24 Mar 2020

From the Principal – Alison Andrew

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

Chaplains Corner 22

Do not be afraid…

The phrase ‘Do not be afraid’ is how the angels greeted the shepherds on news of the birth of Jesus, the message of ‘do not fear’ occurs 365 times in the Bible, one for every day of the year.

The book of Psalms, right at the middle of the Bible, has 150 psalms, these are prayers directed to God, covering the entire range and breadth of human experience including fear and uncertainty which were as much a part of peoples lives 3000 years ago as they are today.

Many times, the Psalmist begins with the words, “Fear not”. The Psalms are the Bible’s great soul book, meant to train us to respond to all life situations and difficulties through prayer and trust in God.

One example is Psalm 56. In this Psalm, written nearly 3000 years ago, David has been seized by the enemy (the Philistines) and he starts to become afraid. His response to his fear for his life, his safety and his future is to trust in God. When all around is chaos and uncertainty, he fixes his eyes and life on the constant that is his creator God.

When I am afraid,
I will trust in you.
In God, whose word I praise,
In God I trust; I will not be afraid.
Psalm 56:3-4

We are certainly in a period of time of great uncertainty, and I encourage you and your children to find certainties in their lives that they can fix their gaze on when all around is changing.

  • Remind them of the tree in your yard that remains strong and still and is not affected by empty supermarket shelves or fear of contamination.
  • Remind them of the sun that will rise again tomorrow and arc its way across our skies providing light and warmth.
  • Remind them of the joy of the family dog, who lives oblivious to all that the rest of the world is concerned with,

 and remind them, they are loved, precious and of infinite value to their creator God.

 And so I conclude with a portion of the words of Psalm 121, which is our school Psalm:

The Lord will keep you from all harm—
    he will watch over your life;
 the Lord will watch over your coming and going
    both now and forevermore.



From the Principal – Important Covid19 Update

Tintern Grammar has moved to online learning as of Monday 23 March for Secondary students and Tuesday 24 March for Junior School and ELC students.

Tintern Grammar has been regularly reviewing the situation of the novel coronavirus COVID-19. We continue to have no cases of COVID-19 in the school and while at this point there is no directive for schools to close, we appreciate that the situation is constantly changing. Following an online Board meeting this morning, the School has taken the decision to stagger a transition from face to face teaching on campus, to online learning in their homes for all students. It is clear that our community have many concerns over their children attending school at this time, and we need to listen to those concerns and ensure great education for all our students. It is equally clear to me that not all of our community have sufficient faith in the Federal and State Governments’ view, both for students and for the country more broadly, that schools are better staying open. During this period, initially until the end of the term, it is the intention that all staff will continue to undertake their roles on campus unless that is not possible, in which case staff will work from home unless, again, there are factors that will prevent that.

In summary;

Secondary students will commence online delivery from Monday 23 March, initially until the end of Term 1 only. NB: There will be a very small number of students undertaking some Year 12 IB and Unit 3 VCE activities on Thursday after school and during Friday that cannot be re-scheduled. These are very small groups and will not be in proximity to ensure these students are not at risk.

Junior School and ELC students will commence online delivery from Tuesday 24 March, also initially until the end of Term 1 only.

Arrangements for Term 2 will be determined during the Term 1 holiday, when the Covid19 landscape may look very different indeed given how quickly it has been changing in any 24 hour period in the last three weeks particularly.

This staggered movement will ensure that we can test the result of large number of simultaneous logins on our Portal from external networks, ensuring we minimise the chance of a major “whoops” moment, and also smooth the anticipated enquiry load for our IT Help Desk and other services supporting the online delivery.

We have now closed the campus to members of the community other than staff, and also to visitors until further notice. So any contact with the School will need to be done by email or telephone please. This means it is critical that students take everything home with them before their final day on campus this term. Parents and students will not be able to come back onto campus to collect things they have forgotten.

A friendly reminder that on the parent landing page of the Portal, you will see a new, dedicated tile for Covid19 information. This leads to ELC, Junior School and Secondary folders. All information relevant to response and management of the School to the virus and information about the movement to online learning will be placed in these folders after it has been sent. So this is, and will continue to be, your one stop shop for Tintern’s Covid19 response and for information about the movement to online learning for the remainder of this term.

I am very confident indeed that we are well placed indeed to make this transition and to deliver the excellent academic and pastoral education the School is renowned for. It will require different things of all of us, but is also a wonderful opportunity for the development of innovation and creative approaches to teaching by staff, the emergence of new maturity and self-management in students and a true journey ‘through the looking glass’ for parents. I will continue to keep all members of the community informed in the weeks to come and look forward to our next meeting, whenever that is, where I can hear from you about how this has worked for your child and for you!



Curriculum Matters

Online Learning  

These are unprecedented times in education (in recent memory, anyway) and, whilst they present many challenges to our students, staff and families, they also open up some new and exciting possibilities for us all.

Our schools are safe and nurturing environments in which students are guided through the process of learning knowledge and skills as prescribed in our national curriculum, along with a range of additional dispositions and competencies and a very decent menu of extra-curricular and co-curricular opportunities at Tintern. Whilst this learning may possibly continue at home for a short while in the foreseeable future, this also will create scenarios which can only support the possible development of maturity, independence, problem solving and self-guided exploration skills in your children.

Our staff have been working hard these past few weeks to gain professional development in a range of software applications which will support their teaching of your children. Our students are digital natives. One thing which has struck me, as I also have learned how to conduct video-streamed lessons (and had occasional epic fails along the way), has been the adventurous, fearless spirit of students as they have supported teachers in their learning of these new skills. As we sang on stage at the Karralyka Theatre last year, “We’re all in this together”. The camaraderie among staff, as we have shared our discoveries, been open and honest (and sometimes quite amused) by our errors and shortcomings, and willing to learn new technology skills, and the joy of shared learning with our students will leave us with a legacy of quite a few memorable moments and many positive outcomes from this experience. Rest assured, the teaching and non-teaching staff at Tintern will do their utmost to ensure that your children will continue to be provided with the very best of teaching and learning – it might look a little different, and the mode of delivery may well be quite different, but please know and trust that we care greatly for your children and about their education, and will serve them faithfully through these challenging times. 

Online learning is off to a great start at Tintern, see some of our photos below! ‘

Senior School


Middle School 

Junior School 

Today is our ‘hat day’ where staff and students are encouraged to wear a hat to online school. Each day we will have a different way of ensuring our girls are still experiencing the usual fun, as well as learning, that they would typically at school. Online learning is off to a great start in the Girls’ Junior School!

Cayden Wood and Kai Wood playing the game Tinternopoly




Curriculum Matters

Interim Reports

On Thursday 12 March, our Secondary Interim Reports opened to parents in the Parent Services Centre of myTintern. These reports indicated to parents and students the progress made in each subject to that date, levels of behavioural commitment and serve as useful information and data. Student Progress Conferences unfortunately had to be cancelled for Term 1.

In 2020, any major summative Assessment Tasks which have been completed by students in Year 7 – 11 will continue to receive Progressive Reporting Assessment Task (PRAT) grades, with these grades being refreshed this coming Friday 27 March. Year 12 students (and Year 11s studying a Unit 3/4 subject) also received an indicator for Academic Performance in their Interim Report.

Year 7 to 11 teachers will progressively enter grades for major assessment tasks into Term 2. These will be 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.

The publication dates for Year 7 to 11 Progressive Grade Reports for Semester 1, 2020 are:

Friday 27 March at 4pm (this date corresponds with the end of Term 1)

Friday 8 May at 4pm

Friday 22 May at 4pm

Friday 5 June at 4pm

Tuesday 23 June – with the publication of Semester Reports

There have been some assessments in certain subjects impacted by the disruption of the COVID-19 outbreak, so please be aware that some subjects, especially those with fewer periods per cycle, or which have missed some lessons due to House Swimming or camps, may not have completed any major assessment prior to Interim Reports whereas other subjects may have completed one or some. In the former cases, only Behavioural Indicators appeared on the Interim Report and PRATs may not have been completed prior to the end of Term 1, due to the school closure this week.

I hope that, despite the disruptions, our reporting system has proven useful in indicating and understanding your child’s progress to date. Whilst the timing of the cancellation of the Student Progress Conferences was regrettable, it was a necessary precaution which needed to be taken.

NAPLAN testing cancelled for 2020

As you may be aware, Tintern Grammar made the transition in 2019 to online NAPLAN testing, as opposed to the older style pen and paper style testing. This was to continue in 2020 and a trial was to have been conducted this week to allow our current Year 3, 5, 7 and 9 students to become familiar with the online NAPLAN interface.

Last Friday afternoon, the Education Ministers from around the country made the decision not to proceed with NAPLAN testing at all in 2020 to assist school leaders, teachers and support staff to focus on the wellbeing of students and continuity of education, including potential online and remote learning.

Further, it was felt that the impact of responses to the COVID-19 virus may affect the delivery of NAPLAN testing, including the operation of centralised marking centres and the implications for nationally comparable data if an insufficient number of students are available to do the test.

I wish all families a safe and happy holiday period. Look after yourselves and your loved ones and we look forward to returning to school some time in Term 2 and seeing all the beautiful smiling faces of your children. They are one of the main reasons we get out of bed each workday morning and we do miss seeing them ‘live’ greatly.



Community Matters

Presentation Ball 2020 – An invitation to Year 11 Students

For a number of years, Year 11 students have had the opportunity to take part in the very successful Tintern Grammar Presentation Ball. We are now inviting Year 11 students to become part of the 2020 Presentation Ball.

A booking has been made for Saturday 12 September 2020 at The Centre Ivanhoe, 275 Upper Heidelberg Road, Ivanhoe.

The information booklet can be downloaded here, detailing what is involved to participate in the Presentation Ball program. The booklet must be read closely, so you understand the commitment required.

This event is run by a small group of parent volunteers who spend many hours of work planning this Ball to make it an enjoyable and memorable occasion for all involved. We ask for your cooperation wherever possible.

If any parents would like to assist with the Presentation Ball we would be delighted to hear from you.

Full payment for each Presentee is required by Wednesday 25 March 2020 to secure a place. You must complete the Tintern Grammar Presentation Ball registration and payment through Trybooking: https://www.trybooking.com/BIQEK

At this stage the Presentation ball will still be taking bookings, with the understanding that if the event doesn’t progress we will provide full refunds to the participants and their families.

TPG Movie Night – Event Postponed

The Tintern Parent Group Committee is an enthusiastic group of parents who aim to create a  positive school experience for students and their families, other parents and staff as well as supporting programs and events organised by the School.  

TPG have made the decision to postpone the Movie Night due to the ongoing Covid19 virus Pandemic. At this time it has been rescheduled to Saturday 22 August 2020.

Further information will be distributed closer to the time.

Friends of Young Farmers

Tintern Grammar’s Friends of Young Farmers (FOYF) Committee is an enthusiastic group of parents who support the Young Farmers program at Tintern. We would like to welcome all new members to the Committee at the recent March AGM, and thank the continuing members for 2020:

President – Michael Biggs
Treasurer – Sarah Young
Stella Oliver
Anthony Coghlan
Anna Hamilton
Tim Stuchbery
Sharon Stuchbery
Catherine Forbes
Andrew Block
Sarah Bishop
Andrew Baugh

We would like to thank all continuing and new members of FOYF.

A special thank you to outgoing President Meaghan Cross, Vice President Jonathan Cross and Secretary Caitlin Olbrich for their dedication to FOYF, Tintern and our Community. 

FOYF organises a number of activities throughout the year including social gatherings, dinners and functions associated with travelling to Bendigo for the annual Australian Sheep & Wool Show. The highlight of the school year for FOYF is the Spring Celebration where the entire school community is involved to celebrate the farm. If you are interested in joining, please contact the Community Relations Office at Tintern by email to communityrelations@tintern.vic.edu.au or 9845 7877

Community Committee Dates 

Please note that due to Tintern moving to online teaching in response to the Covid19 virus, all Community Group Meetings will be held online.

Further information will be provided.

  • Tintern Parent Group (TPG) –Next meeting:Tuesday 19 May 2020  President: Haidee Wallace
  • Friends of Music (FOM) – Next Meeting: Wednesday 15 April 2020  President: Debra Fryer
  • Friends of Young Farmers (FOYF) – Next Meeting: Monday 4 May  2020  President: Michael Biggs
  • Friends of Equestrian (FOE) – Next Meetings: TBC 1.30pm 

Footy Tipping – Cancelled

Thank you to everyone who signed up for the Footy Tipping competition.

Due to the cancellation of the AFL season we have had to also cancel the competition for 2020. WE look forward to hosting this again in 2021.

Career’s Night – Cancelled

It is with much disappointment that we have decided to cancel the Career’s Night for 2020 due to the ongoing Covid19 virus. We hope to be able to offer this event in 2021. 

Thank you to the many Alumni who had already signed on to be a part of this event. Your willingness to share your expertise and experience with our current Tintern students is greatly appreciated.

Any questions can be directed to Di Lacey or Tegan Martin in Community Relations, 9845 7877 or communityrelations@tintern.vic.edu.au.

Class of 2010, 10 Year Reunion

Thank you to everyone who attended the Class of 2010, 10 Year Reunion on Saturday 22 February at Tintern Grammar. It was wonderful to see so many of you at the Reunion, the Southwood tour and continuing on the celebrations at Suburban Dining + Rooftop.

Don’t forget to complete the survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2010tinternreunion

To view all the photos from the afternoon click here.

Upcoming Community Dates:

  • Friends of Equestrian Demonstration Day – Friday 27 March 2020 – CANCELLED
  • 20th Annual Interschool Horse Trial Championships – Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 April 2020 – CANCELLED
  • Cathedral Service – Sunday 17 May 2020 – TBC
  • Alumni Career Event – Thursday 21 May 2020 – CANCELLED

Upcoming Reunions:

  • YG 2015 5 Year Reunion – Friday 17 July 2020, 7.30pm, offsite – Book Here

Community Group Fundraising

Entertainment Books – Now Valid for 12 Months – Bonus $10 JB HiFi Voucher

We are thrilled to announce that Entertainment is going 100% digital. New Entertainment Memberships that we know and love, will only be available via our App from next season onward. Excitingly this means that you Membership is valid for 12 months from the date of activation

Purchase your Entertainment Membership between the 1st – 31st March and you will receive a $10 JB Hi-Fi eGift Card!

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

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

Concerto Concert brings exceptional talent to the CM Wood stage

The Concerto Concert showcases the very best talents of music students at Tintern. In this preliminary concert, which occurs every 2 years, students prepare and perform a movement from any concerto of their choosing, with a piano accompaniment. Movements can up to 10 minutes and are almost always extremely challenging. In order to prepare their pieces to a performance standard, students must strive to overcome technical challenges such as fast passages and new techniques of producing sound and explore a range of tones of their respective instruments. They also must work with their accompanists to achieve a cohesive ensemble.

On 11 March, performers did precisely this – each and every performance demonstrated students’ exceptional skill and dedication to their instrument and performance. Months of focused preparation dedicated to a single goal, culminated in wonderful performances from all participating students.

The secondary purpose of this preliminary concert was to select four of the best performers, to prepare to play their concerto movement with an entire orchestra accompanying them at our Concerto Showcase in June. Our adjudicator, Mr Joseph Lallo, was given the unenviable task of selecting these performers. Mr Lallo works at the University of Melbourne in the Conservatorium of Music and brought a wealth of both national and international experience with him to share with us all.

All performers demonstrated a commendable effort. The four performers selected by our adjudicator for the Showcase were:

Lilli-Holiday-Ryder and Issac Hong Concerto for Two Clarinets in E-flat Major, Movement 1 by Franz Krommer.

Clarisse Liew Violin Concerto No 3 in B Minor, Op 61, Movement 3 by Camille Saint-Saëns.

Sarah Chen Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op 16, Movement 1 by Edward Grieg.

Lydia Tan Violin Concerto No 3 in B Minor, Op 61, Movement 1 by Camille Saint-Saëns.

Congratulations to the selected performers, as well as all those who performed their challenging pieces to such a high standard on the night!

Joshua Choong, Year 11

School Pianist 2020


Beauty and the Beast Orchestra

The pit orchestra for this year’s musical have been hard at work for the last 4 months, practising and rehearsing to complete the musical experience along with the actors and backstage crew. Due to the recent Coronavirus outbreak, this year’s production of Beauty and the Beast quickly became a very different scenario from previous years. It was decided that running the show for four nights with an audience full of people would be too much of a risk for the community and everyone involved. The solution was that we were allowed to perform, but only once on the Wednesday night, and to a camera crew instead of a full theatre. However, through the disappointment from the cast, crew and musicians, each and every person put in their all and made it a fantastic show. Being a part of the small orchestra that played for Beauty and the Beast was a great experience, and we all became very close and shared lots of laughs through the process of preparing for the show. The performance went perfectly, and it proved that we can adapt and be resilient in the face of uncontrollable circumstances, and I think that was a really valuable lesson for all of us. There was a lot of positivity shared and it’s something I will never forget. I had a great time at all of the rehearsals, and it all made the performance on Wednesday very special as my last ever at Tintern.

Alice Church, Year 12

Instrumental Captain 2020


AMEB Conferring of Diplomas Ceremony

The AMEB 2020 Conferring of Diplomas ceremony, held at the Hawthorn Arts Centre on 15 March was well attended. Associate (AMusA) and Licentiate (LMusA) awards were presented to the diplomats for many instruments including piano, violin, viola, cello, classical guitar, flute, oboe, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, saxophone, horn, voice, musicology, and orchestration & arrangement. This is considered one of Australia’s most highly regarded diplomas in the study of music and speech. Additionally, there were some Rockschool Diplomas in Music Performance and some special AMEB awards presented. Tintern was very well presented at the ceremony with Lydia, Josh and myself attending. Lydia Tan (Year 11) was presented with her AMusA with Distinction for violin, Joshua Choong (Year 11), his AmusA on viola and I received my LMusA on violin.

During the ceremony, there were two lovely performances by a cellist and a flautist. Fortunately, this ceremony occurred right before the government implemented the ban of large gatherings over 500 people! This is a celebratory event where many photos and memories are made to mark the special occasion. The ceremony serves to remember the achievements of musicians’ hard work and commitment to attain an exceptionally high level of skill on their instrument.

Clarisse Liew, Year 12

Instrumental Captain 2020



SPECIAL REPORT: Preparing for Home Schooling

Home Schooling could soon be a reality for many adult carers as nations act to implement strategies in the prevention of COVID-19. The daunting task of establishing new routines and schedules, whilst juggling work responsibilities, could prove to be disruptive and challenging for families and schools.

Some young people will transition seamlessly, whilst others may struggle. Therefore it will be vitally important for parents to be vigilant in looking for signs of anxiety and depression. Parents will need to continue to be reassuring and supportive in this time of uncertainty and acknowledge that this may be a stressful time for students of all ages.

Schools will be working hard behind the scenes to ensure a child’s academic needs are met, but parents will need to play a key role in providing them with the structure and groundwork for success. Young people will be looking towards their parents to keep things in context and help ease the transition to a different learning environment.

In this Special Report, parents and caregivers will be provided with some guidelines on how best to navigate this time of transition with minimal disruption. 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-preparing-homeschooling



Government notice

Please find attached a Government notice for 2020 student residential address and other information collection notice. 

For parents – 2020 collection notice (003)


Week 2 of IB Biology Investigations

The Year 12 IB Biology class have continued their major investigations this week and with the possibility of school closure looming, many students have worked through their spares, their lunchtimes and even remained after school.

These investigations require students to apply the scientific method to a research question of their choosing. Once the data collection phase is over, students will need to commence writing a 12-page report which will include statistical analysis and evaluation of the reliability and validity of the results gathered. This week we check in on another four students to see how they are progressing.

Hannah Taylor

What have you been investigating?

I am looking into the effect of lipase (an enzyme) and bile salts on the breakdown of triglycerides (fats) in milk.

What inspired you to investigate that?

Last year we studied a unit of work on Human Physiology. I really enjoyed it and have chosen to explore the digestive system as both lipase and bile salts are secreted into the small intestine

Given the reaction is occurring in a solution, how will you gather results?

When triglycerides breakdown, one of the products are fatty acid chains. These fatty acids change the pH of the solution so I am using a pH datalogging probe to record any changes in the pH over time.


Darcee McCallum

You have a really passionate connection to your topic of investigation. Would you like to tell us about it?

I own and ride horses and was very keen to do an investigation involving horses. We have quite stringent ethical guidelines in IB Biology so I couldn’t really do any investigations directly involving horses. So I have decided to investigate the effectiveness of different horse shampoos on treating a skin infection in horses known as ‘rain scald’.

You mentioned the IB Biology ethical guidelines… how are you testing these shampoos so that you don’t bring any harm to the horses?

I have chosen to investigate bacteria – Staphylococcus epidermidis – to test the effects of these shampoos. This bacteria has similarities to the bacterial species that causes rain scald but is also safe to use in the school science lab.

How will you test the effectiveness of these shampoos?

I culture bacteria and expose the different cultures to paper discs that have been soaked in different shampoos. The bacteria is then incubated and I am looking to see if clear zones form around the paper discs – we call these zones of inhibition. The larger the clear zone, the more effective the shampoo. And so far I am finding that the most popular brand of horse shampoo is creating the largest zones of inhibition.


Ashleigh Dowling

What are you investigating?

I am collecting data to determine the effect of a range of temperatures on seed germination.

What inspired you to pursue this topic?

There has been a lot in the media lately about climate change and many young people that are my age have joined the growing chorus urging our political leaders to take action. Climate change has links to the Ecology topic and that has sparked my interest.

You have had a few issues getting your methodology to work. What have you found so far?

At 40oC and 50oC the seeds appeared to die and did not germinate. The most growth in seedlings appears to be at 30oC, however I need to gather sufficient data to statistically analyse if that growth is significantly different to growth recorded at lower temperatures.


Angel Tully

You have chosen a very topical investigation! What are you investigating and what inspired you to do so?

With coronavirus all over the news, there has been a lot of media information about washing your hands to help slow the transmission rate of the virus. So I am interested to know if using ethanol vs. Dettol is a better option for hand washing.

How do you investigate that?

Well obviously I can’t use coronavirus and in fact viruses are not a safe option for us to study in the school science lab. So I have chosen a model organism instead – Staphylococcus epidermidis. This is a bacterial species that often grows on human skin, although the strain that I am using is safe to handle. I am trying to gather data on the minimum inhibitory concentration for both ethanol and Dettol. This involves growing the bacteria on agar plates and exposing the plates to paper discs soaked in different concentrations of ethanol and Dettol. If a clear zone forms around the paper discs, then the bacteria are susceptible to that substance. A larger clear zone indicates greater effectiveness.

What has your investigation revealed so far?

While this may be obvious, I have found that lower concentrations of both ethanol and Dettol are not effective at all. Which means you need to be careful if you are diluting these products. What I am looking at now, is that while higher concentrations do show some effectiveness, the effectiveness doesn’t appear to increase with increasing concentrations.


Home, I’m Darling

On the 24 February, the Year 11 and 12 IB and VCE Literature classes went to see Home, I’m Darling at the Melbourne Theatre Company.  We find it an enriching experience to frequently see live shows, in order to broaden our knowledge of how directors make their dramas appealing to an audience.

Home, I’m Darling featuring Laura Wade, tells the story of a married couple where Judy the wife strives to be the ideal 1950s housewife while living in the 21st century. As the play unfolds, the couple are forced to question whether their 50s lives make them truly happy, or whether they are actually living a lie. 

All  classes found the play enjoyable and an eye opening experience as it allowed us to note the use of all the techniques we study in class such as actors’ use of dialogue, costume, lighting, the set and much more. We hope to see many more productions in the year to come!

By Kavya Karthik, Year 12


Tintern’s Senior Art Tour 2020

Tintern’s annual Senior Art Tour this year saw 22 students and 3 staff flying to Sydney to visit the Art Gallery of NSW and the Museum of Contemporary Art, accompanied by Mrs Amiet, Mrs Waud and Matt Fairbridge. We arrived at school at 5.30am on Friday morning, drove to the airport by bus, and flew out by 8am. After arriving at Sydney airport, we caught a train to St James station, where we walked to our first stop: The Art Galley of NSW.

The towering sandstone building held a handful of exhibitions, and we were lucky enough to visit a number of them. We walked through the exhibitions of Japan Supernatural, which was a collection of over 180 works displaying Japanese folklore, and the Art Express collection, which showcased selected works of year 12 students completing an HSC Visual Art subject (similar to Victoria’s Top Designs). Also on display was the Australian Art permanent collection ( 20th C) and an exhibition titled ‘In one drop of water’ which explored the poetic, symbolic and social significance of water in Asian art.

Japan Supernatural was an incredible exhibition, with names such as Takashi Murokami and Katsushika Hokusai representing the future and past of Japanese art. The central storytelling ideas flowed throughout the entire exhibition and beautifully portrayed the slight spooky creatures of Japanese myths.

Art Express offered much inspiration for the students, as they were able to see ideas and approaches from people in a similar position to them. The broad range of talent from photography to drawing and ceramics ensured there was something for everyone, and I know that I will certainly be taking a lot from the works we saw in this exhibition.

After the Art Gallery of NSW, we caught a train to Circular Quay for lunch, and then onto the Museum of Contemporary Art. The permanent collection was open for viewing, with the range of different art making forms used was incredible. From sculpture to painting and film, each piece was very different to the last and offered new meanings and ideas.

Overall, we all had a great time, and after flying back home, we were well and truly exhausted. Both of the galleries visited played to people’s strengths in different ways, and I’m certain we all took a lot out of the amazing experience.

Written by Alice Church – Year 12 IB & 2020 Art Captain


Girls’ Middle School News

As we draw to the end of a most unusual term, I would just like to thank every member of our school community. Our parents, our students, our staff and especially our leadership headed by Mr Brad Fry for helping us all to navigate together through this complex and challenging times. 

To our parent community, thank you for trusting us and encouraging your children to do the same, as we transition to online learning. To our staff, thank you for being willing to rapidly learn a whole new set of skills that will make delivering high quality education online possible.  To our leadership team, thank you for seeking every possible source of evidence-based information to help us feel confident that each step is the right one for our school at this time, and to our students, thank you for working with us and being excited about new learning opportunities and embracing rapid change.

Online learning presents us with a very unique opportunity to help our students develop their online learning skills, their collaboration and their digital technology skills. All of which will put them in excellent stead for their future tertiary and employment experiences as 21st Century learners. Our girls have already been flooding us with apps, ideas and creative approaches to how we will make learning valid and interesting as we move to online.

Whilst this next period of education and life in general can seem unsettling, it is important to take stock of what is within our control. From the wisdom of Facebook came this little gem this morning from a pastor called Jody Destry. She suggests that what we need to do is pivot. To find a point of grounding ( our family, our friends or nature) and hold on. Look up and out, see who else needs help, use your head to turn and change your angle if needed. Remember that we will get through this, together and that we have faced worse and come through it. Know that we can choose to be kind, to give thanks, to ask for help, and to look out for others. And so, in doing this we pivot. We adapt, we stretch, we create, we solve, we trust and we weather the storm.

Over this last week I have been so proud to see the way in which our MS girls have shown incredible maturity in handling the challenges thrown their way. Our talented Beauty and the Beast team have been so gallant as they have faced the disappointment of not being able to perform the musical to a live audience. I was so delighted to see the normal buzz of energy and joy radiating from our girls as they did their final rehearsals and engaged in a stellar performance for their film debut. We are all looking forwarded to seeing the end result shortly.

The Year 7 girls have filled their walls with motivational quotes and positivity statements. The Year 8 boys and girls decided to have an impromptu basketball match to lift their spirits which was an exciting game to watch. The Year 9 girls started an impromptu game of skipping in the courtyard which even got a few teachers jumping in as well. The Year 7s have been out orienteering for geography and also creating fabulous clock designs in wood in Design Tech.


Across the girls MS we introduced a global movement called the kindness epidemic ( #kindness epidemic on twitter and Facebook). This movement is one where people are challenged to do any small act of kindness throughout our communities local and global at this challenging time. Simple ideas such as writing a note of thanks to our supermarket shelve stackers and placing it on the shelf next time you visit. Or perhaps writing a note to a health care professional thanking them for their care for others. Our Year 9 girls immediately embraced this idea and in particular put up notes around the school to thank our tireless cleaners who had been working doubly hard to keep surfaces as clean as possible. What a wonderful example of a small act of kindness.

May you all stay safe in this coming week and holiday period, and remember to contact the school if you have any concerns or questions.




Boys’ Middle School News

I must say, the last two weeks have been a whirlwind here at Tintern with the increasing presence of the Covid-19 and the implications this has on teaching our students. The way the boys and staff have responded to these issues and prepared for the transition to online learning for the last week of Term 1 has been incredible. The resilience and adaptability that everyone has demonstrated has provided me with great confidence that whilst our curriculum delivery is happening online, the quality of learning will continue to be at a very high level.

Key points to moving online:

  • Normal timetable operates minus electives at Year 8 and 9, EISM Sport and morning roll call.
  • Each lesson students join a Microsoft Teams meeting at the beginning of the period where attendance is marked and the lesson is explained and/or taught to the students.
  • Many subjects will have students uploading work through a platform called “due work” on the Portal.
  • Pastoral “catch-ups” will also occur throughout the week with designated meeting between small groups of students and their Pastoral Mentor or Year Level Co-ordinator.
  • Students must:
    • Have appropriate venue for home learning: desk, limited distractions, internet access, etc.
    • Have all books, folders, pencil case, etc.
    • Regularly check their emails, student bulletin and subject specific portal pages for key information.
    • Communicate with subject specific teacher or Pastoral Mentor if there are particular issues they are facing.

Parents are encouraged to contact your sons Pastoral Mentor, YLC or subject specific teacher if there are any questions, concerns or constructive offerings.

In the second last week of term our students performed the school musical, Beauty and the Beast, in a reduced manner; performing only the Wednesday evening performance. Despite the initial disappointment of the limited showings, the actual performance (from all reports) was of a very high standard. The performance was professionally videoed and will go through an editing phase to produce a movie copy of the performance for the students. A huge congratulations to all students involved in the production and I hope you continue with it again for next year.

Our EISM sporting competitions came to an early end due to the Coronavirus and subsequently the organisation was able to allocate premierships to the top two teams in each sport. Our Year 8/9 Tennis A team has gone back-to-back this year, clearly being the dominant team in the competition – a huge congratulations to Josh Tan, Alistair Howley, Charan Sukumar and Sairan Sukumar, as well as the other boys who helped out throughout the season.

The EISM swimming championships was also cancelled last week as well with medals awarded to the three fastest qualifiers in each event. Great work by the boys below who received medals in two relay events:

BRONZE – Under 15 Boys Freestyle & Medley Relays: Dan Hynson, Boyd Pearce-Schmidt, Daniel Fu and Oli Wolstencroft.

SILVER – Under 13 Boys Medley Relay: Ethan Qian, Shenghao Jin, Haochen Zhang and David Derham.



Junior School – Prep Teddy Bears’ Picnic


The Prep Boys and Girls enjoyed coming together to have a Teddy Bears’ Picnic on Friday 21 February to celebrate their learning about the Letterland character ‘Talking Tess’. We shared a picnic together with our teddies, listening to teddy bear stories and then played teddy bear games. Many of the children were excited to reconnect with their ELC friends. The boys and girls enjoyed a teddy treat to take home to celebrate their time together.



Girls’ Junior School Year 5 Compass Points

Our class looked at the Tintern Compass Points what they are and why we value them. This really helped the new students and teacher (Ms Price) to understand the compass values and attributes. We then broke down in to groups and determined what they mean to us. Then using the information we discovered, we then put it down onto a poster to show what it means to us.

This is what it means to us:

Responsibility- means to take care of your belongings, actions and words but most of all to be kind, caring and respectful leaders

Fulfilment- to feel success in an achievement you’ve been working on and completed

Independence- to do things of your own accord

Commitment- sticking to something and not giving up until you’re done

Confident-means to be brave enough to go out of your comfort zone, to use your voice and to excel your learning

Respect-means to always be on full body listening and to be aware of your surroundings

Compassion-means to be kind and caring

Integrity- means to be truthful to everyone around, you including yourself. Doing the right thing even when no one is watching.

# Strive

By Divya Mujoo and Zara Maitland 5A



Prep Girls 2020

I have been privileged to share in the magnificent start that the Prep Girls have made to their school journey at Tintern.

We have a very enthusiastic group of eager, happy, positive and vibrant little learners! Already I am witnessing incredible growth in the girls. They didn’t take long to learn their new daily routines every morning.

Lunch boxes, drink bottles, reader covers, record books and satchels are organised independently every morning by these incredible young ladies. They skip out to the playground, socialising confidently and happily with their peers.

Oral language is a huge starting point in the girl’s literacy development. They are very happy to share their ideas, gently and confidently. The girls are learning to stretch out words to hear the sounds when writing. They use sound boxes to hear each sound, rollercoaster arms to tap out each sound and identify the Letterland characters.

Already we have many girls remembering their magic words through supportive games and activities in the classroom. In Mathematics, the girls have produced shape toys, made maps by locating classrooms in the junior school and practised counting.

Me and My community is the focus for our Integrated curriculum. Please come down and enjoy the girls “Who lives in our house?” displays. We are looking forward to a wonderful walk to the local community in a few weeks. I couldn’t have asked for a better start to the year as a proud Prep teacher.

Mrs Nicky Thomas Girls’ Junior School Prep Teacher 


Special Friends Day

Special Friends Day was a truly happy event celebrated across the girls and boys Prep-Year 2 classes on Friday 6 March.

Each child invited a significant adult to spend special 1:1 time with, whilst engaging in a range of activities. Prep girls and visitors engaged in a number of fun classroom learning activities and games, Year 1 girls and guests created a Snakes and Ladders board game together and Year 2 girls and friends worked together on a new STEM activity.

The day before the event, all the Prep, Year 1 and Year 2 students had baked a delicious treat for their guests, which were greatly enjoyed by all on the day during morning tea! The Special Friends were also treated to some delightful entertainment as the children sang You’ve got a Friend in Me and You are My Sunshine led by Mrs Casey and Mrs Bahatt.

Our guests left the event with smiles and warm hearts. It is times like these that create very special memories for our community.


Mrs Mary Whitcher Girls Junior School Year 1 Teacher 


On Friday March 6 the Prep – Year 2 Boys had a Special Friend join them at school for the morning. The boys had sent an invitation to their Special Friend asking them to come along on the day. Then they practised their singing so they could perform three songs to them. We sat together for an Assembly with Mr Kenny after which there were activities in each classroom for the boys to do with their Special Friend. Each class also cooked during the week to prepare a sweet treat to offer their Special Friend at morning tea time. It was a wonderful event for the boys to have one-on-one time with someone special to them and to see them all enjoying each others company.      

Mrs Jen Sloane Boys Junior School Year 1 Teacher 




ELC Our first visit to the Farm

There was excitement in the air as Pre-Prep A arrived at school. It was their first excursion to the Farm together on  20/02/2020! They helped organise their belongings, packed their snack and water in the trolley before embarking on the journey down to the Farm.

Being their first Farm visit we focused on ways in which we make connections to the Tintern community. Our intent was to learn about the lay of the land, to meet Farmer Wall, Ollie the dog and the animals live on our farm.

Farmer Wall took us on a tour of the Farm, looking at the sheep and ducks that were in the paddock. Then to the chicken coop where he taught us how to tell the difference between a rooster and a hen, “The roosters don’t lay the eggs,” Harriet shared.

Farmer Wall demonstrated how the hens lay the egg, with his famous ‘magic egg laying’ trick.

We visited the garden beds where he showed us where the ELC vegetable patch is,

“We can grow carrots,” said Max

On our way back up to the ELC, Farmer Wall led us through the bush walk looking at the nature along the path.


Nanny Services

Caitlin Spears is a Tintern Old Girl (YG 2011), actor and events supervisor looking for work as a nanny/babysitter.

Caitlin has worked with children as a Kids Party Entertainer, Swim Teacher and Netball Coach. Caitlin is currently based in Windsor but can also travel to Ringwood if required. She has a current Working with Children Check and is fully available.

Email: Caitlin.spears02@gmail.com

Contact number: 0401 901 250


Commonwealth School Banking 2020 Treetop Savers Rewards

We’re excited to share that the new School Banking theme for 2020 is Treetop Savers. We’ve developed a new range of rewards designed to appeal to all ages. In response to your feedback in the Customer Experience Surveys, we’ve made this year’s rewards more eco-friendly and sustainable. All rewards are reusable and packaged using sustainably sourced paper.

  • Terry Denton’s Activity Book – Term 1
  • Mini Soccer Ball – Term 1
  • Treetop Stationery Set – Term 2
  • Treetop Handball – Term 2
  • Tomato Seed Kit – Term 3
  • Magic Mist Drink Bottle – Term 3
  • Emoji Wallet – Term 4

Snakes & Ladders Game – Term 4


School Banking is every Wednesday 

Any questions about the School Banking program? See Junior Reception  for a
parent’s pack or visit commbank.com.au/schoolbanking