might be able to make a contribution to the Fair’s organising committee. In particular, we seek Convenor/s (usually two) to oversee and coordinate that Committee’s activities. There is an extensive and very detailed Fair Manual, which provides a ‘how to’ for potential Convenors

Expressions of interest for a Convenor’s role, or as a member of the Fair Committee, can be submitted to Di Lacey in our Community Relations Office via communityrelations@tintern.vic.edu.au.

I look forward to our students and your children experiencing again in 2019 the support and benefit that a successful Fair provides and that they can be proud that their family contributed to what will no doubt be another wonderful Tintern Grammar Fair!

Lastly, thank you to everyone who has donated to this year’s Annual Appeal. We have received an overwhelming number of donations which are greatly appreciated. Visit the following link to learn more about the Transformation of Science at Tintern: https://www.tintern.vic.edu.au/annualappeal/

Factis non verbis


Chaplain’s Corner


Tomorrow, June 20 is World Refugee Day. As UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres writes about refugees in our world today:
“This not about sharing a burden. It is about sharing a global responsibility, based not only the broad idea of our common humanity but also on the very specific obligations of international law. The root problems are war and hatred, not people who flee; refugees are among the first victims of terrorism.”

You may or may not be aware that refugees and displaced people have always been a part of our world and the Bible has some very clear teachings about our role in supporting them. There is a reoccurring theme that we must welcome the stranger in our midst. Indeed, Jesus, as a baby was a refugee, with his mother and father when they had to flee their hometown and go to Egypt to avoid certain death. As King Herod, on hearing of a ‘new born king’, ordered the death of all the boys in or near Bethlehem who were 2 years old or younger.

At our recent Cathedral Service, the Student leaders chose to take up an offering that will go to the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre. The ASRC is an independent not-for-profit organisation, whose programs support and empower people seeking asylum. At our service, $2,145 was given to support the work of the Asylum centre which focus’ on frontline services, empowerment, advocacy and community engagement. Our donation will be going to the Dandenong branch of the centre and we will welcome Mr Alan White, Tintern Alumnus, Class of 2008, at our assembly this coming Friday to pass on our donation and support. Alan works for the ASRC as their Fundraising Manager.


Music Matters

Concerto Showcase once again highlights top Tintern musicians

As always, it has been a busy time recently in the Music department, but especially for the Tintern Symphony Orchestra as they’ve been preparing the orchestral accompaniment for four works for the biennial concerto showcase which took place last Thursday 14 June. Following the Preliminary Concerto Concert in March, four soloists; Holly Fryer, Ron Chen, Clarisse Liew and Molly Fleming have been rehearsing their concerto movements with the orchestra in preparation for the evening. It has been a big task for all musicians with many hours of rehearsals, and we have been fortunate to also have had support from members of staff who stepped in to play in the orchestra. On the night, the Wind Symphony played an overture, followed by the Concertino by Chaminade (soloist: flautist Holly Fryer), the second movement from the Yellow River Piano Concerto by Yin Chengzong and Chu Wanghua (soloist: Ron Chen), the Adagio from Mendelssohn’s second piano concerto (soloist: Molly Fleming) and the final movement of Mendelssohn’s violin concerto (soloist: Clarisse Liew). The performance was followed by a lovely supper provided by the Friends of Music.

It was a wonderful evening of music and it is safe to say that all performers felt a sense of achievement after hours of practice learning many notes. On behalf of the soloists, I can say that we are grateful for the opportunity that has certainly been an exciting and enriching experience for us. We also extend a big thank you to Tintern’s Head of Strings, Mr Tim Veldman for his pivotal role in organising, running and conducting the orchestra for the showcase.

by Molly Fleming, 2018 School Pianist

Students delight residents at local Aged Care Facility

On Tuesday 5 June, six Tintern Grammar students took a short bus ride with Mrs Bezaire and Ms Mckenzie (accompanist) to the Olivet Aged Care Facility in Ringwood. These students gave willingly of their musical talents to bring much joy to the residents of the home and are to be commended for providing such an enjoyable morning of entertainment. Our performers were Zoe Chen (Violin, Year 7), Isaac Hong (Clarinet, Year 8), Alec Chen (Saxophone, Year 9), Lilli Holliday-Ryder (Clarinet, Year 9), Jessica Hobson (Piano, Year 9) and Steven Zhang (Piano, Year 12).

Marvellous Music Camp looms on our horizon!

It’s called a ‘camp’, but it’s a day camp (i.e. you get to go home and sleep in your own bed at night). All student members of major ensembles are reminded that the musical madness and mayhem of our Annual Music Camp looms on the horizon. This event serves to provide some intensive rehearsal time for ensembles to prepare for our Annual Concert (on 10 August) and also is our main learning time for the fabulous finale item for the Annual Concert! Put the dates in your calendars now: Friday 27 July (after school), then Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 July. Letters with the camp timetable will be coming home soon.


Sport Matters

The Victorian Interschools Snowsports Championships are being held at Mt Buller on Sunday 5 August (Cross Country) and Monday 20 to Sunday 26 August (Downhill Skiing and Snowboarding). If your child is an experienced skier or snowboarder and they would like to compete in Cross Country, Giant Slalom, Moguls or SkierX/BoarderX please email aviney@tintern.vic.edu.au by Friday 22 June indicating your interest in the competition. Please note that for the competition, whilst Tintern staff will be in attendance, it is the responsibility of parents to accompany their child to the competition and make their own accommodation arrangements. We highly recommend that accommodation be booked ASAP as it is a very busy week at Mt Buller. For event information, including the provisional timetable of event dates please visit www.vicinterschools.com.au.

Ella and Lilly Trevorrow Ambassadors for Pony Club Australia

Congratulations to Ella (Year 10) and Lilly Trevorrow (Year 9)  who have received an invitation from Pony Club Australia to represent our country in China as ambassadors from the 9 to 19 July. They were chosen with four other young people from across Australia to work with members of Pony Club China and share their knowledge in this international context. This is such a unique experience to stay with a Chinese family and the opportunity to ride at the iHorse Equestrian Centre in Wuhan while also experiencing the sights and culture of China. 


Community Matters

TPG Trivia Night 2018

Bookings are now open for the TPG Annual Trivia Night! Get in early and book your seats by Friday 20 July for your entry into the Early Bird Raffle. 

This year the TPG are proud to support the Anglicare Missions, providing educational resources to under-resourced schools in the Northern Territory. $5 from every ticket sold goes directly to the assisting these students.

Share with your friends, start arranging your teams and brushing up your trivia. There will be fun new games, a silent auction and many fantastic prizes on offer.

Booking can be made from this Saturday 23 June through Trybooking: https://www.trybooking.com/WKGN

Bendigo Show Social Dinner – FOYF

It’s not long now until our Young Farmers will be competing in the Australian Sheep and Wool Show from 20 to 22 July. Will you be in Bendigo to support the team? If so, make sure you join us for the Bendigo Show Dinner on Saturday 21 July, 6.30pm at La Cecil’s Italian Restaurant, 56 Williamson Street, Bendigo.

Please RSVP by Friday 6 July via email to Caitlin Bryson. Please advise the number wishing to attend the Dinner excluding Young Farmers who will be attending the Show.

Tintern Young Farmers Junior Judging & Handling Competition

On 14 June 2018 the Tintern Young Farmers held the Inaugural ‘Tintern Grammar Junior Judging and Handling Competition’ in preparation for the Australian Sheep and Wool Show in July. There were 45 students from Years 7-12 who attended the incursion, which is quite a large group!

The students were divided into 3 groups of 12 and each group had a team leader from Year 10 and 11. Each student competed in 3 competitions; wool judging, meat judging and sheep handling.

Congratulations to the following students who placed in the competition:

Year 7      


1st Emmy Horman

2nd Saskia Jackson-Smith

3rd Ruby Gilson

Shorn Judging:

1st Ruby Gilson

2nd Niki Partovifar

3rd Bridie Wescombe

Wool Judging:

1st Saskia Jackson-Smith

2nd Emmy Horman

3rd Lauren Spurr


1st Emmy Horman

2nd Saskia Jackson-Smith

3rd Ruby Gilson

Year 8      


1st Elise Dunkley

2nd Teghan Light

3rd Aleisha Paul

Shorn Judging:

1st Teghan Light

2nd Lily Hoorn

3rd Beth Nottle

Wool Judging:

1st Teghan Light

2nd Emma Pethebridge

3rd Mia Jones



1st Teghan Light

2nd Mia Jones

3rd Emma Pethebridge

Year 9:      


1st Ashley Smith

2nd Freya Bryson

Shorn Judging:

1st Ashley Smith

2nd Freya Bryson

Wool Judging:

1st Ashley Smith

2nd Freya Bryson



1st Ashley Smith

2nd Freya Bryson

Thank you to all the students who participated on the day. It will be exciting to see the students results at Bendigo and Royal Melbourne Show!

Due to the success of the event we look forward to running the event in 2019. 

A big thank you to Ms Wall and Farmer Wall for enabling us to run this competition.

Volunteers Needed – Tintern Grammar Giant Fair 2019

The Tintern Giant Fair is an incredible, fun-filled day out for families and our wider community to enjoy great food, entertainment, second-hand sales and exciting rides. It raises funds that contribute to many different programs in the school, including sustainability, that enriches every student’s educational experience.

The Fair is also an opportunity for you to become part of the dynamic team of individuals who plan the Fair and create the fun for our community. 

Do you have any new ideas that could make our next Fair an even bigger success than before? Do you want to meet other parents and families? Then please get in touch to assist with any of the following:

  • Fair Planning Committee
  • Event Planning
  • Food Handling
  • Managing the Stage and Entertainment
  • Fundraising & Prize Donations

If you are keen to be involved in any way, please email your expression of interest by 29 June to fair@tintern.vic.edu.au. Or contact Community Relations on 9845 7877.

Community Committee Dates 

  • Tintern Parent Group (TPG) –Next meeting: Thursday 9 August 7.30pm Kennedy Cottage Co-Presidents: Haidee Wallace and Leeza Crowe
  • Friends of Music (FOM) – Next Meeting: Wednesday 8 August 7pm CM Wood Common Room President: Tim Oldmeadow
  • Friends of Young Farmers (FOYF) – Next Meeting: Monday 6 August 7.30pm Kennedy Cottage President: Jonathan Cross
  • Friends of Equestrian (FOE) – Next Meeting: TBA President: Sandra Garland

Community Group Fundraising

Entertainment Book – available for purchase now!

The Entertainment Book is the gift that keeps on giving. 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 2019.

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

Please click here to order your 2018/2019 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 2018.

Tintern Grammar Photo Albums

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.


A Big Breakfast in the Early Learning Centre

The ELC Big Breakfast in 2018 was again celebrated by over 100 members of the Tintern extended family. This year, the fundraising efforts and donations have gone towards supporting the Uniting Wesley Homeless Crisis Service. The ELC foyer currently has more than 10 boxes of non-perishable food items, which will be delivered to the service. Leading up to the breakfast, the children were involved in discussions where they could further explore the ELC’s theme of “This is me, I care for my world”. The importance of being kind, caring and showing compassion for others was discussed. The children have also talked about what they can do to help. This question asks the children to think about the responsibility, which comes with caring for the world and all of us who live in it. Each day when arriving at the ELC and seeing the donated items displayed, the children are reminded that even though they are young, they can still do something for someone else. The children from all classes had a definite buzz of excitement both leading up to, during, and after the breakfast.

The breakfast provided an opportunity for our community to take time out of a busy day, and engage in a community event focussed on care and compassion.

by Wendy Oates, Pre-Prep A Teacher


Year 6 – 3 Day Canberra Experience

Last week, our Year 6 boys visited Canberra, where they spent three days participating in a variety of educational programs to complement their class unit on Government. Amidst some cold mornings yet sunny afternoons, the boys took advantage of every opportunity offered and fully immersed themselves with energy and respect. Whilst visiting the well-known landmarks of our Nation’s capital, the boys enjoyed all the fun of being ‘on camp’ with friends whilst participating in activities that extended and challenged their understandings about government and our History. At the War Memorial, each boy placed a poppy against the name of a Serviceman whom they had researched earlier in class, and we spent a most reflective three hours learning about and experiencing the awesome sacrifice and terrible toll that forms such a poignant part of our History. Our boys were fortunate to lead a moving wreath-laying Ceremony at the War Memorial. It was spine tingling when Will read the Ode and the Last Post was played.

The boys were wonderful ambassadors of the school, and we received endless comments about their behaviour and demeanour wherever we went. In what was an engaging and valuable three days, other highlights included a tour of Parliament House, a scientific visit to Questacon, debating the damming of the Franklin at the Museum of Democracy (Old Parliament House), whilst on our final day we took part in a tour and interactive sports experience at the Australian Institute of Sport.

The Australian Government recognises the importance of all young Australians being able to visit the National Capital as part of their Civics and Citizenship education. To assist families in meeting the cost of the excursion the Australian Government is contributing funding for each student under the Parliament and Civics Education Rebate program towards those costs. The rebate is paid directly to the school upon completion of the excursion.

Finally, to top it all off the comments of thanks we received from the Flight Attendants about the boys’ behaviour were a highlight in themselves. Well done to all the Year 6 boys and many thanks to Mr Kenny for his leadership and Mrs McDonald for her care and assistance throughout the experience. It certainly was an informative, busy, yet incredibly enjoyable three days.

by Ros Neilson, Boys’ Year 6 Teacher


Year 2 Confidence!

The Year 2 girls really shone during their performances in the main Years 3-6 Assembly this week! All girls initially performed on their string instrument in the Year 2 String Group. They then performed an item which demonstrated their study of Photosynthesis within the classroom. Their level of confidence is continually growing and it was a joy to watch. The girls really enjoyed themselves too. Many thanks to Mrs Whitcher for all her dedicated work to guide and support these girls.


Girls’ Middle School News

What an amazing Term 2 we have had! On Monday, our Year 8B and 8E students joined together with our pre-prep students to produce an innovative music concert. This performance was highly engaging and interactive. It provided an excellent opportunity for our Year 8 students to showcase the skills they have developed as part of our Year 8 Music program and to participate in a positive cross-age interaction between our Middle School and ELC. There were many highlights from the concert such as the energetic performance of ‘Hawaii Five-O’ and the creativity in performing ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight’ on electronic pan drums on their iPads whilst keeping in time with pre-prep students singing along. They showed great passion in bucket drumming group and patience in mastering the challenge of a boomwacker as they performed ‘In the Hall of the Mountain King’. This was followed by a lovely community singalong of ‘I Still Call Australia Home’.

Today our Year 9 students are frantically preparing for our inaugural combined House Showdown performance, which is tonight! They are so excited to show off their hard work over this semester as they have choreographed two dances per house, produced a creative programme booklet and a video story of their rehearsal process. Our House leaders have done an outstanding job in working with each House to identify strengths within their teams and to utilise these in the most effective way. Leading large groups of people to learn a complicated dance routine can be challenging at the best of times, but our leaders have shown outstanding commitment, respect, passion and understanding to those who are less coordinated than others are. There is a delightful nervous energy around the Year 9’s today, which indicates the level they have invested in tonight’s performance, which will be a wonderful success I am sure.

Last week our Year 7 students put on an exciting House hip-hop flash-mob style performance for our Junior School. The Year 7 students as part of the Sports program have been working together to produce an exciting performance of hip-hop dance which a combination of aerobics and dance in style. Throughout the program, some students discovered hidden talents for both dance and hip-hop style in particular. This new addition to the Sports program was a good source of cardiovascular fitness and of course teamwork in working together to produce an excellent routine. They also had a lot of fun stepping outside their comfort zone and trying something new.

A quick snapshot around Middle School over the last few weeks. We had Round 3 of our Debating on 6 June where again our team of Tintern debaters put in a terrific effort into winning their cases and delivered mature and considered approaches to their topics. On 14 June 14 at the farm, we held our first Junior Judging competition for our Young Farmer students. Our Young Farmers Captains put together an excellent program where our Middle School students got the chance to practice their sheep judging skills before heading off to test their skills in the real world at our upcoming Bendigo Show trip. Our Year 9 Outdoor Education class tried caving (or spelunking as it is officially known) many for the first time. They showed tremendous courage when squeezing through some very narrow caves in the dark and were delighted with the underground world they were able to explore once they journeyed through the long dark tunnels. I popped into our Year 9 Design Tech class where our students were working hard to create desktop organisers, which were very creative in design and beautifully constructed.

Lastly, on last Wednesday our Middle School leaders put a lot of time and effort into creating an exciting Amazing Race, which involved a series of clues that each House had to solve in order to win the competition and to find out more about their school campus in the process. All had a lot of fun and each House worked really well together to solve each clue.

What a wonderful adventure we have all had together over this term and semester as we have journeyed along together learning, laughing, striving and challenging each other to be the very best version of ourselves that we can. Our Year 8 pastoral program has currently been learning all about a Growth mindset and it is a lesson that we can all learn. The power of yet. You may not be able to do it, yet. By adding the yet, we make all things possible. Wishing all families a safe and restful time together over the holidays.


Boys’ Middle School News

The pressure has certainly been on our boys over the last few weeks as the semester draws to an end. Assignments, tests, reports, projects, presentations, plus much more have been regular occurrences through the Middle School classrooms as teachers provide opportunities for the boys to demonstrate their learnings throughout Semester 1. For many subjects, this is the end until next year, with others such as Maths, Science, English, PE and Languages continuing on to Semester 2.

At the end of this term the reports for Semester 1 will be made available via our Portal. Please take the time to sit down with your son and go through each subject report. Discuss the comments made by the teacher, the results obtained in assessments, and very importantly the behavioural indicators related to effort, behaviour and participation. At the beginning of term 3 the boys will be completing a reflection and goal setting session in Pastoral focussing on their results from Semester 1 and goals for Semester 2.

Tuesday 19 June saw the culmination of our Year 9 House Showdown performance in the CM Wood Centre in front of quite a big crowd. The activity has both our boys and girls from Year 9 working together in their Houses to choreograph, design and produce a 4 – 5 minute dance routine, an insider’s video to their House, and a brochure explaining their theme. It was a wonderful opportunity for the boys and girls to work together in a group that will be their pastoral group for the next three years.

Our Year 7s are trialling for different sports teams for term 3 when their first season in EISM begins. It will be great to see them competing for our School and enjoying the challenge that each opposing team brings them.

8E was recently involved in a Year 8 Music afternoon where they, and 8B, performed a variety of songs, played an array of instruments and entertained the two Junior Schools really well. This was all from lessons they received throughout Semester 1 and for some boys, this is one of the few times that they will ever be on stage, involved in a musical activity. It really is great to see them challenged by such activities and to see them rise to the occasion.

I wish everyone a safe and happy holiday. I look forward to the return of all of our boys as well as a few new starters into Tintern Grammar who I’m sure the boys will make feel very welcome.



Richard Colman – Australian Paralympian

Richard Colman is an Australian Paralympian. He was born with Spina bifida. Spina bifida is when you’re born with an incomplete closing of the backbone and surrounding membranes. He represented Australia at the four Paralympics – 2004 to 2016. He competes in mainly the T53 categories for events like the 200m, 400m, 800m, 4x100m relay and the 4x400m relay. He has won two gold medals for Australia, one in the 800m in Athens 2004, and the other in London in 2012 for the 800m as well.

Richard came in and talked to the whole Year 8 level about how much practice and effort you need to put in if you want to achieve your goals in life. Using examples of his own practice routine from waking up to crashing on his bed after the end of an exhausting day of exercise and work day after day. He inspired us not because he’s a wheelchair athlete, but because he continued to press the fact that we shouldn’t see him as an inspiration just because of his physical disabilities, though, see him as an inspiration because he would always put in the extra effort to be the best he could be as a person. He taught me as a person to always put 100% effort into everything I do even if it’s as little as getting an A+ on the next math test.

We’d like to thank Richard for coming in and taking the time out of his day to talk and inspire us.

by Blake Chrisfield, Year 8D


News from the Careers Department

Dates for the Diary – Year 12 Families

Year 12 Post Secondary Information Night
Date: Thursday 9 August
Time: 7.30 – 8.45pm
Location: Tintern Theatre

Year 9 and 10 Families – Pathways Evening Presentation
Copies of the recent Pathways Evening presentations have been uploaded to the Careers Page of the Portal and can be accessed using the following link: https://portal.tintern.vic.edu.au/homepage/16021/

Melbourne Careers Expo

The school has been provided with unlimited free tickets for students and their families to attend the Melbourne Career Expo sponsored by SpotJobs from the 20 to 22 July 2018 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, South Wharf. The focus of this expo is on employment opportunities in TAFE, for students and graduates. There are representatives from 180 organisations.

FREE Entry tickets at www.CareerExpo.com.au or from our Careers Portal page at https://portal.tintern.vic.edu.au/homepage/19018/

Tertiary Open Days – Start Planning Now…

A list of tertiary Open Days primarily for Years 10 to 12 families has been prepared to assist in planning for the busy period during August. In addition to information sessions, Open Days are an ideal way to investigate course options and provide opportunities to view facilities and speak with staff and current students. Please refer to http://portal.tintern.vic.edu.au/homepage/16009

There is an enormous amount of information and events both for the upcoming holidays and into Term 3 where Years 10, 11 and 12s can engage with the tertiary sector. Families are encouraged to read the content carefully that is saved on the Portal and accessed from the Career News link below.


The latest edition of Career News Numbers 16 and 17 are now available on the Portal at http://portal.tintern.vic.edu.au/homepage/14962/ and includes the following items:

Career News Number 16

  • News from Deakin University
    • Reminder: DeakInspire 2018
    • Upcoming Information Sessions
      • Faculty of Arts and Education – Teaching Sessions
      • Faculty of Health Information Sessions
  • Monash University: Change the World with Engineering and IT
  • News from the University of Melbourne
    • A Day in Melbourne – Year 11 & 12 Students
    • Study at Melbourne Webinars
  • Bachelor of Business (Logistics Supply Chain Management) at RMIT
  • Nutrition at ACU
  • Career in Human Resources
  • Animation & Gaming Courses in Victoria
  • Snapshot of Monash University in 2018

Career News Number 17

  • Dates for the diary in Term 3
  • News from RMIT University
    • Bachelor of Creative Writing at RMIT
    • The Benefits of Studying a Fashion Degree at RMIT
  • News from ACU
    • Bachelor of High Performance Sport
    • Sport and Outdoor Education
    • Reminder: Early Entry Programs
  • Free Year 10 – 12 Study Skill Days at Federation University
  • Career as a Diplomat
  • Career in Event Planning
  • Snapshot of The University of Melbourne (UoM) in 2018



News from Year 10

The students had their final briefing for Work Experience and a copy of the PowerPoint Presentation is saved at https://portal.tintern.vic.edu.au/homepage/15351/. The key points included:

• Pre Work Experience checklist
• Induction meeting and Risk Assessment Form for Work Experience
• The importance of good manners, showing initiative and appropriate use of technology
• The process if ill during Work Experience
• Interaction with visiting Tintern Grammar staff
• Strategies to follow if issues in the workplace
• Final documentation
• The importance of a ‘thank you’ communication

Examinations have been returned in class and students must ensure that holiday homework is complete and ready for the first lesson next semester. Year 10 subject selection interviews are continuing and a reminder about the Subject Showcase Evening on Thursday 26 July in the Senior College. This is an important opportunity for families to speak directly with the teaching staff about courses for Year 11 and 12.

Luke Aneja Performing in Wonder in Aliceland

Luke is the “Queen of Hearts” in the production of Wonder in Aliceland, which is a recreation of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland at the Eltham Performing Arts Centre at 1603 Main Road, Research from Friday 6 to Sunday 22 July. Year 8 students Elise Dunkley and Elizabeth Madge are also in this production and I am sure that they would appreciate support from our community in attending one of the performances. Bookings can be made using the following link: www.trybooking.com/book/event?embed&eid=381023

Ella Trevorrow Ambassador for Pony Club Australia

Congratulations to Ella Trevorrow for her invitation from Pony Club Australia to represent our country in China as an ambassador from the 9 to 19 July. Ella with her younger sister Lilly (Year 9) were chosen with four other young people from across Australia to work with members of Pony Club China and share their knowledge in this international context. This is such a unique experience to stay with a Chinese family and the opportunity to ride at the iHorse Equestrian Centre in Wuhan while also experiencing the sights and culture of China. For Ella to be chosen not only on her equine abilities but also on her personal integrity makes this opportunity a particularly significant achievement. We look forward to hearing about Ella’s experiences when she returns next term.

Our best wishes to both families and the students for a restful break and some time to enjoy a wide range of activities.


News from Year 11

The semester has drawn to a close and it is hoped that all the Year 11s and their families find some time to relax and recharge. It has been a semester full of activities and experiences, and with students completing the first semester of their VCE of IB programs.

I have enjoyed getting to know the year level better throughout the course of the semester and I have been impressed with their decency and sincerity. There is always more work to do and areas for improvement, but they have proven themselves to be an impressive group of young people.

All Year 11 students are highly encouraged to read their reports and reflect on the comments their teachers have provided. Incorporating any suggestions for an improved approach to their studies is always a great way to start the second half of the year.

All the best for a well-deserved holiday.


News from Year 12

Last Friday the week concluded with some exceptional musical performances during our annual Kelson Music assembly. Congratulations to Year 12 student Steven Zhang who was the recipient of the Kelson Scholar Award for Outstanding Senior Performer. I would like to take this opportunity to remind families that Assemblies and Utilities do play an important role in the life of the school. They are an opportunity to recognise student achievements, deliver important information and for students to reflect on other community and social justice issues. It is an expectation that all Year 12 students stay for these Assemblies. This means that no student should be leaving school before 2:15pm.

As semester one comes to an end, it is an opportunity for Year 12 students to reflect on their year so far. For some, it has been a steep learning curve but overall it has been very reassuring to see so many students developing more effective study habits and coping mechanisms to manage their workloads. During the term break students are encouraged to start a revision program and implement a study timetable in preparation for the practice examinations that will take place in the Term 3 holidays. Practice examinations will take place from the 1 – 5 October. These exams are compulsory and are designed to reflect the examination conditions as much as possible. The timetable for these examinations will be released midway through Term 3.

I wish all students an enjoyable restful semester break. Aside from study, remember to prioritise sleep, exercise and good nutrition so that you can return to school fit, healthy and ready to face your last full term of classes!

by Jennifer Tsai Bove, Year 12 Level Co-ordinator


Dani Venn’s (YG 2003) New Venture

We are pleased to share a new venture from alumna Dani Venn (YG 2003) who is launching a health and wellness retreat as part of her Dani Venn – The Wholehearted Cook brand.

For information on these retreats please visit Dani’s website: http://thewholeheartedcook.com/retreats/ 

Best wishes Dani for this exciting new initiative!


Sienna Gerin (YG 2017) Appearing as ‘Sharpay’ in High School Musical

Remember Penny in last year’s production of Hairspray? Alumna Sienna Gerin (YG 2017) is now appearing as ‘Sharpay’ in the Fab Nobs Theatre Inc production of High School Musical. Sienna is also busy at university and is enjoying studying Media and Communications at Swinburne on the Vice Chancellor’s High Achiever’s Scholarship.

Fab Nobs production of High School Musical is showing throughout the school holidays from Friday 6 to Sunday 15 July at their theatre in Bayswater. Tickets are available via this link:https://www.trybooking.com/book/sessions…

Fab Nobs Theatre Inc is a not-for-profit organisation, which is dedicated to producing four major musical theatre productions a year. Based in the Eastern Suburbs of Melbourne, Fab Nobs is known for not only presenting high quality and diverse productions but for its unique theatrical space and strong ties with community involvement. There is another past student connection with Fab Nobs Theatre with assistant director and choreographer Maeghan McKenzie (YG 2014) also an alumna.

Chookas to both Sienna and Maeghan!


Changes to the Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate schemes

Holiday Program and Before & After school care users, did you know Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate schemes end on 1st July 2018?

Holiday Program with Team Kids – Your information does not automatically rollover to the new Childcare Subsidy for Team Kids Holiday Program and you will not receive any subsidy if your assessment is not completed. 

ELC and After School Care Child Care Benefit – Please note that this benefit scheme also ends and there is NO replacement scheme for school services such as Tintern which only operate in term times.

TeamKids has created a step-by-step guide to ensure you’re ready to go:

Set up a myGov account if you haven’t already
For information on how to create a myGov account, go to https://www.humanservices.gov.au/individuals/online-help/create-mygov-account
1. Link your myGov account to Centrelink
o You’ll need your CRN for this, which you can find in your TeamKids booking account. Log into your myGov account and go to Services to link your accounts.
2. Complete the Child Care Subsidy assessment
o You will find this on your myGov Centrelink account homepage.

Learn more about the new subsidy and how to transition.
To estimate what your new Child Care Subsidy might be, go to the Payment and Services Finder.


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