23 Mar 2021

From the Principal

This week we have a special guest introduction from Alison Andrew, School Chaplain. 

In search of the Holy Grail

Hopefully over the past weekend you were able to join the cast and crew of our production team at one of the performances of Spamalot. It was a spectacular production with the secondary students bringing together their months of rehearsals and hard work into a polished and very professional performance. In the play, the search for the Holy Grail is referred to many times. The Holy Grail being that quest for the chalice that Jesus drank out of at the Last Supper and that which has come to be the metaphor for life and the thing which people seek as the highest goal. Throughout the play the knights are asked, ‘What is your quest?’ And they each in turn reply – ‘To seek the Holy Grail’.

So, the question in our school setting is, what is the Holy Grail of education? In years past, the Holy Grail of education has undoubtably been the ATAR, that magical number that opens doors and opportunities.  However, over the past few years there has been a recognition and understanding that a number does not necessarily translate to the skills needed to work and thrive in our ever-changing world. The recognition that there are other qualities and tools that are also of value in order to take part in our world is occurring. The tools and skills of commitment, teamwork, resilience, creativity and adaptability to name just a few. While the ATAR is currently still important, the tertiary sector do include a range of criteria in their selection process, for example, community service or a folio of work.

Students, parents, universities and the general public are searching for modern approaches to promote and assess future-focused learning skills and to prepare our next generation for success in this dynamic, interconnected world. (https://www.bigpicture.org.au/news/beyond-atar-proposal-change)

As Chaplain, as we seek to identify what the Holy Grail of education will become, I find the ancient text of the prophet Micah extremely helpful.

(The Lord) He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? Micah 6:8

A skill set that enables our students to live lives that do justice, that show kindness and that enable them to walk humbly with our God. Qualities that endure through time – qualities that are as relevant now as they were 2800 years ago when this text was written.

So as the Holy Grail of education undergoes some changes, and the ATAR is one tool of several for students following their passion into the future, it’s time to reassess what we want the Holy Grail of education to be. That is our quest.



Curriculum Matters

Curriculum Matters, March 2021.

It’s hard to believe that this time last year we were on the verge of some very new and somewhat surreal changes in the modes of delivery of our educational services to Tintern students and our broader community. For many years, we have used digital technologies in our classrooms and courses, but the lockdown forced us all out of our comfort zones and caused both staff and students to take the use of technology to new levels. It also caused many to find more creative and inspiring ways to deliver curriculum outside the regular classroom setting. The discomfort and unpredictability we all experienced for those many months caused a shift in mindset in many and eventually resulted in exponential growth in the development of skills alongside innovative and transformative changes to many aspects of our classroom and administrative practices. In recent staff meetings, we have reflected on our earlier teaching practices, current practices and the manner in which our lockdown experience has further improved and enhanced our delivery of the curriculum. Discomfort is an indicator of growth and we can all celebrate the courage shown by all as we ‘pivoted’ (many times) in 2020 and came out of the experience a stronger community as a result.


Interim Reports

On Thursday 11 March, our Secondary Interim Reports opened to parents in the Parent Centre of myTintern. These reports indicate to parents and students progress so far in each subject prior to parent-teacher-student interviews. The achievement levels indicated by teachers reflect a student’s performance in assessment tasks so far this semester.


Student Progress Meetings

Last Monday saw the first of two Secondary School Student Progress Meeting sessions. Next week another Secondary School evening will be held on Tuesday 30 March. Bookings for Tuesday afternoon will close at 10am on Tuesday.

We were very pleased to see many of our secondary students, from Years 7 to 12, attending the online meetings last week, to be part of a three-way conversation about their own learning. We find this is a great opportunity for students to feel a part of the reflection – goal setting – self-evaluation feedback loop and to ask questions about how they are progressing and how they can improve. This is a good way to build our students’ confidence, help them to accept responsibility for their learning and for students, parents and teachers to engage in open and honest dialogue.


Ongoing Reporting Trial for Year 7s

 For the past three years we have provided graded reporting on Assessment Tasks to our Year 7-11 students with staff progressively entering grades for major assessment tasks across the semester as they are graded and returned to students. These are published at regular intervals on the portal in the same place as our Interim and Semester Reporting and show the letter grade awarded for those tasks.

This year we are trialling a more detailed ongoing reporting system for our Year 7s through the Tintern Portal. Students will complete assessed tasks throughout the semester, and key tasks will be marked and made visible to parents, as per our previous practice. Additionally, feedback and commentary on the tasks also will be visible to parents and will provide more detailed information for parents on their child’s progress in any given subject throughout the semester. These key tasks will then become the main commentary which will appear on the end-of-semester report in June, along with summative grades for each subject. We trust that this progressive approach to reporting will become a more valuable ongoing communication tool, ensuring parents are more fully aware of their child/ren’s progress without having to wait until the end-of semester for a complete picture of their progress.


The publication dates for Year 8 to 11 Progressive Grade Reports for Semester 1, 2021 are:

Thursday 1 April at 4pm (this date corresponds with the end of Term 1)

Friday 7 May at 4pm

Friday 21 May at 4pm

Friday 4 June at 4pm

Tuesday 22 June – with the publication of Semester Reports

The Year 7 Ongoing Reporting System will be fully visible and updated as a ‘live’ communication tool for parents throughout the semester.

I trust that our reporting process and Student Progress Meeting evenings are proving useful in understanding your child’s progress to date and will assist in strengthening the partnership between family, school and student that is so crucial to effective learning and growth.


Tintern preparing once again for Online NAPLAN Delivery

In 2018, the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) commenced the transition from a paper-based to an online assessment system. Tintern Grammar made the transition in 2019 which exposed our students to an improvement to the system as a result of the NAPLAN Online platform using an adaptive test design. This enables the system to present questions which better match student achievement levels and provide more precise results for teachers and schools.

As you may be aware, NAPLAN testing in 2020 was cancelled due to COVID-19.

In order to re-familiarise our students with the online format, there is a mandated nation-wide Co-ordinated Practice Trial being conducted at the school on Thursday 25 March. All of our Year 3, 5, 7 and 9 students will participate in the trial that day.

These trials will not be graded or marked, and no data from them is being collected or supplied to us. This is purely a familiarisation process and an exercise in ICT readiness. As such, this is a low-key event, and there will be ICT and teacher support in the room during the trial to ensure the students can receive assistance if there are any technical ‘glitches’ during the process.


The online interface is a natural progression for standardised testing and our students found the interactive nature of the new system a far more engaging experience in 2019. Further information will be sent to parents of students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 regarding NAPLAN testing in the weeks leading up to the online testing period in May.



Community Matters

Book your ticket now! TPG Movie Under the Stars
Jumanji – Welcome to the Jungle

Don’t miss this fun night out with friends and family! A great opportunity to get to know your year group and community members.

Join us for the TPG Movie Under The Stars on Saturday 27 March on the Tintern Main Oval (with CM Wood Centre the wet-weather location). Gates open at 6:30pm, with the movie to start at 7:45pm (sunset lighting dependent).

Browse the Green Team and Social Justice Group’s Sustainability Market with products for sale include homemade beeswax wraps, natural soaps, organic deodorants and Netbag products. All profits will go towards the purchase of additional solar lights for the SolarBuddy program, which will be sent to children in developing countries suffering from energy poverty.

BYO blankets or chairs and picnic hampers. The Green Team will be selling popcorn, lollies, fairy floss and cold drinks. We will also have a Coffee Van and Mobile Ice Creams.

Purchase your tickets through Humanitix here.

TPG Trivia Night – Tickets on sale now!

Tintern Parent Group would like to invite you to test your knowledge and have fun, at their Trivia Night!  Join us on Saturday 22 May 2021 at 7.30pm at Tintern Grammar.

Book your tickets here! Tickets are $15 each with $5 from each donated to a charity.

The Silent Auction has been arranged by the Green Team and Social Justice Group, with all proceeds from the Auction contributing to their projects.

Choose a theme for your table and ‘dress to your theme’, whether a colour, book, movie, song or television show, the opportunities are endless.

Senior College students are also welcome to attend.

The Social Justice Group and the Green Team are also seeking donations towards the evening, to be used as prizes or as part of the Silent Auction. If you or your business have something to donate; whether a gift, product or experience, please contact Anne Bortolussi to ABortolussi@tintern.vic.edu.au. Any donations will be acknowledged on the night, and in our newsletter.

We look forward to seeing you there!

TPG Donations – Junior School Lunch Order boxes!

Many thanks to the TPG who recently provided funds for new lunch tubs and coolers for the Junior School lunch orders. On Friday they had another record, of 175 lunch orders in Junior School, so these new purchases will certainly be getting a great work out!

Tintern Parent Group AGM 2021

The next meeting for the Tintern Parent Group is to be held on Tuesday 11 May 2021 in the CM Wood Common Room.

All parents are welcome to attend and be a part of the Tintern Parent Group. We look forward to seeing our old and many new faces at the meeting.

Please select here to view the TPG AGM Agenda and Nomination Form for 2021.

FOYF Annual General Meeting

Thank you to all those who attended the Friends of Young Farmers Annual General Meeting on Monday 15 March 2021.
A special thank you to Michael Biggs, outgoing President, and Anna Hamilton, outgoing Vice-President. We are grateful to have you both continue on the Committee and for your work in what was a very strange year. Welcome to new member Angelina Wong.
Our FOYF Committe members for 2021 are:
Ranald Young – President
Sarah Young – Secretary & Treasurer
Michael Biggs – General committee
Anna Hamilton – General committee
Jonathan Cross – General committee
Meaghan Cross – General committee
Olivia Cross – General committee
Ashlea Cross – General committee
Angelina Wong – General committee
Andrew Baugh – General committee
Penny Richards – General committee
Liz Black – Coordinator

New members are always welcome. Please contact Community Relations on 9845 7877 or by email communityrelations@tintern.vic.edu.au for further information.

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:


Lia Taylor


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 A

Fan Qin

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 5 B

Carole Shen

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

Year 11

Annette Dark

Year 11

Wendy Zhang

Year 11

Dorothy Ou

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 here, and it is not to late to join!

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. To view a map with venue locations marked, please select here.  Please check the information below carefully for details:

  • Tintern Parent Group (TPG) AGM –Next meeting: Tuesday 11 May 2021 at 7.30pm President: Haidee Wallace Location: CM Wood Common Room 
  • Friends of Music (FOM) – Next Meeting: Wednesday 21 April 2021 at 7pm  President: Debra Fryer Location:  CM Wood Common Room
  • Friends of Young Farmers (FOYF) AGM – Next Meeting: Monday 3 May 2021 at 7.30pm President: Michael Biggs Location: Kennedy Cottage or Zoom:  Click here to join Meeting   Password: FOYF
  • Friends of Equestrian (FOE) – Interested in joining FOE, contact them here to be included in meeting notifications Zoom:  Click here to join Meeting   Password: FOYF 

Upcoming Reunions 2021

  • 35, 40 & 45 Year Reunion YGs 1985 & 1986, 1980 & 1981, 1975 & 1976 – Saturday 5 June at 3.30pm, followed by Offsite
  • YG 2015, 5+1 Year Reunion – Friday 11 June 2021 at Beer DeLuxe in Hawthorn in the Hop Lounge
  • YG 2016, 5 Year Reunion – Friday 16 July at 7.30pm – 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 Personalised Towels – Last chance to order in Semester 1, 2021

Tintern Parent Group is proud to offer you personalised swimming towels from Sheridan. These high quality, quick dry towels will launder well and last for years. Each towel comes embroidered with the school logo and school name. Add your child’s full name or family name at no extra cost. Order yours online: https://www.trybooking.com/BOYOK 

Please note orders close on Tuesday 6 April for delivery early Term 2.

Please note: The supplier requires a minimum order to be met. If we don’t reach this, we will contact all buyers and refund payments.

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

The Entertainment Book is now 100% digital! Excitingly this means that your 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!


Sport Matters

Years 8 and 9 Boys Cricket

On Friday 12 March Tintern Grammar travelled to Mt Scopus to play a friendly cricket match for the Years 8 and 9 boys. The Tintern Grammar team had been training since the beginning of Term 4 of last year in preparation for the match. The selected team for Tintern Grammar was: Will Kenny, Callum Power, Luke Fryer, Barathan Mahadeva, Aidan Hookey, Trent Chisholm, Raph Lever, Heath Fox, Daniel Elias, Connor Bastin, Haochen Zhang, Jack Pringle, Will Coward and David Derham. Will Kenny was appointed captain and the vice captains were Callum Power and Luke Fryer. On a fantastic day for cricket Tintern won the toss and decided to bat. We got off to a fantastic start with openers Will Kenny and Callum Power both retiring after reaching 35 not out and they were well supported by Luke Fryer (19) and some excellent team batting when looking for quick runs towards the end of the innings. Tintern Grammar posted a total of 3/130 at the end of the twenty overs.

Tintern Grammar bowled and fielded very well to restrict Mt Scopus to 8/94 off their twenty overs. Wickets were shared amongst Heath Fox (3), Aidan Hookey (2), Connor Bastin (1), Will Coward (1) and a run out. Thank you to Mr Trollope and Mr Scholz (Mt Scopus Head of Sport) for organising the match. The game was played in excellent spirit and hopefully it can become an annual tradition between the two schools. Congratulations to our boys for their excellent performance and winning the match.







Music Matters

Tintern’s Spamalot brings life back to the Karralyka Theatre in 2021

The school musical often brings cherished memories to a student’s time at Tintern and, this year, a talented group of Tinternites brought to the stage of the Karralyka Theatre a fresh revival of Spamalot, following on from the success of its last Tintern production seven years ago. A roofing issue at the theatre meant that opening night had to be postponed by a few days but, despite the change in plans, the cast and crew performed exceptionally, filling the hearts of audience members with laughter and song and, for some, nostalgia.

Before the lockdown due to the coronavirus outbreak in 2020, Tintern’s production of Beauty and the Beast was the final show in the Karralyka Theatre and, this year, our production of Spamalot had the honour of being the first production mounted back in the theatre since March 2020! The stage was adorned with scenes of fantasy, hand-crafted by the crew, as the cast embarked on a quest to find the holy grail, whilst encountering characters who presented more obstacles (and humour) than help on the journey. The crew also included a small orchestral team of staff and students, who filled the theatre and supported the cast with resounding music from our little cave under the stage.

Many nights and weekends were occupied by rehearsals and diligent practice. Challenges were faced with resilience and positivity, especially by some members of the cast. However, despite the challenges and long nights, good laughs were shared, and friendships deepened. Special thanks to the teachers for their guidance throughout and to parents for their unyielding support! Everyone performed brilliantly across the four shows, and I think I speak for all involved when I say that it was an invaluable and unforgettable experience!

Lydia Tan

Instrumental Captain 2021

Spamalot Pit Player (Violin)

Cast, musicians and crew should keep an eye out for an order form which will soon be made available to purchase your own copy of the picture book collection of memories from your fabulous production of ‘Spamalot’. Mrs Bezaire


Year 7 and 8 World Music Incursion

On 10 March, our Year 7 and 8 students were treated to a rare performance by Yalla Yalla, an ensemble performing Middle Eastern music and dance. The excitement of the students built as they heard the unusual sounds of the Zurna (a double reed instrument) accompanied by the Tabla (a large drum) and the jingling sounds of the dancer’s costume coming from the back of the room as they entered for the opening of their concert.

The students enjoyed seeing the unusual instruments, hearing the stories of the music, and the interactive nature of the performance. Some students were able to participate in learning the stick dance called Saiidi from Southern Europe and learned some traditional belly dancing moves. After the concert, the students in 8E and 8B had the opportunity to extend their learning, as they workshopped more of the stick dance and attempted to play many of the rhythmic patterns of the drums and tambours/tambourines. Many of the Middle School students had not been exposed to the music of this region, nor had much knowledge of its culture and history, so this was a great way to begin that journey of exploration. This event formed an integral part of the world music unit in classroom music this semester. The students are looking forward to seeing which part of the world we will journey to in Semester 2.

Mrs Lisa Clarke

Head of Music – Instrumental

Year 8 Classroom Music Teacher


Congratulations to the winners of the Friends of Music Easter Hampers Raffle

The raffle was drawn during interval at the final performance of ‘Spamalot’ on Sunday.

1st Prize: Carole McKenzie (beloved singing teacher of 3 of the lead singers/actors in the cast)

2nd prize: Marian Johnstone

3rd prize: Lyn Rowe, grandmother of Ashley Rowe

4th prize: Erin Osbourne



ELC News

Easter Celebrations in the ELC

Celebrating cultural diversity is an essential foundation for life. Within the ELC, we have already celebrated Lunar New Year and now, at this time of the year, Easter.  Celebrating Easter is one of many valued opportunities that strengthens the links between ELC and Junior School and further builds on the sense of whole School community.

Children belong first to a family, a cultural group, a neighbourhood and a wider community. Belonging acknowledges children’s interdependence with others and the basis of relationships in defining identities. In early childhood and throughout life, relationships are crucial to a sense of belonging. Belonging is central to being and becoming in that it shares who children are and who they can become’ (Belonging, Being & Becoming: The Early Years Framework for Australia, 2009, p.7).

We started our Easter celebrations with a visit from Rev. Alison. She read us a story about Shrove Tuesday also known as Pancake Tuesday and explained the importance and history of this special day. Rev. Alison showed the children a video where children shared their traditions and practices for Shove Tuesday. In turn, the ELC children revealed what their favourite toppings were to have with pancakes.

Over the last two weeks, the children have explored the celebration of Easter in a range of play-based ways. Using art-based media, we have decorated our Easter hats, bonnets, ears and baskets and experimented with a range of techniques from acrylic painting to print screening. In our music lessons with Mrs Bhatt, the children have built on their sense of rhythm, practicing our songs for the Easter Concert. Our classrooms have featured small world play environment set up with Easter bunnies, eggs and other Easter themed materials and resources.

Easter is an opportunity for children, families, teachers and educators to actively learn about each other, to share in the rich diversity of the celebrations in our community and support our connection with the rest of the School community.







Anita Mathews

Early Childhood Teacher


Girls’ Junior School News

Year 6 Girls visit the STEAM Centre

The Year 6 girls have been inquiring into their integrated studies unit on Survival. The girls have been developing their curiosities around the basic skills that are needed to survive and have researched survival stories about people who have inspired them. To support this learning, the Grade 6 girls ventured to the STEAM centre to predict, observe and explain how to filter dirty water. They were guided by Ms Campbell who talked them through a scenario that would require someone to make clean water in real life. Students conducted two experiments, first completing a hypothesis and then using the materials of a cut bottle, charcoal, sand, rocks, gravel, cotton balls and ‘dirty, disgusting water’ (Grade 6 girls, 2021). This inquiry lead students to be active participants in their own learning and independently learn through inquiry. 

Amy Brown

Year 6 Girls Classroom Teacher


Boys’ Junior School News

Year 4 Boys Visit the STEAM Centre 

The Year 4 boys have had weekly sessions in the STEAM Centre this term to complement their Integrated Studies topic of Plant Your Feet Here! The boys familiarised themselves with the digital microscopes and spent time looking closely at some plants and flowers from Mrs Campbell’s garden. The boys were able to see the cell structures up close and then capture the images as photos. There was great excitement whenever they stumbled upon an aphid or tiny spider!

Each week the class was divided into two groups and then alternated between two activities. One group worked with Mrs Campbell using the digital microscopes and the other group worked with Mrs Healey creating an animation using 2animate on the program Purple Mash. There is definitely a great deal of potential in the field of animation for some of our boys. Their finished animations detailing the life cycle of a plant were very impressive. The boys will be printing one of their microscope photos onto an environmentally friendly shopping bag in the next week, which will be a lovely memento of their sessions. A special thank-you to Mrs Healey and Mrs Campbell. The boys thoroughly enjoyed their time in the STEAM Centre and are looking forward to new and different activities in Term 2.


Claire MacDonald

Year 4 Boys’ Classroom Teacher


Middle School News

The last two weeks have continued to provide some wonderful opportunities for our Middle School students, with the highlight being the presentation of our school musical Spamalot at the Karralyka Theatre. This was the culmination of 6 months of work for all cast and crew including many long after school and all-day Sunday sessions leading into the performances. The show was amazing with plenty of laughs, amazing choreography, singing and music, as well as a very impressive set of props put together by staff and students. On behalf of the school I would like to congratulate all the people involved, be it on stage in a major way, to those assisting with backstage or ushering at the performances. It takes a lot of work to put together such an incredible show and the sense of fulfilment upon completion is one that all involved will remember for a long time. We now look forward to hearing what the musical for 2022 will be and then encouraging as many students as possible to be involved.  

The EISM Division Three Championship was held in the last week and saw one of our strongest swim teams competing against the other schools in both individual and relay events. Our swimmers performed exceptionally well on the day in all areas, allowing us to run out comfortable winners overall in what was a fantastic performance. I would like to congratulate all our competitors and coaches on the successful win and promotion back up into Division Two. Swimming training will continue over the weekend; however, it will increase again closer to the end of the year in preparation for the 2022 season. 

On Friday 12 March a team of 13 Year 8 & 9 boys ventured to Mount Scopus Memorial College to play a 20-20 cricket match against their best side. This squad had been training since October last year and had prepared themselves really well for the game. It was clear from the start that our boys were a superior team and in the end ran out very comfortable winners whilst managing to give every player an opportunity to play on the day. Congratulations to the students involved.

On the same Friday we had the first of our student volunteers shave their heads for the Leukemia Foundation as part of a fundraising activity. Leukemia, and cancer in general, is something that has touched so many lives and it was wonderful to see the support demonstrated by our student body to both the cause in general as well as to the students who were shaving their heads. We have a second round of volunteers doing the same on Thursday 1st April (last day of term), with more time for awareness and fundraising before then.  

Monday 15th March saw the first of our Student Progress Meetings for 2021 using the online platform of Microsoft Teams. This day ran from 12pm – 8pm and was a great opportunity for students to receive feedback from their teachers with their parents there and discuss ways they can continue to improve. This feedback is critical for students to listen to and to act on in order to help them continue to succeed to the best of their abilities. The second of the sessions is on Tuesday March 30 from 4pm – 8pm, this time face-to-face on campus in our CM Wood Performance Centre.  

Our Year 8 students have begun their camp for 2021 this week in the beautiful Grampians National Park. This camp will have them journeying around the national park completing activities such as rock climbing, bike riding, canoeing, hiking, as well as connecting the curriculum with subjects such as Geography as part of their daily activities. The students are self-sufficient for the 5 days in terms of food, packs, clothing, and tents, which will provide them with a great lead in for their Year 9 bushwalks camp next year.  

On Thursday this week we have a trial NAPLAN session for our Year 7 & 9 students (as well as Grade 3 & 5) in the CM Wood Centre, aimed at familiarizing students with the digital NAPLAN platform as well as ensuring that our IT infrastructure is as it needs to be. In preparation for a smooth trial day, students must ensure that their iPad and keyboard case are both fully charged.

We are extremely fortunate to have Madonna King presenting at our school on Monday 25 May to our parents and wider community. Her recent book, “Ten-Ager: what your daughter needs you to know about her transition from child to teen,” is the basis of her presentation and it promises to provide parents with invaluable information to help navigate the transition phase from child into teen. For parents of current teens, it will still be a night worth attending to help continue developing your own understanding of your daughter and ways to continue supporting her during her journey. To book a seat for this, please follow this link: https://www.trybooking.com/BPRXB

Our Tintern Parent Group (TPG) continue to work extremely hard each year to help connect parents and support the school in many ways. One of their major fundraisers is this coming Saturday 27 March with the running of the TPG Movie Under The Stars at school. The movie this year is “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” which is a wonderful family friendly film that all kids will enjoy. I would like to encourage all families to join us. Purchase your tickets through Humanitix here.  On behalf of the school I would like to thank the TPG for their ongoing support each and every year. 

Another area the TPG assist is by working with parent representatives at each year level to help facilitate opportunities to connect and share the journey of your children’s progression through school. I would like to thank all those parents who have volunteered this year, and would also like to put out a call for other volunteers as we are still seeking reps for both boys and girls Years 8 and 9 classes. These roles are suitable for parents/guardians who are in the workforce or who undertake home responsibilities. It can be shared between many people, or looked after by one person. If you would like to volunteer to be your student’s Year Level Parent Representative or would like further information, please contact Community Relations: communityrelations@tintern.vic.edu.au or 03 9845 7877.





Senior College News

Senior College News

The dedication and hard work of our senior students were clearly evident in their support of younger students during rehearsals of the school musical ‘Spamalot’. Along with the audience, I certainly enjoyed sharing the humour and wonderful performances over the weekend. Congratulations to all students involved as this is a community effort with student participation in all facets of the production including the performers, hard-working staff and all the back-stage crew that includes costumes and makeup.

Tuesday 9 March – Senior School Assembly in CM Wood.

Our guest speaker Abbey Heymanson shared her amazing story with insights from her mother at a Senior College assembly. Abbey at 19 years was diagnosed with Hodgkinson Lymphoma on May 5, 2020.  She has undergone 6 months of intense treatment, lost her hair and persevered through the lockdown period. Abbey conveyed her strength and positive outlook on life and her future plans to a hushed student audience. Her story provided a pertinent link between International Women’s Day and the World’s Greatest Shave here at Tintern. 

Notices in Advance

Reminder Student Progress Meetings

There are face to face Student Progress Meetings on Tuesday 30 March from 4.00pm to 8.00pm and staff have reported the great advantage of having the students present for these discussions.

Year 10 Camp to Wilson’s Promontory

We are all hoping for clear and settled Autumn weather conditions for our Year 10 students as they depart on Monday 29 March until Wednesday 31 March.

Inter-House Athletics Carnival

The inter-house Athletics Carnival will take place on the first day of Term 2 – Tuesday 20 April at the Bill Stewart Reserve in East Burwood.

Body Safety Australia Parent/Guardian Seminar and Year 10 Workshop

As part of our ongoing Respectful Relationships pastoral focus, families across the secondary school have been invited to a parent/guardian seminar on Tuesday 20 April in the CM Wood Centre from 7.00pm to 9.00pm. Deanna Carson (Tintern alumni) from Body Safety Australia will be covering the following content in the seminar titled “Naked Truths”:

  • Informed Consent
  • Setting and Respecting Boundaries
  • Empowering Bystanders
  • Legal Rights and Responsibilities

Deanna has recommended that this parent session be conducted on campus and the link to their website is https://www.bodysafetyaustralia.com.au/

Our Year 10s have missed their usual Year 9 seminar program due to the COVID lockdowns last year. Therefore, we are working with facilitators from Body Safety Australia to run a workshop style format with the Year 10 students on Wednesday 21 April from 8.45am to 10.45am. The content will be similar to the parent/guardian evening and titled “Naked Truths: Online Respectful Relationships and Consent”. Given the sensitivity of the themes covered in the workshops staff from Counselling will be available in addition to the teaching and pastoral staff to support students during and following the session if the need arises. The workshop will be discussed with Year 10 students later this week.

Ballroom Dancing Success for Aaron Shen

Aaron is in Year 10 and over the weekend he competed in Adelaide as part of the Spectacular Ballroom Dancing Championships. Competitors travelled from across the country and Aaron with his partner was awarded first place in the Junior Open Latin American division. Our congratulations on this wonderful achievement and Aaron has our best wishes for the upcoming national competition.



Career News

News from the Careers Department

Students are encouraged to read Career News to gain awareness about information and events that are relevant to them as they move through the Senior College. For example, Deakin University is hosting some on campus tours so I would encourage students to take advantage of these opportunities to view facilities and interact with student guides over the holidays.

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 6 Career News 19 March 2021

  • News from Monash University
    • New Certificate Courses
    • Bachelor of Arts – Professional Futures
    • Bachelor’s/Master’s Program in Arts
  • Differences between a Physiotherapist, Chiropractor, Osteopath and Myotherapist
  • ADF Gap Year and Information Sessions
  • Undergraduate Webinar Series at Victoria University
  • Your Career Website
  • Travel & Tourism Courses in Victoria in 2021    
  • Occupational Therapy Courses on offer in Victoria in 2021
  • Physiotherapy Courses on offer in Victoria in 2021
  • Snapshot of Bond University in 2021

Number 7 Career News 19 March 2021

  • News from Deakin University
    • Deakin Campus Tours – April School Holidays
    • New Education and Teaching Course Finder Tool
  • Early Leaders Program at Swinburne University
  • Studying Design Courses at RMIT University
  • Freight, Transport, and Logistics
  • Event Planning Courses in Victoria in 2021
  • Human Resources Courses on offer in Victoria in 2021
  • Snapshot of The Australian National University (ANU) in 2021



SchoolTV SPECIAL REPORT: A Conversation on Consent


I would like to remind parents and community members of the helpful online resource that is available – SchoolTV. SchoolTV aggregates information from many great resources such as BeyondBlue and ReachOut, amongst others, providing a single stream of independent factual information that saves parents time and the confusion of searching online across multiple sites for information. Topics explored include sleep, school transitions, exam jitters, stress and many topics relevant for a range of student ages.  I encourage you to visit https://tintern.vic.schooltv.me/ and click on ‘Go to Topics’ to see the resources available to you. Additionally, SchoolTV publishes resources throughout the year and Heads of School will send these through to families as appropriate.

School TV SPECIAL REPORT: A Conversation on Consent

A recent petition, instigated by a former school girl from Sydney, calls for young women to come forward if they have been subjected to sexual assault whilst still at school. It has since gone viral with thousands of young women signing the petition or sharing their stories which are often graphic, disturbing and upsetting.

The petition calls for sex education, in particular consent, to be taught at a younger age in schools. The observation being that consent is being taught too late, with many young people not understanding the boundaries of consent resulting in sexual assault or rape. This call for change has made many schools reassess their curriculum around sex and life education to help protect young people across the nation.

Parents also need to start having conversations around consent sooner rather than later, as some teens experience their first sexual encounter well before the subject matter is delivered. It is not enough for parents or carers to assume that your teenager knows or understands what consent means and the implications surrounding it. It is important for them to learn about boundaries to enable them to respect themselves and their partners.

This Special Report offers parents guidance around normalising the topic of consent to ensure your teenager experiences healthy and respectful relationships. We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this Special Report, and as always, we welcome your feedback.

If you do have any concerns about the wellbeing of your child, please contact the school for further information or seek medical or professional help.

Here is the link to your special report https://tintern.vic.schooltv.me/wellbeing_news/special-report-conversation-consent



Student Welfare: Self-love and compassion and their positive effect on mental health and wellbeing.

Self-love and compassion and their positive effect on mental health and wellbeing

School can at times be extremely challenging for students. Students may feel pressure from workload such as assignments and exams, maintaining a healthy social life and making decisions about the future. It is normal to have difficult periods at school and testing times throughout life, in general.

There are a few things that can be done to ensure that our sense of self, mental health and wellbeing are looked after during these times, such as: self-love and compassion.

Self-love and compassion can be beneficial for many reasons, inclusive of; a rise in self-esteem levels, resilience, increase of connections and strengthening of relationships, improvement in mood and lessened feelings of ‘failure’.

The following will represent four ways to exhibit self-love and compassion towards ourselves. Note; “you are the one person you’ll be with for every moment of your life … [so] self-love and compassion make a HUGE impact on your wellbeing” (Headspace).

Caring for yourself.

Two top ways to look after yourself are:

Participating in physical activity: exercising has numerous mental health benefits, it can be used as a mighty tool to alleviate tensions, worries and anxiety. According to the department of health, young people (aged 13-17 years) should have 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day. This could include walking, running and bike riding. Find what works for you and feel the dopamine and serotonin promote positive physical and mental health benefits.

Ensuring you get adequate sleep: multiple studies on sleep have represented that sleep is important for brain function, such as; intellect, attentiveness, general efficiency and functioning. The national sleep foundation has assessed teenagers need 8 to 10 hours of sleep per night. This can also aid in maintaining emotional well-being.

Reassure and comfort yourself.

When going through tough times, remind yourself that it is okay to feel certain ways and emotions. Additionally, that others have experienced similar situations and have progressed through it. Find contentment by being tolerant, supportive and protective with yourself. Imagine how you would treat your closest friend when they’re going through a tough time and do the same with yourself!

Use kind words towards yourself.

Kind words are more effective than harsh. Try to write down positive affirmations about yourself, then progress to reading them out loud and lastly reading them in front of a mirror. I’ll start with one: ‘I’m grateful for my body today as it carried me through a large run I first thought I couldn’t get through’.

 Accept it’s okay to not always be perfect at self-love and compassion.

Ensuring and maintaining self-love and compassion is not always getting it right. As humans we make mistakes and an get caught up in things such as; comparisons. When this happens, it is okay to realise we tried our very best and then start again. It may be helpful to acknowledge the comparison out loud or exchange dialogue with your internal critic and challenge the undesirable messages.

To get some other support on self-love and compassion, feel free to access:

  • Headspace
  • Beyond Blue
  • Student Welfare Services: Catie McNamara


Jess Soccio and Andrew Dellafiore.

Student Welfare Services






Policy updates – Parent Services

As part of our ongoing review of policies please find the following updated policy in the Parent Services section of the MyTintern Portal or via the following link.

Lauren Brum

PA to the Vice Principal and HR Administration


Madonna King Parent Evening

Tintern Grammar is pleased to welcome one of Australia’s most accomplished parenting authors and journalists Madonna King to our campus in May 2021.
View further information and book below!
DATE: Monday 24 May 2021
TIME: To be seated by 7pm
VENUE: CM Wood Centre, 90 Alexandra Road Ringwood East, VIC 3135