24 Jul 2018

From the Principal

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

Physical Education and Sport are vital parts of the curriculum in schools. In a society where nearly two thirds of the adult population are overweight or obese, it is even more important that a healthy and active lifestyle is promoted and maintained for general health. The benefits of sport and exercise are well documented in studies and include: increased mental health, better academic performance in the classroom, various physical health benefits, increased social connections, community engagement, inclusiveness, teamwork, resilience, perseverance, dealing with disappointment, problem solving skills, creative thinking, making friends and many more.

Sporting clubs are an important part of the community as they allow people of all ages to work together to achieve common goals. From young students who are dreaming of being an elite sportsperson or older generations who are playing for fitness, enjoyment and the social aspect, sporting clubs appeal to people of all ages for different reasons. Students require ways to engage with community sporting clubs and further develop their skills outside of the limited time at school they are playing sport. Schools should be working with community sporting clubs to provide places for students and parents to learn and develop their skills in a variety of areas on and off the field.

With this as a focus, I have been developing a pathway for our students who would like to participate in sport out of school hours. I have been working with various sporting clubs to offer our students a pathway to play their sport at a community club. These clubs have been carefully selected to ensure our students and parents receive the best environment possible to develop their skills and themselves. There are many other wonderful clubs out there and these are a recommendation to start your sporting pursuit.

If you would like a copy of the Sports Pathways Booklet which contains contact details for the clubs or any further information, please email me at aviney@tintern.vic.edu.au or download a copy here.


Julia Thorpe (YG 2011) Wins Michael Page Major Player Award

Congratulations to alumna Julia Thorpe (YG 2011) who was recently named the Michael Page Major Player Award. Julia works as a Recruitment Consultant for Michael Page and this award recognises her as the top biller for Marketing nationally for Q2. It also acknowledges her hard work and dedication to her role as she consistently demonstrates the five core company values: Take Pride, Never Give Up, Be Passionate, Work as a Team and Make it Fun.

When Julia left school she went onto to study Marketing/Management at Monash University but wasn’t sure where to next. After successfully applying to the Graduate Program at Michael Page she has loved it ever since. Julia is now a Recruitment Consultant within their Marketing team specialising in the professional services sector (e.g. Investments/Banking/Superannuation). She comments “I am truly passionate about what I do, being able to place someone in their dream job gives me no greater satisfaction”.

Congratulations again Julia on this wonderful achievement!


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 Year 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 worked in teams with partners 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 at the end of the year. These Professional Growth Partnerships are part of an annual process at Tintern, which represent a cycle of professional learning for our teachers with an emphasis on collaboration and coaching.

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.


Music Matters

Music Camp 2018

Students in the following ensembles are required to attend our Annual Music Camp over the coming weekend of Friday 27 July (afternoon/evening), through Saturday 28 July to Sunday 29 July. This is a non-residential rehearsal weekend (i.e. students go home overnight and return to school the next day) primarily run for the purpose of learning and rehearsing our Finale item for our Annual Concert on Friday 10 August. All students in these ensembles are expected to perform in this Finale:

  • Boys Intermediate Choir
  • Girls Intermediate Choir
  • Senior Boys Chamber Choir
  • Senior Girls Chamber Choir
  • Tintern Grammar Concert Choir
  • Intermediate Jazz Band
  • Tintern Grammar Senior Jazz Band
  • Scrolls String Orchestra
  • Tintern Grammar Chamber Orchestra
  • Tintern Grammar Symphony Orchestra
  • Tintern Grammar Concert Band
  • Tintern Grammar Wind Symphony

Emails with details about the Rehearsal Weekend were sent to families during the holiday period and camp reply slips should be returned asap to assist with catering requirements.


Friday 27 July

2.15pm (P.4)     Intermediate Choirs (Boys & Girls)
3.45-5.00pm   Concert Choir, Senior Jazz Band, Strings Sectional (Celeb Evg)
5.00pm   Afternoon Tea
5.15-6.30pm   Senior Chamber Choirs, Celebration Evening Orchestra
6.30-8.30pm    Optional Movie & Pizza Session

Saturday 28 July

8.45am   Concert Band & Scrolls
10.30am    Morning Tea
11.00am   All Music Campers (Medley)
12.45-2.15pm    Lunch & Activities 
2.15pm   All Music Campers (Medley)
3.15pm   Afternoon Tea
3.30-5.00pm    Chamber Orchestra & Wind Symphony

Sunday 29 July

12.45pm   All Music Campers (Medley)
2.00pm   Afternoon Tea
2.45-3.30pm   All Music Campers (Medley)
3.30-5.00pm   Symphony Orchestra & Intermediate Jazz Band


Music Camp 2017

Upcoming Concerts in Term Three

We have a wonderful array of musical offerings coming up during Term 3 – something to suit everyone’s palate! Be sure to note the following dates in your diary, especially if your child is one of our budding musicians:


Junior School (boys and girls) Piano Concert, Southwood Centre, 5.00pm

Senior School (Yr 7-12 boys and girls) Piano Concert, Southwood Centre, 7.00pm


Tintern Grammar Annual Concert, CM Wood Centre, 7.30pm.

This event involves girls and boys in Years 7-12.


Singing Soiree, CM Wood Centre, 7.00pm


Junior String Concert, Colebrook Hall, 5.00pm

This event involves students in Years Prep-6


Brass & Woodwind Concert, Kelson Room and Area C, 7.30pm

This concert involves girls and boys in Years 7-12


Percussion Concert, Area C, 7.30pm

There is no danger of going to sleep during this event which involves girls and boys in Years 5-12!


International Baccalaureate Recital, CM Wood Centre, 7.00pm

This promises to be a delightful program presented by senior music students


Senior String Concert, CM Wood Centre, 7.30pm

Presented by girls and boys in Years 7-12


Students learning instruments at school are automatically considered for inclusion in the instrument-specific concerts. If your child learns an instrument outside the school, they are welcome to submit an expression of interest to the Music Department to perform at a school concert and, program time permitting, we will be happy to include them in the concert.

I look forward to seeing many of you at these events over the coming weeks as you support the endeavours of our wonderful student musicians.


Sport Matters

Lauren Wooller and Paige Anderson study at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in New York City

During the recent holidays, Year 9 students Lauren Wooller and Paige Anderson attended a three week placement at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy studying ballet through their Summer Intensive Program in New York City. 

They danced 9-5 every weekday, lived independently in a college dorm, caught the Subway to and from class and prepared their own meals. Classes were taken by Russian teachers who couldn’t speak any English. With translators to help, over the three week period Lauren and Paige picked up quite a few Russian words. 

This was truly an amazing educational experience and opportunity which allowed Lauren and Paige to follow their passion. Well done to you both for securing placement into this program which was via audition only. We are sure you had an incredible time!

Mitch McGovern finishes second in Victorian Junior Road Series U17B division

We are excited to congratulate Year 9 student Mitch McGovern on some fantastic road racing results achieved over the school holidays.

During the first week, Mitch competed in the third round of the Victorian Junior Road Series (VJRS) at the Bendigo Junior Tour. Mitch raced well over the three stage event and placed 9th overall in the U17B Men’s division.

The fourth and final round of the VJRS was the Eildon Junior Tour held last weekend. This was a four stage event and Mitch won the U17Bs!

With all four rounds of the VJRS complete, we are pleased to share that Mitch finished 2nd in the overall classification of the VJRS for the U17B division.

Well done, Mitch! Your hard work and dedication has paid off and is shown in these fantastic results.

Ophelia Sebek attends ice skating camp in Ceska Lipa, Czechia

Ophelia Sebek in Year 9 spent her winter break at an ice skating camp in Ceska Lipa, Czechia. Enjoy this video of Ophelia and her classmates performing.

Ophelia spends considerable time pursuing her passion of ice-skating. This requires commitment and dedication, and is a wonderful opportunity to work with others who share the same passion. Well done, Ophelia!

Gary Haasbroek wins silver!

Congratulations to alumnus Gary Haasbroek (YG 2016) who won the Decathlon silver medal representing Australia at the International Association of Athletics Federations World Under 20 Championships in Tampere, Finland. This is a fantastic accomplishment that Gary has worked extremely hard to achieve. Well done, Gary!


Community Matters

Trivia Night

Have you booked your ticket yet for the Annual TPG Trivia Night!

Only 4 weeks to go!

This year the TPG are proud to support the Anglicare Missions, providing educational resources to under-resourced schools in the Northern Territory. $5 from every ticket sold goes directly to the assisting these students.

Share with your friends, start arranging your teams and brushing up your trivia. There will be fun new games, a silent auction and many fantastic prizes on offer.

Add a ‘Splash of Colour‘ to your clothes and table – prizes for the best effort!

Booking are open now through Trybooking: https://www.trybooking.com/WKGN

Volunteers Needed – Tintern Grammar Giant Fair 2019


Thank you for the call out for volunteers for our Giant Fair.

The Fair is an opportunity for you to become part of the dynamic team of individuals who plan the Fair and create the fun for our community. 

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

Do you want to meet other parents and families?

If this sounds like you, please get in touch to assist with any of the following:

  • Fair Planning Committee
  • Event Planning
  • Food Handling
  • Sponsorship coordinator
  • Fundraising & Prize Donations
  • Raffle coordinator

If you are keen to be involved in any way, please email your expression of interest to fair@tintern.vic.edu.au. Or contact Community Relations on 9845 7877.

Friends of Young Farmers Spring Celebration

Save the date for the Annual Spring celebration at the Farm.

Our Friends of Young Farmers (FOYF) warmly invite you to the Tintern Farm on Friday 31 August from 3.30pm – 7pm.

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 and 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 your interest at trybooking: https://www.trybooking.com/XAAH

Community Committee Dates 

  • Tintern Parent Group (TPG) –Next meeting: Thursday 9 August 7.30pm Kennedy Cottage Co-Presidents: Haidee Wallace and Leeza Crowe
  • Friends of Music (FOM) – Next Meeting: Wednesday 8 August 7pm CM Wood Common Room President: Tim Oldmeadow
  • Friends of Young Farmers (FOYF) – Next Meeting: Monday 6 August 7.30pm Kennedy CottagePresident: Jonathan Cross
  • Friends of Equestrian (FOE) – Next Meeting: Tuesday 31 July 7.30pm Kennedy Cottage President: Sandra Garland


Celebration Evening 2018 – Change of Date Reminder

As a reminder of the change of date for Celebration Evening 2018, we are re-publishing an article from Principal Bradley Fry which appeared in the Tuesday 24 April edition of Aspectus. 

As all who have attended Celebration Evening will know, it is indeed a celebration of the activities, achievements, adventures, people and culture of our Tintern Grammar community. It is a very important evening for the whole school community and most particularly for our Year 12 students, for whom it is one of the final and most important rites of passage while they are still students. In recent years, this has taken place in the Robert Blackwood Hall at Monash University as part of a year by year agreement with Monash. However, for 2018 Monash have not been able to provide us with a suitable mid-week date and consequently, for 2018 we have had to move Celebration from its traditional mid-week slot to the evening of the second Saturday of Term 4 (Saturday 20 October). While this was not our preferred option, and we intend to return to a mid-week evening slot for 2019, we have exhausted all other feasible alternatives and this is clearly the best option available to us for this year.

To give a brief explanation, each year we nominate several dates to Monash that fit with; School’s holidays, Year 12 examinations, and various other significant School events and activities. When Monash have populated their calendar with their graduations and other internal bookings for RBH for the following year, they allocate us a booking from our list of nominated dates, from our most preferred to least preferred. For 8 years this has worked without difficulty. In 2017, for the first time, Monash was unable to provide us with a mid-week 2018 date that was possible for us. They have both apologised and explained that while it was not possible for this year, they believe it to be a single year issue and from 2019, they would expect to be able to accommodate us each year as they have for the nearly 10 years we have been at RBH.

Numerous alternatives were sought and considered by the Executive, and a sub-committee of Geoff Connor and Alison Bezaire were tasked with investigating those that appeared to fulfil our list of requirements, as well as being available. Numerous university and commercial venues were eliminated almost immediately because they were either unsuitable or unavailable. Of those available on our possible dates and feasible for us, Geoff Connor and Alison Bezaire visited two venues as realistic possibilities and briefly investigated one other.

In the end, each of these turned out to be one or more of impractical, unsuitable, or with travel time that was not feasible for our families east of the School. Consequently, the sub-committee could not in all conscience recommend an alternative venue. The only feasible mid-week option was then the CM Wood Performance Centre, which, while a known quality and operationally suitable, was not our preferred alternative. While we have kept this as a fallback option, we have been looking outside past practice for alternative possibilities. Of these, we feel strongly that RBH on a Saturday night is clearly the best option.

I appreciate that the movement to a Saturday night is a departure from past practice, but it ensures we will be able to maintain our memorable celebration of the year and our appropriately significant and dignified farewell to our Year 12 Leavers, as has been the tradition at our School over many years. 

Factis non verbis


News from the ELC

We have had a wonderful start to Term 3!

We began our week on Monday, with an In-service day, where all staff participated in interesting and informative professional development programs.

It was great to see the children returning on Tuesday with their wonderful energy, enthusiasm and excitement to reunite with their friends after the holidays.

We have welcomed new friends to each of our classes. We have Rupert in Early Learners, Lucy, Naomi and Marcus in Pre-Prep B, and Taylor in Pre-Prep A. A special welcome to Mrs Licenblat in Pre-Prep A, who is replacing Mrs Wendy Oates while she is on long service leave. Welcome, we know that you will enjoy your time at Tintern.

We have begun planning for our special events this term including our Father’s Night at the ELC and all our special Father’s Day gifts and surprises. The maintenance team have been very busy rejuvenating our garden beds and as a centre, we are planning to plant a variety of veggies into them. Alongside this, we are exploring the themes of Change and Sustainability.

The staff are all busy preparing for the Parent teacher interviews held later this term. This is a wonderful opportunity to strengthen the links between home and school.

We are looking forward to a busy and exciting term ahead!


Story Time with Rusty the Bear

Our early learners had a busy morning visiting the Junior School Library for Story Time yesterday. The visit was extra special as they were joined by Sue Wootton and Rusty Arnold the story time bear from the Eastern Regional Libraries! Our three-year-olds and Prep-Prep classes thoroughly enjoyed the session and look forward to their next visit.

Sue and Rusty visit lots of schools around the eastern suburbs to encourage students to not only visit their school library but also their local one as well. Thanks Sue and Rusty for a fun visit!


Oscar visits Tintern

There is always great excitement when I tell the girls that Oscar is coming in for a visit. Oscar is my miniature/small sized Labradoodle. Labradoodles were bred to combine the best qualities of the Poodle and the Labrador to produce a dog that is suitable for people with allergies to dog fur, because they generally have a wool coat like Oscar’s and do not shed at all.

Oscar is a gorgeous little fellow, gentle and loving and very intelligent. He knows lots of human words and at times he thinks he’s human. He is quite unique in that he has one brown ear and one white ear which always generates conversation when taking him to the dog park or for a walk!

Oscar loves coming to school and has visited now and then since he was just a few weeks old. He laps up all the cuddles and attention the girls lavish on him. He usually starts his visit by doing a few excited, mad laps of the classroom, zooming around and jumping on the sofas before settling down. He loves to sit on the sofa with the girls, leaning into them for a cuddle or wandering the room and being patted as he passes by. After a while he settles to sleep in his bed or under my desk whilst the girls do their work.

Having a pet or other animal in the classroom is always beneficial in bringing the class together, teaching how to be a responsible pet owner, creating a bond with the natural world and generally generating a calm, relaxed and harmonious atmosphere. There have been many research articles published on the internet which detail the benefits of having animals in the classroom.

Here are some words the girls wrote about having Oscar to visit; fluffiness, joy, fun, happiness, heart-melting, light, warm, excitement, memorable, lovable, adorable, cuteness, playful, energetic, enjoyable, clever, the best and damp (after he licked me!)

I hope you enjoy these photos of Oscar at school. We gave him an A+.

by Kathy Agius, Girls’ Year 6B Teacher


Junior School Interschool Football

Congratulations to our Year 5/6 Interschool football team who won the Warrandyte South District Competition.

Last Friday they competed against larger schools who had won their respective Districts. Despite encountering very skilled and in many cases larger opposition, our boys and girls played with spirit and ‘sportspersonship’… defeated on the day… but winners as far as we are concerned!

Thank you to all players and our coach, Fraser Kenny.


Year 3-6 Assembly – Moon Landing

In Monday’s Year 3-6 Assembly, we reflected upon the first  Moon Landing (20 July 1969), the vision, persistence and overcoming adversity that led to the amazing feat at the time.

We shared the story that, after gathering some Moon samples, taking some pictures and raising the American flag, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin returned to the Lunar Module, only to realise that a switch on a crucial circuit breaker had broken. This particular broken switch left them without a way to ignite the engine, so they tried to sleep while the mission control team at NASA tried to find a way to repair it. Eventually Aldrin decided that enough was enough and jammed his pen into the mechanism creating a make-shift switch. The quick-fix worked and launched both Aldrin and Armstrong off the lunar surface.  Mistakes happen even on the moon!

We also talked about Alan Shepard, who was the fifth and oldest astronaut to walk on the moon. His is an interesting story, being the first American into space, but then subsequently having to suffer being ‘grounded’ from Space flights due to Meniere’s disease. His perseverance and vision led to him finally landing on the moon in 1971. He is best known for having hit a golf ball on the moon, but he states he was so overwhelmed at having achieved his goal of walking on the moon, that when he finally had the opportunity to gaze back upon Earth from the moon, he “…cried for several long moments.”

Bernie Bolch, grandfather of Adrian, Casper and Josie Pang, then showed us a card of his that has Neil Armstrong’s autograph on it, and Bernie told us of the day he met Neil, and complemented our facts about the moon landing with many of his own.

The moon landings provide us with another opportunity to talk about dreams, courage, resilience, successful failures and history.

Kind regards,


Year 5 Excursion to Immigration Museum

On Monday, the 23/7/18 we went to the Immigration Museum. It is in what used to be the customs building for boats carrying passengers or cargo down the river to drop off in Melbourne. The Customs House was very important, making sure that nothing that wasn’t allowed was brought in. At the Museum, we went to a classroom and learnt all about how it was like to travel at the time. We learnt that ‘Sydney Myer’ the founder of Myer was actually an immigrant from Russia who changed his name from ‘Simcha Baevski! The funniest part was when the power went out! So we went out early on our walk around the area, to see some historical things like a mast that marked the location of the first settlers that landed there when Melbourne was new. I had lots of fun learning about the history of migration to Australia.

by Charlie Carleton, Year 5

It was the 23rd of July, the Year 5 boys and girls had a trip to the interesting Immigration Museum. The Immigration Museum was very interesting in how they collect old things and unwrap a story just out of an object.

The first thing we did was go into a classroom like room and look in a suit case. In the suit case we would find some things that tell us 1. Where the person came from 2. What year they were from 3. And why they were coming to Australia.

Then we were sorted into groups and looked around the city for amazing old building and pieces of art. Once we were back we went in the same groups and looked around the Museum and filled out a passport thing that had all sorts of questions.

by Jack Horman, Year 5


Term 3 Class Captains

Congratulations to the following students who are our Term 3 Class Captains.

Year 3D – Harley Cantor                           Year 4D – Xavier Willis                               Year 5D – Jack Taggert



Success for the Young Farmers at the Australian Sheep and Wool Show

Congratulations to our Young Farmers team who achieved great success at the Australian Sheep and Wool Show in Bendigo over the weekend. The team comprising of 37 Year 7 to 12 students ably showed our Romney sheep and also assisted other breeders.

A Romney ewe placed third in the schools interbreed competition, and Ernie’s excellent fleece also won first place in both the schools competition and the British Longwool category against commercial breeders! A fantastic effort by all involved!

Students also had the opportunity to try their hand at judging sheep themselves and impressively Hannah Taylor in Year 10 and Amira Ferrier in Year 7 both placed third in their respective age categories – an amazing effort given the number of participants!

Congratulations to everyone involved! Good luck for your next big event at the Royal Melbourne Show!

by Liz Wall, Young Farmers Coordinator 


Girls’ Middle School News

Aristotle is known to have said “Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all”. We are so fortunate to be part of a community of families and staff where education is valued, but importantly, each individual is valued.

We have just returned to what is always a very important term – the term after receiving Semester 1 Reports. These reports are valuable tools from which new beginnings can arise. As your daughter’s main influence, you have the very important role of ensuring she knows you believe in her, and this is demonstrated when you encourage her as often as possible. In this role as encourager, you can help her set Semester 2 goals, and foster achievement of those goals. Parents are also encouraged to take an active interest in their child’s schoolwork, no matter how old they are, as research has shown this is one of the hallmarks of success. You are encouraged to work with teachers when concerns arise. We all want the best for our students, as we work toward educating their minds.

Several events, which also educate the heart will occur this term. Apart from the Pastoral program, which is heart and mind focused, all the girls will be involved in the Girls’ Middle School “Big Day In” which has an intentional mindfulness and wellbeing focus. In this Winter Term, opportunities for the girls to take time out, refresh, be challenged, and build on relationships are important. Year 7s will be doing this through their 100 days of Year 7 Celebration, Year 8s with the new Smoothie Bar venture we are planning, and Year 9s with their Winter Camp. There are many other events coming up as well, including auditions for the 2019 Production, House Cross Country, Melbourne Writers Festival and subject excursions.

Over the Winter break, several of our girls were educating their mind, heart and body by participating in activities which they are passionate about. Ophelia Sebek is dedicated to pursuing her passion for ice-skating. During the holidays, she attended a skating camp in Ceska Lipa, Czechia, working toward being her best. Similarly, Paige Anderson and Lauren Wooller spent the weeks studying ballet with the Bolshoi Ballet Academy through their Summer Intensive Program in New York. Their placement in this event was strictly via audition only. Both Lauren and Paige were dancing from 9-5 every weekday, with one of the venues being Hunter College in Manhattan. Congratulations to these young ladies for the wonderful commitment they show to fulfilling their dreams.

I wish all families a wonderful Term 3, and look forward to sharing it with your daughter.

by Anthea Watkins, Acting Head of Girls’ Middle School (Term 3) & Year 8 Girls’ Co-ordinator


Boys’ Middle School News

A big welcome back to everyone from our semester break and a special welcome to the new families that have joined the Tintern community. I had an amazing holiday with my wife and I building up the courage to take our first ‘major’ family holiday with our four children (ages 3 to 8). Fiji was our destination, and a great resort that catered fantastically for my children – which subsequently gave my wife and I some to also to relax and enjoy ourselves.

I met a lot of wonderful people whilst away, as well as when back here in Melbourne, and I had some fascinating conversations with them around the future of the world and where things were heading for our (your) children. One gentleman that I was speaking with is a CEO of a major financial institution with an office here in Melbourne, and another a pilot for QANTAS flying the A380 planes. What was fascinating about these conversations was the consistency in their thoughts on what companies/organisations are looking for today when employing people to work for them. They both agreed that good marks were essential, at least to get your foot in the door. However, once in the interview it came down to their personality and their ability to demonstrate that they would be a valuable member of their team. There was a lot of focus on words such as collaboration, teamwork, communication, etc. as being imperative skills future job aspirants needed. One quoted, “a lot of the skills and content knowledge you learn on the job, being a good team player and collaborator is something they need to bring”.

This was fascinating to me as throughout the last few years I have been talking to our boys about ‘personal brand’ – what makes you, you. About how in a rapidly changing world due to increasing levels of education, globalisation, information technology, etc., human qualities is still the most important factor that many employees are looking for. I talk to our Year 9 boys about part-time job hunting and that if they are applying for a job at the local McDonald’s, it’s probably with another 150 aspirants just like them. What do they need to do to stand out? What do they need to do to ensure they are the ones flipping those burgers down the track because Mr McDonald recognised him as being someone that would be a valuable contributor to their team.

Our Year 8 boys (and girls) will have an opportunity later this term to practise some of these skills when they are introduced to a new program we are running this year called ‘The Smoothie Bar’. They will be designing an actual smoothie, researching, marketing, costing, before finally pitching their product to an audience who will be judging their performance. Keep an eye out for further information on a very exciting program.

This term also sees our Year 7s and 8s involved in a social media program titled SoMe (Social Me). The program is run by Professor Susan Paxton from La Trobe University and is aimed at providing our students with an awareness of social media, how to critically evaluate social media and on promoting positive social media use. It looks like a great program in an area that needs continual support.

Our Year 9s will be heading off on their second camp for the year this term. The Winter Camp takes them to Howqua (just outside of Mansfield) and has them skiing, white water rafting, mountain biking, hiking, commando courses, etc. It’s a great camp for the students, with many lasting memories made.

Subject selection is currently happening with our Year 7s and 8s selecting elective subjects, whilst our Year 9s are also selecting elective subjects, or potentially looking at selecting a VCE or VET subject to begin accelerating in during 2019. Be sure to speak to your son’s pastoral mentor or me if you have any questions.

Please be sure to keep in contact with the school whenever you have questions. I wish everyone a great Term 3 as we head towards Spring and hopefully some warmer weather.


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 Year 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 people in need. The Social Justice Group is running a ‘Comedy for a Cause’ Night on Friday 3 August, with proceeds to go to Indigenous young Australians via the Anglicare Mission. And students in the Big Hug Social Justice Group are also being asked to donate new “Socks, Jocks and Pyjamas” throughout the coming weeks which will support children and families in need this winter. I hope these initiatives are a great success and thank students and families for their support!

Subject Selections for 2019

Year 10 and Year 11 students are currently making decisions about what subjects they will be studying next year and on Thursday 26 July we welcome students and parents to our ‘Subject Showcase Evening’ to further assist this decision making process. All students have received training and advice on making their online selections which closes on Sunday 5 August so that our School timetabler can commence the intricate process of developing the 2019 secondary timetable.

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 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 9 August

Time:            7.30 – 8.45pm

Location:     Tintern Theatre

Please note this evening is 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.

Year 12 Student Reminder: ACU Community Achiever Program Applications Close on 31 July

Students interested in courses at ACU are encouraged to apply and to investigate other early entry programs such as the ‘Passion for Business’ and the ‘Passion for Law’.

Please note: ASPIRE is another conditional early entry program offered by La Trobe University.

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 such https://www.swinburne.edu.au/openday/plan-your-day/ from Swinburne University. Year 10 and 11 students are encouraged to attend at least one Open Day while Year 12s should be refining their preferences.

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 noting the timing 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


Career News



The latest editions of Career News Numbers 18 and 19 are now available on the Portal at http://portal.tintern.vic.edu.au/homepage/14962/ and includes the following items:

Number 18

  • Dates for the diary in Term 3
  • REMINDER: Scholarships at Bond University
  • REMINDER: Inside Monash Seminar Series 2018
  • Bachelor of Engineering Practice (Honours) at Swinburne University
  • Studying Osteopathy at Victoria University
  • Career as a Navy Helicopter Pilot
  • Career as a Paramedic 
  • Snapshot of Victoria University in 2018

Number 19

  • Dates for the Diary in Term 3
  • REMINDER: Community Achiever Program at ACU
  • What is VET in the VCE?
  • News from Monash University
    • Entry Scheme for the Bachelor of Science
    • Explore the World of Science with Mysci
    • IT vs. Computer Science vs. Software Engineering
  • Deakin University Open Day Travel and Accommodation Offer
  • What is a Barrister?
  • Exercise Science & Sport Degrees in Victoria
  • Snapshot of The University of Sydney in 2018
  • Open Days 2018
  • Getting the Most out of an Open Day


News From Year 10

Year 10 students have returned to School with their usual energy and the employer Work Experience evaluation forms are currently being received by the Careers Department. Students will receive this feedback and a copy will be stored at School.

In pastoral sessions we are busy providing the background information to assist students with the subject selection process as we realise that this is an important decision for them. The final subject selection individual interviews are occurring with the Careers staff. Mrs Chris Millgate-Smith provided a clear overview of the VCE English options during a level assembly last week and Mrs Alison Bezaire explained the online subject selection process. The Subject Showcase Evening is on Thursday 26 July commencing at 7.30pm in the Senior College and it is important for students to have access to the teaching staff to discuss courses prior to making decisions about options for next year. Following the evening, the staff will be uploading any handouts from the Subject Showcase evening on to the student Portal home page for their reference.

The pastoral program for this week includes the distribution of the VTAC Year 10 Booklet and we held a ‘Kahoot’ to test the students knowledge about such issues as calculation of the ATAR, scaling and pre-requisites on Monday 23 July. Well done to Fintan McCrave who won the chocolate prize. Year 12 students currently studying VCE, IB and VCE VET also will attend an assembly to discuss their decision making processes plus the benefits and challenges of each course of study. The Year 10s are encouraged to ask questions in this interactive session.

On Thursday 26 July, Principal Bradley Fry will speak to the students about subject selection and the students have been asked to read their Semester 1 reports in readiness for the completion of their report evaluation that is automatically emailed through to their Mentor.

Monash Scholars Program

Tintern Grammar has had a long association with Monash University and the Monash Scholars program for high-achieving Year 10 students to connect with other students, participate in study skills seminars, explore career aspirations and attend events during their final years of secondary school. The opportunities are diverse and assist students to network, explore future opportunities in an University environment to enhance their personal skill set for the future.

The school would like to congratulate this year’s Monash Scholars who were awarded certificates from the University at assembly last week:

  • Ashleigh Dowling
  • Audrey Middleton
  • Natalie Owen
  • Angelina Tully


News From Year 11

Welcome back to Term 3!

We have hit the ground running and soon we will be commencing our activities for the leadership process. Starting in a couple weeks, students will have speakers and activities to get them considering what they could gain, and what they could offer, from contributing to the School in a larger capacity. The leadership process will involve students nominating themselves, giving speeches, and for those who qualify, an interview with our selection committee. Stay tuned for more details… 

In other news, the Year 11 Formal was a great success with our young people composing themselves with grace and dignity. They behaved wonderfully and appeared to have a fun evening. Lots of dancing, great food, and elegant suits and dresses.


News From Year 12

The Year 12 students have made a very positive start to their final full term of formal schooling. Last week the students were busy catching up on holiday adventures and, of course, discussing Formal preparations. Friday night’s Formal was a wonderful night full of great food, fun and dancing. The students were looking very sophisticated and represented the School well. Parents and guardians should have received an email regarding access to the professional photos. All orders and payments received by Thursday 2 August will be available for collection from Kathy Watson during lunch at School on Monday 6 August. If you did not receive this email please contact me on jtsaibove@tintern.vic.edu.au.

This week I have been most pleased that the majority of students are using their study periods effectively and are supporting each other well. They are also settling back into their classes and the school routine. This term we expect Year 12 students to maintain focus on their studies and, moving forward, we would anticipate students being proactive in starting examination revision and initiating meetings with subject teachers if required.

by Jennifer Tsai Bove, Year 12 Co-ordinator


Alumna and Visual Arts and Design teacher Jo Amiet (YG 1986) – Glimpses of the Moon Exhibition

We are delighted to extend an invitation to the Tintern Grammar community to join us in supporting alumna and Visual Arts and Design teacher Jo Amiet (YG 1986) who has an exhibition at the Cambridge Studio Gallery in Collingwood from Wednesday 15 August until Sunday 2 September. Further details are shared on the invite below and beneath the invite is more information about Jo’s exhibit.

Earlier this year the Visual Art & Design teachers and staff  hosted an art show in the gallery space to share their own work with the School community. As practising artists they each set a fabulous example for our aspiring art students to follow their passion.

Jo Amiet – ‘Glimpses of the moon’ : a collection of mixed media artworks

Many years ago my grandmother gave me a water colour painting. When I took it out of its weary frame recently, on the back was a newspaper advertisement for a 1923 silent film showing at the Rialto in Kew called ..‘The Glimpses of the Moon’

For me the moon has always served as a touchstone, a comforting reminder of the big picture, the endless cycle of the universe and how important it is to look out and around this beautiful planet. Glimpsing it provokes thought as well as perspective. It reassures me that life is a magical and precious gift.

The moon is a loyal companion.

It never leaves, knowing us in our light and dark moments.

Changing forever just as we do.

Every day it’s a different version of itself.

Sometimes weak and wane, sometimes strong and full of light.

The moon understands what it means to be human.


Cratered by imperfections.

  • Tahereh Mafi, Shatter Me

Within the mixed media pieces and oil paintings, I reference the Earth’s surface, the solar system as well as the female nature and symbolism of the moon. The text amongst the work is a constant, triggering us to draw on personal experiences.

Through the use of found and recycled materials, I find solace in the manipulation of liquid and solid, colour, texture, line and shape; as well as satisfaction in creating balance between the security of the predictable shape and pattern with the wild, random freedom of the of the connecting lines.

The challenge for me is in the unification of the known and the unknown, the abstract and the image, the positive and the negative and the holding on and the letting go.

The waxing and the waning of the moon..

The square and the circle of the Mandala..

The intelligence of the mind and the intuition of the soul..


Gary Haasbroek (YG 2016) wins Decathlon silver medal at IAAF World Under 20 Championships

Congratulations to alumnus Gary Haasbroek (YG 2016) who won the Decathlon silver medal representing Australia at the International Association of Athletics Federations World Under 20 Championships in Tampere, Finland. This is a fantastic accomplishment that Gary has worked extremely hard to achieve. Well done, Gary!


Karen Gately (YG 1988) shares her people management and leadership skills on national radio and television

We are pleased to share that alumna Karen Gately (YG 1988) has been very busy sharing her people management and leadership skills on national radio and television. Her latest appearance was on Kochie’s Business Builders on Channel 7 last weekend.

Kochie’s Business Builders TV show is dedicated to providing useful information to small and medium sized Australian businesses, and as a business adviser, author and media commentator Karen shared her experience.

Image source: Instagram @karen_gately


Celia Pacquola’s (YG 2000) wins 2018 Helpmann Award for Best Comedy Performer

Congratulations to alumna Celia Pacquola‘s (YG 2000) who has won the 2018 Helpmann Award for Best Comedy Performer.

Celia beat out a star-studded field to win the award for her smash-hit stand up show All Talk. Read the full article here: https://comedy.com.au/…/celia-pacquola-wins-best-comedy-pe…/

Congratulations are also in order for Celia who will appear in her first movie role in The Breaker Upperers. The Breaker Upperers is in cinemas from July 26.

Congratulations Celia on both of these fantastic achievements!


TJ Lacey (YG 2011) cast as ‘Danny Zuko’ in Grease – The Arena Experience

Congratulations to alumnus TJ Lacey (YG 2011) who has been cast as ‘Danny Zuko’ in Grease – The Arena Experience for the show’s upcoming Brisbane season. Find out more about the show

Back in his school days TJ played ‘Doody’ in Tintern’s 2007 production of Grease. 

Chookas TJ!

Photo credit: Grease – The Arena Experience


Fifi Box (YG 1993) hosting new Channel 7 TV Show

Congratulations to alumna Fifi Box (YG 1993) who’s new TV show The Single Wives debuted last week. Fifi is the host of The Single Wives which airs Wednesdays, 7.30pm on Channel 7.


Introducing Meet our Alumni!

Have you seen our new web page Meet our Alumni? Tintern Grammar’s Community Relations team have been busily chatting to past students and we are pleased to share some of their stories here www.tintern.vic.edu.au/community/meetouralumni/

If you are a past student who would like to share your story or update contact details, email Di Lacey and Tegan Martin via email communityrelations@tintern.vic.edu.au or complete the online alumni update form: www.tintern.vic.edu.au/past-student-update/


Comedy for a Cause – Friday 3 August

Have you purchased your tickets for Comedy for a Cause

Join us on Friday 3 August, 6.30pm onwards, in the CM Wood Centre for a great night of entertainment! Along with the laughs provided by comedians, Xavier Michelides, Tim Hewitt, Jonathan Schuster and Zack Dyer, this event will be filled with fun entertainment including a silent auction and raffle. And trust us, you want to get your hands on the amazing prizes shared below!

There will also be carnival games and food will be available to purchase: yummy pizzas by the slice, bake sale and other theatre snacks. Learn more about the comedians below.

Tickets can be booked here.

$25 for Adults and $20 students/children. ***Included in the cost of your ticket is delicious finger food that will be prepared and served by the Hospitality students***

Your support assists the Social Justice Group to raise money to provide educational resources to Indigenous young Australians via the Anglicare Mission.

Please note: this is an all ages event and may contain some low-level coarse language. 

Thank you so much to these companies for their generous donations. Be sure to purchase your tickets to Comedy for a Cause presented by the Social Justice Group on Friday 3 August: comedyforacause.net/TG

  • 2 x MVC Boxing family vouchers each valued at $1,200 
  • 3 month voucher to the Maroondah Leisure centre valued at $350
  • 2 x Verve Portraits experiences valued at $1,200 and $600
  • Vellesaris photography voucher valued at $500
  • $100 Rosebank North restaurant voucher 
  • Qantas Book set valued at $100
  • $50 The Hatter and the Hare voucher 
  • Rob Dolan Wines twin pack valued at $50
  • Assorted Wine Bundles and a selection of novels provided by the Tintern Social Club
  • Shanghai Suzy Lipstick pack
  • Fair Trader voucher
  • A Health Dessert Maker provided by Harvey Norman valued at $40
  • 6 vouchers for BASE Camp Kids valued at $15 each


TPG Trivia Night – Saturday 25 August

Join us for a fun night out! Bring your friends and test their trivial knowledge!

The TPG Trivia Night is a great opportunity to get to know your year group, other parents, staff and alumni. 

Add a ‘Splash of Colour’ to your clothes and table – prizes for the best effort! New games and exciting prizes!  Silent Auction items and more!

Join us on Saturday 25 August, 7pm, CM Wood Centre. BOOK NOW: https://www.trybooking.com/WKGN 

Please specify who you would like to be seated with when making your booking.

Tickets $15 per head (with $5 from each ticket donated to Anglicare Mission Charity). Tickets available on the night – $20

BYO Snacks and Drinks. Tea and coffee provided.

Follow the Facebook event to test your trivia knowledge!

For more information please contact: parentgroup@tintern.vic.edu.au


Tintern Farm sheep fleeces on show at local gallery

We are pleased to share that our Tintern Farm sheep fleeces will be on show at the Maroondah Access Gallery as part of a fibre art exhibition.

Students in the Girls’ Middle School might remember their session with fibre artist Zetta Kanta as part of last year’s Big Day In. 

Zetta is showcasing her work at the Maroondah Access Gallery from 26 July  to 14 September. The official opening will be on Friday 10 August at 5.30pm.

Feel free to stop by the exhibit and see Zetta’s amazing work. Learn more about the exhibition.

Zetta is a fibre artist – making wall-hangings and coverings. Her focus is Eco related wall art that is good for the environment and people. Visit her Facebook page to learn more.

Image source: Facebook @ZettaKanta


Ringwood Hawks “Rep Ready” Training Clinics

Ringwood Hawks is running it’s “Rep Ready” Training Clinics this Term. These clinics are directed at aspiring basketballers who were born in 2008 or later and are looking to start playing Representative Basketball in 2019. Clinics will run on Sundays from 29 July to 2 September at Eastwood Primary School and will be followed by teams being entered into a local tournament to play against other Associations. Hawks Tryouts will be in October. If you are interested, please contact Joe Egan on 0418 565 795 (AH) or on jmegan_2@bigpond.com.


Oaks Day Community Event – Vote in our Facebook poll

We are planning an Oaks Day community event at the Yarra Glen Races on Thursday 8 November 2018 for alumni, current and past parents. We’ll supply the marquee, nibbles and drinks on arrival, all you need to do is gather your family and friends and dress to impress.

Would you be interested in attending this event? Follow this link to vote in our Facebook poll.

For further enquiries please contact Di Lacey and Tegan Martin in Community Relations via email communityrelations@tintern.vic.edu.au or phone 9845 7877.