23 Nov 2021

From the Principal

This week we have a special lead introduction from Adam Kenny, Head of Boys’ Junior School…. 

As I sit gazing at the beautiful view from the Teacher’s Lodge at Camp Manyung Mt Eliza, where we are so grateful that our Years 3 to 4 students have been able to attend and enjoy their annual Camp, a Camp Counsellor’s Manifesto sits on the wall next to me.

In part it says;

“I believe in camp. I believe in shorts and t-shirts. I believe that camp makes a difference in every camper’s life, as well as my own.

Camp is a place that I can get away from the rush of everyday life and back to the basics. Every camper is an individual and I need to treat them as such. One method does not work with all campers. I will strive to find the balance that will help me to see each camper as an individual And help me to give them each the summer of their lives.”

There is much about this that resonates with the phrase, “For Care, turn to Tintern.”

For many children (and adults…I must admit, I do find myself becoming a little homesick at nights), Camp requires an enormous amount of resilience and strength. Being away from home, and living closely as part of a community, can be very challenging. It is during these times when kids might be emotionally fragile that I know that the care of staff is even greater than normal.

I am always moved by the way in which staff gently guide, encourage and in the most caring way, find the ‘method’ that works for  young campers, as has occurred on our current Camp.

Sometimes seeing our children head off on camp is almost harder for us as parents! (Sometimes, it can also be a blessed relief!) When my Will heads off on the Year 9 Summer Expedition, I know that he will love being with his mates in a relaxed environment.

Because the care that the students display towards one another is just as inspiring as that of the staff.

There is an innate sense of our compass point of Compassion with our students, and when on Camps, they know when one of their peers is being challenged, needs some extra assistance and/or an extra word of encouragement or act of kindness.

For parents and guardians, the most effective Care you can show your child as they head to camp, is to provide them with opportunities to practice our Compass Point of Independence.

Hanging up wet clothes, knowing how to use cutlery at the table, keeping belongings neat and tidy, applying sunscreen, cooking simple meals, doing things for oneself! These sound simple, but in Camp life, they are desperately needed, are if missing, they can take away much of the shine of a camp.

The camping program at Tintern is rich and varied, providing so many wonderful memories,  and another aspect of school life that helps shape the character of our students while further developing significant relationships between staff and students.

For Care, Turn to Tintern (camps!)




Community Matters

TPG Second-hand Book Sale 2021

The Tintern Parents Group are pleased to once again partner with I Love Books on a second-hand book sale.

Selling your Books through I Love Books:

Follow the steps below to utilise this free and easy service:

  • Create your “Seller’s Form” at ilovebooks.com.au/sell and print this out. Books cannot be accepted without this form. Watch the 2-minute video for help: http://www.ilovebooks.com.au/sellBe sure to read the Terms and Conditions.
  • Bundle up your books securely and attach/include the printed Seller’s Form. TPG and ILB cannot be held responsible for lost items that are not packaged appropriately.
  • Bring your books to school in a weather proof bag, and drop them off at the Canoe/Boat Trailer Shed on your left as you enter Gate 1 (Bus Bay entrance) between Monday 22 November and Wednesday 1 December. If you prefer, you can take them directly to the ILB store and use their contactless drop off bin.
    • NOTE: Please DO NOT leave books at school after Wednesday 1 December. Any items left after this date will be donated/disposed of.
  • Your books will be processed by ILB accordingly. You will receive an email confirmation from them with details of your account.

Buying Your Books from I Love Books:

Visit ILB on Saturday 4 December anytime between 8am and 12noon for the Tintern Exclusive Shopping Day to purchase your New or Second-hand books and supplies for 2022.
The Book Sale Event is at ‘I Love Books’ 12 Arcade Road, Mont Albert North, 3129

Order books online here: https://orders.ilovebooks.com.au/catalogue/ 

New in 2021 to I Love Books is ordering from the Booklist:

  • Print your Booklist and highlight the books you require
  • Indicate if you want Good, Excellent or As New Condition (default is excellent if not indicated)
    • You can also choose to buy new where Secondhand isn’t available.
  • Attach the booklist securely to your bundle of secondhand books.
  • I Love Books will contact you to confirm availability, collection or postage.

If you have any questions please contact the TPG by email here  or I Love books by email here.

TPG Mango Drive 2021

Thank you to everyone who purchased a tray (or more) of mangoes, and for collecting your mango trays so quickly.

Here are some delicious mango recipes you could try (select the image):

Friends of Equestrian

The Tintern Friends of Equestrian Committee is a parent led group of equine enthusiasts who gather to support the children of Tintern in their equestrian pursuits. We organise training days in all disciplines and run the prestigious Tintern Horse Trials.  Of which many Tintern students have been able to benefit from in the past.

For the FOE to continue offering this support and organising opportunities for our ‘horsey’ community, we are in desperate need of new faces.

A number of riders are now nearing the end of their Tintern days, and with them, their devoted parents who have been invaluable on the committee, are also moving on. I am sad to say that without new people joining the committee, we will not be able to continue.  After 22 years it would be a shame to close it now.

Please if you have any interest joining us, please get in touch with either Sherie on 0484750500 or Nelaana to discuss how you can help. 


Presentation Ball Committee

Are you interested in being involved in the Presentation Ball Committee? An opportunity has opened up to join the Committee and take this traditional pastime into a new era.

 Offered each year to our Year 11 students, it is a wonderful opportunity for them to receive modern dance instruction whilst having fun and experiencing a formal presentation to family and friends.

If you are interested in being a part of this Committee, please contact Di Lacey in Community Relations on 9845 7777 or communityrelations@tintern.vic.edu.au.

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. 

A special thank you to our wonderful team of Parent Representatives from 2021. Though the year was again not what we expected, with the cancellation of many events, we greatly appreciated their efforts in unusual times.

Thank you to all those who have already signed on as Parent Reps for 2022. We are very grateful for your support. The role can be shared between many people, so please get in touch with you are interested or would like to volunteer, by email communityrelations@tintern.vic.edu.au or by phone 03 9845 7877.

Community Committee Dates 

Community Group Meetings have returned to Zoom due to the current restrictions. Please check the information below carefully for details:

  • Tintern Parent Group (TPG) –Next meeting: Thursday 10 February 2021 at 7pm President: Haidee Wallace Location: TBC
  • Friends of Music (FOM) – Next Meeting: TBC  President: Debra Fryer Location: Online due to the lockdown, click here to join.
  • Friends of Young Farmers (FOYF) – Next Meeting: TBC President: Ranald Young 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 

Upcoming Reunions 2021

  • YG 2016, 5 Year Reunion – Friday 10 December at 7.30pm – High and Dry Bar @ Sage Hotel, Ringwood – Book Here
  • YG 2012, 10 Year Reunion – Saturday 19 February 2022 at 3.30pm to 6.30pm – Tintern Grammar followed by Bar offsite – Booking link coming soon

Community Group Fundraising

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!


Music Matters

Congratulations to recipients of Kelson and Penelope Thwaites Music Awards

Last Friday, Mr Michael Kelson visited Tintern to present this year’s Kelson Music Scholar Awards and the Penelope Thwaites Music Awards to five talented musicians. This year he was joined by his daughter, Mrs Kate Butterworth, as Michael’s wife, Lyn, who usually accompanies him to these events sadly passed away last December. We were very grateful that Kate was able to join her father at this auspicious event. The awards are in their eighteenth 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 twelve 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 –  Helen Yang (Year 9) – Piano

Music Scholar Encouragement Award  – Etienne Meddings (Year 7) – Double Bass

Music Scholar Encouragement Award  – Averil Lee (Year 6) – Clarinet



Penelope Thwaites Music Awards

Best Performance of an Australian Composition  –  Sophie Liu (Year 7) – Flute Australian Composition      


Original Composition Award –  Sebastian Humphrys (Year 7) – Piano


Congratulations to this year’s joint recipients of the Ron Trigg Jazz Musician Award

The Ron Trigg Jazz Musician Award is named after former Tintern Director of Music Ron Trigg, who commenced at Tintern in 1987 and gave 18 years of inspiring service to the Music Department, especially in the areas of ensemble development and promotion of the jazz genre.

Each year the Ron Trigg Jazz award is presented to senior students who have participated actively in rehearsals, workshops and performances of at least one of Tintern Grammar’s Jazz Ensembles for at least two years, and have demonstrated considerable commitment and contribution to the Jazz Program.

With the absence of a Friends of Music Jazz Night, at which this award would normally have been presented, the join recipients of this year’s award will be acknowledged in the Celebration Evening video and on the Award’s perpetual shield, which is housed in the CM Wood Centre. We are hopeful that these students will be able to attend the 2022 Jazz Night and perform in an Alumni Jazz Band made up of students from the past 2 years who have missed out on two consecutive Jazz Nights, due to the COVID lockdowns.

Congratulations to this year’s recipients – Milly Kenny and Sam Victoria



Community Celebration Day at Zonzo Estate

It was wonderful to see the return of our Community Celebration Day last week, where past, present and future families and friends joined us at the beautiful Zonzo Estate.

A big thank you to Mary Eats CakeBedford Coffee Co. and Entertainment Membership for their generous donations!





2022 Parent Welcome Events – Save the date

Please see the dates below for the upcoming ‘2022 parent welcome’ events, booking links and further details will be available in the next Aspectus: 


Monday 31 January 8.30am – (Term 1 commences for all students in Years 7, 11 and 12 full day, Years 8 – 10 part day)



Tuesday 1 February 8.30am – (All students return to campus)



– Community Hub

Wednesday 2 February 7.00pm (to follow after the ELC & JS Information Evening)



– Community Hub

Thursday 3 February 7.00pm (to follow after the MS & SC Information Evening)


From the Student Welfare Team: 10 tips for improving your self-esteem!

10 tips for improving your self-esteem

In a nutshell, self-esteem is your opinion of yourself and your abilities. It can be high, low or somewhere in-between. While everyone occasionally has doubts about themselves, low self-esteem can leave you feeling insecure and unmotivated. You might be able to identify a few things that are affecting your opinion of yourself [maybe your being bullied, or you might be feeling lonely], or it could be a mystery. Either way, if you are wondering how to improve your self-esteem, here are some things you can try:

Tip 1 – Be nice to yourself. That little voice that tells you you’re killing it [or not] is way more powerful than you think. Make an effort to be kind to yourself and, if you do slip up, try to challenge any negative thoughts. A good rule of thumb is to speak to yourself in the same wat that you would speak to your friends. It can be hard at first, but practice will help. Try writing down three things you like about yourself.

Tip 2 – You do you. Comparing yourself to other people is a sure way to start feeling bad. Try to focus on your own goals and achievements rather than measuring yourself against someone else’s. Nobody needs that kind of pressure.

Tip 3 – Get moving. Exercise is a great way to increase motivation. Practice setting goals and build confidence. Breaking a sweat also cues the body to release endorphins, the feel-good hormones.

Tip 4- Nobody’s perfect. Always strive to be the best version of yourself, but it’s also important to accept that perfection is an unrealistic goal.

Tip 5 – Remember that everyone makes mistakes. You’ve got to make mistakes in order to learn and grow, so try not to beat yourself up if you forget to hit CTRL+S on a super important assignment. Everyone has been there. 

Tip 6- Focus on what you can change. It’s easy to get catch up on all the things that are out of your control, but that does not help much. Instead try to focus your energy on identifying the things that are 3 within your control and see what you can do about them. Write down one thing that you’re not happy with, and three ways you can change it.

Tip 7 – Do what makes you happy .If you spend time doing things you enjoy, you will think more positively. Try to schedule in a little you-time every day.

Tip 8 – Celebrate the small. You got up on time this morning. Tick. You made a good breakfast. Winning. Celebrating the small victories is a great way to build confidence and start feeling better about yourself. Try writing down tree things you did well at the end of each day.

Tip 9 – Be a friend. Being helpful and considerate to other people will certainly boost their mood, but will also make you feel good about yourself.

Tip 10 – Surround yourself with supportive people. Find people who make you feel good about yourself and avoid those who tend to trigger negative thinking.

 There is more helpful information regarding self-esteem and confidence at the link below.







ELC News

Christmas in the ELC

Christmas in the ELC is always a cheerful time of year. The children are always enthusiastic to join in the Christmas activities and share a part of their culture with their peers. For the children to develop a sense of autonomy and ownership in their program we hold discussions topics. At this time of year, Christmas is a popular starting point as the children are keen to share what Christmas means to them and how they want to celebrate Christmas within the program.

This year the Pre-Prep children decided that they would like to create a Christmas North Pole inspired area. This led into discussions around which animals live at the North Pole and what sounds adult animals make compared to baby animals. Aiden Gao is thoroughly knowledgeable and a self-proclaimed ‘Animal Expert’, so it was up to him to lead the group discussions. Through their interest of dramatic play, the children are learning the skills and dispositions to be part of a group, share their ideas and knowledge with each other and develop oral literacy skills.

As part of our Christmas Celebrations we normally host a Christmas Concert for our family and friends, however due to current restrictions we have had to film our concert. The children have been champions with their resilience and flexibility this year and they have risen to the challenge (and patience) of having the concert filmed. On the day of filming the children took turns recording their own special class song, as well as coming together to sing and dance as a whole group.  The children sang so beautifully and looked amazing as they performed with gusto. The countless effort that Shari Bhatt, our Music Teacher, and educators have spent ensuring the children not only sound spectacular, but also look the part too. We hope that when our families get to share this concert they enjoy it as much as the children enjoyed creating it.

Claire Trappitt

ELC Teacher


Girls’ Junior School News

Art in the Girls’ Junior School

What a great finish to the Year in Art.

This term, the Girls in Year 4 finally had the opportunity to complete their beautiful clay houses. We started these the day before lockdown began and completed them in the middle of November. The Year 3 class only just completed their clay coil bowls, and the always enthusiastic Years 1 and 2 girls have started their clay Christmas angels and completed their clay owls, plaque and fish. The icon 1950’s Flying ducks were designed and sculptured by the Year 5’s in clay. It’s been a big term working in clay for many of the year levels. It is always a favorite, the girls enjoy manipulating and creating objects, finding relaxation and calmness during these sessions.

As many of you know, I shall be retiring from teaching after 37 years at the end of this year. It has been wonderful being able to spend my last few years of teaching back at Tintern and being able to enjoy my love of Art with your daughter. May I wish you all a Merry Christmas and many lockdown free years ahead.

Stay safe and well,

Naomi Greco

Art Teacher 


Year 5 Surfing at Phillip Island 

On Wednesday 17 November the Year 5 Girls went to Phillip Island for a Surf Day. We’re so glad we got to do it. It was a big highlight for me, not only getting out there in the bracing ocean myself, but seeing the girls thrive and enjoy themselves out of the classroom.

Years 4 and 5 have involved some changes and challenges for this cohort, and the way in which they have dealt with this semester’s disappointments with grace and good humour gave Wednesday’s outing an extra emotional edge. It was a special moment they finally got to have, and it brought out the best in them.

I am so proud of the girls. They bonded and they encouraged each other. They saw each other try, fail, try again and maybe nail it, or maybe, like their teacher, nailing it will happen next time. They were grateful, happy and free. With cold and sandy hands, walking the surfboards up the stairs at the end of the session was tough, but they worked together and got it done. They sang together on the way home and helped each other find lost socks when we pulled up to school.

Ines: We showed commitment to not give up and to keep trying. You fall off your board a lot.

Layla: I had never been on a surfboard before today. I got up to my knees and to me that feels like a good accomplishment.

Angela: I drank lots of saltwater but had a great time.

Weylen: It was so much fun to get to go outside the school after lockdown, even if it was for just one day. Being able to surf with my friends was amazing!

Senudhi: The surf day was one of those moments where you keep trying. I knew I’d eventually stand up, I just had to try again.

Alysha: Getting out of school was amazing. To go to the beach for our first excursion in a long time was just awesome.

Katherine: When we first got out into the water everyone got drenched by the waves. We gave it our best and everyone had a good time.

Patience: One word – absolutely amazing. Oh wait… that’s two words.

Nick Adeney

Year 5 Girls Classroom Teacher


Boys’ Junior School News

Surfing at Phillip Island 

In Lieu of their Surf Camp, our Year 5 boys and girls spent the day at Phillip island on Wednesday, having a Surfing session and enjoying the beautiful weather


Years 1 to 6 Information Evening

Friendly reminder that the Years 1 to 6 Information Evening will be held via Zoom tomorrow evening. 

Time: Nov 24, 2021 07:00 PM Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81877753341?pwd=S0JJTGl4TFJoTmFEYitud1d0dk55dz09

Meeting ID: 818 7775 3341

Passcode: 707089



Middle School News

A fortnight of uninterrupted school feels like such a privilege, and with the further easing of restrictions, we are almost in what we will probably now call “normal” as we move forward. Masks have become optional in school now; however, remain compulsory for public transport and our school buses. Therefore, for many students they will still be required to carry a mask with them for their journey to and from school but can now choose if they wish to wear one when at school both outside and inside the classroom. What has been reinforced to all students is that there still will be many students and staff who will choose to wear a mask and that it’s important that we all respect an individual’s choice. 

On Friday 19 November we held our first combined face-to-face Middle School assembly since early in Term 2 in our recently refurbished CM Wood Centre. The assembly was an opportunity to hear from our Middle School leaders who spoke about the challenging year that 2021 was, but also of the many highlights that were still achieved. They spoke of camps, excursions, the school musical, sports carnivals and GEM Days. They praised the commitment and independence of all students, as well as the dedication and hard work from their teachers. What they made clear was that the student body was really looking forward to 2022 and the opportunity to enjoy a school year full of exciting activities and opportunities.  


Middle School Leaders for 2022 

At that assembly we introduced our Middle School student leadership team for 2022. The process of leadership election is always a difficult situation, especially when there are many of our students who applied for particular positions, all very capable of fulfilling any of the positions they put their hand up for. In Year 9, all students will provide leadership across the school, despite many not wearing a badge. The Duke of Edinburgh Program that will be conducted through our Year 9 Program will provide all students the opportunity to develop their leadership skills through personal challenges, community service and the adventurous journey aspect of the program.  

Below is a list of the successful students who will form the core of our Middle School leadership team for 2022: 






Grace Boromeo 

Arya Yogesh Kumar 


Amelie Byth 

David Derham 

School Leader 

Lucia Cockerell 

Harrison Biggs 

School Leader 

Daisy Mitchell 

Elijah Hanna 

Butterss-Cross House Captain 

Hannah Dunkley 

Shenghao Jin 

Dann-Watt House Captain 

Elisha Sze 

Jett Sriratana 

Gordon-Grant House Captain 

Zara Jackson Smith 

Marcus Ta 

Mansfield-McKie House Captain 

Matilda Bailye 

Heath Fox 

Somner-Stewart House Captain 

Amy Harris 

Jack Pringle 

Music and Drama 

Sashenka Fernando 

Daniel Sun 


Millie Blank 

Tom Hutcheon 


Aridhi De Silva 

Daniel Thompson 


Girls in STEAM 

In Term 3 we began a Laser Cut Design Course for Middle School girls in our STEAM Centre. This was an optional afterschool activity that was very popular across the Middle School girls. The course covered basic illustrator design skills, how to use the laser cutter and design briefs. The designs could range from earrings to brooches to key rings, the possibilities were endless. The program was interrupted by being offsite, however, the sessions continued online and once back onsite, our girls will be able to complete their designs and cut out their final pieces. A huge thank you to our library staff, specifically Ms Karmouche who ran the program. There will be more of these opportunities next year to help inspire our girls in the STEAM area. 



Music Scholar Awards for 2021 

On Friday 19 November our annual Music Scholar Awards were presented at an invitational luncheon in our CM Wood Centre. There are two types of awards: Ilma Kelson Music Scholar Awards and the Penelope Thwaites Music Scholar Awards. 

This year the award recipients are: 

  • Averil Lee (Grade 5): Music Engagement Award 

  • Sophie Liu (Year 7): Best Performance of an Australian Composition 

  • Sebastien Humphrys (Year 7): Best Original Composition 

  • Etienne Meddings (Year 8): Music Engagement Award 

  • Helen Yang (Year 9): Outstanding Senior Performer 

A huge congratulations to all Kelson Award recipients for 2021. 


Year 7 2022 Orientation Day Wednesday 24 November 

On Wednesday 24 November there will be a number of our current Middle School students assisting with Mrs Watkins and Mrs Baulch with the Year 7 2022 Orientation Day. Normally this would be Day 3 of their orientation, however, this will be the first time that they have been able to attend and for many students it will be the first time they have actually set foot on our campus. The day is designed around providing a fun and welcoming experience that hopefully continues to build on their excitement for starting secondary school next year at Tintern.  


Key Dates 

With the end of the year approaching it is important that key dates are kept in the minds of both students and the families.  

  • Monday 29 November: Student free day for all secondary students (no secondary school classes)
  • Monday 29 November – Friday 3 December: Year 9 Summer Expeditions
  • Tuesday 30 November: Year 8 Medieval Day at school
  • Wednesday 1st December: Day 1 of Transition. Students move into their 2022 classes and timetable and begin work for the 2022 year.  
  • Friday 10th December: Final day for students. Transition continues until lunchtime, followed by an end of school secondary assembly and a final pastoral session. 



Senior College News

It is our hope that students made effective use of their study day on Monday 22 November and examinations commence on Tuesday 23 November for Year 10 and 11 students. Students have been emailed individual timetables but I would encourage families to go through the schedule and please do contact the relevant Level Co-ordinator regarding any absences during the week.

Year 12 Final Day Celebration and Valedictory Service

It was a beautiful morning for the Year 12 Final Day Celebration and Valedictory Service. The students enjoyed the opportunity to meet with their peers for breakfast in a relaxed setting. We were also fortunate to complete the filming for Celebration Evening and the students were excited to actually sing their Year 12 leaving song as a group on stage in the CM Wood Centre. The Valedictory Service was a moving experience for staff, students and family members who could join us and the guard of honour formed by the rest of the school was a fitting end to this significant occasion. Sharing lunch together and final farewells represented the conclusion of the last day of school for our Class of 2021.


A reminder that Year 11 students undertaking a VCE Unit 3 and 4 subject are encouraged to register for their results using the Results and ATAR Service at https://resultsandatar.vic.edu.au/results/applicants.htm; Using this service means that the students can access their results from 7.00am on Thursday 16 December. They will need their VCAA number that has been emailed to them by Julie Ennor.

The school has been advised that the Ringwood Station bus (Routes 8074 and 9074) will be temporarily impacted by the closure of Ringwood Station from Tuesday 23rd November to Friday 17th December 2021. The pickup and drop off from/to Ringwood Station will be at the temporary bus stop on Station St (westbound in front of the Uniting Church). A map showing the diversion route and temporary bus stop is loaded on the News page of the Portal.

I have uploaded a ‘Pathways to University’ file on to the Careers page of the Portal that may be of interest to families in addition to the usual Career News update that is released each week.


Upcoming Key Dates for the Senior College

Year 10 and 11 Examinations Tuesday 23 to Friday 26 November

Student Free Day – Monday 29 November

Year 11 Formal – Monday 29 November

Year 10 and 11 Examination Return of Papers – Tuesday 30 November

Senior College 2022 Transition Program – Wednesday 1 December to Friday 10 December

Year 12 Celebration Evening Screening at the Coburg Drive-In – Thursday 9 December

IB Lunch – Thursday 11 November

Year 12 Formal – Monday 13 December

Valedictory Dinner – Wednesday 9 February 2022



Career News

News from the Careers Department

Students may still change their electives in the Middle School by contacting Mr Brett Trollops or Mrs Ruckert for Senior College students. A Pathways to University file has been uploaded to the Careers page of the Portal in addition to the latest editions of Career News and each file can be accessed using the link at: https://portal.tintern.vic.edu.au/homepage/14962/

Number 35 Career News 19 November 2021

  • Final reminder: VTAC 2022 Upcoming Key Dates  
  • Accessing VCE Results
  • La Trobe University Campus Tours
  • RMIT Maths Bridging Programme
  • Monash University Campus Tours are Back!
  • 2022 VCE Summer School Programs
  • My Science 3-Day Program at Monash University
  • Useful Tips for Successful Interviews
  • Swinburne University – MathsLink Bridging Programs 

A reminder that families need to be logged in to the Portal to access the links or select the Careers tab to view all the relevant folders containing the files.









Year 12 VCE Visual Arts and Design Exhibition 2021

We are excited to share the 2021 Year 12 VCE Visual Arts and Design Exhibition with you all! This year’s exhibition is available for you to enjoy at your own pace, in your own time, virtually. You can use the arrow key or click & drag function of the cursor and explore the pieces in any order you choose. You can zoom in closer to the works to view them individually, and read the artist/design statements regarding the works by simply clicking on the image.

More on the exhibition from Rachel Waud – Head of Visual Arts and Design…

“No matter whether the art and design piece takes the form of a photograph, a textile piece, a sculpture, drawing, piece of furniture or painting it still allows people to express themselves and communicate with others.

Art is a great leveller, it can draw outsiders into our world and give them the tools to understand how we live or how we think in a much deeper way than if we just tried to describe something to them. Through their work the students have been able to show people many things, not just about artistic technique or design decisions, but also about themselves.

This process of communication is also valuable as a shared experience. When you participate in something artistic and creative with other people it can be far more valuable than many other group activities, because it always has at its heart an element of personal expression.

Creativity and Art ties people together and refuses to let them go.

Because of the experiential nature of art & design we know that the wonderful works you are about to explore all tell a story. It might not be a conscious story, and it might not be a true story – but there will be something in each work which reveals to us a snippet of information about the artists.”




From the GSA – Trans Awareness Week

Last week was Trans Awareness Week and to show allyship the Tintern Grammar GSA decorated the Senior College, our 2022 GSA Captain gave a presentation on Trans Awareness and sold wrist bands and stickers to raise money for Minus18, a charity improving the lives of LGBTQIA+ youth.

The GSA also received a lovely message of support from Georgie Stone OAM an Australian actress, writer and transgender rights advocate. 





What’s been happening at Team Kids?

A big warm hello from us here at TeamKids to you.

We have had a very busy couple of weeks here at Team Kids, and we are looking forward to the last couple of weeks of the before and after care sessions.

We have had our first two Lego Masters clubs. These have been a big hit, with the students being challenged to build objects such as dinosaurs and building their own version of Lego HQ.

Cooking club has always been a favourite here at Tintern. So far, we have had a lot of fun making ‘choose your flavour’ muffins, where students got to choose from choc chips, banana, raspberries, apple and cinnamon, or cocoa powder, and there was a selection on sprinkles to put on top. We have also made rice paper rolls, at the request of our regular students.

Every term Team Kids holds a term challenge. This terms challenge is a Gingerbread Village Building Competition. We will be using our cooking club to work on our village, and the students are very excited to compete against other Team Kids schools.

Art attack club has also been a big hit. We enjoyed a symmetrical butterfly painting activity and will be hanging the butterflies around the room. We also started a Mindfulness club. We have only had one session, but the students all seemed to enjoy winding down and making origami snowflakes.

We have some exciting things coming up from Team Kids. This Thursday 25th, we will be having our first ever Lunchtime Legends for the Junior Boys. Team Kids will be running a lunchtime activity and encourage as many to come along as possible. The following Thursday 2nd December, we will be holding the Junior Girls Lunchtime Legends.

We are also planning for our end of year party. This will be on Friday the 10th of December at after school care.

That’s all from Team Kids for now. If you have any questions at all, please reach out. Our contact information is below.

Important dates:

-Thursday 25th November: Junior Boys Lunchtime legends

-Thursday 2nd December: Junior Girls Lunchtime Legends

-Friday 10th December: Last Day party


Alexandra Bonney
Director of Service – Tintern Grammar

0484 300 362
Head Office: 1300 035 000