23 Feb 2021

From the Principal

This week we have a special guest introduction from Oriana Constable, Acting Vice Principal.

A week of change and adaptability was the theme last week when the Victorian Government made the decision to lockdown the State for five days and in a short space of time, we were forced to quickly prepare for our first period of Remote Learning for 2021. Our experiences from last year certainly gave us confidence and ensured a relatively seamless transition and continuity of learning. The feedback from our students and parents were that they felt well prepared and supported for the week through the leadership and agility shown by our teaching and non-teaching staff. One week on and we have happily resumed school back on site and, with vaccines rolling out this week, we are all optimistic that we will have greater certainty and consistency in terms of restrictions from here and hopefully we’ll avoid any future lockdowns.

Other than our three day stint online, it has certainly been a more familiar school environment this term and it has been wonderful to have parents and community members back on site; the sense of community that is at the core of Tintern is strong, vibrant and positive.

As we begin the year, Tintern’s rich offerings in and outside of the classroom provide our students with so many opportunities to get involved in activities to broaden their experiences and develop their interests and talents. Already we are seeing our students take up offerings such as debating and chess club, whilst others are rehearsing as part of a musical ensemble, training for interschool swimming or volunteering to assist with Clean Up Australia Day and mentoring programs.

An important part of the overall education of students during their time at Tintern is the Camps Program and it is not surprising that students remember these experiences fondly well beyond their time at school. The sequential program begins in Year 3 and our staff work to create programs that are engaging, challenging, rewarding and valuable for students.

It can be easy to assume these programs are all about fun and it’s true, there is a lot of that(!), however, it’s more than that. Camps aid in the development of students emotional skills and increase their connectedness and sense of belonging within the school. Involvement in the outdoors particularly provides students with a range of activities outside their usual environment, so that they learn to face challenges in an atmosphere which requires greater self-reliance and independence. Our programs aim to develop students’ positive relationships with the environment, others and themselves. These positive relationships can contribute significantly to student wellbeing and these shared experience with their peers and staff creates a strong bond that is not as easily or rapidly developed in the classroom. As students work in small groups they also further develop their intrapersonal skills in areas such as group communication, trust and co-operation. The activities undertaken encourage them to use their initiative and to take responsibility for their own and the group’s actions. 

It was terrific to see our Year 7’s enjoy their recent camp on the Mornington Peninsula where they enjoyed tree climbing, snorkelling, cycling, hiking and a camp-out. Our Year 9’s are currently undertaking the first of their three camps for the year, a five day bushwalk on the iconic Great Ocean Walk. The Year 8 Camp is scheduled for later this term and these Middle School camps very deliberately challenge students to become more familiar with their group, be self-sufficient and gain confidence in their own abilities to experience and enjoy the outdoors. We are currently looking at options to re-schedule the Years 10 and 11 Camps that were unable to take place due to the recent lockdown and our Years 3 to 6 students will also have a number of opportunities to participate in the camps program this year. We certainly look forward to students taking part in these activities and hearing more about the fun that is had, but also the valuable personal growth that occurs as result of challenging themselves and stepping outside their comfort zone.


Oriana Constable

Acting Vice Principal 


Chaplain’s Corner

A reading from the Bible,

The Greatest Commandment

Matthew chapter 22

An expert in the law, tested Jesus with this question: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’  This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

Did you know the Greeks have many words to describe the different kinds of love you can experience?

Greeks had not just one word for love but many. For example:

  • Philia: describes love of friends and equals
  • Storge: love of parents for children
  • Agape: love of humankind

In the original text in koine Greek the word for love used here for the two great commandments is agape. In Greek – agape was considered the highest form of love – unconditional love.

If I was to ask you what you know about Jesus, chances are you would tell me something he did, like ‘walking on water’ or ‘healing people’. You would have been far less likely to tell me something he said. Jesus in his life through his actions personified agape – unconditional love for all he met. With Valentine’s day just passed, we challenged our students to consider how they can embody our school motto, ‘Deeds not words’ showing love through actions.




Community Matters

Save the Date – TPG Movie Under the Stars – Saturday 27 March 2021

Interested in taking on the role of Parent Representative?

Wanting to continue as Parent Rep for your 2021 Class or Year Level?

Parent Representative are a liaison between parents/guardians and the school. Informing parents about activities planned either by Tintern, our community groups or within the class or year level, such as fundraisers or events.

Parent Reps also organise class or year level functions to provide parents with the opportunity of meeting and socialising in a relaxed atmosphere. It would be a great opportunity for class groups to connect, while supporting our local community cafes and restaurants still recovering from the lockdowns.

We greatly appreciate the time and commitment given by our Parent Reps. This role is suitable for Parents or Guardians who are in the workforce or who undertake home responsibilities. It can be shared between many people, or looked after by one person.

A special thank you to our wonderful team of Parent Representatives from 2020. Though the year was not what we expected, with the cancellation of many events and restrictions preventing class catch ups, we greatly appreciated their efforts in unusual times.

Welcome to our 2021 Class Reps:

ELC Lia Taylor
ELC Ereney Francis
Pre-Prep A Lakshika Kuruppu
Pre-Perp A Marion George
Pre-Prep B Emma Griffiths  
Prep A Diana Atkins
Prep A Claire Bernadou
Prep B Sarah Western
Year 1 A Claire Bernadou
Year 1 B Emma Griffiths
Year 2 A Kylie Hutchinson
Year 2 B Katherine Gracey
Year 2 B Jane Wilcock
Year 3 B Danielle Kelberg
Year 4 A Viviana Liou
Year 4 B Sally Robinson
Year 4 B Samantha Bray
Year 5 A Katherine Gracey
Year 6 A Danielle Kelberg
Year 6 B Lisa Chivers
Year 6 B Michelle Kuo
Year 7 Boys Carolyn Wood
Year 7 Boys Catherine Winduss

We are still seeking Reps for a number of year levels. If you would like to volunteer to be your Year Level’s Parent Representative, would like further information, or happy to continue in your current role, contact us by email communityrelations@tintern.vic.edu.au or by phone 03 9845 7877.

As we begin a new year, and adapt to our new Covid normal, we look forward to sharing with you many of the exciting events that help tie our Tintern Community together.

Footy Tipping Competition – AFL and AFLW

The Tintern Grammar community footy tipping competition is back again for 2021!

We are also pleased to announce our first ever AFLW Tipping Competition.

For those interested in joining the 2021 competitions, details are below:

You will then have to log into your own account or create one. When setting up your account, you might like to check the reminder email box so you don’t forget!

The competition is free and open to our entire adult (18+ @ 28/1/2021) Tintern community – Tintern Grammar students will not be permitted to enter. If you have any questions please email communityrelations@tintern.vic.edu.au and we’ll help you get started.

Cash Prizes awarded for the winners of each Tipping Competition:

AFLW Footy Tipping Prizes
The prizes have been adjusted to reflect the shorter AFLW season:

  • 1st Prize $100
  • 2nd Prize $50
  • 3rd Prize $25
  • 4th Prize $15

AFL Footy Tipping Prizes:

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

If the AFL season is shortened at a later date due to Covid, the tipping competition will continue, but the prizes will be adjusted accordingly. 

Good luck and start tipping!!

Community Committee Dates 

We are pleased to welcome our Community Group volunteers back on site. Please check the information below carefully for details:

  • Tintern Parent Group (TPG) –Next meeting: Tuesday 9 March 2021 at 7.30pm President: Haidee Wallace Location: CM Wood Common Room 
  • Friends of Music (FOM) – Next Meeting: Wednesday 24 February 2021 at 7pm  President: Debra Fryer Location:  CM Wood Common Room
  • Friends of Young Farmers (FOYF) – Next Meeting: Monday 15 March 2021 at 7.30pm President: Michael Biggs Location: Kennedy Cottage or Zoom:  Click here to join Meeting   Password: FOYF
  • Friends of Equestrian (FOE) – Next Meeting: Thursday 11 February 2021 Zoom:  Click here to join Meeting   Password: FOYF

Class of 2011 – 10 Year Reunion

We were very pleased to welcome the Class of 2011 back for their 10 Year Reunion. Our first onsite reunion for a year!

The day was hot, but the atmosphere was cheerful as over 60 Alumni, current and past staff got together to celebrate their milestone.

We  were also joined by Carol Robertson (Hogan 1980) of TOGA and Annabelle McKenzie (YG 2018) of the TGA.

Thank you to all those who attended, and a special thank you to the Alumni who assisted in the planning; Sarah Lerpiniere-Ryding, Natasha I’anson, Miranda Dickinson, Kirsty McDonald and Emma Nixon.

Upcoming Reunions 2021

  • 35, 40 & 45 Year Reunion YGs 1985 & 1986, 1980 & 1981, 1975 & 1976 – Saturday 5 June at 3.30pm, followed by Offsite
  • 20, 25 & 30 Year Reunion YGs 2000 & 2001, 1995 & 1996, 1990 & 1991 – Saturday 31 July at 3.30pm, followed by Offsite

Community Group Fundraising

Tintern Grammar Photo Albums – Protect your School Photos!

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.

Entertainment Books

We are thrilled to announce that Entertainment is now 100% digital! Excitingly this means that you Membership is valid for 12 months from the date of activation

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

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

You can purchase Woolworths Wish e-vouchers for a 3% discount. Whether purchasing to do your weekly groceries, shopping at Big W, or stocking up on Essentials at BWS, Cellarmasters or Dan Murphy’s, or even getting petrol at Woolworths Caltex, the savings can add up:

Please click here to order your Entertainment book from Tintern Grammar. Instantly purchase and access a digital membership which can then be used on two separate devices.

Please contact Community Relations on 9845 7877 for further information.

All proceeds raised go towards the fundraising for the TPG!


Music Matters

Paul Jarman returns to Tintern

We were very pleased to host another two-day visit from Paul Jarman last week. As announced in Aspectus last December, with the support of our Friends of Music committee, the school is commissioning Paul to write a new school anthem for Tintern Grammar.

 You can now view the interview that our Principal, Brad Fry, conducted with Paul last December, on his inaugural visit, in which they discuss ‘An Anthem to Culture’ and a few words from Paul captured last Friday in the CM Wood Centre below.

Paul toured the school again last week, taking in all that our beautiful environment and buildings have to offer. He met with a range of students to further understand our campus and culture including some Middle School and Senior College students who workshopped some ideas with him (pictured) . 



Excitingly, Paul also had a chance to meet with all of our Years 7 to 12 students (a girls’ session and a separate boys’ session) at which he heard our students sing their school songs. As previously outlined we are not decommissioning our old songs – there will still be an important place for them at many community events in the future, as an acknowledgement of the historical journey which has brought us to where we are today. We are excitedly awaiting the ‘reveal’ of our new song which will bring our boys’ and girls’ voices together as one through a more contemporary and customized musical vehicle which reflects where the school is placed heading into 2021 and beyond.

View a clip from Paul’s time with our girls below.

View some of his time with our boys below. 


Term 1 AMEB Results

Congratulations to the following students on completing their AMEB examinations (the practical exams were submitted for video examination in late 2020). Certificates for these examinations will be presented to students by Mr Fry in an Assembly in early March.

Anika Mulemane (Year 9)

Grade 3 French Horn – Credit

Ripley Fryer (Year 12)

Grade 4 Oboe – Credit

Jonah Fleming (Year 12)

Grade 5 Musical Theatre – Credit

Helen Yang (Year 9)

Grade 5 Theory of Music – Credit


Friends of Music seeks new members

We are ever so grateful for the ongoing support of the parents on our Friends of Music committee. With four parents of Year 12 students leaving the committee this year, this community group is keen to have some new members join their ranks to support the activities of our Tintern musicians. Our Friends of Music team will be meeting tomorrow evening (Wednesday 24 February) in the CM Wood Centre Staffroom at 7.00pm. Please contact fom@tintern.vic.edu.au if you would like more information or would like to join the committee.



Sport Matters

Brady Cochrane – Victorian Track and Field Championships

Congratulations to Brady Cochrane in Year 7 on a very successful weekend at the Victorian Track and Field Championships, held at Lakeside Stadium.Brady placed first in the shot put, 100m and 400m, making the State team and will now be representing Victoria across these events at the Nationals in April. Brady achieved a PB across all three events and also had to compete in the Under 15 group at the age of 12, an outstanding effort!
This weekend Brady will compete in the discus, long jump and 200m, if he places in the top 2 he will also qualify for the Nationals in those events. Well done Brady and we wish you the best of luck at the Victorian Track and Field Championships this weekend.



ELC News

Belonging in the Early Years

Belonging in the Early Years is a commonly used word, it is part of our National Framework and curriculum, you could say, we live and breathe it.  In a greater sense, belonging is understood as knowing where and with whom you belong, in the ELC it is our foundations.

In early childhood education, belonging is initiated with relationships. Relationships with our children, families, with each other and to Country. We acknowledge that in early childhood, and throughout our lives, relationships are crucial to forming a sense of belonging.

Developing a sense of belonging in the ELC begins with that first tour the child and their family take, we get to know them, develop a trusting relationship and find out what makes them unique. We incorporate their values, culture and beliefs into our curriculum and everyday practices.

When it is time for the children to begin their journey with us, we support and nurture their transition, getting to know one aspect of their home life with the intent of developing a closer bond. When it comes to their first week of school we ensure we are cementing their sense of ownership within the class, getting the children to create artwork for the room, taking photos for their lockers and making our rooms feel like their second home.

In Term One belonging is paramount to our start of our year to ensure the children are forming those initial relationships with one another, supporting their interdependence and defining identities. In a play-based setting this may look like painting and play dough, but it is through these activities we are intentionally encouraging interactions and planting the seeds of future friendships.  Belonging in the ELC shapes who the children are and who they will become.



Claire Trappitt

Pre-Prep A Teacher


Girls’ Junior School News

Girls’ Junior School News

Year 5 Girls

The year commenced well for our Year 5 Girls. We have been very productive, experiencing many different aspects of life as a Year 5 student and establishing our Learning Community. Some of our highlights have been a visit to the Farm, Chess and our Year 2 Buddies.

On our first visit to the Farm we named the rooster Bob and the hens Petunia and Sadie. We named the goats Ben and Jerry and Billy and Bella. We were taught by Mrs Grochowska how to hold a hen and many of us took the opportunity to try it for ourselves. We had a mystery to solve from Mrs Grochowska to highlight the importance of being curious and to look around at all aspects of the farm. We learned what to do if the sheep are around and be prepared if they make any sudden movements.

We have also had the enthusiastic Daniel from Ultimate Kids facilitate Chess lessons for us each week. It has been a great chance to learn about game strategy, the individual pieces and to play games against each other. We have learnt about pawns, bishops and castles, but if you’re a pro, you call the castle a ‘rook’. Some of the games we played against each other was only using three pieces, with the aim of taking all of our opponents’ pieces.

Another highlight to commence the year has been to meet and get to know our Year 2 Buddies. This is a wonderful way for the Year 5 Girls to demonstrate their leadership skills, their thoughtfulness and to establish a lovely working relationship. We have had lunch with them, shared stories and we look forward to sharing more learning experiences and time together with them in the future.

Miranda Price

Year 5 Teacher


Year 1 Girls visit the STEAM Centre

It has been an exciting time in the STEAM Centre for the Year 1 girls over the past two weeks. They have had their first experiences with 3D printing! Led by Mrs Healey and assisted by Mrs Campbell, Mr Hilet, Mrs Whitcher and Mr Mantell, the girls have used the Scribbletool feature on the Tinkercad program to design a face and a creature. The girls quickly understood that all the components of their design need to be connected in order to print as one piece, and they proceeded to design an interesting range of faces and creatures on their screens. Last week, the girls viewed the 3D printer in action, which was very exciting. We wonder what the next session will bring? The possibilities are endless! As you can see by the happy faces, the girls were also pretty excited to receive their own lanyard with their Tinkercad log in details and can be seen the following week with their first 3D printed product attached!

Kara – After you 3D print, the object goes into a special bath and then the white bit at the bottom dissolves.

Corrine, Olivia Z, Amani and Holly  – We all designed our faces, then we chose a cat, dinosaur, dog or lion to design.

Julia and Anisha – The filament is what the things are printed with and it melts to make your thing in layers.

Ruby – We have our own login to get into Tinkercad.


Mary Whitcher

Year 1 Girls’ Classroom Teacher

Prep-Year 2 Cluster Co-ordinator Junior Schools



Boys’ Junior School News

Boys’ Junior School News 

It was certainly a week of mixed experiences! As I emailed earlier in the week, my sincerest gratitude to all of our Junior School Community; boys, staff and families, for the patient, co-operative, respectful and caring manner in which the three school days of remote learning occurred. Our children displayed such mature independence, and their ability to join meetings and events, and to share their ‘out of school’ lives, was very special for us. Then on Thursday, the boys ‘bounced back’ into on site learning with their normal vigour and enthusiasm. I hope that the boys have gained a strong sense of fulfilment, and appreciation of their ability to embrace change and ‘bounce’ in times of adversity.

Sir Ernest Shackleton

In both of our Assemblies this week, I spoke about Sir Ernest Shackleton, as we recognised his birthday on 15 February. His story is certainly one of resilience and strong leadership. With the aim of completing a Trans Atlantic Expedition that would see him and his team cross Antarctica, his ship, Endurance, became stuck in an ice floe on the 19 January 1915. Shackleton believed in the importance of keeping busy and positively focussed, and so organised roles for each man, and games of soccer, on the ice.

On the 21 November 1915, the moving ice floe finally crushed the ship, with the men having to set up base on the ice for two months. Again, Shackleton kept their spirits up, by serving them hot chocolate each morning, organising concerts and ensuring they all had books to read. He then arranged for them to depart to find land. On the 14 April, for the first time in 16 months, the men set foot on solid land, albeit isolated and harsh. Shackleton then took 5 of his crew and sailed another 1200 kms through open water to reach a whaling station, where after trekking 30kms across mountainous land, he reached help. In an amazing story of survival, that is not brought to life adequately in this paragraph, Shackleton and his crew were all saved.

I have encouraged the boys to find out more about Shackleton and his journey. In a moment of great synergy for us, Shackleton’s headstone is marked with a symbol familiar to us all, that provides us with guidance and support.


Friday Assembly – Prep to Year 2 Boys

Throughout the year, each of our Prep-Year 2 boys gives a special, unique presentation in one of our Friday Assemblies. These presentations reflect an area of interest, a special event… anything about which the boys wish to talk. They are always entertaining, while providing further opportunity to develop confidence and independence.

On Friday, Oli spoke about the Perseverance rover landing on Mars (literally 45 minutes before his talk); a terrifically informative presentation. Yucheng then spoke about his Tintern Journey so far. His final slide and reflection (at left) was a wonderful reflection of what we continue to discuss in our assemblies and Junior School; “I am who I am”, and being




Jinghangs’ performance

In our prep – 2 assembly this week Jinghang You in Year 2 played a wonderful solo on the Piano, Jinghang is playing so beautifully at the grade 3 level and enjoyed the challenge of playing on the grand piano in the Southwood centre.

We are so pleased to showcase our musicians at assemblies and encourage you to watch Jinghangs’ fabulous performance here. 

Congratulations Jinghang!


Jacquie Casey

Junior School Choral and Performing Arts Coordinator


Middle School News

Despite our best hopes we were placed in a “circuit-breaker” lockdown for 5 days and it was amazing to see the response by staff, students and families. To move seamlessly from face-to-face learning into remote learning was a real credit to all involved and allowed the learning of our students to continue along without an issue. A huge congratulations must go to our Year 7s students who returned from camp on Friday afternoon only to be told of the news about not being on campus come Monday and that their learning would be facilitated through Microsoft Teams. Although remote learning was not a new concept for these students, for many the use of Microsoft Teams was new. Their ability to adopt this platform without lead in time or face-to-face instruction was both a credit to them and their adaptability, as well as to their year level co-ordinators, pastoral mentors and teaching staff. It was a wonderful effort by everyone involved. It is great to be back on campus as a community, but comforting to know that as these potential situations arise over the coming months/years, the learning of our students can continue along as required.  

Our Year 7s enjoyed a fantastic week down at Shoreham for their camp participating in surfing, standup paddle boarding, snorkeling, bike riding and other activities aimed at introducing them to our outdoor education program within the Middle School. Our Year 9s are currently hiking their way along the Great Ocean Walk in what is a true test of their commitment, teamwork and resilience. Whilst or Year 8s are in preparation for their own camp to the Grampians later this term in March. 


Year 7

Naomi Baulch (Year 7-8 Boys Co-ordinator) & Anthea Watkins (Year 7-8 Girls’ Co-ordinator) 

Year 7 have certainly had a busy start to their 2021 year at Tintern Grammar. From their official welcome as the class of 2026 at our annual Foundation Assembly through to their Shoreham Camp last week they have met each and every new experience with open minds and hearts. Camp saw the students cooking on a trangia, bike riding, surfing and snorkelling with seals to mention just a few of the amazing activities.  

All of our Middle School students took part in the Resilient Youth survey during our first week at school and we would like to applaud the students for their frank feedback as this will help us to mould our Pastoral Programs for the next 12 months. Our GEM Day allowed the students to complete their planning for camp and to watch the Film “Inside Out” which forms the basis for much of the Resilience Program themes for Year 7. In the coming weeks the Year 7s will start their study skills program with a focus on establishing healthy study routines and some handy IT skills as well. 




Year 8

Naomi Baulch (Year 7-8 Boys’ Co-ordinator) & Anthea Watkins (Year 7-8 Girls’ Co-ordinator) 

Year 8 students returned to school this year with the confidence expected from a group of young people who have a year of secondary school – including remote learning – under their belt. Unlike this time last year, routines of school such as timetables, homework expectations, lockers and meeting new teachers are now second nature, resulting in a very smooth start to 2021.  

This is the perfect year for students to try something new, and students are urged to participate in some of the many additional opportunities here at Tintern Grammar. The Green Team and Young Farmers are particularly popular, and so too are Debating and the many offerings through the Music Department. Keeping an eye on the Portal and notices in the Middle School building will keep students informed about these extra activities, which help develop well-rounded young people.  

GEM day on 3 February gave the students the opportunity to take a breath in the middle of the week, and do something different. The students participated in activities with our School Leaders and completed a variety of Resilience Project activities, including watching a recommended video in the Theatre. The boys also had a swim in the pool while the girls painted jars to be used throughout the year during their Pastoral sessions.  

In the coming weeks, we will begin preparing for the Year 8 Camp which will be a variety of outdoor activities in what promises to be a wonderful experience for our students. 




Year 9

Emma Lowing (Year 9 Co-ordinator) 

The first few weeks of Term 1 for our Year 9 students has been full of new experiences, adjusting to a co-educational Year 9 space and refamiliarizing themselves with the routine of school life.  Given the inability to gather together as a community over the last 12 months, the Foundation Assembly was a wonderful opportunity for our whole school to gather together and celebrate our own heritage and reflect on how far we have progressed as a school; to be reminded of the traditions that keep us connected, and proud of what we stand for.  Academic classes are back in full swing, and I hope the recent Elevate Education Session on time management has helped students think ahead and plan/organise their daily routines to enable some successful and achievable study habits.  Feedback from students and staff from this session was that it was very engaging with lots of student interaction and some great advice on how to stay on top of work expectations. 

Amidst the business end of school, students participated in their first GEM day on the 3 February which provided a chance to learn about the practicalities of packing a pack, setting up a tent and learning about good food choices for their upcoming hike. The highlight for most of our Year 9’s was floating on a riversled with their classmates on the Yarra River in Warrandyte. This experience, plus the upcoming hike, should be a great icebreaker with the intention of students not only getting a chance to get to know other classmates, but to also discover some of their own capabilities. 





Senior College News

Senior College News

There was a sense of relief from both staff and students that the lockdown and return to remote learning was not extended for schools. I wish to emphasise the importance that when a student is tested for COVID-19 that this is reported to the relevant Level Co-ordinator and that they do not return to school until a negative result is received and communicated to the school. We are required to keep detailed records and your support is appreciated for the safety of us all. Copies of presentations from the Senior College Level Co-ordinators are stored on the respective Portal pages for your reference.

Paul Jarman 

Despite the decision to delay the House Swimming Sports to an anticipated Tuesday 2 March, Paul Jarman was able to interact with students to gain their insights into the composition of a new school anthem that will be an addition to our current girls and boys school songs. You can read more about his visit here. 

Lunar New Year

On Friday 12 February we celebrated the beginning of the Lunar New Year, below is an image from our recent celebrations.

Parent Representatives

Families are invited to consider being a Parent Representative for either a class or year level in the Senior College. They are a significant liaison between parents/guardians and the school. In the past they have promoted activities, community group events or class/level specific meetings at local cafes and ideally this role is shared between families. If you would like to volunteer to be your year level’s Parent Representative or would like further information, please make contact with Community Relations via email at communityrelations@tintern.vic.edu.au or by phone 03 9845 7877.

Dr Michael Carr-Gregg  ‘Surviving Year 12’

Investigations are continuing regarding alternatives for the cancelled Years 10 to 12 camp/conference programs. The online presentation from Dr Michael Carr-Gregg relating to ‘Surviving Year 12’ was well attended by families and students. I have summarised some key points that are relevant to all families in the Senior College:

Key Messages

1. Keep Year 12 in context as an important but just another stage in life.

2. The ATAR is not a good predictor of life success but rather a ranking for competitive tertiary entry.

3. Life Advice – “If you can’t change it, change the way you think about the situation”.

4. He differentiated between ‘active coping’ strategies such as gaining help from teachers or speaking with parents etc versus ‘passive coping’ strategies that may include avoidance in the hope that the situation goes away.

5. The merits of creating a list of perceived demands and resources that may also consist of a nutritious diet, exercise and sleep routines.

6. The positive aspects of stress were highlighted working in the ‘optimum zone’ to maximise performance.

7. The detrimental impacts of alcohol and drugs on working memory

Practical Implementation Tips

1. The ’20-minute study rule’ with 5 minute breaks to gain the maximum learning outcomes.

2. The ‘production effect’ which involves talking about what has been learnt without notes to reinforce understanding. Parents can listen and include questions to clarify or pets can provide an audience…

3. Regular breaks to play sport or listen to music help create a balanced lifestyle.

4. Studying at the same time and place can help create a routine.

5. Sleep was mentioned as being the most effective study tool (regular sleep preparation included dimming lights 30 minutes before going to sleep, making sure the room is a comfortable temperature and quiet, avoid caffeine after 1.00pm)

6. In terms of mental wellbeing to seek early intervention, with prompt treatment for the best outcomes.

7. Aim for 1 hour of exercise per day.

8. Consider forming study groups to revise class work.

Dr Michael Carr-Gregg also referred to the Beyond Blue Anxiety and Depression checklist freely available on line and also the Parent and Student Fact Sheets relating to ‘Surviving Year 12’ on the Beyond Blue website.




Career News

News from the Careers Department

On Tuesday 23 February there will be a Careers related assembly for Year 12 students including an overview of the admissions cycle to the tertiary sector. This will be followed by the Year 12 students updating their interests questionnaire using Morrisby online and the opportunity to investigate the new feature ‘Options at 18+’. This week meetings will be held at recess time for students in Years 10 to 12 regarding applying overseas and to undergraduate medical courses. The following are the indexes to the latest editions of Career News and they can be accessed by selecting https://portal.tintern.vic.edu.au/homepage/14962/ (please make sure that you are logged into the Portal) or from the Careers tab and then Career News.

Number 2 Career News 12 February 2021

  • News from Deakin University
    • New Commerce/Communication Double Degrees
    • Marine Studies at Deakin
      • Bachelor of Environmental Science (Marine Biology)
      • Bachelor of Marine Science
  • New Bachelor of Business Innovation and Enterprise at RMIT
  • Studying Business at Victoria University
  • What does a Meteorologist do?
  • Skills Spiderweb
  • Chiropractic, Osteopathy & Remedial Massage Courses in Victoria in 2021
  • Universities in Western Australia

Number 3 Career News 19 February 2021

  • CompareED: Inspired Decisions, Limitless Possibilities
  • Group of Eight Universities
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Student Welfare Services

How to cope when things feel out of your control

Once again, we are dealing with circumstances that are seemingly out of our control. We have gone into another five day lockdown and have shifted back to an online working space. Although we have dealt with similar scenarios before, it is totally normal  to feel a little helpless in times of uncertainty.

You might feel like screaming, you might feel like the world is out to get you, or that things will never change… again, this is totally normal .

There are some things that can help when things feel like they are out of control.

The first thing we need to do is to accept that this is out of our control. By accepting, we shift the narrative from being a victim of a situation and focusing on the negative, to something we can control… how it affects you .

You can try to  determine your reaction to what is happening , and decide how to deal with it. Here are some things that can help us react more positively?

  1. Imagine what someone you respect would do/ imagine what your best self would do.

It is easy to get caught up in being upset and judge ourselves into a sadness frenzy. But a more helpful response would be to try and give yourself the advice you would give to a friend.

  • What would you tell them to help them out?
  • Would you judge them or accept their feelings?

Or maybe try putting yourself in the shoes of someone you look up to – how would they respond?

  1. Write down your thoughts.

Negatives thoughts easily find their way into our minds, and once you start thinking these thoughts it becomes even easier to believe them. This is known as a negative feedback loop. It is important to recognise that you are not your thoughts, thoughts are not  facts, and just because you keep telling yourself something negative does not make it true.

A way to break this negative feedback loop is to write down these thoughts. Then read them back as if someone else had written them. This will help you to accept your thoughts for what they are… just thoughts.

  1. Talk to others about what you are going through.

It is normal to be feeling grief, sadness, anxiety and frustration .it  is very likely that people around you are feeling similar ways.

Talking to friends, family, or anyone else you feel comfortable talking to is a great way to feel less alone, and sometimes verbalizing what you are feeling helps take control away from those feelings. It might be helpful to understand that other people are going through similar feelings of uncertainty and that may help in validating what you are experiencing.

It might be that you try some of these strategies but still feel concerned or need additional support . The staff are very willing to talk with you and can offer support . Please feel free to contact your mentor , year level co-ordinator or head of school . Support and counseling is also  available by contacting  Catie McNamara at Student Welfare Services .


Andrew Dellafiore and Jess Soccio

Student Welfare Services


Simulating Enzyme Activity in VCE Biology

Simulating Enzyme Activity in VCE Biology

The Year 12 VCE Biology classes have been exploring enzyme theory this week. With our return to onsite learning, this has provided us an opportunity to engage in the theory with hands-on activities. One of these activities has been simulating the activity of enzymes using coloured counters. Students with their eyes closed, represent the enzyme, while the counters scattered around the benchtop represent the substrates. In a set period of time students need to collect as many counters as they can (while keeping their eyes closed) – the number of counters collected represents the enzyme activity, with the more counters collected, the faster the rate of enzyme activity.

The simulation explores what happens to enzyme activity if we increase substrate concentration (add more counters), increase enzyme concentration (add more students) as well as the effect of adding an inhibitor (add different coloured counters). Activities such as this offer a fantastic way for students to engage in inquiry and to build their own understanding of the theory. These activities are always followed with class discussions to identify the new knowledge and address any misconceptions that might still persist.


Claire Stanner

Science and Biology Teacher

Year 11 Pastoral Mentor


IB Awards Ceremony

IB Awards Ceremony  

On Thursday 11 February four of our 2020 IB students were honoured at the International Baccalaureate Diploma Awards Ceremony at Deakin Edge, Federation Square, Melbourne.

This is an annual event which honours those IB students in Victoria and Tasmania who achieve IB scores of 40 and above. The fact that such a result is honoured by a ceremony indicates the magnitude of these students’ achievements.  Tintern Grammar students Ashleigh Dowling, Clarisse Liew, Hannah Taylor and Mandy Yu were award recipients at this year’s ceremony.

 Hosted by Methodist Ladies’ College, the ceremony was attended by IB students of the class of 2020, principals and IB coordinators from all participating schools. Families were able to stream the ceremony from a variety of locations. After a rousing performance by MLC’s Drumline, the guest speaker, Ms Anna Drutschinin (Class of 2005), reflected on her IB experience and where that has led her. She spoke of the multitude of pathways available after secondary school, and the importance of following one’s passion to achieve success and happiness. Her passion was always the environment. After studying Global Environmental Politics in Melbourne, and then studying further in France, she worked for the OECD advising policymakers. Her work reflected the IB in that it was multicultural, multilingual, rigorous and truly international. After returning to Australia three years ago, she is now able to help develop policy herself through her work for the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning. She highlighted the critical thinking skills developed by the IB programme and advised the IB graduates to build on the solid foundation they now have by seizing every opportunity which comes their way.

A digital reflection on the year of 2020, compiled from footage from all the IB schools, captured the challenges and some of the achievements of a year which really tested the mettle of the students, and paid tribute to their embodiment of the IB Learner attributes.

This was echoed in the address by Mr Steven Wishart, IB World Schools Manager – Australasia/Asia. He spoke of the extraordinary way in which the students overcame hardship which was far greater in Victoria than other states. He applauded their success which was significant, with Victorian results above those in the rest of the country and the Australasia region. He also paid tribute to the work of the schools, as advocates of the students, to ensure that their challenges were recognised.

Although current restrictions meant the evening was different from previous years, it was still a celebration of, and fitting tribute to, the achievements of talented, committed, resilient and inspiring IB graduates of whom we are very proud.

Nola Brotchie

IB Diploma Programme Coordinator


2020 IB Visual Arts Exhibition

The International Baccalaureate Visual Arts Exhibition is now showing at Glen Eira City Council Gallery until the 28 February. Congratulation to our Class of 2020 IB students Alice Church, Hannah Taylor and Jeremy Yuen-Love on being selected for this exhibition.

The exhibition showcases the unique artistic approaches and varied work produced in the two-year IB Visual Arts programme, featuring contemporary sculpture, photography, ceramics, painting, textiles, drawing, digital media and printmaking. To find out further information follow the exhibition link – https://www.gleneira.vic.gov.au/our-city/arts-and-culture/galleries-and-visual-art/exhibitions-and-programs


By Alice Church


By Jeremy Yuen-Love


By Hannah Taylor


Snowsports Information Evening

The Snowsports Information Evening will be held on Thursday 11th March at 7pm in the Theatre.

For anyone who is interested in hearing more about the Interschool Snowsports to be held in August at Mt Buller.

Please contact Kathryn Brentwood kbrentwood@tintern.vic.edu.au for more information.


Camps, Sports & Excursions Fund (CSEF)

CAMPS, SPORTS & EXCURSIONS FUND (CSEF) – Financial assistance information for parents.

CSEF is provided by the Victorian Government to assist eligible families to cover the costs of school trips, camps and sporting activities.

If you hold a valid means-tested concession card or are a temporary foster parent, you may be eligible for CSEF. A special consideration category also exists for asylum seeker and refugee families.

The allowance is paid to the school to use towards expenses relating to camps, excursions or sporting activities for the benefit of your child.

Click here to learn more about the CSEF. 

Please note applications for CSEF payments must be submitted prior to the last day of Term 2, Friday 18 June. Click here to download the application form.