23 May 2018

From the Principal

Mental Health, Community Support, STEAM and Science

Australian adolescent mental health trends are currently following a concerning trend and Tintern Grammar remains committed to supporting our young women and men in this area as we navigate a changing world. On this note, you may well recall the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why, which was released in 2017. This series was based on a novel by Jay Asher and revolves around a young person who dies by suicide. Season 1 was widely viewed by young people and also received significant media coverage. The show raised concerns from Mental Health Organisations and professionals concerned with the well-being of adolescents. These concerns centred around a number of issues, including the graphic nature and content of the series, its glorification of suicide and failure to promote positive, proactive and effective help-seeking behaviours.

Season 2 was released on Netflix last Friday 18 May. This series does begin with a warning about the impact of the content and advises those who are likely to be adversely affected to avoid watching the series. It also suggests help-seeking behaviours and resources. The series focuses on the impact on those left behind, difficult peer interactions and legal proceedings that result. The series may raise concerns and difficult emotions for young people as it addresses cyberbullying, mental health sexual assault and suicide. I would strongly encourage parents and guardians of secondary students to have some conversations around the show and its content, as we encourage young people to talk to trusted adults around their issues or concerns. The series would not be suitable for Junior Schools’ students.

These conversations can be difficult to navigate and the MHFA website provides a list of discussion points about the program as well as advice regarding how to broach the topic of Mental Health and suicide. Visit the MHFA website

Here are some additional resources that may assist in these discussions, particularly around Season 2.   

13 Reasons Why Information

Headspace – the launch of 13 Reasons Why Season 2

If your son or daughter is in need of support regarding the content of the show or any other issue, they can call, contact or visit:

  • Catie McNamara – School Counsellor cmcnamara@tintern.vic.edu.au, their pastoral mentor, Year Level Co-ordinator or Head Of School
  • Kids Help Line on 1800 55 1800
  • Life Line on 131114
  • Suicide Line Victoria 1300 651 251
  • Headspace 1800 650 890

On an entirely contrasting note, as a self-confessed science enthusiast (or perhaps nerd!), I am very excited to bring two pieces of science(ish) news to the Tintern Grammar community. As many of you will recall, the focus of our 2017 Annual Appeal was supporting the creation of the Tintern Grammar STEAM Centre. Designed to be a place where students could turn their big ideas into a tangible reality through CAAD design software, laser cutting and 3D printing, coding and programming and our terrific robotics program, the donations from our community clearly expressed the priority that we all place on student opportunity in this area.

It may not be quite finished, but The STEAM Centre is already functioning (just try to keep the students and Mrs Healey out of there!), and watching our students work in teams reinforces what they gain from the collaboration, the critical thinking and the opportunities to innovate, that this facility puts in the hands of every student. It is exciting and rewarding to see, and is also very much the result of your generosity as a community, the generosity of every donation made last year, no matter how big or small. We could not have done it without you, and on behalf of all the students that do and will use it, I thank you for your generosity and commitment to our School.

My second piece of (definitely) science news concerns the re-imagining and re-creation of the current Science buildings, which will commence later this year. Originally built in 1991, they were state-of-the-art when opened and have served the School with distinction for nearly 30 years in a curriculum area that has seen dramatic and (particularly recently) rapid change. By Term 1 2019, the skeleton of the building will be the only thing carried over from the current Science buildings, and it will be a breathtaking facility, enabling students to experience the curiosity, wonder and challenge of science, both in the classroom and in learning spaces outside it, in this most scientific of centuries!

This re-imagining of science at Tintern will be our largest building project for some time and I am confident that families will want to commit to joining with the School as partners in the transformation of The Speagle Science Centre, which will touch the lives, learning and experiences of every student at Tintern. I hope you will make a donation and every contribution, small or large that you feel you can afford will be received with our gratitude. In a century where it will be science that society looks to in order to address challenges around population, global warming, food scarcity and energy, we owe it to our young men and women to give them every opportunity to develop in this field if it is their pathway!

Factis non verbis


Curriculum Matters


Last weeks students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 sat the annual ‘National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy’ (NAPLAN) tests. These tests provide practice for students at sitting formal tests and are one source of data for schools and parents to assess the progress of individual students, cohorts and programs. Whilst these results are useful, it must be remembered that they are a single snapshot in time focussing on a few, albeit crucial key skills and not the whole picture. There has been much discourse in the press of late surrounding the relevance of NAPLAN testing in our 21st century educational settings. Whilst the NAPLAN results can provide broader snapshots of learning trends within states and regions, individual teacher assessment over time provides a richer and deeper picture of student learning. NAPLAN results should be considered in this wider context. The NAPLAN results will be published in September.

Our teaching teams at Tintern develop targets based on a range of assessments and explorations and these sit alongside the values of the Tintern Grammar Compass and Learner Profile. These targets address the whole-person and the types of 21st Century knowledge and skills which we strive to engender. Such considerations allow us to assist our Tintern learners to progress on their life-long journey through exploration and inquiry, towards knowledge and understanding.

Parents are reminded that Junior and Secondary School Semester Reports will be available to families via our Tintern Grammar online portal. They will go live at 3pm on Tuesday 26 June. Reports will not be mailed home as hard copies. Instructions for accessing these reports will be emailed to families in the last week of term.

ICAS Competitions

Tintern Grammar offers a variety of invitational opportunities for our students to participate in the University of New South Wales, International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS). ICAS has taken place annually in schools throughout Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, the Pacific Region and South Africa for over 30 years. At Tintern Grammar, there is no cost to parents for students who are invited to participate in these competitions.

In the Junior Schools, students are invited to participate based on academic readiness as judged by their Head of School and in consultation with their teacher. These opportunities are provided as extension and enhancement activities. It is important to note that great care is taken in selecting students to sit these competitions at this level as, while it is an opportunity to build resilience, we would not want to damage a student’s confidence by having them compete with a selective cohort from across the state.

In the Middle Schools, most students are entered in the English, Mathematics and Science competitions. Exceptions to this are by recommendation from Learning Enhancement or parental advice.

If your child has entered one of these competitions, it is important to note when reading your child’s report that the State cohort of students is not the same as that of the NAPLAN reports. NAPLAN includes over 95% of all Victorian students in those year levels sitting a test; however, each individual school opts whether to participate in the ICAS competitions and to what extent any given cohort will participate. Therefore, caution should be exercised when looking at the comparative data in ICAS reports as the cohort to which your child is compared is not as representative as the NAPLAN.

If you do not wish your child to be included in a secondary competition, please email me via ABezaire@tintern.vic.edu.au. Queries regarding Junior Schools Competitions should be directed to the relevant Head of School.

Secondary Program and Subject Selection for 2019

As part of Tintern Grammar’s commitment to ensuring students make informed choices, we are holding two information sessions relating to the options available for our Years 10 and 11 students of 2019. Tintern Grammar is proud to be the only school in the region which offers all three pathways: VCE, VET and IB, and to have such a significant history of success in all of these programs.

The first of these sessions is scheduled for Wednesday 13 June 2018 in the CM Wood Centre, when all three pathways will be outlined by the program co-ordinators. We invite you and your child to attend the Pathways Evening where families will be given information so that there can be informed discussions at home as to which pathway will best suit their daughter’s/son’s needs.

As a follow up to this evening, a Subject Showcase Evening will be held in Term 3 on Thursday 26 July 2018.  On this second evening, all individual IB, VCE and VET subjects on offer next year will be outlined and subject teachers will be available to answer specific subject-related questions. At this evening Year 9 (2018) students and families are invited to attend a special information session on the possibility of taking a VCE subject in Year 10, prior to joining Year 10 (2018) students and families in the Anderson Centre (Senior College).

As in previous years, the subject selection process will occur online. This year, that process will open for access on Saturday 28 July and will close at 6pm on Sunday 5 August. Students will be given instructions on how to follow this process in special assemblies at school and instructions will be emailed to students on the evening of Friday 27 July.

The information sessions mentioned above will assist students to select the most suitable pathway and subject choices for 2019. Individual teachers and our careers counsellors also will be available to assist in this process throughout the timeline outlined.


Music Matters

Annual Cathedral Service

On Sunday afternoon, Tintern Grammar held its Annual Cathedral Service in St Paul’s Cathedral. Students donned their winter uniform and made their way into the city, for the service beginning at 2.30pm. This year’s theme was “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want” and this was encapsulated in the Senior Girls’ Chamber Choir’s rendition of a hymn with the same name, featuring Molly Fleming as the soloist.

The sermon was presented by Bishop Lindsay Urwin, who asked us all to consider the difference between what we want versus what we need. He also warned us of the existence of ‘false shepherds’.

The service was also very musical. The massed congregation of Tintern’s community sang hymns including “In Christ Alone” and “Make Me a Channel of Your Peace”. There were also performances by the school’s Chamber Orchestra, Senior Boys Chamber Choir, Senior Girls Chamber Choir and Clarinet Ensemble.

One highlight of Sunday afternoon was the massed singing of Sister Act 2’s “Joyful, Joyful” performed by the combined Intermediate and Senior choirs. Ella Watt, Madi Edwards-Turner and several other students from Years 7 to 12 sang solos in this uplifting gospel song. The school leaders lead the community in prayer and supported the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre with the offering.

by Lauren Higgins, Choral Captain 2018

Friends of Music Jazz Night

On the evening of Saturday 12 May, students from all year levels were “Puttin’ on the Ritz” and made their way over to the CM Wood Centre for Tintern’s Annual Jazz Night. The hall was resplendent in its burgundy, gold and black theme, where dedicated volunteers from Friends of Music and a team of students had worked to create a wonderful atmosphere, down to the very last placemat.

Before formal proceedings got underway, some prelude music set the mood for what was to come. This was provided by Craig Bonnington and his dad, Paul, the Senior Jazz Combo and the Year 10 quartet, ‘Silver Lining’.

Featuring performances from “crooning” Tintern choirs and “swinging” jazz bands, the evening was made complete with the Lightning Jazz Band – who knew just how to get everyone on the dance floor, regardless of their dancing skills! Some of the songs performed by the choirs included “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)” and “Lullaby of Broadway”. Jazz Night also showcased students trying out improvisation in their instrumental performances, and talented solo singers.

The night was a perfect opportunity for students, families and staff alike to get dressed up and have a good time. The CM Wood was constantly filled with laughter and conversation – and, of course, the incredible music. Towards the end of Jazz Night, several students were recognised for their commitment and development in Jazz music at Tintern. Congratulations to Alec Chen, Millie Kenny, Charlie Victoria and Myles Carew for their achievements.

2018’s “Puttin’ on the Ritz” was a hugely enjoyable evening for all members of the school to came together, celebrating jazz and the music students who make our Tintern community such a vibrant place.

by Lauren Higgins, Choral Captain 2018


Sport Matters

Congratulations to the Tintern Athletic Squad members who competed at the EISM Athletics Champions meet at Lakeside Stadium on Monday 14 May with great success! We had 30 students compete with many improving upon their performance at the Division 1 Carnival and a number of students medalled against strong competition.

Congratulations to all competitors and in particular the following students who received a medal in their event – Matt Evans: 3rd Open Boys Long Jump, 1st Open Boys Triple Jump, Vishnu Pillay: 3rd Open Boys 800m, Maddy Block 2nd U/14 Girls 400m, Tess Power 3rd U/16 Girls 400m, Krisshnaa Kannan 2nd U/14 Boys Long Jump, 3rd U/14 Boys 200m, Alice Callaghan 2nd U/13 Girls High Jump and Jayden Marsh, William Zhang, Kevin Zhang, Joshua Tan U/13 Boys 4×10.


Community Matters

Jazz Night 


Congratulations to our Friends of Music group whose tireless efforts culminated in another incredible Jazz Night. More than 300 people from our Tintern community came out to enjoy some toe-tapping vintage jazz and enjoy wonderful music by our very talented students and the Lightning Jazz Band.

Your hard work and dedication was appreciated by all involved. To read more about Jazz Night please select here.

Mother’s Day Stall and Gift Wrapping Day

Thank you to the incredible volunteers who assisted with the Mother’s Day Stall on Wednesday 9 May. Your assistance was of great help to the excited Junior School students, and I am sure greatly appreciated by all the Mums and significant women in their lives on Mother’s Day.

Thank you especially to the TPG for once again arranging a fantastic selection of gifts for the students to purchase.

Careers Night 2018

The CM Wood Centre was abuzz last Thursday night as we welcomed 50+ alumni, tertiary institutions, students and their families to help our students Find Their Future Selves at our 2018 Careers Night!

This special occasion brought together the School community, allowing students to gain valuable insights and knowledge from our alumni’s experiences over a diverse range of careers and industries. The conversations and interactions may have even helped our students discover new industries they hadn’t yet considered!

Thank you to our alumni and the tertiary institutions who gave their time to provide the students with this extremely valuable experience. Thank you also to the students for their enthusiasm and insightful questions, and their families for supporting them.

We would love your feedback on this year’s Careers Night. Please select the relevant link below:

Friends of Young Farmers Social Dinner

You are invited to our Annual ‘Friends of Young Farmers Dinner’ on Friday 1 June 2018 at 7.00pm

All family members are welcome to come along and meet with other families who are interested in the Young Farmers Program and the Tintern Farm.

This is a good opportunity to ask questions about the upcoming Bendigo Sheep show.

For further information please refer to the invitation below:

Save the Date – Trivia Night 2018

The Tintern Parents Group are once again hosting an incredible evening of excitement and adventure; the annual Tintern Grammar Trivia Night.

Please save the date now – Saturday 25 August! Share with your friends, start arranging your teams and brushing up your trivia. Further information to follow soon.

Tintern Grammar Fair 2019

Do you have any new ideas that could make our next Fair an even bigger success than before?

Are you interested in being a part of the dynamic team of individuals who plan the Fair and create the fun for our community?

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 31 May to fair@tintern.vic.edu.au or contact Community Relations on 9845 7877.

Community Committee Dates

  • Tintern Parent Group (TPG) –Next meeting: Thursday 14 June 2018 7.30pm Kennedy Cottage Co-Presidents: Haidee Wallace and Leeza Crowe
  • Friends of Music (FOM) – Next Meeting: Wednesday 6 June 7pm CM Wood Common Room President: Tim Oldmeadow
  • Friends of Young Farmers (FOYF) – Next Meeting: Monday 18 June 7.30pm Kennedy Cottage President: Jonathan Cross
  • Friends of Equestrian (FOE) – Next Meetings: Wednesday 23 May 7.30pm Kennedy Cottage President: Sandra Garland

Community Group Fundraising

Entertainment Book – available for purchase now!

The Entertainment Book is the gift that keeps on giving. Filled with valuable 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.

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

The TPG is also continuing to offer 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.


Mother’s Day in the ELC

On Monday 14 May the ELC children were very excited to welcome their Mums, Grandmas and special friends to the Songs and Scones event, to celebrate Mother’s Day. During music lessons the children learnt three songs which they performed as a group to the special audience. The highlight of the afternoon was threefold, with the visitors enjoying time with each other over a cup of tea and scones; spending time in the classroom with the children; and of course, listening to 70 children singing, “I love you Mummy, my special Mummy”. With over 90 adults in the audience, the ELC teachers were very proud of the way the children sang with such confidence.

by Wendy Oates, Pre-Prep A Teacher


Sibling Photos – Tuesday 12 June

 We are very pleased to again offer our community the opportunity for a Sibling photo.

Schoolpix will be at Tintern Grammar on Tuesday 12 June. The Sibling photo session will be held in the IJ Day building (Junior School Aftercare building) from 8.30am – 1pm.

Families can order by either using the paper order form provided or online at www.schoolpix.com.au. Bookings close midnight Thursday 7 June 2018.

We do encourage ordering by this date to ensure we can timetable your children’s photo session with the least disruption to their school day.

We have distributed all order forms via your youngest child. If your form has been misplaced you can use the student search function available on Schoolpix’s website and enter your youngest child’s first name, last name and date of birth.


Girls’ Junior School House Cross Country

Cheered on by students in their House, Prep to Year 6 girls participated in the Junior School House Cross Country on Tuesday 8 May. There were opportunities for students to participate in extension running events to qualify for District Cross Country or complete the course for House points. Prep girls were joined by 6B as running ‘buddies’ for their lap of the oval whilst Year 1 and 2 completed two laps alongside 6A running ‘buddies’. A number of Year 2 students elected to participate in the Year 2 and 3 800m course, whilst some Year 3’s accepted the running challenge to participate in the 9/10 age group for District selection. The 11 years and 12/13 years age groups completed the course twice for District selection (3km) or once for House points. Well done to Mansfield for winning the Girls’ Junior School Cross Country this year. House Captain Rose Rostron thanked all the girls for their participation and effort as well as congratulating her House on winning the trophy for the first time in many years.

Thank you to the parents and special friends who attended and supported the girls during the House competition. A special mention to Boebee Hutchinson for the photos from the event; highlighting the effort, participation and House spirit from the students.

Final Results: 1st Mansfield, 2nd Somner, 3rd Cross, 4th Gordon, 5th Watt

District Cross Country will be held on Wednesday 6 June from 9.30am – 1pm at Domeney Reserve, Park Orchards. The following girls have been selected to represent Tintern Grammar;

Girls 12/13 years – 3km

Olivia Beaton – Year 6B

Ava Cantor – Year 6A

Rose Rostron – Year 6A

Emma Cooke – Year 6A

Ella Carboon –  Year 6B

Coco Butterfield – Year 6B

Charlotte du Blet – Year 6A

Jessica Fettell – Year 6B

Katherine Howell – Year 6B

Girls 11 years – 3km

Elisha Sze –  Year 5A

Holly White – Year 5A

Melody Ch’ng – Year 6A

Zara Jackson Smith – Year 5A

Girls 9/10 years – 2km

Charlotte Davies – Year 5A

Aisha Heinrich – Year 3A

Amelie Scherer – Year 4A

Matilda Robson – Year 4A

Maddie Jennings – Year 4A

Mayah Dass – Year  3A

Maddison Bailey – Year 3A

Naomi De La Pierre – Year  3A

Isabel Pham – Year 4A

Sidonie Keogh – Year 4A

by Karen Worland – Junior School Library and PE Teacher


This Is Me – Boys’ Junior School Assembly

We continue to share the journeys of a range of people as a part of our This Is Me theme.

Last Monday we were delighted to be joined by past student Gary Haasbroek, who very soon heads to Finland for the World U20 Athletics Championships. Gary will be competing in the decathlon. He is also studying a Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Bio-science at Latrobe University and coaching Athletics at a  number of locations… making him a very busy and fit lad! He spoke about the need for practice, commitment and passion to ensure that he is the ‘best he can be’, at both his study and athletics. He outlined the importance of having a mentor, and how, when he injured himself just before he was scheduled to join Channel 9’s ‘Australian Ninja Warrior’, he used his family and friends as a source of encouragement to build the needed resilience. As many of our guests have also shared, his memories of his school days revolve around the close ‘mateship’ he enjoyed with his friends. Gary presented as an engaging and strong role model for our boys and we were delighted to share his journey thus far. You can read more about Gary and even support him via the following link: https://asf.org.au/athletes/gary-haasbroek/

During yesterday’s assembly, I shared the Terry Fox journey with our boys. Every year I ensure the boys are aware of this courageous and inspiring young man’s story. Terry had his leg amputated when he was only 19, due to osteosarcoma, a form of cancer that started in the knee. On April 12 1980, he embarked on an east to west cross-Canada run to raise money and awareness for cancer research. He ran 42km, a marathon, every day. On September 1 he was forced to stop briefly after he suffered an intense coughing fit and experienced pains in his chest. Unsure what to do, he resumed running as the crowds along the highway shouted out their encouragement. The next day, Terry Fox held a tearful press conference during which he announced that his cancer had returned and spread to his lungs. He was forced to end his run after 143 days and 5,373 kilometres.

His story simply cannot be adequately described in a paragraph, and I would encourage you to learn more about his journey.

I shared with the boys that even before he was diagnosed with cancer, Terry had a strong sense of commitment. He was only 5 feet tall and wanted to make the School basketball team, but struggled to do so and was told to take up athletics. He persevered and had one minute of court time when in Year 8.

He became a more regular player when in Year 9, and by Year 12, was named the School Athlete of The Year. After his leg was amputated, he played Wheelchair Basketball for Canada.

We spoke about commitment, gratitude, passion, perseverance and being inspired by others.


Boys’ Junior School Year 3-6 Cabaret Evening – Thursday 21 June 7pm CM Wood

The Annual Boys’ Junior School Cabaret Concert is always a special occasion and this year it is to be held on Thursday 21 June 2018 at 7.00pm in the CM Wood Centre.

During the concert many instrumental soloists and groups will perform. All Year 3 – 6 boys will perform in the Strings and the Choir.

All boys will need to bring their instrument on the day for rehearsal (except Percussionists and boys playing Xylophones and Keyboards).


The Cabaret Concert is a unique evening.  Family and friends of performers sit around tables and bring refreshments (drinks and nibbles) that can be enjoyed before the concert and between musical items.  Tea and coffee will be provided.

 To secure your table follow this link to book: https://www.trybooking.com/VXAA


After School Robotics Program

This term our boys are participating in an after-school robotics program. These classes are in preparation for the Robo Cup Competition, which they will be competing in on Saturday 28 July.  After being placed in groups the boys quickly went about building their robots and progressed to the coding component of the challenge.  The room was abuzz with excitement and special mention needs to be made of the assistance provided by Mrs Healey and expert parent Simon who helped with troubleshooting and decoding.

This is a state-wide competition and requires the boys’ robots to perform certain pre-programmed tasks. It will be fascinating to see how they progress.

by John Bonnyman, Boys’ Year 4 Teacher


Girls’ Middle School News

A Snapshot of Year 7-9

Have you ever wondered what your daughter has been doing at school today? Well, I thought I would provide you with a little snapshot to give you an easy dinner table conversation starter. Our Year 7’s have working on their persuasive writing skills in English, whilst becoming proficient in developing a programming language in ICT and studying classification in Science. Our Year 8’s have been perfecting the art of making a delicious Swiss roll in Baking by Design, experimenting with electricity in Science, achieving a bronze star in PE whilst refining their conflict resolution skills in Health. Our Year 9 girls have been out on the oval testing the speed of sound, turning a humble chair into a work of art in Year 8/9 Sculpture elective, exploring the world of fair trade agreements in Geography and learning how to problem solve in Maths just to name a few.

Annual Cathedral service

It was fantastic to see so many students and families at our Annual Cathedral Service at St Paul’s Cathedral, a wonderful community event. I was delighted to see and hear several of our Middle School girls contributing in our Intermediate choir where the vibrant rendition of ‘Joyful Joyful’ by Beethoven truly lifted our spirits throughout the cathedral. As part of the service, we took up an offering for the Asylum Seekers Resource Centre. If you wanted to know any more about this worthwhile charity, please click here. We then heard a sermon from the Right Reverend Lindsay Urwin who spoke very clearly to our young people about considering who they were modelling themselves on and making good choices in this area. The conclusion of the service included the annual prayer of thanksgiving for our school. I have included a copy of this at the base of this article for anyone who missed the service.

Tintern Careers Program

Last Thursday we welcomed back members of our alumni community to speak to students (and parents/guardians) in Years 9 -12 about their careers and studies at the ‘Careers Night – Find Your Future Self’. This invaluable experience is now an annual event and provides an excellent opportunity for our young women to talk directly to alumni about their careers and be inspired about their future career opportunities. A reminder to all parents of current 9 students that the work experience planning documents and information PowerPoint are all on the Year 9 portal page. There is also a Tintern Careers website where you can find any upcoming careers related events. Click here to visit the site.

Year 7 – 11 Annual Arts show (until May 29)

You are all warmly invited to come to the Visual Art/Café space before May 29 to see our annual Years 7 – 11 Art Show. I have shared a few images to give you a sneak-peak of some of the highly creative and talented pieces on display. The students are very proud of their work and it is certainly a wonderful display.

Annual Friends of Music Jazz Night

Last Saturday we had our annual Friends of Music Jazz night, which was again a roaring success. The CM Wood Centre was packed with our school community all decked out in their gold themed Jazz attire. Together we enjoyed the talented performances from right across the school and of course an opportunity to dance! It was wonderful to see so many students dancing alongside their parents who displayed impressive dance skills of their own. In particular, it was great to see some of our younger musicians having the opportunity to perform to such a large and encouraging crowd. It is hard to describe such a magical evening so I will leave you with the words of the great Ella Fitzgerald “Forgive me if I don’t have the words. Maybe I can sing it and you’ll understand.” 

Have a wonderful week and look forward to seeing you all at one of our upcoming events.



Litany For The Past, Present And Future Journey At Tintern

Gracious God

We come before you today knowing that you will hear our prayers.

We thank you Lord for this abundant earth you have created.

May we seek ways to uphold the beauty of this Earth,

and take seriously the stewardship we have been entrusted with.

God of Creation

May we honour you with our lives

We pray for places in our world where there is war,

natural disaster and oppression.

We ask for opportunities to act for unity,

for peace and justice among all nations.

God of all people

May we honour you with our lives

We thank you Lord for this country that we live in, Australia.

Providing us with freedom, opportunity and peace.

May we appreciate the blessings that surround us.

God of freedom

May we honour you with our lives

We thank you for each day that provides opportunities for us to

learn and grow together.

We ask that you to empower us with your love and wisdom.

God of Growth

May we honour you with our lives

We thank you for providing us with the opportunity to attend

Tintern Grammar where we are encouraged to embody the

compass values.

May we people of good character, caring for each other and the

world around us.

God of Compassion

May we honour you with our lives

We give thanks for all staff and teachers.

We give thanks for learning and the continual pursuit of wisdom.

God of all Wisdom

May we honour you with our lives

We thank you for our network of family and friends who provide us

with support, love and care.

May we care for one another and reach out to those in need.

God of Strength

May we honour you with our lives

Loving God, we give thanks that you are the Good Shepherd.



Boys’ Middle School News

The cold weather has set in, and with that comes a lot more inside time for our boys during the day. This provides challenges to some of our more active boys as they struggle to find ways to expend their energies, although it has also provided opportunities for a large number of them to find entertainment from old-fashioned activities such as card games and board games. It was great to see a large group of them playing these types of games rather than having their heads immersed in their devices. Another positive has been the social interactions that you see in our library (Cullen Resource Centre) between both the boys and girls from across many of the year levels. It’s great to see them connecting and forming ongoing friendships that will be important as they progress toward their final year of schooling 2021, 2022 and 2023. This sounds scary, but time will fly.

At assembly this week our Middle School Captain talked about acceptance of all people, especially here at school. This was continued with discussion around the understanding that everyone is different, everyone has their own interests, their own likes and dislikes, and it is important that we recognise that not everyone will be our friend, but everyone needs to be respected.

Winter Sport for our Year 8 and 9s now begins after five weeks of trials and training. The boys will be involved in AFL, soccer, badminton or table tennis, with a smaller group participating in recreation activities in our school gym. The Year 7s have just begun a 4-week module on Hip Hop dancing which was amazing. It was fantastic to see, and participate with, approximately 100 Year 7 students as we were choreographed through an energetic dance routine. It was challenging for a large number of us (especially me), really pushing the left-brain, right-brain, theory – I think I’ve proven that older brains just don’t do it as well as the younger ones!

Last week we held our Careers Night in the CM Wood Centre where over 50 alumni came back to school to meet with our Year 9 to 12 students and their parents to discuss their chosen career and pathways. It was an amazing evening with such a positive atmosphere and contribution from our alumni. I’m sure our students and their families were able to take a lot away from and hopefully to help them in their thoughts and planning for the future.



2018 Computational and Algorithmic Thinking Competition

The results of the 2018 Computational and Algorithmic Thinking Competition were released recently. This competition was conducted on March 27 with the aim of identifying students who have a talent for designing and writing computer programs. Each student sat a one hour paper with 15 questions requiring logic and problem-solving skills.

The students who were awarded credits or better were:

Junior division (Years 7 & 8)
• Abigail Chai – Distinction
• Olivia Dowling – Distinction
• Zoe Chen – Credit

Intermediate division (Years 9 & 10)
• Alexander Higgins – Credit

Senior division (Years 11 & 12)
• Gavin Choong – Credit

These are excellent achievements and all students who entered this challenging competition are to be congratulated on their efforts. Students who are interested in learning more about computer programming are encouraged to enter the NCSS Programming Challenge which will be advertised at the start of Term 3.


From the Head of Senior College

Uniform Reminders

We are now well and truly experiencing snaps of wintery cold weather and, as of Friday 1 June, all students are required to wear full winter uniform. As you may be aware, winter trousers are now available for girls to wear and can be purchased from the uniform shop. Should girls choose to wear these they will need to be worn with black polishable lace-up shoes (not with T-bars) and navy socks. 

A reminder to all students that:

Apart from inter-school and recreational sports days or House Sports days, the School Blazer is the outer garment to be worn to and from school – an exception being days when the forecast maximum temperature is 30C or above, or when the temperature reaches this level unexpectedly during the day (which we are unlikely to experience again until Term 4!) Jumpers are never to be worn as the outer garment to and from School and nor are the soft shell sports jackets.

On inter-school sports and recreational sports days only, students are expected to wear correct full sports uniform to and from school if applicable to their year level. On House Sports days students are expected to wear correct full sports uniform to and from school to which they may add appropriate articles in House colours.

Semester Examinations

As we head toward the semester examinations I wish all Year 10 and 11 students successful studying as they prepare for their upcoming examinations from 4-8 June. All students undertaking Year 12 (Unit 3) subject studies will sit for the GAT on Wednesday 13 June. All Senior College students must wear their correct full winter uniform at all examination sessions.

Key Term 2 Dates:

  • Year 10 and 11 Study Day, Friday 1 June
  • Year 10 and 11 Examinations, Monday 4 – Friday 8 June
  • GAT Examination (all Year 12 students and Year 11s studying Unit 3), Wednesday 13 June
  • Pathways Evening (Year 10), Wednesday 13 June
  • Term 2 concludes, Friday 22 June


News from the Careers Department

‘Find your Future Self’ Careers Evening

The combination of our alumni with representatives from the tertiary sector produced a highly successful evening that was well supported by students and their families from Years 9 to 12. Initial feedback from our community valued the breadth of experience offered by our Alumni Career Mentors that ranged from recent graduates to highly experienced industry representatives. The tertiary sector also provided valuable information relating to such areas as course options, pre-requisite subjects, scholarships, travel abroad opportunities and integrated work learning. Families and students are all encouraged to complete the feedback survey to assist us in understanding the needs of the community and to guide the planning process for future events. Click here to complete the survey. Please note everyone is welcome to provide feedback on this style of event even if you were unable to attend.

Year 12 UMAT Reminder

Students intending to study undergraduate medicine at Monash University or other medical or dental science courses interstate are reminded that the UMAT registrations close on Friday 1 June 2018. Further information can be found at: https://umat.acer.edu.au/

Monash University Science Precinct Tour for Senior Students

Monash University is offering the opportunity for students to experience the new Science facilities and learning spaces with a student-led Science precinct tour. Senior students are invited to book a tour over the June/July school holiday period by booking Science Events link. Please note that places are limited.


The latest editions of Career News Number 12 and 13 are now available on the Portal at: http://portal.tintern.vic.edu.au/homepage/14962/ and includes the following items that are of interest to the entire school community.

 Career News Number 12

  • Dates to Diarise in Term 2
  • Law Week 2018
  • TSFX Year 11 & 12 Winter School Programs
  • News from Swinburne University
    • Sport Development/Leadership and Management
    • Architecture at Swinburne
  • Career in Health Information Management
  • DeakInspire 2018
  • UNSW CO-OP Program
  • Career as an Architect
  • Architecture, Construction & Surveying Degrees in Victoria  
  • Graphic, Interior & Visual Design Degrees in Victoria
  • Snapshot of The University of Otago (NZ) n 2018

Career News Number 13

  • Dates to Diarise in Term 2
  • Pathways to Registration as a Psychologist
  • Deakin Genie
  • Sport and Exercise Psychology at UQ
  • Career Information Afternoon hosted by the Blue Mountains International Management Hotel School
  • Study Cuisine at Le Cordon Bleu
  • Reminder: UMAT2018
  • Career Weeks 2018 at the International College of Hotel Management
  • Studying Business at Monash means Choice and Flexibility
  • Careers in Psychology and Where to Study in Victoria
  • Snapshot of La Trobe University in 2018


News from Year 10

Student Wellbeing Action Team (SWAT)

William Gillis, Charlie Johnson, Audrey Middleton and Jeremy Yuen-Love enjoyed their time at the Student Wellbeing Action Team (SWAT) camp from Monday 7 to Wednesday 9 May and they have their first meeting with their Maroondah Council mentor this week at school to confirm details about their implementation project.

Year 10 Study Day and Examination Timetable Semester 1

The Year 10 and 11 study day is Friday 1 June and while students have been encouraged to study at home, provisions have been made at school for students to study in the library. Any student attending school is not required to wear school uniform but they must sign in and out.

Students have received a paper and an emailed copy of the Semester 1 Examination Timetable for their reference. A copy has also been saved in the Examination folder on the Year 10 Portal page or follow this link: http://portal.tintern.vic.edu.au/homepage/18865/

Examinations commence on Monday 4 June until Thursday 7 June with Friday 8 June being reserved for make-up examinations as the Year 11 examination period extends for the entire week. Full winter uniform must be worn during the examination period. Families are requested to contact the school prior to 8.30am if any student is ill and an alternate session will be organised in consultation with the student.

Examination paper discussions occur from Tuesday 12 May and during this week, final preparations will be occurring for the Work Experience week from Monday 18 to Friday 22 June.

Pastoral Themes for this Week

Students have been cleaning out their lockers and organising their folders to assist with preparation for the upcoming examinations. There have been some silent study sessions and I will be discussing procedures for the examination week in a level assembly on Monday 28 May. It has also been timely for students to review the semester with their Mentor and to set specific learning goals for next term.

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. There are other Tintern Grammar students in this production and I am sure that they would appreciate support from our community in attending one of the performances. Click here to book.


News from Year 11

The Year 11 Initiative projects have commenced and are proving to be a brilliant success with both the Year 11 students and the Junior School classes with whom they are working. A rousing game of Capture the Flag was organised and run by Somner/Stewart House this week and all involved had a wonderful time. This is a project that the Year 11s are completely responsible for making happen. They organise the sessions with Junior School staff, develop and run the activity, and report back to the year level on the outcome of the exercise.

In other news, a reminder that Friday 1 June is a study day for year 11s, with the following week being exams. Year 11 students do not attend classes during exam week, including  3/4 subjects that are still running for Year 12s.


News from Year 12

As we head towards the end of Term 2 the workload for Year 12 students will once again start to increase. Over the next few weeks students completing VCE will be undertaking SACs for most of their subjects and IB students will be working hard to submit their Extended Essays and Internal Assessments. If they have not already, the students should be working towards developing a study timetable to ensure they are prepared for their upcoming assessments.

The House Music competition is scheduled to take place next Wednesday 30 May and will see the Year 12 students participate in one of their last major House events. It has been most pleasing to see the Year 12 House groups working together to make next week’s final performance an entertaining and memorable one.

Next week marks the halfway point of the year; a significant milestone for our Year 12 students. On Friday 1 June the Year 12 students will mark this occasion by celebrating ‘Hump Day’. The preparations are well underway and it looks to be a great day. It will be an opportunity for all Year 12 students to come together as a group, reflect on the year so far and look forward to the moments and exciting times ahead.

by Jen Tsai Bove, Year 12 Co-ordinator


VCE Biology classes start their Independent Investigations

This week the VCE Biology Unit 1 classes started their independent investigations.

For these investigations students are exploring factors that affect the heartrate of Daphnia, aka water fleas. This links to our studies of the circulatory system as well as ways in which organisms are adapted to respond to changes in their environment.

Students have been tasked with devising their own research question, designing an appropriate investigation and then collecting the relevant data in an attempt to answer their research question. In order to do this, students are drawing on the practical skills they have gained across the semester and it has been a delight to see them take ownership of their investigations. This unit of work will culminate with students displaying their investigations on scientific posters; a skill that will stand them in good stead for their senior Biology studies and also potentially for future careers in science endeavours.

by Claire Stanner, Science and Biology Teacher


Dr Jo Newton (YG 2006) named winner of the First National Real Estate Leadership Award

Congratulations to alumna Dr Jo Newton (YG 2006) who was named the winner of the First National Real Estate Leadership Award at the Victorian Young Achiever Awards ceremony on Friday night. This is a well-deserved acknowledgement recognising Jo’s dedication and significant contributions to agriculture, as well as inspiring others to pursue careers in agriculture.

Well done, Jo!


Support Gary Haasbroek (YG 2016) to Represent Australia

Congratulations to alumnus Gary Haasbroek (YG 2016) who has been selected to represent Australia at the Under 20 World Athletics Championships in Finland.

This is a fantastic opportunity that Gary has worked very hard to achieve. For the past two years, Gary has committed himself to training full-time for the Decathlon, which involves countless gym, physio, recovery and training sessions each week for the ten Decathlon events, all while studying a Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Bio-science at Latrobe University.

To compete at the championships Gary needs to pay a $4,000 team levy to cover his Australian uniform, food, accommodation, flights, transfers and competition entry.

Gary would love your support to represent Australia in Finland in July. He will be hosting a Trivia Night at Tintern Grammar in the Southwood Centre on Saturday 2 June at 7.00pm to 10.00pm. For further information or to book your place please refer to the flyer below:


SAFEMinds – Headspace Parent Information Session