25 Oct 2022

From the Principal

This week’s From the Principal article is written by Head of Sport Ash Viney


The last two years has taught us about the importance of mental health and wellbeing, how participation in sport is extremely important for students to continue to develop their physical skills, and the beneficial relationship between the two. Participating weekly in teams with their friends allows students to develop skills such as resilience, working co-operatively with others, self-esteem and importantly, connection with others.

Connecting with others has been a large focus of not only schools, but families and friends after the experience of lockdowns. Connecting with others has been difficult over the last two years and the Sports program at Tintern allows our students to connect each week with their peers and staff members.

The uptake of Sport by students at Tintern Grammar post COVID-19 has been fantastic to see. After two years of minimal to no sporting activities due to government restrictions, all sporting activities have run this year as planned. We have seen students return to weekly EISM interschool sporting competitions, House Swimming, Athletics and Cross-Country Carnivals, EISM Swimming, Athletics and Cross-Country Carnivals and other tournaments such as Volleyball Schools Cup, EISM 5 a Side Soccer, EISM Tennis Open, Equestrian and Snow Sports events. Tintern has achieved some fantastic results at EISM level in all competitions.

Through sport, students are able to grow and develop their character through winning and losing, working together towards a common goal, developing communication skills, time management, leadership and attitude. Tintern has compulsory weekly sport from Years 7-11 and Year 12 students have the option to play sport or complete private study.

Students from Years 5-12 have continued to train both before and after school in the EISM Swimming, Athletics and Cross-Country training squads under the guidance of our expert coaches. We also provide two before school fitness sessions each week with a qualified instructor for our Years 9-12 students to ensure they start their day with some physical activity.

Participation in physical activity and sport should be lifelong due to the associated health and wellbeing benefits. We encourage all students to continue their participation in the sports program through to the end of Year 12 and into their adult life. Through our weekly Sport program, we also offer recreation activities for those students who are not playing in competitive teams. Some examples of these activities are fitness classes such as: Spin, Pump, Body attack, Boxing, Yoga. We also offer swimming, trail walking and non-competitive games of sport such as hockey, soccer, badminton, softball, football.

I strongly encourage all students to continue to engage with the Sport program at Tintern and enjoy the many benefits of playing sport and keeping an active lifestyle. I am looking forward to a successful 2023 on the sporting field for Tintern Grammar.


Music Matters

Celebration Evening provided a feast of music

 A huge thank you to all music staff and students involved in our musical performances at Celebration Evening last week. The calibre of performances was exceptional in all cases, and this is attributable to the hard work undertaken in rehearsals for many, many weeks prior to taking to the stage at Robert Blackwood Hall on 17 October. Our new School Anthem, By deeds not words was a fitting conclusion to a wonderful evening.





Final Twilight Concert for 2022

The final Tintern Twilight Concert for 2022 took place in the CM Wood Centre on Wednesday 19 October. Students ranging from Year 7 to Year 12 entertained the audience with a delightful program of string, vocal, woodwind and piano pieces.



Bookings are open for our Friends of Music Munch with the Musos

Dust off your Christmas finery (reindeer ears, Santa hats and tinselly halos welcome) and come along to the CM Wood Centre at 10am on Sunday 27 November for the Friends of Music “Munch with the Musos”! Tickets can be booked at




ELC News

Throughout the year every child who is a part of our ELC community has embraced the world of Letterland! Letterland is a phonics program that invites children to explore the world of letters and their sounds through a wide variety of stories, songs and artistic activities.

Each week children have collated their art pieces into a Letterland book they can take home and share with their families. During group times children are invited to explore a Letterland box filled with items beginning with the letter of the week and with support of thinking routines, dive deeper into their understanding of what they see and share their thoughts and opinions with others.

Our children have welcomed every character and letter into their classrooms with open arms and look forward to celebrating Letterland through our Letterland Dress up days which will be filled with many more songs and activities.


Girls’ Junior School News

Fact Finding and Number Magic 

This term in Year 1A for Literacy our focus is Informative Texts. We have been gathering information about people, places and animals. Using iPads, the girls researched their chosen subject and wrote out clear and concise facts using a set structure. We have found a wealth of new and surprising information, learning that camels can produce milk to make butter and ice cream! 

 For Numeracy, the girls have been challenging theirs and each other’s maths skills by creating input and output tables. By applying certain addition and subtraction rules, they had fun taking turns in small groups placing a ‘magic spell’ on a number to investigate what the new number becomes. Many girls took up the challenge to use larger numbers for their tables, right up to 100. 


Lucy Saarinen | Year 1 Girls’ Teacher 




Buddy Program

This term, 5A have been visiting 4 year olds in the ELC as part of our Buddy Program. Each week the students have spent time visiting their ELC buddies, getting to know them and developing positive relationships, many of which will continue when the ELC students start their journey in the Junior School.

When the Year 5s visit their buddies, they spend time drawing, doing craft, construct with blocks, explore outside, play in the sandpit and take part in imaginative play. The students in 5A look forward to their buddy time each week and get a great sense of fulfilment from spending time with their new friends and developing positive relationships.

Leadership Program

Looking forward to 2023, 5A have begun their Leadership Program. This includes self-reflections on character strengths, goal setting and using the Tintern Compass to help guide our leadership style. This week 5A students attended Leadership Day where they heard from Middle School leaders about being a role model, Mr Fry about his leadership journey and from our local First Nations elder, Murrundindi about cultural leadership. In the afternoon students participated in leadership workshops. The students got to choose two workshops from the following:

  • Public speaking – Learn the tricks in becoming confident and inspiring in front of an audience.
  • Time management and organisation – Develop skills to ensure your efficiency in your role and ways that you can balance your workload.
  • Leadership to self – Leadership starts from within. What are your strengths and challenges?
  • What to do when things go wrong-Are you a bouncy ball or an egg? – Learn about resilient leadership.
  • Speech writing – What makes a good speech? Learn the tips for writing an inspiring and appropriate speech.

The students thoroughly enjoyed the day and were challenged, encouraged and inspired to continue on their leadership journey.

Sandy Batty | Year 5 Girls’ Teacher



Boys’ Junior School News

The annual Junior School House Athletics was a most spirited and enjoyable day, held in lovely sunshine last Wednesday.

There was so much goodwill, energy and friendly competitiveness. All of our House events provide opportunity for some of our children to shine, for others, to push themselves and show ‘stick-to-it-iveness’ and for all, to have a strong sense of our Compass point of Fulfilment. Every child who participated did so with such a positive attitude and a sense of personal best, and we as staff were most grateful for this. Events ranged from traditional 100m sprints through to the wet and fun Waiters’ Relay.

Apart from providing fun and House Spirit, our Competition also teaches the reality that sometimes, we can’t win! There is nothing wrong with not coming first, second or third! Sometimes, it is just not your time or area of talent and that is ok. We loved the fact that our children competed, felt exhausted at the end of events, and moved on smiling to their next event. This is life!

Congratulations to Somner Stewart for being the 2022 Boys’ Junior School House Athletics Champions and Gordon Grant and Somner Stewart who tied for first place in the Girls’ Junior School



Secondary News

Celebration Evening

A highlight of the last two weeks in the Secondary school has to be the return to the Robert Blackwood Hall (RBH) for our annual Celebration Evening. Not since 2019 have we been at this venue for the event, instead being forced to create a pre-recorded online equivalent that highlighted the many wonderful achievements and accomplishments of our students throughout that year. What a difference it makes to be back at the RBH, to be able to showcase the abilities and achievements of all of our wonderful students to our community. The night is an opportunity to congratulate and celebrate our Year 12 students on their achievements throughout the year, to award subject prizes and special awards to students, including those from Years 7 to 11.

Throughout the evening we were able to showcase the many wonderful talents of our student body through excerpts from our school musical for 2022 The Little Shop of Horrors, videos that demonstrated the many wonderful House and sporting activities completed throughout the year and also the incredible musical talent that many of our students possess, with the Tchaikovsky piece played by Year 8 boy Bohan Liang being an absolute standout. It was a wonderful celebration of what 2022 has been for us as a school and a reflection of the excitement of enjoying a full school year without the interruptions and restrictions due to lockdowns like in previous years.

Year 7 2023 Orientation Day 2

On Tuesday 11 October, Year 7 students for 2023 spent their second transition day on campus. They were led by many of our current Middle School students through fun games and activities, designed to help them begin to feel comfortable within Tintern and to begin the development of many long-lasting friendships. Our current Middle School leaders and volunteers did a wonderful job supporting and guiding the Grade 6s throughout the day, not just helping them connect with each other, but also providing them with the reassurance and excitement about what Middle School will be when they begin in 2023.


2023 Middle School Leadership

Our 2023 Middle School Leadership process has begun with all student applications submitted by our current Year 8s. The current part of their pastoral program in Year 8 has been focussing on leadership and what it can mean, what makes a good leader and how leaders can make a positive impact on others, especially in a school. For those interested in being part of the 2023 Middle School leadership team, the process involved a written application to Mrs Watkins and Mrs Baulch for the position(s) they were interested in being considered for. For those wishing to be part of the leadership team (Captain, Vice-Captain and two School Leaders for both the Girls and the Boys Middle School), it also included a speech to staff and students highlighting their reasons for wishing to be considered as a leader, the strengths they possess that would make them a good leader and also the ideas they have around continuing to develop the Middle School for the students. Voting has been occurring over the last week with the announcement of our new leaders to happen in mid to late November.


Year 8 Academic Challenge Day

On Monday 17 October we had a team of Year 8 students travel to Kingswood College in Box Hill to participate in an Academic Challenge Day with a number of other schools. The day consisted of eight categories: General Knowledge, English, Engineering, Science, Public Speaking, Art, Poetry, Maths and Code Breaking. Almost 100 students participated from eight schools including Penleigh and Essendon Grammar, Sienna College, Ashwood High School, Scotch College, Kingswood College, Waverley Christian College and Luther. Students were combined in mixed school groups which provides a great way to connect them with each other, to meet new people and to also connect with other like-minded peers.


Year 7 and 8 Debating

Wednesday October 19 was the first of three ‘friendly’ interschool debating events for current Years 7 and 8. It is a part of an introduction to competitive debating that involves training and practice, and helps prepare students for involvement in the DAV debating competition that is available for students in Years 8 to 12. We had 24 students participating in four teams against other schools from our region. All students acquitted themselves very well indeed, speaking for 3-4 minutes on either the affirmative or negative side of the topic “That smoking and vaping in public should be banned”. Our success was mixed, with two teams winning their debate and two teams being narrowly defeated. All students enjoyed themselves and we look forward to their next debate on November 9.


Years 7 and 8 Philosophy Workshop

A Years 7 and 8 Philosophy Workshop took place on Wednesday 19 October. This is an inter-school event, which provided students with an overview of some key areas of philosophical thought including theory of knowledge, metaphysics, ethics, morality and logic. Students engaged with their team regarding the fundamental questions of existence, and worked together to construct frameworks upon which individual and societal understanding and morality can be based. The event was not a competition, but rather students worked as teams to solve hypothetical problems and logical conundrums. Twenty-first century learning skills including critical thinking, collaboration, communication, information literacy and flexibility were required by all involved. Students left the workshop with a deeper knowledge of the world of philosophy and thinking skills which they can transfer into many areas of their academic studies.

Anthea Watkins | Middle School Co-ordinator


Year 11 Geography Trip

On the 20 and 21 of October the Unit 2 Geography students headed down the Great Ocean Road for an extended fieldwork study investigating the sustainability of tourism in its current forms on the world’s largest war memorial. Students gathered data on the demographics of tourists at different sites, current management practices and gained firsthand experience of the main tourist honey pots along the road. When they return to School, students will be collaborating to compile a rich shared data resource which will inform their writing of an industry standard report on their findings. Tintern Grammar is a nationally recognised leader in geography fieldwork and the reports from this trip promise to well and truly do justice to this reputation.

Naomi Baulch | Senior Geography Teacher, Head of Geography



Congratulations Naomi Baulch

We are very proud of the work of our Teachers at Tintern, in the classroom and their contributions to advancing research in their chosen fields. We congratulate Naomi Baulch for the recognition of her VCE Fieldwork by Geography Teachers Association Victoria (GTAV).

Naomi created a Unit 3 Geography Fieldwork Resource on Fishermans Bend – Montague Precinct Focus.  This study forms part the VCE Unit 3 Geography study design. Naomi is Head of Geography, Senior Geography Teacher and Years 7 and 8 Boys’ Co-ordinator at Tintern Grammar.






Community Fun Day

On Saturday 22 October we held a Community Fun Day on campus from 1pm to 6pm. The event was aimed at substituting for our School Fair which was unable to run this year due to the restrictions in place last year preventing the planning and preparation of that event. With the inclement weather that was occurring throughout the week leading into our Community Fun Day, there was concern that we would be washed out; however, the organising committee and School Executive chose to continue with the day despite the forecast, and it turned out to be a great choice. The early morning rain had cleared by lunchtime and it turned out to be a wonderful day for everybody. There was a large number of families who attended, enjoying many fun games and activities for their children, including bungee-trampolining, train rides and mini-golf to name a few. We had sheep and chickens from the farm for children to play with, an ice-cream van and plenty of hot food. Our guests were able to spend time outside having fun with those activities, as well being able to move inside our CM Wood Centre where they were treated to some fantastic performances by our students on stage. It was a wonderful day for the community and I would like to thank all staff, committees and family members who helped to plan, organise and run the day.

Poetry Competition 

We celebrate the diverse creative talents of our students. Recently three of our Year 10 students Jasmine, Ellie and Luan submitted outstanding pieces of poetry in the Independent Schools Victoria, Arts and Learning Festival, Student Poetry Competition 2022. In this high-standard competition our girls were awarded Honourable Mentions for their poetry. Last Friday, they were presented with the awards. Congratulations!







Mathematics Talent Quest

The Mathematics Talent Quest (MTQ) is a unique competition in which students choose their own topic and explore its mathematics. Tintern has a rich tradition in this competition and 2022 was no exception. With fascinating projects ranging from the mathematics of inbreeding to the Moneyball phenomenon. A special mention goes to Elijah who received a High Distinction, presented to him by the Mathematics Association of Victoria at the IMAX Theatre in Melbourne.

Australian Mathematics Competition 

This year on 3 August, we had around 140 students sit the Australian Mathematics Competition (AMC).

The AMC is an engaging 30-problem competition that demonstrates the importance and relevance of mathematics in students’ everyday lives; it is open to students in Years 3 to 12.  Our results were fantastic with a large number of students achieving outstanding results. For all of the students who sat this challenging competition, they deserve huge congratulations as this is a significant achievement in itself.

 15 students achieved High Distinctions – Years 7 to 12

High Distinction = Top 2% of all participants


55 students achieved Distinctions. 

Distinction is the next Top 18% of participants.




Senior Arts & Design Exhibition

On 14 October, we held the official opening of the Tintern Grammar Senior Arts & Design Exhibition.

Our community enjoyed the variety and quality of the works on display and reading about the students inspirations, while enjoying food and drinks at the opening night. We were thrilled to have  guest speaker artist Emma Jennings who our Year 12 Studio Arts class visited at her gallery in Olinda earlier this year.  Emma inspired us to ‘create’.  This was then followed by speeches from our Arts Captains and an official opening by our Principal Mr Fry.  

The exhibition is open 8:30am to 4pm Monday to Friday until 20 November, in the Visual Arts & Design Exhibition Space on Campus at Tintern Grammar. Come along to see the creativity of our students and read about their inspirations and creative process.

We thank Rachel Waud Head of Visual Arts & Design, our dedicated Arts Department and the stars of the show, our talented and creative students!


Below are a selection of some of the works on display.

Visit Emma Jennings  


Principal’s Volunteer Thank You Evening

Please join our Principal, Brad Fry, for our Volunteer Thank You Evening

We greatly appreciate the support of our volunteers, who have given their time and expertise to help make the many Community events held throughout the year so amazing, particularly after two difficult years for Community Events.

We invite everyone to attend the Principal’s  Volunteer Thank You night on Thursday 24 November at 7pm, where we celebrate and acknowledge our incredible volunteers over drinks and canapés. Please book your ticket by selecting here.


Community Matters

Munch with the Musos – Sunday 27 November at 10am

After a two year hiatus the Friends of Music Munch with the Musos returns!

Start to dust off your Christmas finery (reindeer ears, Santa hats and tinselly halos welcome) and come along to the CM Wood Centre at 10am on Sunday 27 November. Bookings can be made through Humanitix online here: https://events.humanitix.com/tintern-fom-munch-with-the-musos-2022 

Performers enter free (but must book their seats). Tea, coffee, juice, buns, sandwiches and fruit supplied but you may also bring your own gourmet delights to share with friends and family.
Please remember to BYO reusable cups and plates this year.


Community Fun Day

Despite the uncertainty of the (typical Melbourne) weather, the Community Fun Day was a wonderful success. Focused on bringing our Community back together after a tumultuous two and half years, we were grateful for the support of everyone who braved the threat of rain, and came along to enjoy the incredible musical performances, delicious food and fun activities. There was a wonderful community vibe in the air, and it was evident everyone was enjoying themselves. 

This event could not have gone ahead without the incredibly hard work of our dedicated Volunteers. The Tintern Parent Group not only organised, they also funded, this day to provide an opportunity for connection at Tintern.

Thank you to the incredible TPG Sub-Committee volunteers; Michele Brooks, Trina Meddings, Haidee Wallace, Colin Wain and Josephine Di Felice, who worked tirelessly to envision and organise this amazing day.

A thank you to the many Tintern staff and students who also supported the day. A special thank you also to Music, Library, Facilities, Friends of Music, Community Relations and the Marketing Teams who were instrumental in the operation of this event.

Finally, we would also like to thank the local businesses who supported the day through their generous donations:

If you have a fantastic photo from the day you would like to share, or would like to send feedback, please email communityrelations@tintern.vic.edu.au.

Principal’s Volunteer Thank You Evening

We greatly appreciate the support of our volunteers, who have given their time and expertise to help make the many Community events held throughout the year so amazing, particularly after two difficult years for Community Events.

We invite everyone to attend the Principal’s  Volunteer Thank You night, where we celebrate and acknowledge our incredible volunteers over drinks and canapés. Please book your ticket by selecting here.

Interested in taking on the role of Parent Representative?

Wanting to continue as Parent Rep for your 2023 Class or Year Level?

Parent Representatives are a liaison between parents/guardians and the school. Informing parents about activities planned either by Tintern, our community groups or within the class or year level, such as fundraisers or social events.

Parent Reps also organise class or year level functions to provide parents with the opportunity of meeting and socialising in a relaxed atmosphere. It would be a great opportunity for class groups to connect, while supporting our local community cafes and restaurants still recovering from the lockdowns.

We greatly appreciate the time and commitment given by our Parent Reps. This role is suitable for Parents or Guardians who are in the workforce or who undertake home responsibilities. It can be shared between many people, or looked after by one person.

A special thank you to our wonderful team of Parent Representatives from 2022. We greatly appreciated your support of our events and fundraisers throughout 2022.

If you would like to volunteer to be your Year Level’s Parent Representative in 2023, would like further information, or happy to continue in your current role, contact us by email communityrelations@tintern.vic.edu.au or by phone 03 9845 7877.

Footy Tipping Competition

Don’t forget our AFLW Footy Tipping Competition is open, and it isn’t too late to join! The competition is free and open to our entire adult Tintern Community – Tintern Grammar students will not be permitted to enter.

To join, or for more information, use the link below and either log in to your account or create one:

•             AFLW Tipping Competition:  https://www.footytips.com.au/comps/Tintern_Grammar_Community 

•             Password: tintern

Good luck and start tipping!

Tintern Umbrellas

If you have ordered your Tintern Umbrella, please don’t forget to collect it from the Uniform Shop. Bring along your purchase confirmation email during the opening hours of Monday, Wednesday and Friday 8am to 4.30pm.

If you have any questions, please contact the TPG by email to parentgroup@tintern.vic.edu.au

A very limited quantity of the smaller style umbrellas are still available for purchase online here.

Community Committee Dates 

Community Group Meetings are now back onsite. Please check the information below carefully for details:

  • Tintern Parent Group (TPG) –Next meeting: Thursday 10 November at 7pm President: Haidee Wallace Location: 400 Gradi, Eastland
  • Friends of Music (FOM) – Next Meeting: Wednesday 16 November 2022 at 7pm  President: Debra Fryer Location: CM Wood Common Room Or join online by selecting here
  • Friends of Young Farmers (FOYF) – Next Meeting: Contact us for further information 
  • Friends of Snowsports (FOS) – Next Meeting: Contact us for further information 
  • Friends of Equestrian (FOE) – Next Meeting: Contact us for further information  Co-Presidents: Nelaana Heinrich and Sherie Vicary-Carter 

Please select here to view a Tintern map of the meeting venues.

Please note the following CovidSafe considerations to attend an onsite Community Group Meeting:

  • Please remember to social distance.
  • The wearing of masks when indoors at Tintern is required at this time.

Community Group Fundraising

Entertainment Book

The Entertainment Book is 100% digital! Excitingly this means that your Membership is valid for 12 months from the date of activation

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

You can purchase a membership now, for yourself, friend or family member, and activate at any time over the next 6 months (extended from 60 days). You then have 12 months to take full advantage of the many wonderful offers!

You can purchase Woolworths Wish e-vouchers for a 3% discount. Whether purchasing to do your weekly groceries, shopping at Big W, or stocking up on Essentials at BWS, Cellarmasters or Dan Murphy’s, or even getting petrol at Woolworths Caltex, the savings can add up.

Please click here to order your Entertainment book from Tintern Grammar. Instantly purchase and access a digital membership which can then be used on two separate devices.

Please contact Community Relations on 9845 7877 for further information.

All proceeds raised go towards the fundraising for the TPG!

Photo Albums

Luxury Tintern Photo Albums embossed with the Tintern Grammar logo in silver on a blue buckram cover.

The Tintern Parents Group have commissioned a limited number of albums, large enough to hold the school photos provided by SchoolPix.

They feature the Tintern Grammar Logo printed in silver on the front cover and come complete with 10 transparent 30cm x 30cm sheet inserts, plus a CD holder insert which holds 8 discs. You also have the option of purchasing additional sheets/inserts. Cost per album is $75 (GST inclusive) Samples (with content) can be viewed in the uniform shop.

Additional insert sheets are also available for purchase at $2 per sheet.

Simply place your order online here, and present your order confirmation at the Uniform Shop to collect your album

Uniform Shop Opening Hours
Monday, Wednesday and Friday 8am to 4.30pm