23 Jul 2019

From the Principal

This week we have a special guest introduction from Ashley Viney, Head of Sport.

Sport is a valuable part of our curriculum at Tintern Grammar. To ensure students receive the best possible opportunities in sport, we have engaged the services of Elitewellbeing this year. Elitewellbeing provide high-performance athletics and cross-country coaching and training. High-quality coaching is vital to the development of the students’ knowledge, skills and overall performance. Our partnership with Elitewellbeing provides students with an exceptional opportunity to participate in high-performance training from world-class athletes.

Four-time Olympian, World Championship and Commonwealth Games medallist Craig Mottram runs Elitewellbeing. Craig has been working with the Tintern Sports department to develop our athletics and cross-country training programs to ensure students achieve their best results. This training is also beneficial when applied to other sports, as many of the activities focus on fundamental movement and skills. Craig often attends the training sessions to provide individual feedback to students. Through this partnership, we aim to provide a fun and enjoyable environment for the students to train and develop their performance.

Craig has an excellent team of coaches who facilitate the training sessions. Sprinter Sean Wroe completed at the 2008 Olympics in the 400m and 4x400m relay. He also competed at multiple Commonwealth Games, winning gold in the 4x400m relay. Jack Hale is currently Australia’s fastest 100m sprinter. Sam Prime is one of Victoria’s best cross-country runners, regularly finishing in the top 12 at national level. Luke Wallace is a national level high jump athlete having cleared 2m on 13 occasions.

Training sessions for athletics ran during late Term 1 and early Term 2 on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings from 6:45-8am in the gym and on the oval. Students completed a general warm-up and fundamental movement activities, before starting on event specific drills. Aside from running each training session, the coaches attended the EISM Athletics day and EISM Athletics Champions day to provide students with feedback before, during and after their events. Read the event reports here.

Cross-country training sessions will run in Term 3 on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings from 7-8am on the oval. These sessions will run in a similar style to the athletic training, with a general warm-up and activities before moving onto cross-country specific training. Breakfast will be available to students after training in the PE Centre.

Craig and I are eager to continue developing this partnership to ensure our students receive the best possible sporting opportunities. Students of all abilities are welcome to join us for these training sessions; and I encourage them to attend the cross-country training during Term 3 and the athletics training when it commences again in 2020.

Photos: Kathy Watt


Curriculum Matters

Welcome back to Semester Two and another busy and productive school term. I sincerely hope everyone in our community, especially our students, found some time to rest and re-energise during their holiday break.

Semester Reports were distributed during the holidays and these give our students the opportunity to reflect on the feedback from teachers contained in these reports, to set goals in order to consolidate what they have learnt in Semester 1 and to use this process to see them through the second half of the school year. For our senior students, there is the opportunity to gain insights to help them rise to the challenges of their upcoming end-of-year assessments.

In the first few weeks of this Term, class teachers in Grade 5 and 6 and Pastoral Mentors in the secondary school will be receiving self-reflections on their reports from their students in which they set goals based on this feedback. In undertaking this process, we hope that students will acknowledge what they have done well as much as the areas of their work which still need improvement. These self-reflections provide the students with a focus as to the way forward with their learning and also serve to provide teachers with some insights into students’ own understandings of their learning. These are powerful tools for encouraging a growth mindset within our student body. 

Our teaching staff also continue a similar process whereby they have been working in teams under the guidance of a trained coach, to reflect, set Knowledge and Practice goals, devise actions to progress towards them and gather evidence of this progress to review this term. This Professional Growth Program (PGP) is part of an annual process at Tintern. Two teams of teachers in the PGP this year are focussing on the work started last year by a group focussing on the Harvard ‘Cultures of Thinking’ Project.

‘Cultures of Thinking’ is a paradigm which works to re-shift the focus of our teaching onto who we want students to ‘be’, rather than simply what we want them to ‘know’ and ‘do’ at school. It explores how our teachers can leverage cultural forces to build an environment where thinking is visible, valued, a part of the regular day-to-day routine and very much at the core of each student’s identity.

At Tintern, our teachers work hard to develop their practice, prepare lessons, reflect on challenges and think of creative ways to deliver curricula and develop our students. The inquiry-action work which these teams are undertaking is not designed to replace what we already have, but to further build on this by giving us a fresh perspective. We are very much looking forward to expanding on the great work already being done in these action groups.

The ability of our students, staff and families to participate in these continuous learning cycles so openly, positively and collaboratively is a marker which sets up our school to continue to develop a culture of learning which encourages growth, greater understandings and deeper learning in all of our classroom experiences and beyond.

Subject Selection Showcase, 25 July

Parents are reminded that the Subject Showcase Evening will take place this Thursday 25 July. Year 9 students and families are invited to attend an information session starting at 7.00pm in the Theatre, prior to joining 2019 Year 10 students and families in the Anderson Centre (Senior College). 2019 Year 10 students and families are invited to attend from 7.30pm in the Anderson Centre.

All individual senior subjects on offer next year will be outlined and subject teachers will be available to answer specific subject-related questions. We invite you and your child to attend and hear specific details about the various subjects on offer in each of our three pathways.

As in previous years, subject selection will be made online. This year, that process will commence on Saturday 27 July and will close at 6pm on Sunday 4 August. All students have attended Subject Selection Assemblies last week, where they were given instructions on how to follow this process. Students will receive a personal message via their Tintern email account on the evening of 26 July with a link to the online subject selection portal.

The Showcase Evening mentioned above will assist students to select the most suitable pathway and subject choices for 2020. Individual teachers and our Careers Consultants are available to assist with this process throughout the timeline outlined above.                                                                                                                                       

Parents are reminded that it is not possible to meet all student preferences during the subject allocation process, due to the constraints of timetabling and blocking based on an overview of all students’ choices.


Music Matters

Congratulations to recipients of Kelson and Penelope Thwaites Music Awards

Last Friday, Mr Michael Kelson and his wife, Lyn, made their annual sojourn to Tintern to bestow this year’s Kelson Music Scholar Awards and the Penelope Thwaites Music Awards to five talented musicians. The awards are in their sixteenth year and honour the memory of Mrs Ilma Kelson (Mr Michael Kelson’s mother), who was Director of Music at Tintern from 1958 to 1973.

In honour of her memory, the Kelson Family has provided annual encouragement scholarships to be awarded to support the tuition of students in the pursuit of their music education. In addition to the Ilma Kelson Music Scholar Awards, the Kelson Family also initiated additional Music Scholarships ten years ago in honour of Ms Penelope Thwaites. Ms Thwaites, who is a world-famous pianist, was a student at Tintern from 1953 to 1960 and was School Pianist during her final three years at the school. She attended Tintern during the time Mr Kelson’s mother was Director of Music at the school.

This year’s recipients of the Awards are as follows:

Kelson Scholar Awards

Outstanding Senior Performer: Sarah Chen (Year 10) – Piano

(who also received her Licentiate of Music Certificate for Piano Performance at this Assembly)

Music Scholar Encouragement Awards: Natalie Owen (Year 11) – Harp and Ashley Honan (Year 7) – Tuba

Penelope Thwaites Music Awards

Best Performance of an Australian Composition: Zoë Forbes (Year 11) – Flute

Original Composition Award: Tristan Stafford (Year 9) – Piano

Congratulations to these students!

“Music is supposed to wash away the dust of everyday life.”

These were the famous words of late American jazz drummer, Art Blakey, who founded the Jazz Messengers in the mid-1950s. Today, his music is kept alive by his legacy band: Ralph Peterson and the Messenger Legacy, who washed away all traces of dust from the Friday night of their audience members on 7 June, through their performance at Bird’s Basement Jazz Club. Thirteen Tintern students, four teachers and one parent were witness to the electrifying show. 

Bird’s Basement is a restaurant and hub of live music, nestled in the CBD, attracting a wide range of high-profile performers. The intimate nature of the venue allowed us to be seated mere metres away from the performers – which proved to be a unique (but very loud) experience.

The band comprised two saxophonists, a trumpeter, pianist, bassist and drummer – whose respective virtuosity served as inspiration for us all (and perhaps as a reminder of our comparative lack of skill). Ralph Peterson – the drummer and head of the band – was particularly mesmerising. 

Peterson elevated the role of the drum kit from traditionally being in service to the soloists, to an instrument as dynamic and conversational as the saxophone. His meticulously crafted solos were not simply percussive, but melodic, and truly showcased his incontrovertible command of the kit. I overheard a lady say “I usually hate listening to drum solos, but I could listen to Ralph forever”, and I think that this quote testifies to his unique and musical style. Refusing to get locked into a continuous pattern, Peterson espoused the improvisational style that is hallmark of jazz and the complexity that underscores the bebop jazz genre. 

Bebop is a style of jazz designed for attentive listening, rather than for dancing, lending itself to virtuosic improvised solos instead of memorable tunes. It was developed in the early 1940s, partly as a rebellion against the written arrangements of swing music. Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers marked the transition into “hard bop” – an extension of bebop that evolved in the 1950s. 

This concert was a wonderful opportunity for me to broaden my musical horizons while beholding some incredible musicians. We were even given a chance to speak to the jovial Ralph Peterson during the intermission, who was excited to see some young people at his show. The fact that the Messenger Legacy official t-shirts were only stocked in size men’s XL, suggests that they don’t have too many fans of either our age or stature… 

Jazz – particularly bebop – is a style that many people of my generation aren’t exposed to. I had never been to a jazz concert before (other than the school Jazz Night!), so my experience of jazz previously, had been mainly through recordings. This performance convinced me that jazz is best served live… and preferably by Ralph Peterson and the Messenger Legacy

by Ashleigh Dowling, Year 11 IB Music student

Music Camp this coming weekend!

Yes, it’s that time of year again, where all of our musicians and choristers converge on the CM Wood Centre and make amazing music for two and half days (as well as eat copious amounts of food and share much hilarity during the music activities prepared by our Music Leaders).

Students may wear casual clothes, but must wear a black shirt on Saturday for the famous Camp Photo! Students are reminded to return Camp Reply slips by Thursday, to assist with catering.

The ‘Camp’ schedule (this is an on-site camp – not a sleepover version) looks like this:

Friday 26 July

1.45-3.00pm – Intermediate Choirs (Boys & Girls)

3.00-4.15pm – AMEB Online Choir & Orchestra – ‘I Am Australian’

4.15-5.15pm – Concert Choir & Senior Jazz Band

5.15pm – Afternoon Tea

5.30-6.30pm – Senior Chamber Choirs (Boys & Girls)

Saturday 27 July

8.45am – Concert Band & Scrolls

10.30am – Morning Tea

11.00am – All Music Campers (Finale)

12.45-2.15pm – Lunch & Music-Themed Activities                                                     

2.15pm – All Music Campers (Finale)

3.15pm – Afternoon Tea                                    

3.30-5.00pm – Chamber Orchestra & Wind Symphony

Sunday 28 July

12.45pm – All Music Campers (Finale)

2.00pm – Afternoon Tea & Quiz Time

2.45-3.30pm – All Music Campers (Finale)

3.30-5.00pm – Symphony Orchestra & Intermediate Jazz Band

Please direct all inquiries to the Music Office (9845 7837) or music@tintern.vic.edu.au.

Annual Music Concert – Friday 9 August

Join us for Tintern Grammar’s Annual Music Concert on Friday 9 August, 7.30pm in the CM Wood Performance Centre.

This concert showcases our larger instrumental ensembles and choirs. The program is filled with delightful musical offerings in a range of styles and concludes with an uplifting massed finale performed by all members of all ensembles. Find out more below.


Sport Matters

Great results for Stella at the Australian Elite Junior Diving Championships

We have a very exciting update to share about Year 7 student Stella Forsyth. You may remember reading that Stella would be competing at the Australian Elite Junior Diving Championships in Brisbane during the holidays. We are so pleased to congratulate Stella on another fantastic competition, winning two gold medals and a silver! Stella is now Australian Champion on 3m springboard, Australian Champion Girls C/D synchro and silver medalist Platform.

Congratulations Stella! Your hard work and dedication continue to pay off with these brilliant results!

Great results for Mitch!

Congratulations to Mitch McGovern in Year 10 on his recent cycling success! Before the holidays, Mitch placed 3rd in the J17M division at the Kew Boulevard Individual Time Trial. He then competed in the Victorian Criterium Championship as part of the Broadford Junior GP on the middle weekend of the holidays. Mitch raced well in some awful weather and was 3rd in the State Criterium Championships. He raced consistently for the rest of the GP and took out the General Classification by 38 seconds, as well as cleaning up on the King of the Mountains and Sprint points classifications. This was his first General Classification win in the top age group! Mitch competed over the weekend in the Eildon Junior Tour in very cold conditions. Over four tough stages, Mitch continued his consistent form and finished 8th on General Classification.

Well done, Mitch, and good luck for your upcoming events in Castlemaine and Wangaratta.


Community Matters

Welcome to Term 3. The Community Relations team hope you all enjoyed a break from the usual routine. Term 3 is already shaping up to be a very busy term for our Community Groups; Presentation Ball, Spring Celebration, Trivia Night, reunions for our past students and of course, Father’s Day stalls for our younger students. If you would like to get involved with any of our community groups please contact Di Lacey in the Community Relations Office on 9845 7877 or communityrelations@tintern.vic.edu.au

Please Save the Date for the Term 3 Community Events:

  • Father’s Day Stall Wrapping Day – Wednesday 21 August from 8.30am in Kennedy Cottage
  • Father’s Day Stall – Wednesday 28 August from 8.30am to 1.30pm
  • Spring Celebration – Friday 6 September from 3.30pm to 7.00pm – Book here
  • Trivia Night – Saturday 14 September from 7.00pm
  • Presentation Ball – Friday 20 September at Karralyka from 7.30pm
  • Class of 2014, 5 Year ReunionFriday 23 August at 7.30pm – Book here
  • Class of 2018, 1 Year Reunion – Friday 13 September at 7.30pm

Spring Celebration – Friday 6 September from 3.30pm to 7pm – Register now!

Our Friends of Young Farmers Committee (FOYF) warmly invite you to the Tintern Farm on Friday 6 September from 3.30pm – 7pm for the Spring Celebration!

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

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

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

Register to attend through trybooking: https://www.trybooking.com/BDIOV

Avenue of Excellence – Induction Celebration – Saturday 3 August at 7pm

Help us celebrate Janine Kirk AM (YG 1970) and Cheryl Bagatol PSM (YG 1970) at our Avenue of Excellence Induction Celebration Cocktail Event on Saturday 3 August, 7pm in the CM Wood Centre. Drinks and canapés will be served from 7pm, with the formal proceedings to commence at 8.30pm. 

Graduates of 1970 and accomplished business leaders, Janine Kirk and Cheryl Batagol will be formally inducted at this event.

Janine Kirk is a Business, Education, Health and Community Leader; and has had a long and distinguished career giving back to the community, having held numerous leadership positions across the private, government and not-for-profit sectors.

Cheryl Bagatol is an Environmental and Sustainability Leader, who is committed to social and environmental justice and leads change in preventing and reducing the impacts of pollution and waste on human health and the environment.

We look forward to inducting Janine and Cheryl and hope you can join us for this special occasion. 
Book your tickets via Trybooking.

The Tintern Grammar Avenue of Excellence was established in 2017 to mark the School’s 140th anniversary, and to formally celebrate and honour the outstanding achievements and contributions of extraordinary Alumni in their field of endeavour. Learn more about the Avenue of Excellence.

Young Farmers at the Australian Sheep and Wool Show 2019

Congratulations to the Tintern Young Farmers on their recent success at the Australian Sheep and Wool Show 2019. A special thank you to the Friends of Young Farmers who helped support this event. FOYF hosted a Social Dinner at Quest Schaller Hotel Bendigo, which was an exciting evening for all.

Trivia Night 2019 – Save the Date Saturday 14 September

Reunion Festival 2019

We were very proud to host almost 200 alumni at our Reunion Festival on Saturday 15 June. Alumni from year groups 1999, 1994, 1989, 1984, 1979 and 1974 celebrated with an eventful afternoon at Tintern; touring the school, enjoying drinks and canapés and reminiscing with their peers.

The atmosphere was electric on the day, with the excited chatter continuing well into the night at local and private venues for dinner and more celebration activities.

Thank you to everyone who attended or contributed on the day. Our special thanks to those alumni who travelled from regional and interstate locations and to the volunteers who gave their time to assist. A special mention is due to the wonderful student ambassadors who gave up some of their Saturday to tour the alumni around our campus.

Tintern Footy Tipping Competition!

Don’t forget to put in your tips!

Community Committee Dates 

  • Tintern Parent Group (TPG) –Next meeting: Thursday 8 August 2019 Kennedy Cottage President: Haidee Wallace
  • Friends of Music (FOM) – Next Meeting: Wednesday 24 July 2019 CM Wood Common Room President: Debra Fryer
  • Friends of Young Farmers (FOYF) – Next Meeting: Monday 5 August 2019 Kennedy Cottage President: Meaghan Cross
  • Friends of Equestrian (FOE) – Next Meeting: TBC Kennedy Cottage President: Vacant Vice President: Karen Trevorrow

Upcoming Reunions:

  • Class of 2014, 5 Year Reunion – Friday 23 August at 7.30pm – Book here
  • Class of 2018, 1 Year Reunion –  Friday 13 September at 7.30pm
  • Class of 2004, 15 Year Reunion – Saturday 26 October form 3.30pm
  • High Tea Reunions – YG 1969, 1964, 1959 and 55 years + – Friday 15 November from 11am to 2pm

Tea Towels – Order Yours Now

Creating Lasting Memories!
Our limited edition tea towel design will be made up of self-portraits drawn by all our children and staff. There are 3 separate designs by our junior girls, boys and ELC.
The pictures and names are arranged as a commemorative design and screen printed onto premium 100% white cotton tea towels.

Don’t forget to order a few extras for family members and your keepsake box. $15 each, or save by ordering 3 for $40.

To order this treasured keepsake please visit:

There is a previous tea towel on display in the Girls and Boys Junior School and the ELC.

Please note: limited quantities available.

Thank you for your continued support!

2017 Tea Towels Designs

Entertainment books are back for their 25th Year!

Entertainment Books are back for their 25th year! To celebrate they are offering a great range of pre-order bonus offers:

Filled with up to 50% off and 2-for-1 offers for the most popular restaurants, attractions, shopping, travel and more. The book is current from purchase until the end of May 2020.

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

Please click here to order your 2019/2020 Entertainment book from Tintern Grammar. Books can be collected from Main Reception, or instantly purchase and access a digital membership which can then be used on two separate devices.

Please contact Community Relations on 9845 7877 for further information.

All proceeds raised go towards the fundraising for the TPG for 2018.

Tintern Grammar Photo Albums – Protect your 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.


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

Dear parents, guardians and carers

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

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

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

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

This information assists Tintern Grammar to:

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

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

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

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

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

Kind regards


Prep A Class Learning about Moonwalkers

The Prep girls have been learning about Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins – and their successful team mission to the Moon in July, 1969…..This year, we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of their courageous achievements. Inspired by Moonwalkers, the picture story book by Mark Greenwood and Terry Denton, the girls have enjoyed writing their own stories about the Moon. The girls have also been discussing some of the technology we can use today, that has developed from our exploration of Space over this period, including laptops, cameras in mobile phones and in making artificial limbs. Perhaps, as they mature further, the girls will be inspired to explore the field of Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics. I am sure they will be able to work exceptionally well in teams, like the astronauts and their supporting NASA teams did so well, 50 years ago.



SchoolPix Sibling Photos – Tuesday 6 August

SchoolPix will be at Tintern Grammar on Tuesday 6 August to take siblings photos.

Order forms will be distributed to the youngest child in each family. 

Please use your family allocated coding to place your order online by 3pm on Thursday 1 August.

A confirmation email with allocated time will then be sent to all families.


Father’s Day Stall – Wednesday 28 August

WEDNESDAY 28 August From 8.30am to 1.30pm

Southwood Centre

Gifts range in price from $3 – $20

Please send a bag on the day for your child to put their goodies in!

Gift wrapping Day Wednesday 21st August at Kennedy Cottage 8.30am – onwards

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

If you are able to assist with the stall please nominate a day and time on the slip below and return to Junior Reception

Fathers day stall 2019

Please note we will only contact you if we need to arrange an alternative time for you.

If you have any further questions please contact:  

Danielle Kelberg ph 0419560987 email dkelberg04@gmail.com or Haidee Wallace ph 0417052273 email Wallace.haidee@gmail.com


Boys’ Junior School News

In our most recent Prep – Year 2 and Years 3 – 6 assemblies, we have discussed inventors such as Henry Ford, Alexander Bell and Thomas Edison, and Explorers such as Ernest Shackleton, Burke and Wills and Amelia Earhart. They all had dreamed to achieve what no one else had done and persevered. We compared this with Arthur Ashe’s quote,


This led us to discuss the dream to land on the moon. As we went through the facts, I asked the boys, “There have been 12 men who have walked on the moon; why haven’t there been any women do so?”  One of the answers, innocently, from a Prep boy was “They weren’t brave enough?”

This certainly highlighted that we need to continue to, directly and indirectly, guide our youngest boys to break down stereotypes. I know that our older boys are very open-minded and balanced with regard to equality.

As we celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the Moon landing, we looked at the commitment and adversity shown by those throughout the entire space program, from Yuri Gagarin, to the Apollo 1 disaster and through to Allen Shepherd hitting a golf ball on the moon.

We even discussed the lovely gesture of Eugene Cernan, the last man to walk on the moon, carving the initials of his daughter, TB+DC, into the moon surface.

We finished with Mark Twain’s quote, “Explore, Dream, Discover”….promoting the need to be risk-takers and to explore new opportunities.


Year 6 boy visit to Canberra

Towards the end of last term, our Year 6 boys visited Canberra, where they spent three days participating in a variety of educational programs to complement their class unit on Government. Amidst some cooler mornings yet sunny afternoons, the boys took advantage of every opportunity offered and fully immersed themselves with energy and respect. Whilst visiting the well-known landmarks of our Nation’s capital, the boys enjoyed all the fun of being ‘on camp’ with friends whilst participating in activities that extended and challenged their understandings about government and our History. At the War Memorial, each boy placed a poppy against the name of a Serviceman whom they had researched earlier in class, and we spent a most reflective 3 hours learning about and experiencing the awesome sacrifice and terrible toll that forms such a poignant part of our History. Our boys were fortunate to lead a moving wreath laying Ceremony at the War Memorial. It was spine tingling when Arya read the Ode and the Last Post was played. The boys were wonderful ambassadors of the school, and we received many positive comments about their behaviour and demeanour wherever we went. In what was an engaging and valuable three days, other highlights included a tour of Parliament House, a scientific visit to Questacon, debating the damming of the Franklin at the Museum of Democracy (Old Parliament House), a visit to the Mint as well as a tour and interactive sports experience at the Australian Institute of Sport. The Australian Government recognises the importance of all young Australians being able to visit the National Capital as part of their Civics and Citizenship education. To assist families in meeting the cost of the excursion the Australian Government is contributing funding for each student under the Parliament and Civics Education Rebate program towards those costs. The rebate is paid directly to the school upon completion of the excursion. Finally, to top it all off, the comments of thanks we received from the Flight Attendants about the boys’ behaviour were a highlight in themselves. Well Done! to all the Year 6 boys and many thanks to Mr Kenny for his leadership and Mrs Macey for her care and assistance throughout the experience. It certainly was an informative, busy, yet incredibly enjoyable 3 days.


Zara Jackson Smith – 6A

Congratulations to Zara Jackson Smith in Year 6A who has been selected to represent Victoria in the State Hockey Primary School team. Zara participated in three rounds of trials to progress to the final team of 14 students, which was selected from all Primary Schools in Victoria. Zara started playing hockey when she was in Year 3, playing at centre half, and has been a committed member of the Doncaster Hockey Club. We wish Zara all the best for her upcoming competition this August, which will consist of her competing in a round-robin tournament against other states. What an impressive achievement!


Girls’ Middle School News

Welcome back to all our wonderful young women in the Girls’ Middle School. The new term has started with plenty of energy and exciting things to look forward to such as our Year 9 Winter Camp, Laughter Day, Big Day In, Spring Celebration, Comedy for a Cause, Avenue of Excellence Dinner, Night of the Notables preparation for Year 7s and working together as a whole school to learn our massed singing item for our Annual Celebration Evening.

Our Young Farmers team have just come back from the Australian Sheep and Wool Show in Bendigo which finished on Sunday. Throughout the show our girls showed considerable maturity and confidence in speaking to the judges when showing the sheep, working with members of the public, engaging in effective teamwork with their peers, maintaining a positive attitude throughout each day despite the early mornings, and overall being terrific ambassadors of our school. Three of our Year 7 girls even had the great opportunity of being interviewed by the local WinNews TV crew which was a real highlight!

Report reflection

Following on from the Semester 1 reports, all students are asked to complete a report reflection during their pastoral time and to discuss with their pastoral teachers what their goals are for the coming semester. These can include increasing their classroom participation, study preparation for upcoming tests, or being braver in asking questions during class time. Students have been encouraged to find time at home to sit down with you to read over their reports. In particular, can I encourage you to help your daughter identify any common themes in the feedback they received from their teachers to help them to formulate key areas of growth in the coming semester. This invaluable process of review, reflection and goal setting is not only useful in the short term but provides valuable building blocks for the future.

Year 8 Science

Last term the Year 8 girls made Rube Goldberg machines in our science topic of simple machines. A Rube Goldberg machine is a setup of relatively simple parts like levers, pulleys, inclined planes and screws to make a very long, very complicated machine that does a very simple task. One of these tasks could be pouring a bowl of cereal, popping a balloon or turning on a tap.

We were split into groups of 3 or 4, made our design and started building. It took us about four lessons to build the entire machine, but the end result was worth it. Most of us managed to make the whole machine work, but even if we didn’t, we still had a lot of fun and learnt a lot.

by Ellena Glenk, Year 8

Art in the Middle School

Over the past term, the Year 7s have been working hard at creating fabulous monoprinting. This is a unique art form as it is designed to ensure each piece is original and is only able to be produced once. It also captures a student’s spontaneous creativity and encourages positive risk-taking in their art. In Year 8 they have been working to create beautiful masks, utilising a wide variety of mediums. This again encourages creativity in design and ingenuity in the execution of each idea. 

Both the creation of a monoprint in art and the development of a simple machine in science have much more in common with each other than you might expect. A task that does not have a correct answer will automatically encourage a student to apply creative thinking, problem solving and ingenuity.  These essential life skills access both hemispheres of a student’s brain and forge essential neural pathways. This makes it easier in future for a student to engage in these types of thinking as the brain has already established this as a rewarding pathway.

Self-directed creative problem-solving tasks encourage higher engagement and an increased willingness for students to invest deeply in their work. This has a positive ripple effect on other subjects. Students can more readily identify areas of success and achievement and feel more optimistic about their learning. It also has the added benefit of celebrating the imperfect journey of creative design combined with trial and error. Through self-reflection students are able to identify that the end result doesn’t have to be perfect to be a success, rather it is the process that is the most valuable. This continues to help build and repair students’ self-esteem and sense of accomplishment.

Last Wednesday students attended a combined Middle School subject selection information session where they were informed about Year 8/9 elective options, and also Year 10 & VCE subject options. Along with the regular electives we are delighted to add a new elective this year, with the PE department offering ‘Peak Performance’ which focuses on elite sportsmen and women and how they achieved their success, ways to improve overall fitness and health and optimising opportunities to develop your health. Students were given detailed information about the online subject selection process. They have all been emailed the link this week, so that they can start the process of working out what their preferences are for next year. Students were all encouraged to consider their options carefully and to discuss their choices with their parents before making their final online selection. The final selection will need to be signed by a parent before being submitted. If you have any questions about electives or the process please do not hesitate to contact the school.

In Year 10 there is an opportunity for students to apply to do an accelerated VCE subject Unit 1 & 2. This is a wonderful opportunity for capable students to extend their skills into VCE; however, it is also a very challenging task as the work to be completed will be at a Year 11 level. Therefore, there are expected academic (B grade average) and effective organisational skills that will need to be considered before a student’s application is approved. Students are also encouraged to choose a subject that they have a genuine interest in as this will increase the likeliness of success.

A reminder that we have our subject showcase evening this coming Thursday 25 July from 7pm where students are able to ask questions and speak directly to staff about best options for Year 10 and beyond. All Year 9 students and parents are encouraged to attend.

Sport continues this term with our Winter season for 8s and 9s rolling through from last term. Our Year 7s begin their journey into EISM Sport starting on a Monday afternoon and I wish them all the best for their first school sport season. We are trialling an after school training option for both boys and girls this term with AFL football sessions running on a Tuesday afternoon (beginning Tuesday 23rd July) from 3:45pm – 4:45pm on the school oval. All students are welcome to attend, not just those in the AFL teams.

Alongside EISM weekly sport, our current season of cross-country is well underway. Training has begun on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings at 7am and everyone is encouraged to come along and participate.




Boys’ Middle School News

A very big welcome back to everyone after what was a cold and wet mid-year break, at least for those of us who were here in Melbourne. I do hope that you were able to share some quality family time during the three weeks, as this is so important, especially for our adolescent boys.

During the holidays our students received their Semester 1 reports highlighting their achievements and efforts throughout the first semester. Following on from this, early in Term 3, each boy will be completing a reflection of these reports and focussing on setting themselves goals for this coming semester in terms of effort, achievement, participation, etc. Please discuss with your son what his goals will be for this semester and look to remind him of them as the year progresses. This process of reflection and goal setting is a challenging one for adolescent boys to grasp fully, but a great skill to build in them as they grow and develop.

Our first Middle School assembly this term was a combined assembly with the girls where our students were addressed on the upcoming subject selection process. Our Year 7 and 8 boys continue to choose from a suite of elective subjects with many of the regular favourites available again, along with Outdoor Education for Year 9 2020 boys and a new PE elective titled “Peak Performance” being introduced for both Year 8 and Year 9 in 2020. When “Ninja Warrior” was mentioned by the Head of Department, many boys’ (and girls’) interest levels piqued! All students are encouraged to choose electives based purely on their own interest areas and use these subjects as a way of increasing their exposure to a specific area of interest for them, as well as having a bit of fun along the way.

Our Year 9 students were introduced to the Year 10 electives for 2020, along with the ability to elect to accelerate in a Year 11 VCE Unit 1 & 2 subject next year. This acceleration takes a large commitment from our students as they will be stepping up to a work level designed for Year 11 students and therefore they are encouraged to be very sure that this is something they have a genuine interest in, and that they do wish to be challenged in terms of workload and commitment. There is an expectation around grade level average to be able to participate in this type of acceleration with the application process involving Heads of Department and other staff considering previous school reports and teacher recommendations.

Please be sure to discuss this selection process carefully with your son and also be aware that throughout the process you will need to receive an email (courtesy of them) that enables you to have the final sign-off regarding their choice of subject. There is no guarantee regarding subject choice as it will come down to many factors. Please don’t hesitate to contact the school if you have any questions regarding the process.

I recently read a book titled “He’ll be ok” by Celia Lashlie and can highly recommend it to all parents for our adolescent boys. It was a great read, helping to highlight the challenges our boys face as they grow up, the challenges parents face with these boys, but above all, the amazing celebration we should make of our boys growing up into great young men. At school, our role is not just to help students with their development in Maths, English, Science, Music, Sport, etc., but also to walk hand-in-hand with parents and guardians as we share the journey of your boys becoming young men. On the first day back at school, our Year 8 boys were part of a session titled “Time to Man Up” run by an organisation called SALT (Sport and Life Training). This program focussed on the challenges of adolescent lives, the amazing opportunities they have available to them, and especially on the importance of developing values that will equip them for being these great young men. This is one of many programs we run throughout the Middle Years as part of their pastoral development, which is aimed at having our boys leave Middle School at the end of Year 9 prepared and ready for the Senior College environment in Year 10 and beyond.

Sport continues this term with our Winter season for 8s and 9s rolling through from last term. Our Year 7s begin their journey into EISM Sport starting on a Monday afternoon. I wish them all the best for their first school sport season. We are trialling an after school training option for both boys and girls this term with AFL football sessions running on a Tuesday afternoon (beginning Tuesday 23 July) from 3:45pm – 4:45pm on the school oval. All students are welcome to attend, not just those in the AFL teams. This is a trial, hence the one sport, to see the impact on having regular training/coaching sessions outside of competition time, whilst also gauging the interest levels and appetite for such opportunities from our students. The idea being that this will continue into Term 4 and 2020 with an increase in the number of sports available. Alongside EISM weekly sport, our current season of cross-country is well underway. Training has begun on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings at 7am and everyone is encouraged to come along and participate.

There are many fantastic ways for our boys to get involved at school, such as the sport mentioned above but the other areas include music, performing arts, academic challenges, etc. These each provide ways for students to engage within something of interest to them. Please contact your son’s mentor if you want to know more about opportunities available to them. For instance, later this term we will begin auditions for the 2020 school musical which is an all-time classic – “Beauty and the Beast.” This production is one of the best ways for students to meet lots of other students across different year levels, enjoy putting on a performance, but above all else, have a lot of fun doing so. I highly encourage this as a way of connecting for our boys.

I wish everyone a fantastic term ahead: subject selections, potentially some VCE for our current Year 9s, EISM sport, music, Year 8 Smoothie Bar, Year 9 Winter Camp, Spring Celebration, Avenue of Excellence Dinner, Father and Son Bowling Night, plus much more. If ever you have a question regarding school please don’t hesitate to contact the school.


LGBT+ Pride Month

During June, the Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA) celebrated LGBT+ pride month in a number of ways. We held a karaoke and mini Queer Film Festival featuring three short films in the lecture theatre and organised a small display of books in the library, which featured titles from authors such as Oscar Wilde and Rainbow Rowell. We also posted daily facts on the school portal, hoping to inform the wider Tintern community of the history of Pride and the mental health of young LGBT+ people, amongst other things, which have hopefully helped people be more respectful of their LGBT+ peers. Kay Woodhill and Lucy Ryan Wilson also talked about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, pansexual and asexual identities at assembly. We also held a small bake sale, which the money raised from will be donated to a charity that helps either youth mental health issues or homelessness, two things that will help both LGBT+ and straight cisgender people alike. The GSA is also planning a free dress day and a second bake sale for early Term 3.

by Emma Pethebridge, Year 9


Investigating Biodegradable Plastics

Coinciding with the school’s current focus on Sustainability, our Year 8 Science classes were investigating and creating biodegradable plastics last term.

To launch this project, they watched a segment from Catalyst that explored the plight of the shearwater birds on Lord Howe Island. These birds are in rapid population decline largely due to the ingestion of ocean plastics, with the fledgling chicks most at risk. This problem isn’t just restricted to seabirds with an article published this month claiming that humans consume the equivalent of a credit card (or 5 grams) worth of plastic every week!

The project was then divided into two components. In the first, students followed a base recipe to create a basic biodegradable plastic. Students learnt the importance of adhering strictly to the stated quantities for different “ingredients” and asked questions about the significance of including certain ingredients. In the second component of the project, students altered one ingredient of their choice in a bid to create a better biodegradable plastic. Some students changed the type of flour or the quantity of flour used, while other groups altered the ratio of glycerine and vinegar. And the results? Some groups appeared to be onto a winning recipe, while other groups have learnt which ingredients should not be tampered with.

This project runs as part of a Chemistry unit in Year 8 Science which will continue this term and if time allows, groups will also explore the “biodegradable” claim of some commercial plastics as well as our own “plastic” creations.


2019 Computational and Algorithmic Thinking Competition

The results of the 2019 Computational and Algorithmic Thinking Competition were released towards the end of Term 2. This competition was conducted on April 3 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)

  • James Feng – Distinction
  • Max Lalor – Distinction
  • Felix Chen – Credit
  • Zachary Ho – Credit
  • Xavier Kemm – Credit
  • Jayden Lee – Credit
  • Annie Li – Credit
  • Anika Mulemane – Credit
  • Skye Sriratana – Credit
  • Helen Yang – Credit

Intermediate division (Years 9 & 10)

  • Olivia Dowling – Distinction
  • Adam Choong – Credit
  • Alexander Higgins – Credit

Senior division (Years 11 & 12)

  • Aidyn Malojer – 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 beginning of Term 3.


Senior College News

From the Head of Senior College

There has been plenty happening in the Senior College as students have returned refreshed following the three-week break. Students have begun new units and subjects and are further involving themselves in the co-curricular and sport programs. In two short weeks we have already seen our Young Farmers successfully compete at the Bendigo Show, our ‘Big Brother, Big Sister’ continues and Years 11 and 12s enjoyed their respective Formals held last Friday. The venue’s management praised the respectfulness and excellent behaviour of our students at both of these events. Students looked amazing, were so inclusive of everyone, and demonstrated once again they are fantastic role models for younger year levels.

In the coming weeks, we have quite a few opportunities to come together as a community to support student initiatives with the aim of raising awareness and funds for worthy causes. On Friday 2 August The Green Team has organised a special screening of the 2040 movie at Croydon Cinemas to raise awareness of environmental issues and solutions. In addition to the screening, there will be prizes and giveaways related to sustainability. Tickets are selling fast and can be accessed through this link. The Social Justice Group is running a ‘Comedy for a Cause’ night on Friday 23 August, with proceeds to go to The Shamrock School in Nepal. Book your tickets here. I hope these initiatives are a great success and thank students and families for their support! We also have the Avenue of Excellence Induction Celebration Cocktail Event where we will welcome alumnae Janine Kirk AM (YG 1970) and Cheryl Bagatol PSM (YG 1970)  into the Avenue of Excellence. Learn more or book your tickets.

Subject Selections for 2020

Last week, Years 10 and 11 students had a presentation from our Director of Studies Alison Bezaire about the subject selection process for 2020. Students are currently making decisions about what subjects they will be studying next year and on Thursday 25 July we welcome students and parents to our ‘Subject Showcase Evening’ to further assist this decision making process. The evening commences at 7pm for current Year 9 students with a presentation in the theatre before moving to the Senior College. For families of current Year 10 students you should arrive at the Senior College Hawthorn Room for a 7.30pm start. All students have received training and advice on making their online selections which closes on Sunday 4 August so that our school timetabler can commence the intricate process of developing the 2020 secondary timetable. To assist families and students in their subject selections, subject information can be found in the 2020 Course and Subject Guide available here

School Uniform

A reminder to students and parents/guardians that students are required to wear full school Winter Uniform at this time of the year. With the only exception being EISM Sports Fixture days when complete correct sports uniform can be worn by those students who are participating in team events/practices or are officially involved in Senior College Recreation activities. The School Blazer must be worn to and from school with the full school Winter Uniform. Full Winter Uniform is required to be worn until September 1 when either full Summer Uniform OR full Winter Uniform can be worn – but not a mixture of the two. From the commencement of Term 4, full Summer Uniform must be worn with the exception of Celebration Evening, a formal event to which students are required to wear full Winter Uniform.


News from the Careers Department

Year 12 Post Secondary Information Night

Date:             Thursday 8 August

Time:            7.30 – 8.45pm

Location:     Tintern Theatre

Please note that this is an evening for parents or guardians and students are not required to attend as they will receive the information at a level assembly. The format of the evening includes an overview of the VTAC application process with reference to interstate and overseas applications, the Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) and a presentation from the Deakin University Admissions team to provide insights into the transition process from school to tertiary study including advice for families.

Tertiary Open Days

The Year 10s, 11s and 12s have been emailed a list of Open Days and a copy is also saved on the Portal at https://portal.tintern.vic.edu.au/homepage/16009/. Open Days are generally during the month of August so students should organise their visits by using the various Open Day Planners accessible via the links.

Some Tips to Maximise the Value from Open Days…

  • Check registration requirements prior to Open Days
  • Plan the day using the institution’s Open Day Guide which is available beforehand from their website. Be sure to make a note of the times of information sessions.
  • If a course includes an interview/folio presentation as part of the selection process (e.g. Design related courses), students may well be asked about experiences or impressions gained at Open Day.
  • Prepare questions for staff and students such as course requirements, industry placements, employment opportunities or study abroad opportunities.
  • Consider the general environment, for example, rural or urban, city or suburban, large or small, range of clubs or societies, student support services and transport.


The recent editions of Career News – Numbers 19 and 20 – are now available on the Portal at https://portal.tintern.vic.edu.au/homepage/14962/ and includes the following items:

Number 19

  • Dates for the Diary in Term 3
  • Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
  • Career as a Firefighter
  • So, you want to be a Journalist?
  • School Holiday Programs
  • Animals, Conservation, Wildlife & Zoology Courses in Victoria
  • Snapshot of the University of Melbourne in 2019

Number 20

  • Dates for the Diary in Term 3
  • Health Information Sessions at Deakin University
  • Biotechnology at Holmesglen Institute
  • Technical Trades in the Defence Force
  • News from Monash University
    • Monash Information Evenings
    • Inside Monash Seminar Series
    • New Politics, Philosophy & Economics (PPE) Course
  • Visual Merchandising at RMIT 
  • What is Land Surveying?


Green Team Movie Night – Friday 2 August

Show your support for the Tintern Grammar Green Team and join them for their fundraiser movie night at Croydon Cinemas on Friday 2 August, 6.15 – 9.15pm. The team has organised a special screening of the ‘2040’ movie to raise awareness of environmental issues and solutions.

The film is rated ‘G’ and tickets are priced at $20 each. There will be added goodies included in each ticket as well as both spot and raffle prizes – all sourced ethically! Book here.

In the film 2040, ‘award-winning director Damon Gameau embarks on a journey to explore what the future would look like by the year 2040 if we simply embraced the best solutions already available to us to improve our planet and shifted them into the mainstream. Structured as a visual letter to his 4-year-old daughter, Damon blends traditional documentary footage with dramatised sequences and high-end visual effects to create a vision board for his daughter and the planet’.

📷 Facebook 2040


Avenue of Excellence Celebration Cocktail Event – Saturday 3 August

Help us celebrate Janine Kirk AM (YG 1970) and Cheryl Bagatol PSM (YG 1970) at our Avenue of Excellence Induction Celebration Cocktail Event on Saturday 3 August, 7pm in the CM Wood Centre. Drinks and canapés will be served from 7pm, with the formal proceedings to commence at 8.30pm. 

Graduates of 1970 and accomplished business leaders, Janine Kirk and Cheryl Batagol will be formally inducted at this event.

Janine Kirk is a Business, Education, Health and Community Leader; and has had a long and distinguished career giving back to the community, having held numerous leadership positions across the private, government and not-for-profit sectors.

Cheryl Bagatol is an Environmental and Sustainability Leader, who is committed to social and environmental justice and leads change in preventing and reducing the impacts of pollution and waste on human health and the environment.

We look forward to inducting Janine and Cheryl and hope you can join us for this special occasion.
Book your tickets via Trybooking.

The Tintern Grammar Avenue of Excellence was established in 2017 to mark the School’s 140th anniversary, and to formally celebrate and honour the outstanding achievements and contributions of extraordinary Alumni in their field of endeavour. Learn more about the Avenue of Excellence.


Comedy for a Cause – Friday 23 August

Comedy For A Cause presents a showcase of some of the best comedians from the Sydney and Melbourne International Comedy Festival in support of Tintern Grammar fundraiser for The Shamrock School in Nepal.

Date: Friday 23rd of August 2019
Doors: 6.30pm
Showtime: 7.30pm
Show conclusion: 9.45pm (approx)
Venue: CM Wood Performance Centre

Adults: $25
Students: $20
Tickets are not allocated – so first in, best dressed.
Book tickets here.

This year promises to be even bigger and better than last year with a fantastic night of comedy, yummy snacks, bake sale, silent auction, great raffle prizes and some extra surprises.

The comedy line up will be revealed at the end of July. Please note: this is an all ages event.


Carla Johnson (YG 2004)

Keen followers of our Facebook page may recall meeting alumna Carla Johnson (YG 2004) when she visited our Year 4 girls last term to run the ‘Learn your Fruit & Veg’ program.

Today we are pleased to share Carla’s journey since finishing at Tintern on our web page Meet our Alumni! You’ll find a taste of Carla’s story below, to read more visit this link: www.tintern.vic.edu.au/community/meetouralumni We hope you enjoy Carla’s story and our other inspiring Alumni stories.

Carla fondly remembers being inspired by her VCE Food Technology teacher Christine Wintle and the many hours spent in the kitchen exploring how wonderful food can be. Drawing on her love of food and health, Carla studied a Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics at Deakin University and has worked as a dietician since then. After recognising there is an increasing need for evidence-based, expert nutritional advice to be shared with the community, Carla started The Nutrition Circle in 2017 to help people live a healthier, balanced life.

Past students who would like to share their story are welcome to email Di Lacey and Tegan Martin in the Community Relations office via communityrelations@tintern.vic.edu.au.


Kerry Pryor (YG 1996)

Congratulations to alumna Kerry Pryor (YG 1996) who was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia at the recent Queen’s Birthday honours for service to photography, and to international charitable initiatives. A well-deserved honour, Kerry has worked as the Photographer and Child Sponsorship Coordinator at Beyond the Orphanage Foundation since 2011, and as the Photographer for the Eyes for Africa Charitable Foundation. 

Do you know a past student who was acknowledged in the 2019 Queen’s Birthday honours or who has received any other accolades? Please share the details with our Community Relations office via email to communityrelations@tintern.vic.edu.au.

Image credit: Facebook Kerry Pryor Photography


Celia Pacquola​ (YG 2000)

Congratulations to alumna Celia Pacquola​ (YG 2000) who was nominated for the TV Week Most Popular Actress Logie Award! Celia’s TV show Rosehaven​ has also been nominated for Most Popular Comedy Program.


Scotty James (YG 2013)

Congratulations to alumnus Scotty James (YG 2013) who was nominated for the ESPYS 2019 Best Male Action Sports Athlete Award! 


Fifi Box (YG 1993)

Congratulations to alumna Fifi Box (YG 1993) on the arrival of her second daughter Daisy Belle! Needless to say, both Fifi and Trixie are over the moon with the new addition to their family.


Alumni Newsletter – Edition 2

Calling all past students! Did you receive your copy of our Alumni newsletter via email? If not, you can view it here.

Not sure if the School has your current email address? You can update your details here.


Small Changes, Bright Future

In the quest for a brighter, cleaner future, Tintern is committed to becoming self-sustainable. So far, we have installed over 100 solar panels and a wind generator as a result of funds from our two recent Fairs.

To help us further enrich our students’ understanding and learning of sustainable practices, we welcome your contribution to this year’s Annual Appeal. Learn more or donate here.

$550 enables the School to purchase one solar panel to expand our existing supply. Learn more in the videos below.


How to create a sustainable school

“The impact of environmental issues such as climate change, population growth and resource availability are causing global concern, and as a result schools around Australia are asking themselves how they can become more sustainable.”

A quote from an insightful article from our Principal Bradley Fry, which was published by the Education Review this week. Bradley shares tips on how schools can contribute to creating a more sustainable world, highlighting some real-world examples of the great work being done at Tintern Grammar led by our Green Team.

Read the full article here.

Want to help us achieve our sustainability goals? Visit this link to learn more or donate to this year’s annual appeal.