04 Aug 2020

From the Principal

This week we have a special guest introduction from Adam Kenny – Head of Boys’ Junior School, Director of Students, Student leadership and House Co-Ordinator…

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” —Martin Luther King, Jr.

 “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples.” —Mother Teresa

As the Apollo 13 disaster unfolded in 1970, there was sense of pessimism and fear of the failure that was looking imminent. As those around him forecast doom, Mission Commander Gene Kranz stated, “With all due respect, this is going to be our finest hour.”

As we continue to face the challenges of 2020, it would be understandable if the Year 12 class of 2020 had become despondent, or adopted a ‘why us’ mentality. Yet they have been remarkably flexible, positive and unified as they maintain an infectious enthusiasm and sense of “we can do this”.

The Year 12 class have walked this unique journey so far, striving in step, with focus and unwavering care for one another, and while they may very well miss some annual events, their spirit has been unparalleled and unforgettable, like none before them.

This has very much been driven and modelled by the school leadership team of Annie, Ashleigh, Audrey, Dylan L, Dylan W, Hannah, Jeremy, Josh, Lachlan, Natalie, Phoebe, Tess and Tiffany, and our House Captains Lauren and Finn, Tom and Darcee, Eva and James, Zoe and Mitch and Margaret and Stella.

In so many ways they have risen in the face of adversity, displayed initiative and drive and role modelled an attitude that has very much led the rest of the student body.

Activities such as the Term 2 Run To Perth, Tintern’s Got Talent, and the I’m Still Standing video have kept our Community active, involved and connected.

At the start of this term, the leaders initiated a People of Tintern activity where they have interviewed members of our Community, and these weekly interviews can be viewed via the People of Tintern tile on the School portal.

In the face of the latest restrictions, and as all Year levels move to remote learning, the Junior School, Middle School and Whole School leadership team have united to organise and initiate yet another activity that reflects the care and support they continue to show for each other and our community.

Each morning, for the remainder of the term, our Year 3-12 students receive an email from a different leader.

The email contains a song, a story of inspiration, and a quote or wellbeing activity. It is yet another way in which the Leaders display that they are thinking of, and are staying connected with, each and every student.

It is certainly a “..time of challenge..”, yet our leaders have stood strong and tall, and created ‘ripples’, and been supported by a student body who share similar strength and stature.

As we head to appointing our 2021 leadership teams, there have been no better examples of how to be a leader displaying Factis and Verbis, than our 2020 leaders, and the Year 12 Class of 2020.

They deserve acknowledgement and our greatest respect and admiration.


Music Matters

Online Singing Soiree

 Whilst some of our larger concert offerings for Term 3 have had to be suspended, we are thrilled that a few of our smaller concerts will be going ahead in an online format.

The first of these will be our Singing Soiree, which is scheduled for Monday 17 August. There was a flurry of excitement in the Music Department on Monday 3 August, as Senior singing students gathered in the CM Wood Centre on their last day prior to lockdown to record their performances to be kept on file ready to release on 17 August. In the meantime, singing lessons will continue online for all of our students, and our Middle School singers will record their performances at home and DropBox them onto the relevant portal page for inclusion in the concert.

Any members of the community not directly linked to our singers may request details of the link to the concert, which will be forwarded on 17 August. Simply email our Music Administrator, Elizabeth Feenane, on efeenane@tintern.vic.edu.au and she will include your name on the invitation list.


Music Theory Exams continue online

Completing formal Music Theory tasks is something our Music students often say they don’t have time for but, now that we’re back into full Lockdown, they can actually fit it into their weekly music schedule. Our music teachers encourage their students to complete theory work and now is the opportunity to get ahead with this.

The AMEB online Courses and Examinations are accessible from home and parents might like to look further into signing up their budding maestros. The AMEB were very generous in offering the Courses for free during our last lockdown period and, whilst this is no longer the case, the cost is minimal. The Courses are an online version of the Current AMEB Theory books, and lead seamlessly into sitting the online exams. After registering for the Course on the AMEB website (www.exams.ameb.edu.au), students have access to approximately 14 Lessons in each Grade. Each Lesson begins with a short video, explaining in detail the theoretical concept on which the Lesson is based. There is then a series of questions and exercises relating to that video. The video and questions may be reviewed as many times as necessary until the student feels comfortable with the information being delivered.

After completing the Course, the student then enrols to sit the online exam for that Grade. The enrolment for the exam lasts for 12 months and, in that time, the students can sit as many practice exams as they wish before doing the official exam. Most students seem well prepared after completing around 5 practice exams. This is a great independent project for our musicians to do in lockdown. The students often find the work quite enjoyable, being in an online format, and they do enjoy receiving a certificate after the examination!

Middle School and Senior College students are the ones receiving the greatest benefit from these AMEB online Theory Courses and Exams. It’s giving them confidence and a sense of achievement, and keeping their music theory studies consistent.

Recent successes in Grade 1 online AMEB Music Theory exams have been achieved by the following Year 7 boys:


Congratulations Year 7s!!

 If you are interested in enrolling your child in the relevant level of Music Theory, be sure to have your credit card handy. If you have any difficulty, please go to www.exams.ameb.edu.au, have your credit card handy, and phone the AMEB help line on 1300 725 709 to have someone talk you through the process. It’s worth the effort!

Feel free to contact our Head of Keyboard Studies, Ms Heather McKenzie at hmckenzie@tintern.vic.edu.au if you have any general queries about this information and she will be happy to help (but not enrolment queries, please – these have to be managed by the AMEB helpline).

Annual Concert

 Due to COVID-19 restrictions, our Annual Concert, due to be held on this Friday 7 August, has been postponed until further notice.


Community Matters

Tintern Grammar Community Business Listing

To further support our strong community and fellowship, Tintern Grammar has established a Community Business Directory. You can view the current listings here,  we invite you to support these local businesses.

We understand that the constantly changing situation with COVID-19 has impacted businesses across our community, therefore if you are currently reshaping your business model to accommodate the changing landscape or simply wanting to share new business offers, you can now join our business register by filling out our online form here

we look forward to supporting your business. 

Spring Celebration 2020

We are disappointed to announce that the Spring Celebration, run annually by our incredible Friends of Young Farmers (FOYF) at the Tintern Farm, has been cancelled for 2020.

Please look out for a FOYF and Young Farmers virtual celebration, which will be released online to our Community toward the end of this term.

The first lambs for the 2020 season have arrived! Meet our new twin ewe lambs.

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Presentation Ball Cancellation for 2020

It is with great disappointment that we inform you the 2020 Presentation Ball will now be cancelled as we do not foresee the restrictions opening up sufficiently to run this event. It is our primary responsibility to make choices which keep our students, staff and families safe.

Social distancing rules and new enforced restrictions make it impossible to proceed with the dancing instructions scheduled to start on 23 July. In addition, the 4m2 rule only permits 140 visitors in the Grand Hall of the Ivanhoe Centre, hence allowing only 1 guest per participant, which we know is not a suitable ratio and defeats the purpose of ‘Presenting’ to your friends and families.

We can also not be certain if the permitted guest numbers will be suitable in time for the Ball. As you know from our previous lockdown the guest number allowance moved slowly once the restrictions were lifted. Numbers started with 20, 50 and then moved to 100 and we are assuming, this will again be the case once these restrictions lift. 

We have looked at the possibility of delaying the date, however, we do note that approximately two thirds of the participants are completing a Unit 3/4 subject and now the exams have been pushed out there is no suitable date to suit.

You will have the opportunity to participate in 2021 with your 2021 Year 11 cohort, or, if the numbers support, we will offer a second back to back night for the 2021 Year 12 group. Communication will be circulated early 2021 to gauge your interest.

 All monies paid were refunded on Monday 13 July. 

We understand this is not ideal, as you have already experienced a year of disappointments and cancellations.

Please know this decision was not made lightly and with the health and safety of all those involved paramount. 

Please do not hesitate to contact Di Lacey in the Community Relations office if you have any further queries.

Working With Children Check

Tintern Grammar requires all volunteers to have a current Working With Children Check (WWCC). Our volunteers are a vital part of our Community, whether a member of one of sour Community groups, or assisting at an event If you are intending to volunteer at Tintern in the future:

If you have a current WWCC

If you don’t have a current WWCC

  • Applying as a Volunteer is free and easy. You can register online here.
  • Please ensure you register as a volunteer of Tintern Grammar, and include any other organizations at which you volunteer.
  • When completed, send the confirmation through to us at communityrelations@tintern.vic.edu.au by Tuesday 26 May 2020.

Online Parent Group Catch Ups

With the current Social Distancing requirements it has been almost impossible for our parents to catch up. Some of our Parent Representatives have been organizing online meet ups via Zoom, House Party, Whats App or any number of other social apps. Look out for communications regarding any year level catch ups for your class.

Although this looks very different to the dinners, morning teas and mini golf sessions that many were planning at the beginning of the year, it is equally important that as parents and guardians you stay connected with each other, as well as your children stay connected with their school and friends.

Please remember if you hear of any distress, concerns or questions within your year level, please do not hesitate to let your immediate class room teacher/pastoral mentor know or feel welcome to reach out directly to your Head of School. If you are not sure, you are always welcome to call or email me as well (dlacey@tintern.vic.edu.au or 9845 7893). I am working both from home and in the office so any messages left on my phone will be received, so please feel free to leave me a message if you do prefer to phone in.

We still have a number of junior school year groups along with the Year 12 cohort, who do not have ‘official’ parent reps. If you have a son or daughter these years please let me know if you, or someone you know could help out, or you may know of someone already doing the role.











As they saying goes “We are all in this together” so please do not hesitate to reach out if you need.


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 11 August President: Haidee Wallace Zoom: Click here to join meeting Password: TPG
  • Friends of Music (FOM) – Next Meeting: Wednesday 19 August President: Debra Fryer Zoom:  Click here to join Meeting   Password: FOM
  • Friends of Young Farmers (FOYF) – Next Meeting: Monday 5 October President: Michael Biggs Zoom:  Click here to join Meeting   Password: FOYF
  • Friends of Equestrian (FOE) – Next Meetings: TBC 

Upcoming Reunions:

  • YG 2015 5 Year Reunion – Postponed to Friday 9 October, pending restrictions, offsite- Book Here
    • This event may be postponed depending on Government regulations.

Community Group Fundraising

Entertainment Books

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

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 5% 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!




Scholarships now open for 2022

We are now accepting applications for Academic, Music, General Excellence and Alumni Scholarships for entry in 2022 and students are invited to apply for a Tintern Grammar Scholarship.  To find out more and to apply please visit our Scholarships page .


Senior College

The Senior College has been a wonderful place to be during the first three weeks of term. Our students have embraced the compulsory wearing of masks and daily temperature checks that 6 months ago no one would have predicted would be part of our daily lives…yet here we are.

With our students now returning to remote learning there is an obvious sense of disappointment amongst staff and students but I have been so impressed by the maturity and understanding shown by our students and their commitment to contribute to this shared effort to bring down the daily case numbers we have seen in recent weeks. Our students and staff are prepared and have learnt a great deal from our experiences earlier in the year, possibly the most significant being the confidence that “we can do this” and we can do this well. Remote learning does have some challenges for students and I really encourage parents to contact the school (a teacher, mentor or level co-ordinator) to let us know if you do have any concerns about your child, whether it be from an academic, social or emotional perspective. We’re here to help in any way we can and we remain committed to maintaining connectedness and a sense of community during this time.

Our Year 11 students have recently commenced the leadership process for the selection of our student leaders for 2021 and I anticipate there will be a great deal of interest from students looking to share their voice and contribute to the leadership of the school in their final year.

Our Year 12s have taken part in two ‘dress up’ days in recent weeks to boost morale and create some interest. It has been wonderful to see them creatively dress up in PJs and as something beginning with a letter from their initials. It has created some interest and conversation as well as some much needed laughs 😊

Adolescent Psychologist, Andrew Fuller is hosting a free webinar for VCE Parents on how they can support their VCE students during this time. The webinar is taking place next Monday 10 August from 7-8pm. If you are interested in participating you will need to register via the link below prior to the webinar.


This Thursday 6 August our Year 12 parents are invited to join Mrs Ruckert (Year 12 Co-ordinator and Head of Careers) and Mr Andrew Cho (VCE/VET Co-ordinator) for our Tertiary Applications Information Evening. Parents have been sent an email with a link to the meeting.

Initial Day 

Our Year 12 Students celebrated ‘Initial Day’ last week by dressing up as a character with the same initials as their own. See some of the creative costumes below: 


Pyjama Day 

This week our Year 12 student celebrated Pyjama Day, view the video below to see some of their awesome PJ’s and their reflections on online learning. 


Middle School News

Despite the challenges presented to all of us, the last two weeks have been really positive within the Middle School. Staff are constantly providing feedback on their classes and the involvement of their students, and overwhelmingly the feedback is excellent. Students are continuing to develop their own organisational skills, communicate effectively using their email, the portal, and are submitting work in a timely fashion. Of course, this is not always the case for all students, as it’s often not the case for all adults in this environment and it is important that we all continue to monitor and assist in the well-being of all students.

As part of balancing the current workloads on our students and understanding the importance of finding time to focus on their well-being, we held our third GEM Day (Gratitude, Empathy and Mindfulness) on Wednesday 29 July. The day was co-ordinated by our relevant pastoral teams and saw our students participating in a variety of activities such as yoga, mindfulness, cooking, exercise, and community service (where possible). The response from the students was amazing with many of them taking the opportunity to step away from their screens and find the time to walk their neighbourhood on a scavenger hunt, or cook a meal for themselves or their parents.





Year 7 Boys GEM Day

On GEM Day the Year 7 Boys participated in a ‘Healthy Cooking Challenge’. This task aligned with lessons in ‘The Resilience Project’ which focus on the relationship between healthy eating and its effects on the body and mind.

The boys were asked to prepare a meal for their family, and film the entire process from the preparation of ingredients to the final product. Dishes ranged from pasta to pizza, from chilli dishes to chicken burgers. The results were fantastic, and a credit to the boys’ cooking skills and willingness to ‘have a go’. Thanks must go out to the parents who assisted with filming and also ensured no kitchen accidents occurred.

The boys were also asked to undertake a physical activity on the day such as walking the dog, going for a run or bike ride or participating in a fitness workout.

The boys are to be commended for the enthusiastic manner in which they approached these tasks. It certainly helps to have a group of boys so willing to take on challenges put before them.

Year 7 Girls GEM Day

GEM Days are a wonderful opportunity for the girls to ‘take a breath’, focus on themselves and do something mindful to restore well-being. With this in mind, the day is designed in order for the girls to be able to select their own activities from a broad range of offerings.  Three general categories were given, from which the girls selected two choices based on what they would most enjoy. While doing their activities, they were asked to either take photos (slow-mo or time-lapse) or video and post these on the Portal for our viewing.

The variety of undertakings the girls chose is amazing. The first option was something physical. Activities the girls participated in ranged from horse-riding to riding a swing, walking the dog to dog sledding (!) and bike riding to yoga. Another option was cooking and here we saw the girls make cookies, pizza, apple tatin, home-made pasta, cloud bread, chocolate and strawberry cupcakes, meringues, guacamole, scones, cobblers, cakes and brownies. Thank you to the parents for supplying the ingredients!

The third option was a craft, and again the variety of products made was incredible. There were gratitude boards, jar crafts, wood painting, crystals, masks, puzzle clocks, stickers, paintings, Adobe Draw creations and a maths-rap! All reports from the girls were very positive, indicating they thoroughly enjoyed the day, with the only request being “Can we please have a GEM Day every week?”

Year 8 GEM Day

GEM Day 3 saw the Year 8 students down IT tools and head into a day that was as screen free as it could be in this day and age. The goals of the day aligned closely to the aims of the Resilience Project, by fostering a greater sense of connection to the world through the triple lenses of Gratitude, Empathy and Mindfulness.

The gratitude boards that the students created were imaginative and expressive of each student, and staff were really impressed by the work that was put into them. We loved seeing the final products.

Many of the sessions of the Resilience Project focus on “healthy body – healthy mind”. The Year 8s were encouraged to take part in this by cooking and presenting healthy meals for their families. Mindfulness isn’t always simply meditation or colouring. It is more about being ‘in the moment’ and focussing all of you onto a task. Cooking is a way to hone one’s mind into a rhythm of focus and is great method of releasing the onslaught of thought we often experience – you can read more here https://www.headspace.com/mindfulness/mindful-cooking

The Year 8s must be congratulated on the enthusiastic way they engaged with the ideas and challenges of the day and had a go at things they may never have done before. A huge shout out also to the parents who supported everyone through sourcing ingredients, filming, supervising or just being there.


Year 9 GEM Day

The recent GEM day for Year 9 was intentionally designed to get students OFF the screen and engaged in some simple activities connected to the theme “The Five Ways to Wellbeing”. The Five Ways to Wellbeing (Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning, Give) are simple and proven actions that can help individuals find balance, build resilience and boost mental health. Students had to select one task to complete from each Area of Wellbeing.  There were 2 compulsory activities; one was to Connect with a classmate via a phone call, and the other was to Be Active and participate in a Scavenger Hunt. 

Other activity suggestions included:

  • Connect: Plan an adventure to do in the future with friends when we can go out again, or have lunch with a family member
  • Be active: Walk, cycle, yoga, dance, ride a horse, martial arts, sport, run, clean the house
  • Take notice: Mindful colouring but design yourself (free expression), nature craft, design a jar of awesome, listen to a favourite podcast or read a book.
  • Keep Learning: Compose and create a piece of music out of non- traditional instruments, up-cycle an item of clothing/equipment, build it in the home or backyard
  • Give: a random act of kindness that contributes to the household, hand write a letter to someone, or make them a gift

Students had to meet back online at 3:30pm to share the day’s experiences with their mentor teacher. The feedback received from our mentors indicated that most of our Year 9 students enjoyed the opportunity to turn their devices off and challenge themselves with activities they wouldn’t normally have the time/inclination to engage in.  The scavenger hunt, sustainable challenge of up-cycling, and the challenges that encouraged greater interaction with family members were very popular.  Students responded positively to having the freedom to choose from a selection of activities, providing some independence and autonomy.

Here are a few pictures form the day:




Junior School News

Wellbeing in the Girls’ Junior School

In the Girls’ Junior School, students have been undertaking a variety of Weekly Challenges designed to promote connectedness and wellbeing. The girls have enjoyed creating playlist, making vision boards and even sharing some special family recipes. Wellbeing has been a priority for our students with students undertaking regular tasks such as mindfulness, gratitude lists and a variety of other tools in our Junior School Wellbeing Journal.


What do you see out your window?

Whilst Girls’ Junior School students have been learning from home, girls have been looking out their windows and sharing what they can see with their classmates, following the viewing of a special book which was written for children around the world in the times of COVID-19. Windows, by Patrick Guest and Jonathan Bentley https://youtu.be/_yQv4_rhhU4 is a beautiful representation of our current world. Students have taken the time to slow down and observe their environment, showing the many beautiful things we are grateful for at the moment.

Here are some beautiful examples by Ruby in Prep and Deni in Year 1:





Helen Reddy (YG 1958)

Helen Reddy (YG 1958)

Congratulations to Helen Reddy (YG 1958) whose biopic I Am Woman streams on Stan from the 28 August 2020. This original film tells Helen’s story; a fearlessly ambitious and passionate singer who wrote and sang the song “I Am Woman”, which went on to become the anthem for the women’s movement in the 1970s.

An inaugural Tintern Avenue of Excellence inductee, you can read more about Helen here.


Green Team News

Meleah’s Sustainability Challenge

Meleah Byth (Year 9) recently created a new sustainability challenge, you can read more about this inspiring challenge below: 

It’s time to start collecting and recycling your soft plastics at home! Surprisingly, it is super easy! 

Step one – Collect your soft plastics in a bag

Step two – Put them in a soft plastics bin located outside of coles & woolies stores (it is free!)

Your soft plastics then travel from the store to a redcycle centre, there they get munched up then melted. Finally, the melted plastic is moulded into useful items, like the seats we have at school! 

Check out this video to see the recycling in action!

It is so easy yet makes such a big difference. In 2016 only 2% of the 78 million tonnes of plastic in the world was recycled. By recycling your soft plastics you are reducing fossil fuel emissions, saving animals and keeping our landfills and environment tidier.  

What are soft plastics?

They are basically any scrunchable plastic! The one exception to that rule is cling wrap, it is NOT a soft plastic.  

Checkout this link for a list of soft plastics


Extension Challenge

It is time to battle the e-waste issue!

What is e-waste? 

E-waste is a term used to describe electrical appliances such as toasters, batteries and mobile phones. E-waste becomes problematic when it is dumped in landfill because it contains toxic metals and lethal substances that leak out into the environment.

Across all of Australia e-waste is banned from landfill but currently only 4% of e-waste is recycled.

It is time to take action! Start collecting your e-waste for recycling!

-E-waste can be dropped off at your local recycling centre, (it sometimes comes with a cost so maybe check out their website first)

-Disposable batteries can be dropped off at Aldi or at the school library. They will then get recycled.

-Consider buying some rechargeable batteries

I hope that some of you have taken up Meleah’s sustainability challenge,  I definitely did and took 2 car loads of goods to the Op shops on Saturday. My clean up happened to coincide with my 21 year old daughter moving out and 23 year old son moving home and it was a great feeling sending so much to either recycling or up cycling. 

I love Meleah’s new challenge – many of you will be already doing soft plastics recycling, but you may not be recycling your e waste. I happened to include that in my cupboard cleanse and took all our old computer/phone waste (chargers, cords etc) to Officeworks where there are multiple bins. You can also recycle old pens – wish I had known about that one as well. For other e waste, you may need to contact your local council.

Congratulations Natalie Young

I wish to congratulate Natalie Young (Year 9) on being accepted into the ‘School Strike 4 Climate’ Student Climate Leadership Program – an eight week training program consisting of a weekend launch (15th & 16th of August) and weekly training sessions. (Tuesday’s or Thursday’s from 6-8pm) This is an online program open to people from the age of 12-30. Natalie received a phone call last Thursday and after a brief interview over the phone, they confirmed her place on the course. I look forward to hearing about the course once she has completed it.

Best wishes for the next lock down period and keep up the work of Green Team.


Tinternwood News

The first lambs for the 2020 season have arrived! Meet our new twin ewe lambs, they were born from a 5 year old that was also born first in the 2015 season.

New Reception Hours

Due to the current Stage 4 Restrictions our Main Reception hours are now 8:30am-4:00pm. You can still contact reception on 03 9845 7777 during this time, thank you for your ongoing support and understanding.


Updated Policies

As part of our ongoing review of policies please find the following updated policies in the Parent Services section of the MyTintern Portal or via the following link


Aimee Spears (YG 2013)

Aimee Spears (YG 2013)

Alumna Aimee Spears (YG 2013) is making and selling reusable Adult and Child masks. The masks are double layered linen or cotton and have a slit in the back to put in a filter if you wish, all masks are machine washable. If you are interested in purchasing a mask, you can contact Aimee via the link below.