29 Oct 2019

From the Principal

This week we have a special guest introduction from Sue Healey, Director of Information & Technology Services.

Following a passion ……. for coding

At Tintern, a core focus of our educational offerings both in and outside of class time is to encourage students to explore their interests through a range of diverse experiences. The importance of giving students opportunities to pursue their learning from different perspectives and with different tools has an important educational advantage of greater engagement in the learning process. This year our STEAM program in both the Junior and Middle schools has had a particular focus on giving students an opportunity to take up the challenge of coding.

In Terms 2 and 3, more than 30 students in the Junior and Middle Schools participated in the Rescue challenge run by RoboCup Junior Australia. RoboCup is a project-oriented educational initiative that supports local, regional and international robotic events for primary and secondary students. The focus of RoboCup is the development of teamwork skills as well as technical coding skills and innovation in an environment of participation, fun and excitement. Congratulations to Ella Carboon (Year 7) who participated for the first time in the secondary rescue challenge at both state and national levels, placing fourth overall in the state competition and seventh overall in the national competition. This was a tremendous result given that this was Ella’s first time competing at the secondary level.

We also have in our Year 7 cohort a student who has been competing in RoboCup Soccer for a number of years – Skye Sriratana. Skye is the Australian national RoboCup soccer champion and will be competing against the world’s best in Budapest Hungary in two weeks. We wish Skye all the best on the RoboCup world stage and look forward to hearing about her adventures on her return to school in late November. A special thankyou to Dan Sriratana (Skye’s dad) and Simon Ch’ng (Melody Ch’ng’s dad) who have been our expert trainers during the RoboCup season.

Another coding initiative this year has been our partnership with Code Camp Australia. Code camps are run during school holidays with the aim of supporting students to design, code, problem solve and become technology storytellers. The program supports students to move from technology consumers to creators and build their own apps and games in three days. This year Tintern has run the Spark program, for students aged 7-12, to code and build their own 2D games. In 2020/21 we plan to expand this program to include ‘3D World Builders’ and ‘Web Hackers’. Over the upcoming Christmas break we will be running a 3-day workshop for students in Years 3-7 on how to code and build their own phone apps. More information about this program will be advertised in future school newsletters. A special thanks to alumna Annabelle McKenzie (YG 2018) who volunteered her time to assist in the running of the September program.

And not forgetting the staff, last week our Junior School teachers had their own Technology PD with Prep to Year 2 teachers looking at the range of coding tools available from The STEAM Centre while the Years 3-6 teachers participated in an Adobe Illustrator session to create a digital file for the laser cutter. Our Information & Technology Services staff are always on hand to support teachers and students who want to pursue their interests in STEAM. The Centre is open from 7.30am until 5.30pm each day and in 2020 we will be extending our services to parents who want to try their hand at 3D printing and/or creating files for the laser cutter.



Music Matters

Geelong Grammar IB Music Conference

Throughout the year, I had heard the Year 12s in our combined IB Music class make many references to a “day at Geelong”, and I had always been curious about the nature of this day that was clearly so memorable, helpful and relevant to our music course. Hence, when it was announced that the Geelong Grammar Conference was running again this year, I was very excited to uncover the mystery of what happened at Geelong…

On Monday 7 October, Ms Bortolussi drove a group of students on an interminable journey to Geelong Grammar. We were greeted by the jovial Jodie Townsend, who was in charge of the event, and ushered into a hall for the first instalment of the conference: a performance of traditional Japanese music by Toshinori Sakamoto and Anne Norman.

As part of the IB music exam, we are played a piece of world music and required to determine which country it is from and write an essay about the characteristics of this musical culture. There are 195 countries in the world, so preparing for this aspect of the exam is somewhat overwhelming. But a live concert speaks a thousand words when it comes to understanding a particular musical culture. Toshi and Anne’s concert was even more beneficial than most, as it was very interactive. They answered all of our questions and even gave us an opportunity to play the instruments ourselves!

Toshi is a Taiko drummer. Taiko drumming is a very strenuous activity and a whole-body affair. Anne Norman plays the shakuhachi – a traditional Japanese flute that has been around for about 1400 years. She took up the instrument while living and teaching in Japan, and her music is frequently featured on ABC radio. We were all dazzled by her ability to produce a wide range of tone colours and effects from the one instrument.

After an impressive feast for lunch, the Year 11s and 12s split into two groups for the remainder of the day. While the Year 12s were given some exam advice, the Year 11s were introduced to the major assignment of the IB music course. We were lucky enough to have the head examiner present, and she shared with us her pet peeves as an examiner marking the assignment, while we all scribbled them down furiously. To finish off the day, the Year 11s attended an advice panel – comprised of the year 12 music students who had some regrets about how they had managed the two-year course thus far and wanted to prevent us from making the same mistakes.

The Geelong Grammar IB Music Conference was a very beneficial day, and served to revitalise my enthusiasm for the remainder of the course. I’d like to thank Ms Bortolussi for giving us the opportunity to attend the conference, by driving us many hours in a minivan while navigating roadworks. I think we would all love to go again next year – but until then, we’ll be making references to the knowledge we gained from such a valuable day.

by Ashleigh Dowling, Year 11 IB Music student

Final Twilight Concert for 2019

Last Wednesday 23 October brought the Tintern Twilight Concert series to an end with a delightful concert in the Kelson Room. Students ranged from Year 7 to some of our more seasoned VCE level musicians and we heard a mixture of string, vocal, woodwind and piano pieces. Many thanks to our accompanist, Ms McKenzie for all her work with these students and also with the many students who recently have sat AMEB examinations. Congratulations to all performers on their stage presence and fine musical performances.

Duo entertain Class of 2004

On Saturday 26 October, Madison Edwards-Turner and Ashleigh Dowling entertained past students from YG 2004 at a reunion function held at Tintern Grammar’s CM Wood Centre. They performed a wide variety of repertoire and created a great atmosphere for the past students to enjoy an afternoon of sharing wonderful school memories. Thank you to Maddie and Ashleigh for their contribution to this event.

Time to join the Friends of Music and Munch with the Musos

We’re 26 days away from… (wait for it… no, not Christmas!)… from the Mammoth Musically Momentous occasion aptly named “Munch with the Musos”!

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 24 November. Bookings can be made through TryBooking: https://www.trybooking.com/BGJUK

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 too.
Please remember to BYO reusable cups and plates this year.

Junior School students perform at AMEB Live Stream Online Orchestra 2019 Launch event

The Junior School Choir enjoyed a fabulous learning experience last Tuesday performing at the AMEB Live Stream Online Orchestra 2019 Launch event. Watch the video and read more.


Sport Matters

Ella and Lilly compete in new Zealand

Congratulations to Ella Trevorrow (Year 11) and Lilly Trevorrow (Year 10) who recently represented Australia competing in the Waikato Modern Pentathlon Festival in New Zealand. The pentathlon included fencing, swimming, equestrian, laser shooting and running events. Ella won the U19 section and Lilly placed 3rd in the U17 section.

Well done Ella and Lilly on these fantastic results! Good luck for your upcoming event representing Australia in China!

Term 3 EISM Premiers

Congratulations to the students in the following sport teams on their recent success!

  • Year 7 Girls Hockey
  • Year 7 Girls Table Tennis B
  • Year 8 Girls Badminton
  • Year 8 Girls Table Tennis A
  • Year 8 Girls Table Tennis B


Community Matters

Spring Garden Tour

Thank you to everyone who attended the Spring Garden Tour on Friday 25 October. A wonderful day was had by all, even if the weather was very temperamental.

Our first stop was Mornington Botanical Rose Garden for morning tea and a guided tour, provided by the incredible group of volunteers who run it.

The two-course lunch at The Grand Mornington was delicious. The day finished with a tour with the Head Gardeners of Heronswood House and Gardens.

Thank you to our generous sponsors who supported the Garden Tour this year:

Munch with the Musos

Time to join the Friends of Music and Munch with the Musos

We’re 26 days away from…. (wait for it….. no, not Christmas!)… from the Mammoth Musically Momentous occasion aptly named “Munch with the Musos”!

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 24 November. Bookings can be made through TryBooking: https://www.trybooking.com/BGJUK

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 too.
Please remember to BYO reusable cups and plates this year.


Principal’s Thank You Night – Thursday 28 November 2019

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!

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


Tintern Grammar Alumni (TGA) Inaugural Meeting

After much planning we are proud to host the inaugural meeting of the Tintern Grammar Alumni (TGA) on Wednesday 30 October at 7pm in the Main Reception Board Room. 

If you would like more information, or to be part of the TGA Committee, please register online here.

We look forward to the future with the TGA Committee, Tintern Old Girls Association (TOGA) and Southwood Old Boys Association (SOBA).

Class of 2004, 15 Year Reunion

Thank you to all those that braved the wild weather to attend the Class of 2004, 15 Year Reunion on Saturday.

A special thank you to all the wonderful people who helped make this such a special event! The Archive Volunteers for arranging the photos, the incredible student volunteers who gave up their Saturday afternoon to run the tours, and the wonderful performers, Madison Edwards-Turner and Ashleigh Dowling, and their teacher Lisa Clarke.

Working With Children Check

Tintern Grammar requires all volunteers to have a current Working With Children Check (WWCC). If you are intending to volunteer at Tintern, now or in the future, could you please send a copy of your WWCC to either the Junior school assistants or by email to communityrelations@tintern.vic.edu.au, alternatively pop in to the Main Administration where they will be happy to take a copy for you.

Community Committee Dates 

  • Tintern Parent Group (TPG) –Next meeting: Thursday 14 November 2019 at 7.00pm Ringwood RSL President: Haidee Wallace
  • Friends of Music (FOM) – Next Meeting: Wednesday 13 November 2019 at 7.00pm CM Wood Common Room President: Debra Fryer
  • Friends of Young Farmers (FOYF) – Next Meeting: Monday 10 February 2020 at 7.30pm President: Meaghan Cross
  • Friends of Equestrian (FOE) – Next Meeting: Friday 8 November 2019 at 1.30pm Kennedy Cottage President: Vacant Vice President: Karen Trevorrow

Upcoming Community Dates:

  • Community Celebration Day – Thursday 7 November 2019 from 12noon to 3.00pm
  • Volunteer Thank You Night – Thursday 28 November 2019 at 7pm – Book Here
  • Foundation Service and Community Morning Tea – Friday 7 February 2020 – Booking link coming soon
  • Friends of Equestrian Demonstration Day – Friday 27 March 2020
  • 20th Annual Interschool Horse Trial Championships – Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 April 2020
  • Alumni Career Event – Thursday 21 May 2020

Upcoming Reunions:

  • High Tea Reunions – YG 1969, 1964, 1959 and 55 years + – Friday 15 November from 11am to 2pm – Book Here
  • Class of 2010, 10 Year Reunion – Saturday 22 February 2020 – Booking link coming soon

Community Fundraising

Tea Towels 2019

Creating Lasting Memories!
Our limited edition tea towel design will be made up of self-portraits drawn by all our children and staff. There are 3 separate designs by our junior girls, boys and ELC.
The pictures and names are arranged as a commemorative design and screen printed onto premium 100% white cotton tea towels.

Don’t forget to order a few extras for family members and your keepsake box. Now only $10 each!

To order this treasured keepsake please visit:

There is a  tea towel on display in the Girls and Boys Junior School and the ELC.

Please note: limited quantities available.

Thank you for your continued support!

2017 Tea Towels Designs

Entertainment books are back for their 25th Year!

Entertainment Books are back for their 25th year! To celebrate they are offering a great range of pre-order bonus offers:

Filled with up to 50% off and 2-for-1 offers for the most popular restaurants, attractions, shopping, travel and more. The book is current from purchase until the end of May 2020.

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

Please click here to order your 2019/2020 Entertainment book from Tintern Grammar. Books can be collected from Main Reception, or 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 for 2019.

Tintern Grammar Photo Albums – Protect your School Photos!

Protect your child’s school photos with a stunning Tintern Photo Album. The TPG is offering beautiful quality made customised ‘buckram’ binders for only $72. The albums are Navy, featuring the school crest and name printed in silver on the front cover and come complete with 10 transparent sheet inserts.

The albums are great for storing:
– The official school photos
– Certificates
– NAPLAN and ICAS results
– Sports and performer ribbons
– Artwork
– Programs from concerts, sports days and special assemblies
– Photos
– Newsletter clippings
– Your own scrapbook creations (as the pages are 30cm x 30cm standard scrapbook size)

In fact, if you think of it like a filing cabinet of memories, over the years it builds up into quite a treasure! Samples can be viewed in the uniform shop and all orders are now taken at this link through trybooking

Once you have placed your order, please take your confirmation to the Uniform Shop to collect your Album and/or extra pages.


News from the Art Department

Annual Year 12 Visual Art & Design Exhibition opening night

On Friday 18 October, the annual Year 12 Visual Art & Design exhibition was opened. The exhibition is a culmination and celebration of the final Year 12 folios that the senior students have explored Visual Art.

A variety of media is currently on display until November 14 ( 8.30 am- 4 pm, M-F) in the Visual Art & Design gallery space. Students have investigated a range of concepts and themes are now preparing for their final examinations.

The exhibition opening, with guest speaker Belinda Robertson, Arts and Cultural Development Officer of Maroondah Council and curator of events such as Pure Talent, allowed friends, family, students and the wider Tintern Grammar community to view the artistic journey the students have travelled and enjoy the opportunity to see the collection of artworks as a whole, as well as meet the artists. With lovely live music by Nicolani Susanto and a warm welcome from our 2019 Art Captains Jocelyn Ch’ng, Maddie Howell and James Harvey, we enjoyed refreshments in our contemporary art space.

Please make the time to come and visit, and not only see the works, but explore the artist statements that further detail the students creative journey.

Horizons Art 2016 – 2019 – Mosaic Totem Poles

In 2016, an opportunity was created for anyone interested in enhancing their art/creativity to join in as a group to make amazing works to adorn Tintern Grammar! Following on from our successful mosaic planters that feature at the entrance to the Visual Art & Design space, we embarked on a journey to make a series of mosaic ‘totem poles’ that were to be placed in the grounds of Tintern for everyone to enjoy. We wanted to fill the space with colour, pattern and a touch of whimsy, inspired by the wonderful public art works that Melbourne has to offer.

The culmination of many hours of work after school on a Monday, with students from Years 7 – 10, over four years, using 1000’s of glass and ceramic tiles, terracotta pots, adhesive, glue, very messy grout and painstaking designs and application are now proudly, and beautifully, installed in the ‘Mural Courtyard’ in between the Visual Art & Science Buildings.

As you traverse between the buildings, please take the time to appreciate the many, many hours of work and enjoy the array of colours, tiles and mirrors that create a sense of community and belonging.


Munch with the Musos – bookings now open

Join us for Munch with the Musos on Sunday 24 November, 10.00am – 12.30pm, CM Wood Centre.

This is another great musical and social event presented by our wonderful parent committee members in the Friends of Music. Junior and Middle School students, members of staff and families get together to enjoy an array of delightful music and entertainment, with a touch of Christmas to add to the cheer and goodwill.

Learn more below. Book here via Trybooking.


News from the Maths Department

Congratulations to Abby Chai in Year 9 for her continued success with the MAV Maths Talent Quest Competition. For the third year running Abby has been acknowledged for excellence in Mathematics.

This year, Abby was awarded a Distinction for her investigation into Pascal’s Triangle. She was one of the growing numbers of young women who were presented at the La Trobe University MTQ Awards Ceremony on 17 October.

Well done, Abby!


AMEB Online Orchestra 2019 Launch Event

Last term, the Junior School Choirs and Paganini Strings came together to perform and record the song “I am Australian”.

This video recording was sent to the Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB) and then was combined with many other Australian school groups online to help make one big online orchestra all around Australia.

We were very privileged as a school to be selected to perform at the Official Online Orchestra Video Launch event on Tuesday 22 October. Fifty selected students from Tintern Junior School travelled to the newly built Kenneth Myer Auditorium in Southbank, Melbourne to perform for this event.

This event was live-streamed on Facebook, with an audience of thousands who submitted their videos for inclusion in the online orchestra/choir. The AMEB then used snippets of action from the event to further publicise their launch across media channels throughout the day. 

Our Tintern Grammar Junior School students were absolutely incredible last Tuesday. They sang two songs on stage, ‘Electricity’ and ‘Sing’ and were accompanied by Mr Ben Taylor on a beautiful new huge Steinway Grand Piano. They were great ambassadors for our school in their demeanour and we are so proud of them. It was a very busy time with a sound check on stage, photos, the performance, morning tea, certificate presentations, and many more photos before we boarded the bus home. You can view our performance below.

There were many audience members including some highly regarded music teachers and music directors from interstate who commented that the students’ performance was “truly magnificent and certainly a highlight of the event.” It was a great honour to chat with the director of the AMEB, Mr Bernard Depasquale and also with renowned conductor Jessica Gethin who after offering their praise and thanks, told me how very impressed they were with our performance at such an auspicious occasion.

Special thanks must go to Melissa Mackie for her vision of creating our school submission to the Online Orchestra and to the many Music staff who helped bring this vision to life.

Watch the official 2019 AMEB Online Orchestra – I am Australian video

Enjoy this photo gallery from this special occasion.

Student AMEB Launch Event Report:

On Tuesday the 22 of October I was lucky enough to participate in the AMEB online orchestra. This event was held in the Kenneth Myer Auditorium in Southbank.  There was a live audience, and it was also live streamed on Facebook to hundreds of thousands of viewers. As I walked out onto the stage my excitement levels were through the roof, but I was also really nervous. The auditorium was the biggest and the most amazing I’d ever performed in. We performed two songs, Sing and Electricity. I think our choir and the spectacular Mrs Casey did an amazing job.  After we sang we went back to our seats and watched the video the AMEB created, with lots of schools and choirs and musicians singing ‘I Am Australian’. The video was unbelievable and also a tiny bit emotional, seeing all the people being brought together from all over Australia by one truly amazing song.  I would like to thank AMEB for giving Tintern Grammar and everyone else this unforgettable experience and for Mrs Casey for teaching our choir and for also conducting us as well.

By Jack Taggert, Year 6

View the Junior School and Middle School and Senior College AMEB Online Orchestra entries on the MyTintern portal.

By Mrs Jacquie Casey, Conductor of the AMEB Combined Junior Choirs and Boys’ Junior Music Co-ordinator


Green Earth Week – Green Team Report

We are very excited to be able to report to you about the great success of the inaugural Green Earth Week organised by our very own Year 11 Green Team students Natalie Owen, Jeremy Yuen-Love, Dylan Wild and Josh Winter. Between the four of them, they organised an astonishing number of activities and initiatives that spanned all the way from the Junior School to the Senior College.

Green Earth Week kicked off on Thursday 10 October with a speech by Cheryl Batagol. Cheryl has been the Chairperson of the Environmental Protection Authority since 2009 and has more than 40 years’ experience working in waste management, the water industry and environmental sectors. She has spent her life fighting for social and environmental justice and was inducted into the Tintern Grammar Avenue of Excellence earlier this year for her commitment and service in the area of sustainability. Cheryl’s speech was powerful and inspiring, and her wisdom and experience were evident in her soft-spoken, understated and kind manner. Rather than talking about her vast range of achievements and the awards she has received for her contributions to sustainability, she instead talked about how we can go about creating change in our own lives and how we can influence others to do the same.

Green Earth Week began in the Junior School with the Preps and their buddies planting zucchini seedlings during Monday lunch and Utility. They used Tintern’s own compost and were helped by Year 12 Green Team members. This was a wonderful experience for the younger children as they were able to learn about the importance of sustainability and the benefits of home-planting over buying imported fruits and vegetables; all whilst getting their hands dirty. We hope to soon see some photos from the students of how their seedlings are growing at home!

The Green Team then held a “Waste Free Wednesday” in the Junior School where students were encouraged to ensure that all food brought to school was kept in a recyclable or compostable container. The day turned out to be a great success, especially from Year 3 upwards. The Green Team were exceptionally pleased to receive an email from one of the student’s parents, expressing their gratitude for the day and how it influenced their family to start buying from a local whole food shop which offers their produce to be weighed and sold in jars instead of plastic packaging. This response has inspired the Green Team to start initiatives for the start of next year where perhaps every week will have a “Waste Free Wednesday”.

Finally, a food drive was held in the Junior School where students were required to bring in either a tin of tomatoes, a packet of penne pasta or a bag of plain flour to be donated to FareShare, a charity that repurposes food waste to turn into nutritious meals for those in need. The final goal was 100kg and with only 30kg left to collect, the food drive was extended a further two weeks to achieve it. It was fantastic to see the great pile of goods that were brought in to support the charity and to talk to some members of Junior School about what food they brought in and why they believe it is important to help others in our community.

In Middle School, Green Earth Week started with a bang on Monday with the Year 9 Clean Up around the Ringwood East shops and station area during Utility and Period 4. It was a warm, sunny day for the students to get out of the classroom and make a difference by alleviating the amounts of pollution and litter in our local community. Many strange objects were found, which made the entire experience quite enjoyable and something that would be worthwhile to do again in the future.

Similar to “Waste Free Wednesday’, Middle School had their very own “Trash Free Tuesday” and students were required to not bring any food that had disposable packaging unless it was able to be composted. Overall, the students made a tremendous effort and, again, this is something that the Green Team wishes to make a regular event.

A Clothing Swap stall was held on the Friday where clothes that had been brought in by Middle School girls throughout the week were put out on display to either be taken for free by girls who had already brought in clothes, or to be sold for a gold coin donation. This turned out quite well despite some last-minute organising, and many girls left feeling satisfied with their new acquisitions. Any clothes that weren’t swapped were donated to the charity ‘Mums supporting Families in Need”.

In addition, the “Bake the World a Better Place” bake and lemonade stall was held with only plant-based items being sold. It was lovely seeing members from around the entire school queue up and enjoy the delicious, vegan treats. This, in conjunction with the free dress day prior to Green Earth Week, raised nearly $900 which will go towards our final donation to FareShare.

In the Senior College, environmental documentaries played in the Hawthorn Room every day. The goal was not necessarily to get many students to watch the programs but just to remind everyone about Green Earth Week and acknowledge the theme of sustainability. The top hits were “50 Minutes to Save The Reef” and “The Story of Stuff”.

During Tuesday (Year 11) and Thursday (Year 10) Utility, students engaged in a variety of environmental activities, such as, sorting the soft plastics that the school has collected over the past four months, sorting the rubbish from the Year 9 Clean Up, an environmental poster design competition, a clean-up of the bushland and around the school, and, finally, some digging of soil for the horticulture club down at the farm. The sessions were incredibly successful with the majority of students putting in 100% and many even gave feedback wishing they had a bit longer in their chosen activity. It was great to see so much waste and litter being retrieved from the natural environment and then sorted and channelled through the correct waste systems.

“Lights Free Thursday” was held in both the Middle School and Senior College. As many lights as possible were turned off, but projectors and laptops were permitted to be used to not disrupt learning. Unfortunately, it was a cloudy day so some lights had to be turned on to ensure that students would see their workbooks. However, all in all, the day received positive feedback from the students who said it was relaxing to have the lights off, and they even focussed on their work more!

Overall, Green Earth Week was a tremendous success with numerous and varied activities being carried out, as well as a plethora of learning experiences and positive feedback. We hope that the legacy of Green Earth Week carries on to next year and becomes an annual event, teaching and celebrating the importance of sustainability.

By Natalie Owen and Hannah Taylor (Year 11)


Middle School Green Team Report – Replas Excursion and Aftercare Presentation

Year 7 & 8 Green Team Members Visit Replas Environmental Centre in Earth Week

Have you ever stopped to wonder about how much of your plastic waste actually gets recycled each year in Australia? It is only 12 per cent!  

On 16 October, as a part of Tintern Grammar’s ‘Green Earth Week’, the Years 7 and 8 Green Team students were given the opportunity to further extend their knowledge of the impacts of our waste by visiting the Replas Recycled Plastic Products Centre in Carrum Downs.

The prospect of the effects of climate change not being addressed by world leaders has driven others to take the initiative and strive for a healthier and safer planet. This was the mindset which the Years 7 and 8 Green Team students set out with on this excursion.

We toured Replas with our guide Christie, who enlightened us with an introduction to the different types of plastic waste and how to identify them, as well as how Replas is driven to repurpose them into benches and other useful structures.

We toured different stations of the complex, learning about the detrimental impacts of plastic and how we can better dispose of it. One particular station that stood out was the ‘bag cave’. This room featured thousands of plastic bags strung up and a screen depicting sea life. This was aimed to represent the impacts of plastic on ocean life and served as one of the most influential ways to portray the message.

Another important aspect that we took away from this excursion was the suggested solution of the ‘Circular Economy’, an economic system aimed at eliminating waste and the continual use of resources, as opposed to the current linear economy which follows a basic ‘take, use and lose’ cycle.

Replas is Australia’s leading mixed recycled plastic manufacturer and it produces a range of 200 recycled products in Australia. We were extremely pleased to find that our school has purchased some of Repla’s products; two park benches made out of the type of soft plastics which we collect at school and, therefore, save from landfill. During the process, the plastic is broken down into minuscule, compacted pieces. These pieces are then melted and poured into moulds to create the long-lasting structures that are low maintenance and an ethical alternative to other less sustainably produced goods.

This was an amazing opportunity and thank you to Replas and Tintern for making it possible.

By Natasha Gillam and Ella Thompson, Year 8

Year 8 Green Team Students Present to Aftercare Program

On Monday 14 October during the Green Earth Week at Tintern Grammar, Natasha Gillam and I went and talked to the Junior School’s AfterCare program on behalf of the Green Team. We talked about sustainability to expand the students’ knowledge on this topic. The reason for the talk with these younger students was to make them more aware of and prepared for what our world is and might become if we do not take care of it properly.

In our speech we talked about the 5 Rs (Refuse, Reduce, Re-think, Reuse, Recycle) and what waste should go in which bin to ensure that we are not putting all our waste into landfill if it can be recycled. This part of the discussion was mainly about the plastic in our world, how it is affecting our ecosystem and what we can use instead, such as, bamboo toothbrushes or mesh bags for shopping.

In addition to talking about recycling, we talked about water wastage, preserving energy and composting. These are things that even the younger children can engage with – turning taps off, turning lights off when you leave a room and putting food scraps into compost bins or work farms. We were very pleased to hear that some of the little ones had compost bins or worm farms at home.

An important message we hope the students took home was that it takes more than one person to make a difference to change the world but, if we all do small things every day, then these small acts will add up to making a difference. It was really great to see the students listening intently to our talk and sharing their ideas on what we can all do to look after our planet.

By Kiara Bakken, Year 8


World Challenge Student Reports

World Challenge Vietnam – Team 1

Our recent two week journey to Vietnam as part of the World Challenge was an amazing experience for everyone who participated. My favourite part was travelling to the village of Mai Chau living with the local villagers and working on a community project. It was a rewarding project that will have lasting benefits for the people of the Mai Chai district.

The project started with a buzz when we got off the bus after a four hour journey from Hanoi. We walked into the village and as soon as we turned the corner to enter the village we were greeted by a group of 10 giggling and screaming little kids. They were so excited to see us and had flowers in their hands as a gift for each of us. When we got comfortable in our surroundings we started to interact with the locals and tried to talk to the kids – asking  how old there are or where do they live. I don’t think they understood what we were saying but the message eventually got across.

For our community project, we were tasked with making a road. This road was mainly for the benefit of the kids being able to walk to school in the wet season. It was four days of hard work in the hot and sticky weather.  The main task was shovelling rock and sand into a bucket that was then lifted and mixed into cement. This was then laid on the ground between timber framed boxes.

We spent some quality time with them and had many unique experiences. There was one night that we all met in the communal area and some of the older kids taught us a traditional dance. It was so much fun and we ended up preforming it ourselves on the final goodbye night. Another time we found them doing some of their other traditional dances and we all joined in with them just before we went to bed.

On the second last day we had a half day of work and then we got some free time with the kids.  We were all looking forward to this as we got to play soccer and volleyball with them . As we walked to the pitch I could see everyone with a big smile on their faces as we got ready to play. As soon as I got there there was two little kids tugging on my shirt wanting me to play with them. Some of us did soccer or volleyball, rode bikes or just played in the pile of sand.  We were all smiling and interacting with everyone – this  was my favourite part of the trip! When we got back to the village the nerves were getting to me because the dance that we learnt, we had to preform in front of the whole village. Six of us got dressed up in traditional costumes and all stood in front of the members of the village. When we started to perform, I could tell by the smile on the locals  faces how much it meant to them that we were there to help them.  A small thing like this can change their life for them and generations to come.

On the very last day of our project it was sad that our stay in the village was coming to the end. As we clocked down the last couple of hours with the locals, we then did our last load for the job on the road. We said thank-you to the workers and said our goodbyes. When we all walked back to the village to say our final goodbye to the people, you could tell that everyone was sad inside that we were leaving. I could tell that no one wanted us to leave. For me, I really didn’t want to go either. I could also see how everyone bonded in our team with this experience and we will all have these amazing memories with us as the days go on.

by Ruby Crowe, Year 8

World Challenge Vietnam – Team 2

When the first World Challenge meeting rolled around in September of 2018, the students who’d chosen to go to Vietnam were excited, to say the least. As it began to set in that the trip was nearly exactly a year away, I, personally, forgot periodically that I was going to a developing country at the end of the year; which is something I never thought I would be able to do while still in school.

Throughout the 9 months of 2019 before September, the closer our team got to the trip, the more surreal it had begun to feel. Even looking at photos of where we were going, what we were doing and the freedom we would have didn’t seem real when I thought about them. Especially when I finally boarded the first plane that would take the team to Bangkok. When we landed, I think that was when it first set in. Finally, when we landed in the airport in Hanoi, gathered our luggage, and stepped outside, the heat slapped me in the face. My first notable experience in Vietnam was the taxi ride to our hotel. It probably took about 25 minutes, and I shared it with two of my closed friends, and Mr Pitcher. Our taxi diver turned his music up very very loud, and my fiends and I just danced in the back seat. My favourite experience was the trek through the mountains of Mai Chau.

We trekked 8 kilometres on the roads near our homestay the first day, and the terrain was relatively easy. Our packs were also very light. The second day we hiked 13 kilometres, most of which was rocky and unstable terrain downhill. At first, it was hard with the heat, rocks and sore feet all rolled into one, but eventually thing melded together, breaks were taken, heat was ignored and water was drunk so we all felt a lot better. The best part of the trek was when the last half of our group got lost, so about 5 other people and I were left with our Vietnamese guide without our teachers so we basically just followed him everywhere. Eventually we found the other group but it was still a pretty funny situation.

by Tilli Fry, Year 9


Battle of the Bands Student Report

The Battle of the Bands has become a Tintern tradition – growing from a small event on a single basketball court, to a whole-school event in the CM Wood Centre involving lighting, costumes and props to rival Eurovision. As always, this year saw a diverse range of musical genres – ranging from a traditional Chinese love song to Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit”. Some original compositions and mash-ups were also in the mix, to further showcase the talents of our school community.

It was particularly exciting for the audience when the bands decided to dedicate their performances to someone in the crowd. One boy performed a rap to celebrate his brother’s birthday and another sang a love song to his girlfriend – both proving to be very memorable performances.

Our band, Silver Lining, thoroughly enjoyed the Battle of the Bands experience. We hope that the audience enjoyed our rendition of Lady Gaga’s and Bradley Cooper’s “Shallow” from the film “A Star is Born”. This song has been a little overplayed this year, but we decided to do our own take on it by arranging a part for the vibraphone.

Stepping out onto the stage to perform in front of hundreds always brings a surge of adrenaline. Though it can be terrifying, playing live is one of the most thrilling and rewarding experiences, and definitely makes all the hours of practise worthwhile!

Thank you to Ms Constable for organising this event. I think it is safe to say that it has become a staple of the Tintern calendar.

By Ashleigh Dowling, Year 11


Boys’ Middle School News

It has been a great couple of weeks in the Boys’ Middle School with a large number of Term 4 activities well under way. A key event that occurred recently in the school was our Prep – Year 12 gender assemblies. Our girls gathered in the CM Wood Centre, whilst our boys were in the Southwood Centre. This event provided us all with the opportunity to congratulate our Year 12 boys on making it to their final part of their secondary schooling and to wish them well on their challenges with upcoming exams and on where the next part of their journey takes them. We were fortunate to have our 2020 Year 7s with us for the day and therefore provide them with the experience of what they have to look forward to in 2025. The singing of the Boys’ song at the end as our Year 12s joined the circles to the beat of the Southwood drum was a truly memorable experience for everyone. In case you missed it, watch the video here.

On Tuesday 22 we had our official Valedictory Service where all Year 12s were welcomed onto the stage and presented gifts by our current Year 3 students as a mark of respect and acknowledgement of their efforts over the past years, for some it has been 14 years as a Tintern/Southwood student.

Alongside all of these official assemblies, our Middle School boys have continued to remain very active with programs such as our Year 8 Billy Cart Day on Wednesday 23. This day was a fantastic day for all boys where they gathered in their team, dressed in their team outfit, and carrying their team mascot they went about designing, building and finally racing their billy carts around a 1.1km track. There were many laughs, near misses and minor hiccups along the way, but overwhelmingly the day was full of a lot of fun and will provide many memories for our Year 8 boys.

A group of our Year 9 boys were involved in an Outdoor Ed camp to Lake Eildon recently where they journeyed for three days on canoes across parts of Lake Eildon, set up camp each night and cooked their food on their trangia stoves. The boys were challenged physically but came away with a real sense of accomplishment following the three days and also had a lot of fun along the way.

Our Year 7 boys have been very busy preparing for their Night of the Notables which is happening on Tuesday 29 October at 7pm in the CM Wood Centre. This event provides our boys with the challenge of researching, presenting and then communicating the key points of their chosen notable. They will walk on stage, introduce themselves to the parents and gathered community before hosting their stall to answer many questions regarding their character. It helps them to build research skills, confidence and communication skills both verbally and visually via their display. I look forward to seeing many parents and friends there on the evening.

The following day our Year 7 boys have a full day program with a group called The Man Cave which is aimed at helping them to continue to grow up into great young men, understand themselves better and continue to develop their understanding of others around them. It promises to be a fantastic program.

On Wednesday 23 a large group of Years 7 and 8 boys had their first of four afternoon sessions developing and practising robocup soccer in our STEAM Centre. We are fortunate to have a national competition judge with us for the four Wednesday sessions, teaching and coaching our boys in this area. The aim will be to enter a team (or more) next year in the robocup championships.

In the coming weeks our Year 8 boys will be introduced to leadership for 2020 where they will have the opportunity to apply for positions of leadership within our Middle School, including School Captain and Vice-Captain, Student Leaders, House Captains, Community Captain, Sport Captain and Music and Arts Captain. This will include a written application along with a speech for those applying for School Leaders’ roles. I look forward to reading the many applications from our exciting group of Year 8 boys.

A massive congratulations to a large group of our Year 9 boys who were involved in the Year 9/10 Co-production titled Two Weeks With The Queen. It was fantastic to see so many of them involved in the performance under the incredible guidance of Vince DiMitro and I know full well that all participants gained so much from their involvement and experience. Well done to all involved.

A reminder of a few important events that are nearing:

  • Monday 4 and Tuesday 5 November is our mid-term break with no school on Monday or Tuesday.
  • Monday 25 November is also a student free day before a pastoral day on Tuesday 26 which will include exam feedback for our Year 9s.
  • Wednesday 27 is the beginning of our Transition Program where our students step up to their new year levels and begin their work for next year. This runs for 2 weeks.
  • Year 9 Summer Expeditions run during the week of December 2 to 6.
  • Tuesday 10 December is our final day of school for 2019.


Girls’ Middle School News

Year 7 Night of the Notables

Our Year 7 students are super excited about tomorrow evening’s presentation of  ‘Night of the Notables’ commencing at 7pm in the CM Wood Centre. They have been working really hard on their inspiring person of character, and their displays reflect a high level of engagement and energy. They can’t wait to introduce you to their notable person, and from what I have seen it promises to be a wonderful night with a lot of characters, costumes and excitement.

Women of Influence

Throughout our pastoral program we have encouraged our Middle School girls to consider ways that they can become future women of influence. They are provided with role models through our Big Sister program, guest presenters, Alumni and our Avenue of Excellence. Another way that our women can be inspired is through the work done by our terrific library staff who are keen supporters of our young women and our programs.



Here are some recent purchases made by the library to highlight inspirational women in the world. Over the last year the library started building an International Women’s Day collection, which was on earlier this year in the main foyer.

The library will continue to display books such as ‘Amazing Women: 101 lives to inspire you’ to spark interest and inspire our girls and boys.
By Louisa Karmouche, Library Technician at Tintern


Year 8 Days for Girls

As part of their pastoral program, our Year 8 girls have been gaining a global perspective and researching what life is like in countries other than ours. This leads up to their Social Justice Project ‘Days for Girls’ (DFG) where the girls volunteer their time to create and pack sustainable feminine hygiene products for women in need. The social justice day was held on October 11th which is also the UN International Day of the Girl Child. This year, the girls travelled to the Days for Girls workshop in Boronia where they were able to see first-hand the important work that this charity does. Over the day they were packing, ironing, sewing, sorting and collating the packs. They also heard from the  DFG state co-ordinator, Michelle Gates, who ensured that they were aware of why they are making the packs and the positive impact that their hard work can have on the lives of other girls across the globe. 

This project believes that every girl in the world deserves education, safety, and dignity. It aims to assist girls to gain access to quality sustainable feminine hygiene and raises awareness and reduces stigma. These packs are then sent across the globe to women in need, from local indigenous communities to refugees in remote areas of the Middle East. Before the day, our girls also fundraised and organised considerable donations to go directly to DFG. If you would like to know more about this important charity please go to the Days for Girls website: https://www.daysforgirls.org/australia

Year 9/10 Production

I had the privilege of attending the Year 9/10 production ‘Two weeks with the Queen’ last Thursday. It was simply outstanding.  A complex play with a lot of heart and humour, but also some pretty challenging topics and emotional aspects. There was a high level of energy and humour used throughout the play which kept the audience engaged and connected to the story. They also did some very quick thinking on the rare occasion when a line was missed to make sure that the play stayed on track. Congratulations to Caitlin Hughes-Gage, Alei Paul, Beatrice Thomas, Jasmine Boss, Nishka Fernando, Elise Dunkley, Beth Nottle, Annabelle Guscott, Amber Wild and Bianca Ajani for their hard work and efforts, and fitting this into a busy school time.

Principal’s Thank You Night – Thursday 28 November 2019

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!

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













Alex Zaccaria (YG 2006)

Congratulations to alumnus Alex Zaccaria (YG 2006) who is kicking goals as one of the founders of social media start-up Linktree!

Linktree is a free tool for optimising a brand’s internet and social traffic. One link, multiple destinations.

Alex, along with his brother Anthony and their colleague Nick, created Linktree three years ago and now have three million users. Well done to all involved!

Read more here.






Dr Kelly Cassidy (YG 1986)

Congratulations to alumna Dr Kelly Cassidy (YG 1986) on her role in the development of Swinburne University of Technology’s first campus in Vietnam. Kelly has been a lecturer at Swinburne’s Hawthorn campus since 2011 and was recently appointed the Academic Director of Swinburne Vietnam. A wonderful achievement, congratulations Kelly!

Kelly invites any alumni living in the region to get in touch. Contact Tintern’s Community Relations office via communityrelations@tintern.vic.edu.au for further information.

This video was filmed at the opening of the new campus.



South Croydon Junior Football Club Registration Day