21 Aug 2018

From the Principal

The Student Wellbeing Centre – Tintern Grammar’s next major building project!

At our Board and Executive Planning Day on Saturday 11 August, a significant portion of the discussion and decision was around approval of the content and sequence of the revised Tintern Campus Masterplan. Other than in our first years in Ringwood East, we have never really had a long term plan for the campus and this is an exciting prospect!

Our campus master plan is a global, 30+ year plan for the continual and progressive evolution of the Ringwood East campus and will ensure that our growing student numbers can not only be accommodated, but that this will be in buildings that ensure our tradition of whole child focus, student care, and excellent teaching and learning at Tintern continues. While the broader and longer-term details of this will be published to the community in due course, I am particularly excited to announce that the key project in the next stage of the masterplan will be the new Student Wellbeing Centre.

Currently our diverse range of facilities that support students are scattered across the campus. When I consider the locations of counselling, curriculum support and enhancement, First Aid, chaplaincy and a number of other key student services, it is clear that student access is not as easy as it should be and that some students (particularly in the Junior Schools) find access to these support services very problematic. I would also observe that these key supports for our young people are not effectively integrated, as they would be if they were all in the same building, meaning students need to move around the campus at a time when they may feel least able to do so.  

I will be sending an August letter to the community regarding the establishment of our very important partnerships with both The Resilience Project and SchoolTV. In it I also wrote of the very important work being undertaken in our Junior Schools in the area of mindfulness. I see all of these initiatives when combined as critical underpinnings of improved current and future student wellbeing and mental health. More importantly, I am convinced that the self-awareness and emotional intelligence that comes from a successful mindfulness program, integrated with the development of individual resilience are key pre-conditions in growing into a happy and fulfilled post-school life.

These program partnerships and the priority of the Student Wellbeing Centre in the campus master plan reflect the commitment of the Tintern Grammar Board to social/emotional wellbeing lying at the heart of optimal learning and growth, to say nothing of global happiness, well-being and fulfilment in later life. At a time when the challenges for young people have never been greater, I cannot easily convey how proud I am to be a member of a community that looks to foster key learning and growth for young people in all domains and sees every member of its community as a person and not a score.

Our students and staff often remark to me about the balance in our community – boys and girls in numbers that give both genders a voice, but neither gender a dominance. Our parallel model that respects and supports the journey that every girl and boy experiences academically and socially. Our academic emphasis that, by and large, students feel is neither too great, nor too little, and most significantly, the respect and consideration for all in our community, whether high or low profile.

The establishment of our Student Wellbeing Centre will continue the theme of us all being equal, and equally deserving, in the eyes of the world and I could not be more proud of the support and leadership of the Tintern Grammar Board in this initiative. Further and more detailed information on the Student Wellbeing Centre, as well as the campus master plan will be forthcoming. In the near future we will also be promoting the first round of parent information sessions about The Resilience Project, which will commence in Term 1 2019.

Factis non verbis.

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Chaplain’s Corner

On that best portion of a good man’s life,

His little, nameless, unremembered, acts

Of kindness and of love.

‘Tintern Abbey’ William Wordsworth 1798

These words from the poem ‘Tintern Abbey’ are striking to me, as they encapsulate what is sometimes hard to name, hard to quantify, and is, I believe, summed up in our compass point of ‘integrity’.

Throughout the school year, we want the students to know, that it is what they choose to do when no one is looking that matters. The ‘little, unremembered acts of kindness and love’ which make us who we are. This is in stark contrast to their very immediate online world where people prolifically post their latest achievements and accomplishments. Where you’re only as ‘good’ as your last post. Wordsworth wrote these words more than 200 years ago, just near Tintern Abbey, our namesake and these words are timeless.

Or as CS Lewis, the great Christian writer puts it – Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching. So if your life were summed up not by the qualifications you hold, or the status you’ve achieved, but by the unseen ‘nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love’, would you be proud? Because what we do when no one is watching speaks really to the heart of who we are.

What acts of kindness and love will you do today when no one is watching?

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Music Matters

Annual Music Concert

On Friday night 10 August, the Tintern Grammar music community came to school for our Annual Music Concert. The evening was highly anticipated, and there were performances from many ensembles – including all secondary school choirs, the bands, and various orchestras.

Highlights of the concert were Rubber Duckie, a Sesame Street favourite, performed delightfully by the combined boys choirs with their voices, rubber ducks and kazoos and the Senior Girls Chamber Choir, with ‘Puttin’ on the Ritz’, a jazzy call-back to Tintern’s Jazz Night held earlier in the year. Additionally, the combined Concert Band and Wind Symphony came together to perform ‘Terracotta Warriors’, a magical piece played superbly.

The evening was completed with the massed finale item, a Sister Act 2 medley which showcased a range of talented vocal soloists. The medley was conducted by Mrs Bezaire and accompanied by a band formed especially for the finale, which was led by Mrs Clarke.

The Annual Music concert was a wonderful opportunity for students to showcase their talent and commitment to music throughout the year, and was an enjoyable evening for all. In October, the whole school will perform the medley again at Tintern’s Celebration Evening – concluding the year most joyfully.

by Lauren Higgins, Choral Captain 2018

Bernard delights at Middle School Music Incursion

As a part of our World Music unit this semester, the Year 7 and 8 students were treated to a performance by Bernard Mangakahia. On the morning of Monday 13 August, we walked into the CM Wood and, to our surprise, there was an extravagant display of Polynesian culture. There was a range of things used for different types of dancing, as well as a brilliant map showing all of Polynesia. Bernard showed us his incredible dancing skills and even gave some of us the chance to have a go at using the hoops and the poi.

The American Indian Hoop Dance was the one of the dances which was performed. It is incredible to watch and has deep symbolic meaning. Each hoop used represents a challenge in life, and the dance typically is performed using up to 40 hoops.

Bernard talked a lot about his own heritage and his ancestry. It was very interesting to hear about all the different cultures of people from Polynesia. Especially how he knows all these incredible facts about the traditions of those countries. Bernard is also passing on what he knows about Mana people and heritage to his children, and many other children around the world as he travels locally and overseas with his performing show.

Then, after recess, Bernard directed students in 8A and 8D who are studying core Music this semester through a few dances, in preparation for our Year 8 Music Concert later this year. The girls learnt two dances. One was performed to the song ‘Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride’ from the movie ‘Lilo and Stitch’ and the other to a song from the Disney movie ‘Moana’. We also learnt a dance using the poi, which some of us found difficult to co-ordinate. Bernard is an amazing teacher who was so helpful and excellent at explaining how to perform the more difficult parts of the dances. He was a great person, who is proud of his heritage. We are all grateful for having the chance to learn from him.

by Ellen Abajas and Aleisha Paul, Year 8A

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Sport Matters

Mitch Snowball wins the U17 National Cyclocross

Congratulations to Year 9 student Mitch Snowball who has achieved more cycling success winning the U17 National Cyclocross at Sam Miranda in Bright on Saturday 11 August. Mitch is also the U17 Mountain Bike Cross Country Eliminator National Champion.

Cyclocross is essentially a bike race on varied terrain, including grass, gravel, sand and mud – on what looks like a road bike but with slightly fatter tyres. Races in the Under 17 age group go for 40 minutes. Quite often there is dismounting to run up stairs or other obstacles, so you have to have great bike handling skills as well as the ability to get off and on your bike really quickly, which is not easy.

Well done, Mitch! 

 

Tintern well represented at VEIS Grand Final

 Both Amelia Qvist and Ruby Smiley proudly represented Tintern at the VEIS Grand Final over the last weekend in July at Werribee. Amelia competed in the Showjumping and Dressage whilst Ruby competed in the Dressage. Amelia and her horse Junior rode four clear rounds in a highly competitive Showjumping field on the Saturday as well as placing a very respectable 10th overall in her preliminary Dressage on Sunday. Ruby and Flash also managed an 8th place in their first ever 1.3 preliminary Dressage test.

The weather was far from favourable on the Sunday, with gale-force winds, yet both girls braved the conditions and made Tintern proud. Amelia then enjoyed a little surprise at the end of the event. She got the ‘Judge’s Award for horse and rider partnership’ in the Preliminary Intermediate class in Dressage, and received a Horse in the Box gift certificate. It was a lovely end to the weekend. 

 

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Community Matters

TPG Trivia Night this Saturday – Last chance to book!

The TPG Annual Trivia Night is this Saturday 25 August! Book your tickets now to avoid missing out! Booking can be made through Trybooking: https://www.trybooking.com/WKGN

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.

Thank you to our sponsors!

We are proud to acknowledge these generous sponsors who are supporting the annual TPG Trivia Night:

Father’s Day Stall and Wrapping Day

Our Father’s Day stall will be held on Wednesday 29 August from 8.30am to 1.30pm in the Southwood Centre.

Gifts will range in price from $3 – $15.

A gift wrapping day is being held on Wednesday 22 August at Kennedy Cottage 8.30am – onwards.

We would love some help on the day of the Stalls and the Gift wrapping day.

Please return this reply slip to Junior School Reception: Father’s Day Stall notice

If you have any further questions please contact:

FOYF Spring Celebration 2018 – Book your ticket now!

Our Friends of Young Farmers (FOYF) warmly invite you to the Tintern Farm on Friday 31 August from 3.30pm – 7pm for our Annual Spring Celebration.

Come along and see our lambs, enjoy a complimentary sausage sizzle and toast a marshmallow on the bonfire.

Our Young Farmers will be on hand to give you a tour of the farm and there will be raffles and farm snacks to purchase and support our FOYF group.

Proceeds from this event will go to Rural Aid’s Buy a Bale of Hay campaign. Find out more here: www.buyabale.com.au

This event is free and open to everyone, but please remember to book to help us cater on the day.

Bookings can be made at TryBooking: https://www.trybooking.com/XAAH

The Tintern Grammar Fair Committee is offering a $50 Cash Prize for the student who designs the best logo for the 2019 Tintern Grammar Fair.

All students are invited and encouraged to submit their logo design(s). The closing date for the competition is Friday 31 August 2018.

The hand-drawn or computer generated logo should be eye-catching, uncluttered, and must include the following information:

The words “Tintern Grammar” and “Fair

The date “30 March 2019

Keep in mind the logo will be printed various sizes from as small as 3cm diameter to as large as 20cm diameter, so scalability of design will be a consideration.

Designs should be submitted to the Fair Committee:

  • With File Format JPG, PNG or BMP
  • In a CIRCULAR shape
  • Of Approximate Resolution 1000x1000pixels
  • Sent by Email to fair@tintern.vic.edu.au
  • Please include Student Name & Year Level with your submission

By no later than 3pm on Friday 31 August 2018

The winner will be selected at a Tintern Grammar Fair Committee Meeting in early September.

Community Event – Oaks Day at Yarra Glen Races!

Celebrate Oaks Day with our community at the Yarra Glen Races. This event is open to friends and family from our parent, past parent and past student communities. 

Dress to impress and watch the races from the Tintern Grammar Marquee whilst enjoying a complimentary drink and canapés on arrival. Oaks Day is more than just the races with Eastland Fashions and live music all day.

WHEN: Thursday 8 November 2018 at 12:00pm

LOCATION: Yarra Glen Racecourse, Armstrong Grove, Yarra Glen, Victoria

COST: $35 per person
This includes race day admission, drink and canapés on arrival.

RSVP: Monday 8 October 2018
Book via Trybooking: www.trybooking.com/XPYI

ENQUIRIES: All enquiries can be directed to Di Lacey and Tegan Martin 03 9845 7877 or communityrelations@tintern.vic.edu.au.

Volunteers Needed – 2019 Giant Fair

  

Would you like to get involved in the Tintern Grammar 2019 Giant Fair? Come along to our next meeting on Tuesday 4 September, 7.30pm at Kennedy Cottage.

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, which 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 Tuesday 4 September to fair@tintern.vic.edu.au. Or contact Community Relations on 9845 7877.

Community Committee Dates 

  • Tintern Parent Group (TPG) –Next meeting: Thursday 13 September 7.30pm Kennedy Cottage Co-Presidents: Haidee Wallace and Leeza Crowe
  • Friends of Music (FOM) – Next Meeting: Wednesday 5 September 7pm CM Wood Common Room President: Tim Oldmeadow
  • Friends of Young Farmers (FOYF) – Next Meeting: Monday 8 October 7.30pm Kennedy Cottage President: Jonathan Cross
  • Fair Committee – Next Meeting: Tuesday 4 September 2018 7.30pm Kennedy Cottage Fair Convenor: Amanda McKenzie
  • Friends of Equestrian (FOE) – Next Meeting: TBA President: Sandra Garland

Community Group Fundraising

Entertainment Book – available for purchase now with free delivery!

Remember it isn’t too late to purchase your Entertainment Book Membership! For a limited time they are offering free postage of the books.

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.

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Greetings Tintern Families!

It’s lovely to have found such a welcome waiting for me as the incoming Music Specialist Teacher this term. Whilst it’s only been five weeks (how did we get halfway into a term already?) your children have been a delight to work with and have made me feel most welcome.

In the ELC there’s been games, songs & rhymes as the children experience beat and communal play through the songs we’re singing. A huge thanks to Kristin and her dedicated team of staff for assisting my transition to Tintern in these early weeks.

The PMP program continues for the Early Learners, Pre-Preps, Year 1s and 2s – this program aims to develop and extend children’s gross motor capabilities and coordination. We frequently see the positive outcomes when children experience personal success at new activities each week. My thanks must go to Karen Worland for assisting me with the transition to this program over the first few weeks, as well as all the staff and special helpers who attend weekly to make the program possible.

Choirs at Tintern have always enjoyed a strong reputation and the Years 3-6 Choir and Cooper Choir are demonstrating their capacity to explore new repertoire each week. There are many talented students among their number and I’m enjoying getting to know their various musical capabilities. We are ably supported each week by our wonderful piano accompanist, Ms Heather McKenzie who makes rehearsal a breeze for all of us.

In the classroom we’ve been exploring new repertoire, writing and performing music, engaged in the use of Solfege (to read more about this, google John Curwen Handsigns and the Hungarian music composer Zoltan Kodaly’s approach to music learning through singing), preparing for Book Week and our upcoming assemblies with various musical items.

The students have been enthusiastically volunteering for my ‘Solo Roster’ – a further opportunity for students learning voice or a musical instrument to perform to their peers. We’ve heard a good number of performances in class and at assemblies already, while a large number of students are eagerly waiting to step up and be heard.

It can be said that the Tintern students are embracing our 2018 theme of ‘This Is Me’ with great gusto, with the Performing Arts giving many a natural avenue to let their light shine. I am grateful for the warm welcome that students, staff and parents alike have given me as I’ve commenced teaching here and look forward to meeting many of you in the coming months, especially as we reach the Parent-Teacher Interviews on 11 and 12 September.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have queries regarding your child’s music education. I can be reached via email (sagius@tintern.vic.edu.au) or by phoning reception.

Yours in music,

by Suzanne Agius – Junior Girls’ School Music Specialist Teacher

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Tintern Prep Girls are ready to Find Their Treasure!

The Prep girls have been having plenty of fun writing a class book about ‘How to Find Your Treasure’. Each girl has written a page, drawn a detailed treasure map and had great fun exploring the surrounds of the IJDAY building, playgrounds and adjacent areas, as they have prepared for the Writer’s Festival this week.

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French in Junior School

Bonjour tout le monde! This term in Junior French we have been studying La Revolution Francaise and Le Tour de France. The students shared what they knew, asked interesting questions and broadened their knowledge base on these topics. They have learned to sing “La Marseillaise” beautifully. Ask your child if they recognise who this woman is in the picture below. (C’est Marianne, the personification of liberty for the Revolutionaries.)

Did you know that…

…the guillotine was a popular children’s toy. Children often attended guillotine executions, and some may have even played with their own miniature guillotines at home. During the 1790s, a two-foot-tall, replica blade-and-timbers was a popular toy in France. Kids used the fully operational guillotines to decapitate dolls or even small rodents, and some towns eventually banned them out of fear that they were a vicious influence. Novelty guillotines also found their way onto some upper class dinner tables, where they were used as bread and vegetable slicers.

Excerpt from: …8 things you may not know about la guillotine

Students played their favourite class game online, “Kahoot”, on both topics with questions pertaining to what was covered in class. Pictured below are the Year 3 girls playing a Kahoot about Le Tour de France.

We have learned that Le Tour is a rather complicated but exciting and challenging race that ignites the passion of the French and cyclists all around the world.

 

by Bien cordialement – Madame Mathers

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ELC Farm Visit

On Tuesday 14 August the Early Learners A Class ventured down to the Farm. The children were very excited and were looking forward to seeing the sheep and Ollie the farm dog.

On the way down the steep hill we heard, and then saw, two kookaburras laughing. They were sitting on a branch high up in a tree. As we got closer, the children could smell the smoke coming from the fire pit. We sat around on the stone blocks, watching the fire, resting our little legs and enjoying the surrounding environment until Farmer Wall was available to join us.

The children were very lucky to be able to pat and cuddle a little lamb that was born earlier that morning. Farmer Wall then took us for a walk through the paddocks to see the sheep that would have their baby lambs soon and then to see the lambs that were born 1-2 weeks earlier.

What an amazing experience for our youngest learners to have this opportunity available on their campus.

During lunchtime back in the classroom, there was lots of conversation about the farm visit.

The lambs were so cute! – Gerry

I had so much fun at the farm. – Harrison

Can we go again soon? – Charlotte

Thank you to all the parents that joined us on this adventure and the help you provided assisting all the children.

by Robyn Hill, Early Learners 3YO Teacher

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Tintern Girls with their Thai Buddies and Staff

Despite an unfavourable weather forecast, Tintern girls and boys mostly from Years 5 and 6, with their Thai buddies and staff, headed to Belgrave for some fun, riding on the famous Puffing Billy. On only the second full day of the cultural exchange, the students excitedly shared experiences on the old steam train, sang songs, played games and explored the delights of the Australian bush and birdlife. Several kookaburras were most accommodating, posing for our tourist guests and the cockatoos at Grants Picnic spot were magnificent. We kept our eyes peeled for lyre birds too. Luckily, sunshine stayed with us all the way, so our daytrip showed off the best of Melbourne’s winter and Mt Dandenong’s beauty. We hope our new Thai friends enjoyed the excursion as much as we did, and will remember it for years to come.

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Music Exams and Practice!

There are a large number of students preparing for Music exams at the moment, the following link could be a beneficial five minute read for parents: http://bit.ly/2AQXmZk It has some great suggestions for parents, with alternatives ways to help their children at home.  

by Melissa Mackie, Music Teacher

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Boys’ Junior School News

Our Prep-Year 12 Boys’ Assembly is always a very special and significant event. This morning we were able to hear from Foundation student, Ain Beruldsen, who spoke of the early days at Maidstone Street, the travelling back and forth to Tintern and his lifelong bond with his classmates.

Year 12 students Bella Wright and Jack Oberstar, who have both shared the journey from Pre-Prep to Year 12, spoke of opportunities, friendship and lifelong memories, while Boyd Pearce Schmidt (Year 7) gave his thoughts on his first eight months at Tintern.

Alumni Alfred Kouris reinforced the theme of grasping opportunities….and being the best you can be.

We were so fortunate to have the Concert Choir perform From Now On, from the Greatest Showman. The song is described as being a “prodigal moment of pure repentance and a mantra of resolve and transformation.” In many ways, it is most apt to the journey of Boys at Tintern Grammar…resolve and transformation.

I asked the boys, from ELC right through to our Year 12s, to remember the three words..…”FROM NOW ON…” Firstly, with regard to their own actions and identity as a ‘boy’….moving on from the old-fashioned stereotype of manning up, of being ‘a man’…..

We viewed a TED talk from Justin Baldoni, actor, producer and director, who spoke regarding identity and I asked the boys, FROM NOW ON, to ensure that they are brave enough to reach out to another man if you need help

That they are Strong enough to be sensitive

And Man enough to stand up to other men who treat women disrespectfully

From Now On….to make the most of every single opportunity that comes their way….

Don’t look back…LOOK FORWARD….RESOLVE AND TRANSFORMATION….

From Now On….to look after themselves and their mates…embrace them, have fun with them, protect them, guide them and value them.

FROM NOW ON……use the three words to guide you to be, in the words of the Southwood song,  the best you can hope to be.

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House Basketball Competition

A highlight of the past week was certainly our Years 3 – 6 House Basketball Competition, with all of our boys participating with House spirit and terrific endeavour. For those who are experienced Basketballers, it was their time to lead their peers, and prepare for our involvement in the Hoop Time Interschool Basketball Competition later this term. For those who find basketball challenging, it was a terrific opportunity to display perseverance, and to practice our ‘Fish In A Tree’ thinking… “I may find this hard, but it doesn’t mean I’m stupid”.

Congratulations to Grant House for Winning the Team 1 and Team 2 events, and to all boys for their positive, co-operative and determined efforts.

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Junior School Father’s Day Breakfast – Friday 31 August – Book Now

Our Father’s Day Breakfast will be a wonderful opportunity for our Junior School students to share some school time with a significant adult male in their life. This year’s event is to be held on Friday 31 August, commencing at 7.30am, in the CM Wood Centre. It will be a busy morning of fun activities, a breakdown of the morning is explained in detail below.

To assist us with catering arrangements please ensure you book for your child/children as well as special guests. Book now.

Part One (7.30 – 8.00am)
Breakfast, consisting of sausages, cereal, fruit and other tasty treats, will be enjoyed as students participate in a range of activities with their special guest. This year, the breakfast and all activities will be held in our CM Wood Centre. ‘Dads’ and their child/ren will be able to participate in shared activities such as Chess, Craft, STEAM activities and other fun and creative opportunities that will allow for shared time between ‘dad and child’.

Part Two (8.05 – 8.35am)
Following breakfast, students and their special guests will stay in the CM Wood Centre for an interactive assembly and a slideshow of school highlights.

Part Three (8.40 – 9.30am – optional)
The breakfast officially finishes at 8.35am, however, special guests are welcome to stay on and participate in activities with their child/children. Special guests must specify if they would like to stay on and if they have more than one child in the Junior School, they need to specify (in the booking process) what further activity they would like to participate in. The options are:

  • Girls’ JS Prep to Year 6 – Various activities – details to be confirmed
  • Boys’ JS Prep to Year 2 – Sports Activities
  • Boys’ JS Year 3 & 4 – Soccer and Football
  • Boys’ JS Year 5 & 6 – Basketball

Booking Process:

To assist us with catering arrangements please ensure you book for your child/children as well as special guests. Book here: https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=411415&

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Girls’ Middle School News

Most of us would agree that a well-rounded education is very important for our young people. As we prepare our students for a career, a sound knowledge in subject areas is critical, even though we sometimes hear the question “Why do I need to know this?” In addition to curriculum-based subjects, exposure to a wide variety of activities is also of great value in education. The past two weeks have been very busy for our Middle School girls, and have exposed them to a broad range of such experiences, each offering multiple benefits.

Our Annual Music Concert was a fine display of talent, skill and dedication by all those who performed. The standard of the evening is always very high and this year was no exception. It was clear our young people were enjoying every moment of their performances, as was the audience. Almost as a reward for this evening, all Year 7 and 8 students attended a performance by Bernard Mangakahia on the following Monday, titled ‘Mana – The Spirit of Polynesia’. This event was much more than just a music incursion. It was not only a cultural performance of very enjoyable music and dance, but also a lesson on life. Bernard weaved life lessons into his presentation in a most skilful way, which kept our students enthralled throughout the session. His messages included following your dreams and having the courage to do so, the importance of talking to each other, and the importance of friendships and family to name but a few. It was a truly enriching session.

Our Year 9 students had a wonderful week at Camp Howqua last week. I have attended this camp several times over the years and without fail, students have a great time. The days are action-packed with a range of activities which challenge and extend the students physically, mentally and sometimes emotionally, always with a positive outcome. They have the opportunity to be creative, broaden their friendship base and do not have to pitch a tent or cook their own food!

While the past two weeks have been full, we still have many exciting events coming up in the Girls’ Middle School. This Friday 24 August we have a special Prep-12 Girls Assembly, which will reflect the unity and togetherness that is special among our students. Musical items, photo presentations and stories from past and present students will be shared as we celebrate in the CM Wood Centre, beginning at 8.40am. You are most welcome to attend if you are able. On the same day, we also have our Middle School Girls’ “Big Day In” – a day of mindfulness, fun and well-being. This was a most positive event last year and will be so again this year.

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Boys’ Middle School News

Last week our Year 9 boys and girls ventured to Camp Howqua for their Winter Camp where they were white water rafting, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, hiking, completing commando courses and much more. It was a wonderful week with activities that challenged our boys really well, whilst also providing them some time out from their normal daily lives of school, homework, technology, etc. The boys and girls continue to get to know each other more with activities and games on the camp that bring them together in a really fun way. No doubt there were some pretty tired boys arriving home on Friday afternoon.

On Monday 13 August, the Years 7 and 8 boys were treated to a musical performance from a gentleman by the name of Bernard Mangakahia on the theme of Polynesian music. He performed a number of song and dance items which included audience participation pieces, culminating in a group performance of the Haka.

Our Year 8 boys had their House Bowling competition on Thursday last week which saw Dann Watt House come out as the champion House, closely followed by Butterss Cross. In terms of individual scores it was Max Adam who topped the list with a magnificent score of 133, whilst Benjamin Zhou was the only other player to top the 100 mark with a score of 103. It was a really fun afternoon with lots of laughs, but also some serious bowling from some of the boys!!

Our Year 7s have recently been introduced to a program we run called “Night of the Notables.” This has them selecting a person of note from the past that they have an interest in. The students spend time researching their notable and what they have accomplished. It culminates in the students presenting in an expo style format to parents and community and is always a fantastic night. Details on this event will be coming shortly.

I am sending 10 staff on October 18 to the Malvern Town Hall at 7pm to see a lady by the name of Maggie Dent. She is a counsellor, former teacher and mother of four boys who does a lot of work around boys and growing up, as well as boys and school. It promises to be a fantastic presentation and I would encourage any parents who may be interested in such a presentation to log on to her website and consider booking a seat: www.maggiedent.com

A reminder to our Year 8 families that we have our new and exciting event called “The Smoothie Bar” happening on Tuesday 18 and Wednesday 19 September with a parent evening on the Wednesday 19 September. More details will be coming soon, but please put this one in your diary.

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Tintern Grammar 2018 ICAS Science Results

Tintern students have again gained excellent results in the ICAS Science competition. Twenty-three students gained a Distinction certificate which places them in the top 11% of students in their year level across Australia.

Congratulations to the following students:

Year 7 – Jack Forbes, Max Lalor, Annie Li, Jedid She and Raphael Taylor.

Jack and Jedid each received a Tintern Science medallion for being the top students in their year level.

Year 8 – Abigail Chai, Olivia Dowling, Brinthan Mahadeva, Zakariya Mohammed, Alei Paul, Patrick Reid, Amber Wild and Ben Winter.

Abigail and Olivia each received a Tintern Science medallion for being the top students in their year level.

Year 9 – Kiki Argyros, Freya Bryson, Matthew Cobb, Jonah Fleming, Jessica Hobson, Oliver Huang and Mitchell McGovern.

Matthew received a Tintern Science medallion for being the top student in the year level.

Year 10 – Alice Church, Ashleigh Dowling and Natalie Owen

Ashleigh received a Tintern Science medallion for being the top student in the year level.

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100 Days of Year 7

On Thursday the 3rd of August, the Year 7s celebrated their 100th day of school. Periods One and Two were the same as usual, but for the rest of the day several fun activities were planned. For Period Three, they were split in two groups — 7A and 7D, and 7B and 7E — and each group participated an event.

For 7A & D, it was a cooking class in the Hospitality Ward, where a massive batch of cookies were made, and you could take them home if they were successful and didn’t burn.

For 7B & E, it was an activity called Minute-to-Win-It. Everyone was split into groups of three or four and would rotate around the room, doing tasks like throwing a ping pong ball into buckets or trying to eat an Oreo without using your hands, and accumulating points.

In Period Four, the two groups swapped activities.

Between those two events, both groups came together for an announcement and a Kahoot!

It was a great way to spend our 100th day of being “Big Year Sevens.”

by Will Storey

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Stop Everything And Read

Prep to Year 6 boys are gathering in the Southwood Centre every day this week for SEAR (Stop Everything and Read), as part of Book Week. If you happen to be passing through, you will be able to hear a pin drop! What a great sight it is to see 100 boys all reading quietly together.

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News from the Careers Department

Medical Radiations Open Night 2018
There will be a Medical Radiations Open Night at Moorabbin Hospital for students interested in this field of study. Further information or to RSVP can be made to christy.hatherley@petermac.org by Wednesday 29 August.

Year 12 Students Interested in Studying in the US
Students interested in applying to the United States should attend one of the events on either Monday 27 August or Tuesday 28 August as the process is complex and the information will be invaluable in terms of organising applications.

Monday 27 August – Overseas Study Fair – The World Awaits
Melbourne Grammar School – 5:00pm – 7:30pm
US colleges include: Boston University, Northeastern University and University of Transylvania
For information and to register visit: https://goo.gl/qiM5mc
 
Tuesday 28 August – US College Information Session
Carey Grammar School – 5:30pm – 7:00pm
US Universities include: Columbia, Duke, Northwestern, Princeton and Vanderbilt.
For information and to register visit: https://goo.gl/3VjPdD

Year 12 Students Intending to Study Education Courses
An information session has been organised for Tuesday 21 August at lunchtime to discuss the requirements for this online test that is a requirement for a number of Education courses. We will also discuss some sample scenarios with interested students. VTAC has advised that students need to be careful when registering for this test and that they must select the “Undergraduate / Bachelor of Education CSP-10409” option. Year 12 students should not select the “Postgraduate” option.

Federation University Year 12 Scholarship

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Excerpt from Federation University

Federation University are offering “12 scholarships valued at $5000 each to students completing Year 12 in 2018 and enrol at Federation University Australia in 2019. The scholarship will be awarded based on a student’s overall academic potential, contribution to their school and community, supporting statement from the School Principal and seek to study at FedUni in 2018”.

The application form and further information can also be found at: http://www.federation.edu.au/Year12Scholarships

New Graduate Degree Packages at the University of Melbourne for Current Year 12 Students

The University of Melbourne has introduced a range of graduate degree packages which students may include on their VTAC preferences including a Bachelor of Science/Master of Engineering. The Master of Engineering would be a Commonwealth Supported Place. Further details are available at: https://www.unimelb.edu.au/graduatepathways/graduate-degree-packages/graduate-degree-packages

IB Early Entry Scheme at ANU

Mrs Brotchie has forwarded information about the Early Entry Scheme to Year 12 IB students at ANU. A copy of this document can be found at: https://portal.tintern.vic.edu.au/cms/file/new/19408

2019 Pathway Courses to Deakin, Monash, RMIT and Swinburne University Degrees

Year 11 and 12 students have been emailed a copy of a document outlining different pathways to a range of Universities that they should explore as part of their research into future study options. The file is stored at: https://portal.tintern.vic.edu.au/homepage/19407/

 

  CareerNews

 

The latest edition of Career News Numbers 23 is now available on the Portal at http://portal.tintern.vic.edu.au/homepage/14962/ and includes the following items:

Career News Number 23

  • Dates for the Diary in Term 3
  • News from Deakin University
    • Deakin Accelerate Information Evening
    • Faculty of Arts and Education Information Sessions
  • Creative Arts and Design Folio Session
  • Teaching Information Session
    • Step on Campus Tours
  • Diploma of Teacher Education Preparation
  • GAP Year Positions – Bob Stewart Pty Ltd
  • Media & Journalism Degrees in Victoria

News from Monash University

  • Student Experience Day – Arts, Design & Architecture
  • Upcoming ‘Inside Monash’ Seminars
  • VCE Revision Lectures – September School Holidays
  • Upcoming Open Days 2018

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News from Year 10

The school was grateful for the input of Year 10 students to complete the MMG survey during pastoral time on Monday 20 August as this provides valuable feedback. During this week, we have our special Girls’ and Boys’ School Assemblies and time to finalise the House Community Action Project proposals. It is also a busy time for students with a number of tests and assessments.

2019 Tintern Grammar China Study Tour

Mrs Lanna Derry has provided details about the following tour option for consideration by families:

Applications are currently open for the 2019 Tintern Grammar China Study Tour. This is a highly enjoyable and informative trip offering first-hand experience of History, Economics, Geography, Science and Language from the Chinese perspective. We will be visiting Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Xi’an and Chengdu during the Term 1 holidays in 2019. For more information please see the PowerPoint presentation, flyer and application form that can be found on the portal at this location, or email Mrs Lanna Derry (lderry@tintern.vic.edu.au)

Applications close Monday 27August 2018.

ASSIST Non-Profit International Exchange Organisation

The school has received information about an exchange program that matches “academically talented, international students with American independent secondary schools. During a one-year school stay, an ASSIST scholar-leader serves as a cultural ambassador actively participating in classes and extracurricular activities. Since 1969, nearly 5,000 student scholar-leaders from more than 50 nations”. 

The 2019/20 scholarships are now open and further information can be found at: https://www.assistscholars.org/index.html

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News from Year 11

The Leadership process for Year 11s has officially begun with interested students collecting their applications for Student Leader and House Captain from today. Students are asked to answer the questions as fully and honestly as possible, and to return them either to Mr Kenny or Annie Fairweather no later than Monday 27 August. This deadline is absolute and any nominations received after this date, without legitimate extenuating circumstances, will not be considered.

Leadership within the school community is an excellent opportunity to broaden the skills of our young people, providing them with the experiences and challenges of working within a team to hopefully leave the school in a better place than when they started their tenure. Time management, independence, self-reliance, and confidence are skills that students will benefit from in taking up this challenge.

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News from Year 12

We are now at the halfway mark for Term 3. This means that Year 12 final examinations are not far away! In preparation for their final examinations, all Year 12 students that are taking exams will be required to sit mock exams. These will take place in last week of the Term 3 holidays (1 -5 October). Students are reminded to keep this week free of commitments. In the next few weeks, students will be given a timetable for these exams. A copy of the timetable will also be placed on the Year 12 portal page.

The mock examinations will aim to replicate, as much as possible, the real exams. This means that students are required to sit the exams according to the timetable and only to bring the materials specified by VCAA or the IB. This opportunity can benefit the students immensely and make the ‘real thing’ a whole lot less daunting. Students are encouraged to take this opportunity seriously and to practise subject-specific exam techniques as well as time management and keeping any anxieties under control. 

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Year 12 VCE Biology Students Investigate the Effectiveness of Antibiotics

Last week the Year 12 VCE Biology students commenced their experimental investigations into the effectiveness of antibiotics. As part of this school-assessed coursework, students need to design, conduct and then report on an investigation. Specifically, students are trying to determine the minimum concentration of ampicillin which effectively limits the growth of the gut bacteria, E. coli. This has involved culturing (growing) bacteria on nutrient agar plates and performing serial dilutions to alter the concentration of ampicillin. The bacteria are then grown in the presence of antibiotic disks and the clear zones that form around the disks are measured to determine a minimum inhibitory concentration. Students will present their findings as formal scientific posters.

by Claire Stanner, Science and Biology Teacher and Year 9 Pastoral Mentor

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Visiting Artist – Guy Whitby

Last Friday, students and staff were treated to a presentation by visiting artist Guy Whitby – Printmaker WBK Workbyknight.

Born and raised in the Dandenong Ranges east of Melbourne, the local landscape was a major influence for Guy. As the ever-evolving technological world became more prevalent, as well an enduring love affair with a Walkman Stereo Cassette Player, Guy’s work saw a union of nature and technology begin. Using digital software and items such as keyboards, crochet squares and pixels, Guy, working under the moniker ‘workbyknight’ or ‘WBK’ creates portraits that are a representation of iconic personalities that are admired around the world.

We were very fortunate to have Guy share his inspiration, working processes and concepts with us. Thank you so much Guy for coming to Tintern Grammar!

More of Guy Whitby’s work can be viewed here: https://mymodernmet.com/workbyknight-wbk-guy-whitby-pixel-…/

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Fashion Designer Miranda Dickinson (YG 2011) Presents Laser Cut Textiles Workshop

Last week we welcomed alumna Fashion Designer Miranda Dickinson (YG 2011) back to Tintern to present a Laser Cut Textiles workshop to our Year 11 Studio Art students. The class was thrilled with their laser cut embellishments that will become part of their developing textiles works, and excited to continue with their new found skills.

In 2015, Miranda graduated with honours from the acclaimed Bachelor of Design (Fashion) (Honors) at RMIT University, Melbourne. Her preparation at this innovative college exposed her to a wide range of technical skills, involving 3D pattern making, textile manipulation, surface embellishment and experimental design. Miranda is now working in the Fashion industry as a designer, as well as creating her own signature collections.

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Sadhana Smiles (YG 1984) Speaks to Senior College Students

We were pleased to welcome back alumna Sadhana Smiles (YG 1984), CEO of Harcourts Victoria, to Tintern Grammar recently. During this visit, Sadhana met with our Senior College students and spoke to them about equality for women, the power of girls and boys in this generation to make a difference and shared experiences from her time at Tintern.

Sadhana also spoke about Walk a Mile in Their Shoes, an initiative of The Harcourts Foundation, which our Years 7 to 12 students will participate in on Friday 31 August as part of our House Cross Country.

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TPG Trivia Night – this Saturday 25 August – Thank you to our sponsors!

Join us for a fun night out! Bring your friends and test their trivial knowledge!

The TPG Trivia Night is a great opportunity to get to know your year group, other parents, staff and alumni. 

Add a ‘Splash of Colour’ to your clothes and table – prizes for the best effort! New games and exciting prizes!  Silent Auction items and more!

Join us on Saturday 25 August, 7pm, CM Wood Centre. BOOK NOW: https://www.trybooking.com/WKGN 

Please specify who you would like to be seated with when making your booking.

Tickets $15 per head (with $5 from each ticket donated to Anglicare Mission Charity). Tickets available on the night – $20

BYO Snacks and Drinks. Tea and coffee provided.

Thank you to our sponsors!

We are proud to acknowledge these generous sponsors who are supporting the annual TPG Trivia Night:

Vision Personal Training

Sanguine Estate Wines

Tilnak Fine Art Lifestyle Portraits

Cafe Emjay

Sally Robinson – Independent Tupperware consultant

Beyond Physio/Myotherapy

Instinctive Chiropractic

Abacus All Day 

Velissaris Photography

For more information please contact: parentgroup@tintern.vic.edu.au

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FOYF Spring Celebration 2018 – Friday 31 August – Proceeds to support Rural Aid’s Buy a Bale of Hay campaign

FOYF Spring Celebration 2018 – Friday 31 August

Our Friends of Young Farmers (FOYF) warmly invite you to the Tintern Farm on Friday 31 August from 3.30pm – 7pm for our Annual Spring Celebration.

Come along and see our lambs, enjoy a complimentary sausage sizzle and toast a marshmallow on the bonfire.

Our Young Farmers will be on hand to give you a tour of the farm and there will be raffles and farm snacks to purchase and support our FOYF group.

Proceeds from this event will go to Rural Aid’s Buy a Bale of Hay campaign. Find out more here: www.buyabale.com.au

This event is free and open to everyone, but please remember to book to help us cater on the day.

Bookings can be made at TryBooking: https://www.trybooking.com/XAAH

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Community Oaks Day – Thursday 8 November 2018

Celebrate Oaks Day with our community at the Yarra Glen Races. This event is open to friends and family from our parent, past parent and past student communities. 

Dress to impress and watch the races from the Tintern Grammar Marquee whilst enjoying a complimentary drink and canapés on arrival. Oaks Day is more than just the races with Eastland Fashions and live music all day.

WHEN: Thursday 8 November 2018 at 12:00pm

LOCATION: Yarra Glen Racecourse, Armstrong Grove, Yarra Glen, Victoria

COST: $35 per person
This includes race day admission, drink and canapés on arrival.

RSVP: Monday 8 October 2018
Book via Trybooking: www.trybooking.com/XPYI

ENQUIRIES: All enquiries can be directed to Di Lacey and Tegan Martin 03 9845 7877 or communityrelations@tintern.vic.edu.au.

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Tintern 2019 Fair Logo Competition – entries close Friday 31 August

The Tintern Grammar Fair Committee is offering a $50 Cash Prize for the student who designs the best logo for the 2019 Tintern Grammar Fair.

All students are invited and encouraged to submit their logo design(s). The closing date for the competition is Friday 31 August 2018.

The hand-drawn or computer generated logo should be eye-catching, uncluttered, and must include the following information:

The words “Tintern Grammar” & “Fair

The date “30 March 2019

Keep in mind the logo will be printed various sizes from as small as 3cm diameter to as large as 20cm diameter, so scalability of design will be a consideration.

Designs should be submitted to the Fair Committee:

With File Format JPG, PNG or BMP

In a CIRCULAR shape

Of Approximate Resolution 1000x1000pixels

Sent by Email to fair@tintern.vic.edu.au

Please include Student Name & Year Level with your submission

No later than 3pm on Friday 31 August 2018

The winner will be selected at a Tintern Grammar Fair Committee Meeting in early September.

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2018 Annual Appeal – Thank You!

The School thanks and acknowledges all members of our Tintern Community who have supported our 2018 Annual Appeal; Re-Imagining the Sciences.

The generosity of our community demonstrates commitment and support for the long-term future of Tintern as an outstanding school for 141 years. We have had a wonderful response from all sectors of our community; the chart below describes the areas of contribution from our community who have donated to the appeal. Those on campus may have already noticed the landscape areas have been cleared ready for commencement, which is scheduled to begin September this year with a completion date expected for January 2019. It is not too late to make a difference.

You can still donate here to our 2018 Annual Appeal: www.tintern.vic.edu.au/annualappeal/ 

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Key Dates – Semester 2

Event Date & Time Location Area of the School
TPG Trivia Night
Book now
Saturday 25 August, 7.00PM CM Wood Centre Whole school community

Junior Schools’
Father’s Day Breakfast
Book now

Friday 31 August, 7.30AM

TBA

Junior School families

FOYFs Spring Celebration
Learn more
Friday 31 August, 3.30PM Tintern Farm Whole school community
Presentation Ball Saturday 15 September, 7.00PM Ivanhoe Centre Senior College families
Celebration Evening Saturday 20 October, 7.00 PM Robert Blackwood Hall Middle School & Senior College families
Spring Garden Tour Friday 26 October TBA Whole school community
Oaks Day
Community Event
Book now
Thursday 8 November Yarra Glen Races Whole school community
Valedictory Dinner Wednesday 21 November, 7PM Leonda, Hawthorn Year 12 families
FOM Munch with the Musos Sunday 25 November, 10AM CM Wood Centre Whole school community
Volunteer Thank You Thursday 29 November, 7.00PM Year 9 Courtyard Whole school community
Girls’ Junior School
Speech Night
Friday 7 December, 7.30PM CM Wood Centre Girls’ Junior School families
Boys’ Junior School Speech Night Monday 10 December, 7PM CM Wood Centre Boys’ Junior School families
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